Latifa Echakhch participating at Verbier Art Summit 2019, Verbier, Switzerland

Organised in partnership with the museum director Jochen Volz — Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil — the 2019 Verbier Art Summit took place on 1–2 February 2019 in Verbier, Switzerland around the theme: We are many. Art, the political and multiple truths.  In times of increasing uncertainty, we are in need of a deeper understanding of the multiplicity of narratives around us. Art has the potential to give voice to forgotten and silenced narratives, but also to envision entirely new possibilities. By bringing together artists, museum directors, activists and academics, the Verbier Art Summit engaged the art world in critical reflection on their social and political responsibilities. Together, we explored the political power of art. The 2019 Summit Edition speakers included artists Tania Bruguera, Latifa Echakhch, Rirkrit Tiravanija and others.

Adi Fluman and Miri Segal at CCA Tel Aviv, Israel

The Group Show  “Stumbling Through the Uncanny Valley: Sculpture and Self in the Age of Computer Generated Imagery” will be on show from 13 July 2019 until 7 September 2019 at the CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. We spend so much time looking at screens that show us images created by computers rather than cameras or humans. This new aesthetic filters through our daily lives and gives form to a new mode of visual representation. Following these premises, the exhibition examines the boundaries of this phenomenon through the work of 30 pioneering artists from around the globe. The exhibition title refers to the term “The uncanny valley,” that was coined in the 1970s to describe the unsettling feeling when androids (humanoid robots) or audio / visual representations of people closely resemble humans, but are not fully realistic or convincing. This dissonance is found today in computer-generated imagery (CGI) that now form our visual world and artists today are responding to and deconstructing the resultant visual landscape. The Exhibition includes the work of Adi Fluman and Miri Segal.

David Maljkovic, Group Show at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

The Group Exhibition “Constellations: a choreography of minimal gestures” will be on show until 22 September at Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon. “It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with thenow to form a constellation.” (Walter Benjamin). The names used to refer to the different constellations are imbued with history, tradition, and myths. Imaginary clusters of stars have always been a source of fascination to humans. Perplexed by their surroundings, we have endeavoured to decipher our own origins in a mythical, cosmogonic space crisscrossed by superhuman intentions—an unlimited space—which also accommodates the conflicting desires of the gods. This longstanding fascination with the celestial sphere of our planet and the urge to investigate what we could see led stars and constellations to be included on maps and in myths in the form of varied signs and narratives. The human mind has thus perceived these luminous dots in the sky to be mysterious clues about the universe, life, and humanity. It was in this context that the constellation first appeared: in the midst of immortal, fixed stars, retaining a permanent reminder of collective and individual fates. The Show includes the work of David Maljkovic.

David Maljkovic Group Show at Daadgalerie in Berlin

The Group Exhibition Deep Sounding – History As Multiple Narratives”  at Daadgalerie in Berlin will be on view until 11 August 2019. Deep Sounding – History as Multiple Narratives brings together artists with a shared interest in exploring the factors and background narratives that generate multiple perspectives on history. A particular focus of this presentation, which also includes works by current and former guests of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, are the subjective historiographies that emerge as a result of multiperspectivity. These involve the cognitive processes of assimilating history and rethinking existing – and often fictitious – hi(stories). The act of rearranging documentary material or breaking with linearity frequently provides the starting point for the creation of new narratives. In addition to linguistic narrative structures and language policy, above all the sensuousness of the charged material of historical events serves the participating artists as a vehicle of narrative communication.

Miroslaw Balka Public Talks in the frame of “The Eye Never Sleeps”, Center for Contemporary Art Torun, Poland

Miroslaw Balka will take part on “The Eye never splees”  at the Center for Contemporary Art Torun in Poland. The talk with the polish artist will be on 3 July 2019 at 7 pm and will be moderatated by Grzegorz Brzozowski.  The Eye never sleeps’ means cyclic meetings of visual artists and scientists. So far, its three consecutive editions have taken place. The scientific symposium that takes place simultaneously to the artistic part, and the artistic residencies, in which Polish and foreign artists take part, are integral parts of the event. Sixty-five creators took part in the most recent (3rd) edition of the Festival, several of them being foreign artists from Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, etc.

Non-accidental meetings are the follow-up of the surrealistic ideas and relate to the ethical postulate included in the Surrealist Manifesto by André Breton, who emphasizes the role of accidental meetings. The first edition in the current formula took place in 2014 and about 40 artists participated in it. The following edition gathered over 50 artists. The festival gets its interdisciplinary character from the display of works of various spheres of visual arts: from painting, drawing and graphic, through collages, photography, performance, to new media arts and movies. 

Miroslaw Balka Group Show at Museum Voorlinder, Wassenaar, Netherlands

The Group Show “Less is more” is on display until January 2020 at Museum Voorlinden.  How can it be that we in the West – in an era in which our standard of living is higher than ever – are still constantly wanting more? Our smartphones keep us in contact with the world twenty-four hours a day. The result is constant overstimulation. We are always “on”, and we don’t quite know how to manage it. The gratification is fleeting, while the emptiness endures. Yet a counter-movement is emerging. Chefs advocate simple, authentic cuisine. Organisational gurus write books filled with tips on reducing clutter. Fashion designers practically chant the mantra: buy less, choose well. The Tiny House movement continues to grow. And we find meaning in the pursuit of a zero-waste existence. Minimalism seems to be the new way of life.

Douglas Gordon and SWG3 for a New Project “Head Girl” in the frame of Art Car Boot Sale 2019

Head Girl is an artist-led printmaking project and will focus on the production of limited edition, hand-printed t-shirts and posters. It will open this Saturday as part of the venue’s annual contemporary arts fair, Art Car Boot Sale. Created by SWG3 and Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, Head Girl will retail a series of curated designs by artists and friends of the venue. The store will open on Saturday 29 June in Arch 29, Eastvale place. The first wave of Head Girl t-shirts will come from Douglas Gordon, Gary Rough and Mogwai’s Barry Burns, and will be priced from £36. Fashion designer Pam Hogg, footballer Eric Cantona and Garbage singer Shirley Manson have also committed to the project, as well as internationally acclaimed artists including Philippe Perreno and Sue Webster.

Adi Fluman, Group Show at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv, Israel

The exhibition Zoom 2019 – Young Israeli Artists is a platform for outstanding young artists. This is the second exhibition organized by the Zoom project and the 22 artists featured in the exhibition were selected after a long review of over 1,000 art school graduates, and with the consultancy of a committee of curators at the Israel Museum. The Zoom exhibitions give expression to a wide range of concerns that preoccupy the country’s young generation. In order to provide these exceptional artists with a maximum amount of artistic freedom, the exhibitions are not thematic, but rather focus on subjects chosen by the artists themselves. The natural history museum hosting the current exhibition offers a prism through which to read the works of these young artists, who examine fundamental questions regarding life, social concerns, and humanity’s condescending attitude to nature. The Exhibition took place on 14 May 2019 at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel