Reviews

Corin Sworn: Historical Narratives

Corin Sworn: Historical Narratives

Travis Riley

Travis Riley profiles Corin Sworn’s recent slide and film installations, finding in them a persistent desire to blur the accounts of the past and question their hold on the present.

Fear Eats the Soul: The Paris Triennale 2012

Fear Eats the Soul: The Paris Triennale 2012

Jennifer Burris

Jennifer Burris reviews 'Intense Proximity', Okwui Enwezor's ambitious Paris Triennale, examining the intricate relations between art and ethnography weaved in the show.

Machine Age

Machine Age

Melissa Gronlund

Melissa Gronlund assesses the New Museum's 'Ghosts in the Machine', admiring the historical survey of art and technology but querying the show's grasp on the contemporary.

Before Nostalgia: The Whitney Biennial 2012

Before Nostalgia: The Whitney Biennial 2012

Deirdre O'Dwyer

On its penultimate edition at the Marcel Breuer building, Deirdre O'Dwyer assesses the Whitney Biennial 2012 and its engagement with the museum as a social space mediated by politics of access, inclusion and exclusion.

The World Explained

The World Explained

Christel Vesters

Privileging forms of non-professional knowledge, Christel Vesters explains The World Explained, Erick Beltrán’s encyclopaedic research project.

Josef Strau’s Throwaway Economy

Josef Strau’s Throwaway Economy

David Everitt Howe

David Everitt Howe gauges Josef Strau's balance of writing and representation, reading and critique, in this short essay on his practice.

Slow Art, Fast Life

Slow Art, Fast Life

Kathy Noble

Kathy Noble identifies a yearning for pre-digital days in her survey of AV Festival 2012 and asks whether the outcome of fast-paced technological revolutions might be a new appreciation of human failure.

Kamal Aljafari: Inhabiting Gestures

Kamal Aljafari: Inhabiting Gestures

Gaia Tedone

On the occasion of Kamal Aljafari's screening in London, Gaia Tedone unpacks the relationship between political and cinematographic memory in his films and suggests that his portrayal of everyday gestures complicates the mediated representation of occupation.

Cara Tolmie: Chinese Whispers

Cara Tolmie: Chinese Whispers

John Douglas Millar

John Douglas Millar discusses the performances of emerging artist Cara Tolmie, in the context of the rejection of hyperbolic theory in answer to the question: what happens after postmodernism?

Nancy Buchanan: Ethical Provocations (photo essay)

Picture Essay

Nancy Buchanan: Ethical Provocations (photo essay)

Audrey Chan

Nancy Buchanan's practice posits the audience as participants in a conversation on the gendered body and the perils of commercialised spectatorship. Audrey Chan interviewed Buchanan in Los Angeles; this photo-essay maps her forty year career in her own words.

Mary Simpson: Leap/Linger

Mary Simpson: Leap/Linger

Isla Leaver-Yap

Mary Simpson's work discusses the intimacy of the bodily gesture and the oddly distancing close-up image; Isla Leaver-Yap looks at recent work.

Laure Prouvost: Excited in Slow Motion

Laure Prouvost: Excited in Slow Motion

Kathy Noble

Kathy Noble takes a disorientating journey with Laure Prouvost's newly commissioned film sequence and installations, at Spike Island and International Project Space.