Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rave Studies

E-Vapor-8 is still running up in Sheffield and I'm still super proud. Install images to come. 

The Study Day is also booked for Sunday August 3! Artists from the show including Jeremy Deller, Rhys Coren, Harry Burden, Lucy Stokton, Adham Faramawy and Lucy Stokton are all coming up discussing the ideas of technology, intellectual and physical freedom, rebellion and myth making in their work.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

B is for..

B is for Basel.
Here is my selection of people to discover for Artsy and four more tech interested artists for Postmatter.
I'll be doing a run down of the best bits for Dazed this week. Particularly intersted in checking out the 14 Rooms Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach show (another B), including Ed Atkins above.

B is also for Bernadette Corporation.
My feature on the collective, originally written to coincide with their shows at the ICA and Artists Space, is now online at Dazed Digital. A big monograph is published by Artists this year.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Rave Day

To coincide with the opening of E-Vapor-8 at Site Sheffield (which runs until August 16), I helped curated Rave Day online for Dazed Digital.

It included the text of the feature I wrote on the influence of rave on artists, a new dA-Zed of the legacy of rave, a curated selection of artist films by Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, Rhys Coren, Jim Woodall, Christian J Petersen and Levack and Lewandowski, and an old school rave mix by Ben Bracket. 

The show has also had some nice mentions including an interview with exhibition artist Alexandra Gorcynski extended profile on Culture24 and a preview in the Guardian Guide (pictured below!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

E-Vapor-8 at Site Sheffield

This beautiful gif work by Christian J Petersen was created to accompany E-Vapor-8 which is opening at Site Sheffield June 6! The exhibition runs until August 16.

Jeremy Deller is producing an edition which is being launched at the exhibition and Dave Maclean from Django Django is DJing at the opening party (be sure to sign up online to come if in Sheffield as limited space) and it's going to be a damn good show. 

E-Vapor-8 is a group exhibition, curated by writer, editor and curator Francesca Gavin, looking at the influence and relationship between contemporary art and rave music from the early 1990s, presenting a hedonistic image of alternate realities. It traces a fascination with rave culture and happy hardcore by young British and American artists, many of who are absorbing and re-appropriating a cultural moment they were too young to participate in.

The exhibition, named after a 1992 single by the band Altern 8, touches on how the hedonism and cultural upheaval of rave has passed. Ideas around intellectual and physical freedom, rebellion and myth-making are all at play.
Participating artists are: Fatima Al Qadiri, Harry Burden, Rhys Coren, Petra Cortright, Jeremy Deller, Adham Faramawy, Alexandra Gorczynski, Marisa Olson, Hannah Perry, Christian J. Petersen, Travess Smalley, Lucy Stokton, and Daniel Swan.

There is also a study day around the topics of the exhibition July 19 and I'll be giving a tour of the exhibition the morning of June 7.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Couple of days and my two weeks in Chicago are up. 

The Iza Genzken at MCA and Christopher Wool at the Art Institute were everything I could have hoped for; I loved seeing Ed Atkins' full Even Pricks film at the Renaissance Society (in my eyes he does no wrong); William Pope L's Diversity Talk at the MCA dressed as a rat alongside a cow and rooster was rather amazing (despite the odd moment when we were all asked to sing America America which reminded me of the weird patriotic nationalist weirdness of growing up here) and I had a full on heart break in front of a purple Monet and sludgy Rothko.