Thursday, October 28, 2010


The Horse Hospital
Colonnade, Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1JD

until - 30 October 2010

HUNG – an exhibition curated by Stuart Sandford
Bruce LaBruce // Slava Mogutin // Walter Pfeiffer // Conrad Ventur // Paul Mpagi Sepuya // Gio Black Peter // Brian Kenny // Billy Miller // Jan Wandrag // Jesse Finley Reed // Stuart Sandford

HUNG is an exhibition curated by the artist Stuart Sandford featuring photographic, video, installation works and works on paper. The show brings together a group of both emerging and established international artists whose work explores ideas of sex and sexuality and the male form. Taking inspiration from the LA and NYC sex clubs and gay movie theatres of the 70s and 80s, the exhibition space will be transformed into a place where sex, money and the smell of amyl nitrate are the order of the day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tatsumi Orimoto In Conversation With Mark Waugh

Saturday 16 October, 2pm
Permanent gallery
20 Bedford Place

In this conversation with Mark Waugh, Executive Director of A Foundation and Curator of Tatsumi Orimoto’s recent retrospective in the UK which included hundreds of documentary photos and video works of Orimoto’s recorded performances, Orimoto will reveal the motivations and meanings behind his work, and explain the processes of his creative activities, as well as the relation between his work, his personal life and society.

Orimoto lives and works with his mother Odei Orimoto in Kawasaki City, Japan. He has shown extensively in exhibitions and major museums across Asia, Europe, USA, and South America.

This event accompanies Live in Translation by Tatsumi Orimoto: a single billboard poster, at 30 North Road, Brighton, as part of the Brighton Photo Fringe.

This event is kindly supported by Moshi Moshi Brighton.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tatsumi Orimoto - Bread Man Talking

The Japan Foundation, London
Russell Square House
10-12 Russell Square

15 October 2010

Tatsumi Orimoto is a leading name in the global performance art scene known for his seemingly bizarre work in which he deals with everyday life, ageing and questions of communication. Orimoto’s persona of Bread Man, whereby he appears with his face obscured by bread, is a clear example of what Orimoto describes as “communication art” and attracts many bewildered and curious looks from passers-by as they are invited to engage in his world.

Together with other works such as the more moving Art Mama, in which his mother who suffers from Alzheimers is the main subject, Orimoto condenses in his work his interpretation of reality and true life by surrounding us with scenes of calculated absurdity and dry humour.

In this illustrated conversation with Mark Waugh, Executive Director of A Foundation and Curator of Tatsumi’s recent retrospective in the UK which included hundreds of documentary photos and video works of Tatsumi’s recorded performances, Tatsumi will reveal the motivations and meanings behind his work, and explain the processes of his creative activities, as well as the relation between his work, his personal life and society.

This event offers a very unique recounting of Tatsumi’s highly respected artistic career which spans from the 1970s and has seen him delight and intrigue audiences wherever he goes, from international exhibitions such as Venice Biennale to the streets of London.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Touch Village

A Foundation Liverpool
67 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 OBY

9th October 2010

Visitors to the A Foundation on the 9th October were invited to cruise the alleys and windows of Touch Village – an interactive performance installation that explored the possibilities of documenting intimacy and human contact in performance. The village is a web of interactive situations, which leads visitors on their own journey, through which they can explore themselves and the limits of performer-participant relationships.

Touch Village was a curatorial project by Kimbal Bumstead in collaboration with a group of selected interactive artists, Hedva Eltanani, Jack Ridley, Baptiste Croze, Heather Jones, Matthew Kay, Lynn Lu, Richard Taylor, Alexandra Zierle, Paul Carter and The Mysterious DJ Collective.

Touch Village was a durational work, its individual elements unfolding over the course of the evening. Structured around a central installation, seven separate performances proposed intimate situations. The encounters leave traces and products behind which witnessed these shared moments. Visitors to the village were free to explore and participate in the process of touching and being touched. Like all good villages, there was a friendly bar with live music…

Thursday, October 7, 2010


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Sally O’Reilly - The Body In Contemporary Art

Although now rather well worn, the phrase ‘the personal is political’ continues to be relevant for contemporary artists, sinse it encapsulates the potential for an individual to represent, by example, such wider issues as cultural difference, historical context, sexual preference, racial differentiation and the transgression of gender roles.p79

Autobiography is a powerful genre for provoking empathy in an audience, and it can provide a direct way of speaking out against objectification and categorization. Autobiography implies an urge to communicate a personal narrative, whose intimacy can at times be shocking, to both productive and damaging ends.p84

The body as a site of common physiological experience makes it an excellent tool for inspiring empathy. While autobiography, as we have seen, can be a way of appealing to our shared biographical or cultural experiences, it is notoriously difficult to pitch: the work must be neither overly didactic or emotive, nor so ambiguous that it is open to misinterpretation.p189-p190

Today[...]this insistence on the artwork as independent and self-contained has been almost entirely replaced by its opposite. Not only is the presence of the audience acknowledged, but the individual’s power to generate meaning is actively encouraged. The image of an impassive audience consuming static art infused with fixed meaning by an authoritative artist has given way to a reciprocal and conditional situation in which ambiguity scuppers meaning, so that the artist, artwork and viewer together negotiate an intellectual and sensory experience.p192,p193

In the West, too, a genre of participatory and socializing art has developed in response to perceived fragmentation within society, as members of communities have withdrawn from one another as a result of complex socio-economic and political factors.p194

Simon Pope holds the view that a person represents an active archive, producing, storing and reproducing information through his or her passage through society and ever-changing relationships with place. A number of his participatory performances recall the ancient connection between walking and remembering.

Sociability as a medium has become entrenched in contemporary practice, although its emergence can be traced further back than one might think. Although the last fifteen years have been identified as the period when relational aesthetics have been identified as the period when relational aesthetics became established, artists were orchestrating situations for social engagement in the 1970s, as in Tom Marioni’s FREE BEER (The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art) (1970-79)p200 – p202

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Emily Wardill

The films of British artist Emily Wardill are brilliant cinematic labyrinths. Visually striking and playfully rigorous, they draw upon an array of sources– underground theater, psychoanalytic case studies, the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Rancière, and even the game logic of Nintendo Wii–to pose fundamental questions about vision, representation, and media and their role in how we come to know ourselves. Wardill has been the recipient of much recent critical acclaim: Tate Modern film curator Stuart Comer rated her film The Diamond (Descartes’ Daughter) (2008) as one of his top ten picks of 2008 and The Guardian newspaper deemed her its “artist of the week.”

Film London and Channel 4 in association with the UK’s Whitechapel Gallery have announced that the winner of this year’s Jarman Award is Emily Wardill.

Wardill was announced as the winner of the award at an event at the Whitechapel on Tuesday, October 5, following screenings of work by Wardill and the other 2010 shortlisted artists Spartacus Chetwynd, Ben Rivers, and Zineb Sedira.

Wardill receives a ash prize and a broadcast commission to make four artworks for Channel 4’s Three Minute Wonder strand. The rest of the shortlist receive $1,600 each. This year’s jury included: John Akomfrah, filmmaker; Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Avi Grewal of Channel 4 documentaries; Mark Rappolt, editor of ArtReview; artist Gillian Wearing; and Stuart Comer, film curator at Tate Modern.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Liverpool Artist's Book Fair 2010

Saturday 2 October 12-6pm
A Foundation
67 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 OBY

A Foundation is pleased to host the Liverpool Artist's Book fair for the 2nd year running. The fair will be a vibrant platform for stall-holders to present an extraordinary array of artists' books, zines and other paper-based works, many of which will be for sale.