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November, 2019
Venice Highlights…

Venice Highlights…

Here’s a list of who/what I got excited about in Venice…

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz’s installation Moving Backwards at the Swiss Pavilion – swishy curtain reminiscent of 2012 work Shoplifters, Shopgirls by Sophie Macpherson and Clare Stephenson.

Charlotte Prodger and Laure Prouvost for Scotland and France respectively.

Also old favs Ed Atkins, Rosemarie Trockel and Christian Marclay.

And new favs Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterKahlil Joseph, Henry Taylor, Njideka Akunyili Crosby.

And Haris Epaminonda.

And the two I missed by turning the wrong way in the Arsenalle? Only Anthea Hamilton and John Akomfrah (he in the Ghana Pavilion). Arse.

A cramped Ed Atkins

 

 

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Alert – Arwen Curry’s doc on Ursula is on BBC4 and then iplayer at 22.00 this Sunday (17th Nov.)

 

It’s November 2019…finally!

It’s November 2019…finally!

And so Blade Runner is everywhere. Two of my favourite moments of BR in the media soup this month are:

Stephen Collin’s strip for the Guardian last week – see it here 

and

BBC3’s The Essay 2019: The Year of Blade Runner – particularly Episode 2, Frances Morgan’s Sounds of the Future Past.

And here’s a reminder of Terence Broad’s blog on how ‘he’ made an autoencoded film, called Blade Runner. And here’s a link to a story on how it came to be removed from Vimeo.

Cathy Wilkes in Venice

Cathy Wilkes in Venice

Of course I’m biased, but Cathy’s show felt like an incredibly important part of the experience of this year’s biennale, carving out a contemplative space with tiny details, softly-made prints and works that needed my care and consideration at an empathic, human level. Difficult, beautiful ghosts.

More on Cathy here. More Venice highlights to follow…

Stan Douglas in Venice

Stan Douglas in Venice

While I enjoyed Stan Douglas’ photographs of ‘speculative histories’ which play sound with a detailed, rich and staged kind of realism, his new film Doppelgänger could have been made to order for me. Not only is it a story of an accidental doubling (or splitting maybe) of a black female astronaut set in a series hyper-real rooms of super-saturated colour, it’s installed in a way that deeply effects both the experience of the film and its plot too. It’s so slick and tight yet also mutable. Could have stayed with it for hours, but you know how Venice is, lots to see…

More on his Biennale contribution here.

Image pinched off https://www.davidzwirner.com/news/58th-venice-biennale-carol-bove-stan-douglas-and-njideka-akunyili-crosby

The BR2049 – Baseline Test

The BR2049 – Baseline Test

I wish this was in the shops now…

Until then, you can achieve a similar effect by asking a friend to shout Nabokov at you through the door of an airport toilet.

6 Key artefacts in Blade Runner 2049

6 Key artefacts in Blade Runner 2049

Consummate consumer (or at least, consummate oogler) of screen used and associated product that I remain, this bonny article highlights Blade Runner 2049’s very deliberate item choices… Can’t believe I’ve not visited Film and Furniture before now. Got there via a frantic search for a vintage blanket which looked like The Shining carpet which I slept under in Venice last weekend. And now I’m dreaming of David Lynch’s side tables again…

And these Lynch-scrawled B&O items…