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WOT U :-) ABOUT?

WOT U : -) ABOUT? – Rachel Maclean’s multimedia installation at Tate Britain – plays brilliantly with the dayglo propaganda of the emoji age. First thing you’ll notice is that Tate’s familiar classicism has had a makeover, transforming one large room into a seductive reception hall for our digital indoctrination. Joining Maclean’s molten proletariat, we demand […]

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FILMS SACRED AND PROFANE: JORDAN BELSON RETROSPECTIVE

Last night, BFI unleashed a stream of otherworldly celluloid rarely encountered beyond chance screenings and dark corners of the internet. FILMS SACRED AND PROFANE (28.02.17) was a mind-bending new retrospective of works by experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. The 11 short films – some screened in full, some fragments of larger projects – varied in length from 3 to 11 minutes. All […]

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COSMIC RAY x2: review of experimental film at Tate Modern and BFI

A tale of two screenings. You wait ages for an evening of hand-scratched celluloid and then two come along at once. They couldn’t have been more different. One bracketed to the hilt, full of explanation and exposition. One left unattended, like a secret garden gone wild. Both coincidentally anchored by  Bruce Conner’s 1961 animation COSMIC […]

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LUCY RAVEN: EDGE OF TOMORROW

SERPENTINE GALLERIES, LONDON 08.12.16 to 12.02.17 If life can be expressed in a series of Venn diagrams, we’re particularly fond of the space where art house and art gallery overlap. It’s a space occupied by Serpentine Gallery’s first ever UK solo show by New York artist Lucy Raven. They’ve even gone to great pains to transform the […]

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BRUCE AND NORMAN YONEMOTO: THE FUTURE OF MY DESIRE

20.01.17 to 22.01.17, STARR CINEMA, TATE MODERN, LONDON REVIEW: A weekend of films by the Japanese-American Yonemoto brothers, including a lecture and assorted Q&As with Bruce Yonemoto. Bedding down for a weekend in the luxury of the STARR CINEMA is a joy, even though TATE has a way with such affairs that can make them both erratic (will […]

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PRIMITIVE 2009

The delicate meat at the heart of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Primitive (2009) is a challenge to coach from its interstellar shell. As if to echo the Thai filmmaker’s oblique storytelling, the subterranean playground of Tate Modern’s Tanks asserts its own narrative, from panicked parents on the march to the loud ignorance of aficionados (“Is this that silly […]

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