Browsing Category: video

  • Phil Collins, dűnya dinlemiyor (2005)

    Dűnya dinlemiyor is Turkish for The World Won’t Listen, which as you may know is a 1987 compilation album by The Smiths. At the time of release, the world was listening. The album was a chart hit. And that was just in the UK. As this work by artist Phil Collins reveals, the sentiment and …

    August 8, 2017
  • Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon 2 (2015)

    If you play Grand Theft Auto you may be closer to understanding this piece than me. So far as I gather, both artists have had to play their way into all the footage which accompanies this film. There’s not a stolen car in sight, mind you. The duo wear suits, rather than gang attire. They …

    July 3, 2017
  • Simon Senn, Just Let Go (2012)

    Athens: cradle of Western civilisation, and in more recent times the canary in Europe’s coal mine. On the face of it, the perfect setting for Simon Senn’s dionysian artwork. Just Let Go is (so far) a single video loop in which three angry locals rampage the length and breadth of a concrete wall, starting fires …

    October 15, 2014
  • Andrea Slater, If You Can Spass With Yoghurt You Can Spass With Caviar (2012)

    Few sights can be as alienating as a group of healthy grown adults spassing out in imitation of the most retarded members of our wider society. Such scenes are the enduring images of a 1999 film by Lars Von Trier called The Idiots. The Danish director’s community of spass-ers act out one mentally backwards flashmob …

    November 21, 2012
  • Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want

    In her much-talked about retrospective, the first piece of art is not by Tracey Emin. Nor does it seem much like a work of art. Despite the frame, it is clearly also a letter from her father. Halfway through the show is another work in which the art is hard to discern. This is a …

    June 9, 2011
  • Whitstable Biennale/Persistence of Vision/Wolfgang Tillmans

    Here’s another round up of my week’s output for Culture24. Happy reading… Review: Lucienne Cole, Karen Mirza & Ruth Beale, Phil Coy and Alex Pearl at Whitstable Biennale Preview: Persistence of Vision at FACT, Liverpool Preview: Wolfgang Tillmans at Serpentine, London

    June 26, 2010
  • Francis Alÿs/James White/Clare Twomey/Surreal Friends

    Here’s a round up of the pieces I wrote for Culture24 last week. Enjoy! Review: Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horne at Pallant House Review: James White: New Paintings, Max Wigram Gallery Review: Clare Twomey: A Dark Day in Paradise, Brighton Pavilion Review: Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception, Tate Modern

    June 20, 2010
  • Francis Alÿs: Paradox of Praxis I (Sometimes Doing Something Leads to Nothing)

    The art of Francis Alÿs is a reflection of political realities. In this film he pushes a block of ice around the streets of Mexico City for six or seven hours until it melts. On the same streets, thousands of locals spend their days pushing, carrying or towing wares or chattels. The results are the …

    June 14, 2010
  • Preview: A Horse Walks Into A Bar at Castlefield Gallery

    Exhibition: A Horse Walks Into A Bar, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, June 18 – August 8 2010 That a non-domestic animal in a pub should occasion hilarity tells us something about our relationship with nature. The proverbial horse in a bar is an old joke. Perhaps the nine artists in this group show at Castlefield Gallery …

    June 2, 2010
  • Review: Underwater at Towner

    Exhibition: Underwater, Towner, Eastbourne, until June 20 2010 In the landscapes paintings of Eric Ravilious, the South Downs look like green waves in a rough sea, at least they do so after a visit to Underwater at Towner. The Eastbourne gallery has a reputation for landscape art and the local painter is one of many …

    April 28, 2010