Tracey Emin Launches New Edition To Support Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

On 26 July 2017, Sedition launches a new digital artwork by Tracey Emin. Because of You I’m Here, an animated video work made exclusively for Sedition for display on screens, is launched as part of the 2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala and benefit auction.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) works towards restoring the Earth’s delicate ecosystem, focusing on protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation and climate change.

The 2017 benefit auction is the latest and largest in a series of events hosted by the LDF, where innovators and thought leaders from the environmental, art, film, fashion and other industries come together to raise money and awareness, both of which contribute towards resolving critical ecological issues. Works by internationally acclaimed artists including Yinka Shonibare, Jenny Holzer and a special commission by Lawrence Weiner will be presented in St Tropez and auctioned in an exclusive event on 26 July.

An online auction will also take place, presenting works by established and emerging artists to a global audience. The works presented in the online auction are also on display in an offline exhibition in New York from 3 – 10 August 2017.

Because of You I’m Here is showcased in the online auction and accompanying exhibition as well as being part of a goody bag offered at the LDF VVIP dinner event on 25 July. The work is part of an ongoing series of digital artworks made exclusively for Sedition by Emin which animate neon lettering in the artist’s distinctive handwriting. The work will be available in a limited edition of 250 at $500.

The LDF benefit event will review the progress made and obstacles encountered by the Foundation, drawing attention to current environmental threats and urging visitors to both auctions to contribute to the fight against these threats. Art is an important part of this conversation, bringing nuance, different perspectives and visual appeal to the campaign as well as raising funds through the auction of sought-after works.
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The Magnum Home: Pop-Up Exhibition


Sedition is pleased to participate in 
The Magnum Home, a pop-up exhibition presented by Magnum Photos, Plinth and Thames and Hudson that combines radical interior design with photography.

The Magnum Home features the Magnum at 70 collection from Sedition displayed on screens released in celebration of Magnum’s 70th anniversary. The fifteen iconic photographic and video works are made available for sale as gift cards at the show. The collaboration sees two leading digital arts organisations come together to present collections of from Magnum’s archives. The partnership will involve the launch of collections of carefully selected works to be released as limited editions exclusively on www.seditionart.com over the course of 2017, allowing collectors to be able to view and purchase works on their digital devices.

The Magnum Home also features Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture, an exhibition drawn from Magnum Photos’ archives and curated by Ekow Eshun. The exhibition will explore how Magnum photographers have documented youth culture in Britain and internationally from the 1960s to the present day. With an emphasis on some of Magnum’s most contemporary and intriguing work, The Magnum Home will stage photography in a distinctly domestic environment – a listed Georgian townhouse, opposite the British Museum.

Throughout the building, young designer Yinka Ilori will stage his characteristically vibrant interventions; born of passions for interior design and the bold colours of Nigerian prints and textures, his work has spanned furniture making to full-scale installations: Ilori recently redesigned London’s iconic Africa Centre.

A programme of talks and events will be held throughout the exhibition, alongside a range of unique merchandise presented by Plinth including silk scarves, tote bags and resin badges, and monographs, field notebooks, sketchpads and other print materials supplied by Thames and Hudson.

The Magnum Home will be at 44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN, between May 17th and 21st, and open 11am -7pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday. Join us for the private view: 6 – 8pm, 16th May 2017. RSVP to attend: info@plinth.uk.com

For more information visit: https://plinth.uk.com/blogs/magazine/the-magnum-home

Sedition Recommends: 57th Venice Biennale 2017

Shiva’s Dreaming (Crystal Palace) by Lawrence Lek

From 18 February to 26 November 2017, the 57th Venice Biennale will transform the Italian city as artists and galleries from across the world bring their ideas and artworks. If you’re heading to the city this year, be sure to visit our recommended exhibitions featuring Sedition artists. This guide to Sedition artists at the Biennale features Shezad Dawood, Frederik de Wilde, Damien Hirst, Isaac Julien, Lawrence Lek, Hew Locke, and Yinka Shonibare.

Frederik de Wilde and Lawrence Lek in HyperPavillion

HyperPavillion is a large scale exhibition of newly commissioned works which engage with the impact of the increasing influence of the digital. Together, the works create an exploratory, immersive post-human universe. Presented by Korean production house Fabulous Inc and and curated by Philippe Riss-Schmid, the exhibition features projections, a hologram theatre, a 360° immersive cinema and a range of hybrid combinations of new and traditional media. HyperPavilion takes place in three warehouses on the northern side of the Arsenale, and is open to the public from 13 May to 30 October 2017. The exhibition features works by Frederik De WildeLawrence Lek, Aram Bartholl, Claire Malrieux, Paul Souviron and more.

Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare and Isaac Julien at the Diaspora Pavilion

At Palazzo Pisani Santa Monica, Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Isaac Julien, Erika Tan, Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton and others present work at the Diaspora Pavilion. Bringing together varied perspectives and strategies for examining diaspora, the exhibition expands and complicates notions of the diasporic. The exhibition launches with a Private View on 10 May and runs from 13 May until 26 November.


Damien Hirst at Palazzo Grassi and Punto Della Dogana

Damien Hirst brings a new solo exhibition, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, to Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana. The exhibition, which runs from 9 April to 3 December, has been ten years in the planning and presents ambitious and exquisite works by Hirst displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum space . It tells the story of an ancient and monumental shipwreck, the Unbelievable, through its treasures, restored from the deep. As well as telling the story of the ship, the treasures also link to the life of fictional freed slave Aulus Calidius Amotan or Cif Amotan II.

 

Leviathan production still

Shezad Dawood Leviathan Launch

Shezad Dawood launches his ten part film work Leviathan at the Venice Biennale, presenting the first three episodes in a site-specific exhibition curated by Alfredo Cramerotti at the Villino Canonica and at the Fortuny Factory in the Giudecca. Episodes of Leviathan will launch in international exhibitions over the next few years before the work is released in its entirety as a feature film in 2020.

Combining news and documentary footage with shots filmed on an abandoned island and at London’s National History Museum, Leviathan weaves a complex narrative linking topics as diverse as migration, marine conservation and mental health.

Click here for more information about visiting this year’s Venice Biennale.

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 in Photos

This year Sedition visited Art Basel Hong Kong and its satellite fairs, photographing as we went. The gallery above shows some of the highlights of our tour.

As well as seeing work by artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Wang Qingsong, Adrian Wong and Kingsley Ng at Art Basel and in solo presentations, we also explored the Art Central Hong Kong show and Digital exhibition at the Central Harbourfront, and visited .com/ .cn presented by the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and MoMA PS1.

JOYCE Gazelli Art Takeover – In Review

As part of Art Basel Hong Kong, Sedition recently attended a group exhibition presented by Gazelli Art House as the gallery took over the flagship store of fashion brand JOYCE.

JOYCE is a pioneering Hong Kong fashion retail store which showcases the work of designers who transcend the boundaries of art and fashion. The Gazelli Art House takeover transformed the space with a series of pop-up exhibitions by an eclectic selection of artists represented by the gallery.

The exhibition included works by husband-and-wife Charlotte Colbert and Philip Colbert, who have individually launched digital editions on the Sedition platform to coincide with the event. At JOYCE, Charlotte Colbert presented examples from several of her bodies of work: In & Out of Space, A Day At Home, Ordinary Madness and Studies, at JOYCE Cabinet. Philip Colbert showcased a series of paintings which playfully insert Mickey Mouse and Snoopy into everyday settings, prompting the viewer to consider the way branding and celebrity are woven into everyday life.

Also featured in the exhibition was James Ostrer, who for his project Wotsit All About photographed people smothered in junk food. Photographs from the series will be displayed at the Lower Ground Floor entrance and in lightboxes at JOYCE Harbour City and JOYCE Pacific Place. The final exhibited artist, Kalliopi Lemos, filled the entrance window of the store with a swarm of paper bees.

Sedition and Magnum Photos Announce Year-Long Partnership at The Barbican

 

Photograph by Thomas Dworzak, taken in Kyrgyzstan in 2005

 

Throughout 2017 Sedition and Magnum Photos launch an international partnership in celebration of Magnum’s 70th anniversary. In Magnum at 70, Sedition launches a series of collections of iconic photographic and video works as digital editions created over the past 70 years by Magnum Photos artists. Alongside the online launch programme, Magnum Photos and Sedition will present a public programme of digital exhibitions, events and panel discussions.

Magnum at 70 will launch alongside a talk event as part of the Magnum Photos Now series on Friday 24 March at 7pm in The Barbican’s Frobisher Auditorium 1 in London. Digital Territories: Photography in the Online Environment is a panel discussion which focuses on how photography and digital space define one another.  The panel comprises Sedition’s Director Rory Blain, Magnum’s Digital Director Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Magnum photographer and David Alan Harvey, publisher of Burn Magazine. The discussion is chaired by Aaron Schuman (artist, writer, curator and editor).

The conversation will explore the online ‘life’ of photographic works and the merging of photographic practice and digital space. The panelists will look at what online photographic display means for photographers, publishers and consumers of photography, covering storage, communication networks and visual literacy.

The inaugural set of fifteen works in the Magnum at 70 collection will be released to coincide with this, including by photographers Werner Bischof, Martin Parr, Tim Hetherington and Dennis Stock.

Subsequent launches and events with Magnum Photos and Sedition will be presented throughout the year. Follow Magnum Photos on Sedition to keep up with news and updates.

Sedition Recommends: Art Basel Hong Kong

Twenty-five Minutes Older by Kingsley Ng. Image via Media Arts HK

 

The 2017 Art Basel Hong Kong is arranged into several sectors – Galleries, Encounters, Insights, Film and Discoveries – each of which offer a different perspective on the influences, directions and topics currently active in the contemporary art industry. Followers of Wang Qingsong can see his work represented by Blindspot Gallery as part of Kabinett.

The Sedition Blog has covered numerous art fairs internationally over the past few years and a repeat recommendation we make is that those interested in digital art should seek out the talks programme. Digital technologies inform infrastructure as well as artworks, and the talks programme is a great way to find out about both. On Friday, March 24, artists Michael Craig-Martin, Su Mei-Tse and Abigail Reynolds discuss art practice as a gateway to infrastructure in ‘The Language(s) We Speak: Art as Communication’. The conversation is moderated by Alan Lau, Co-chair of Tate’s Asia Pacific Acquisition Committee and Para Site.

On 22 March at midday artist Kingsley Ng discusses his practice, light and the built environment with writer and curator Valerie C. Doran. The talk accompanies the presentation of Ng’s multimedia work Twenty-Five Minutes Older, in which Hong Kong trams become moving camera obscuras.  Watch a video interview with Ng here. At 3:30pm on the same day artists Cao Fei and Yang Yongliang will speak to Freya Murray, Program Manager of Google Arts & Culture, London about the future of art in Virtual Reality. The talk, titled Virtual Frontiers | Artists Experimenting with Tilt Brush, considers the role of virtual tools such as Google Tilt Brush in shaping this future.

On 25 March the fair hosts two talks which engage with the influence of digital technologies. At 1pm a discussion on Technologies of the Present | New Media at Work is presented by artists Kyung Hwa Lee, Lin Ke and Masaki Fujihata. This conversation is followed by a discussion on New Criticism | Digital Media and Cultural Journalism with BBC Culture editor Matthew Anderson; George Chen, Head of Public Policy for Hong Kong and Taiwan, Facebook, Hong Kong and Nonny de la Peña, Founder, Emblematic Group, Santa Monica. The talk is moderated by Vivienne Chow, Founding Director, Cultural Journalism Campus and Honorary Lecturer, Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

 

Satellite Events

Theaster Gates Presents Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now At White Cube

 

Alongside Art Basel HK visitors to Hong Kong can explore a lively city of art as galleries and institutes are transformed by new artworks. JOYCE’s Central store is visited by the work of Philip and Charlotte Colbert among others as Gazelli Art House takes over the iconic fashion venue. From 20 – 25 March Art Central Art Fair brings 100 contemporary galleries together at the Central Harbourfront, a ten minute walk from Art Basel.

 

Still image of DEEP WATER by Zheng Mahler

On Monday 20th of March from 5:00-9:00pm, Zheng Mahler’s work DEEP WATER will be translated from a single-channel video into an immersive VR experience alongside a series of 3D anaglyphic still prints from the video in Art Central Art Fair’s Booth D1. Through DEEP WATER, Zheng Maler will take the audience into an immersive time-machine that will allow them to experience various versions of the natural and political history of Sham Shui Po district of Kowloon.

 

The Tiger Returns To The Mountain computer rendering by Adrian Wong

On 19 March, see Adrian Wong introduce his new solo exhibition The Tiger Returns To The Mountain at K11 in an artist talk from 4-6pm. The exhibition, which runs from 20 March to 19 April, critically examines the evolution of Hong Kong’s political positioning by deconstructing the symbol of the tiger in a multi-layered installation. At the White Cube, Theaster Gates’ solo exhibition Tarry Skies and Psalms for Now seeks to facilitate change through an examination of the visual, social and spatial practices of roofing. The exhibition opens on the evening of 20 May.

The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and MoMA PS1 have come together to present the exhibition .com/ .cn as part of their ongoing research partnership, which is co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1. The exhibition will open on the 20th of March with an artist talk and includes artworks by Darren Bader, Cao Fei, DIS, Aleksandra Domanovic, Gregory Edwards, Li Ming, Liang Wei, Lin Ke, Liu Shiyuan, Miao Ying, Oliver Payne, Sondra Perry, Wang Xin, and Anicka Yi. 

The show brings to the fore Chinese and Western practices informed and inspired by different region-based digital ecosystem. Each distinct regional internets have developed under varying forms of state control, each conditioning different social behaviours, economies, and modes of thought. These variations are particularly evident in comparing artistic responses to the available internets of China and the West, and their respective political and economic systems.

Becoming: A New Collection of Works by RCA Artists

 

Six digital editions by emerging artists currently studying at the Royal College of Art are presented as part of Becoming, an exhibition at London’s Dyson Gallery. During and after the exhibition the six artworks will be available as a collection of digital editions, also titled Becoming, on Sedition.

The artists whose works are part of the collection are Yao Cong, Sarah Howe, Aki Pao-Chen Chiu, Georgi Stamenov and Anna Ridler. The exhibition is presented by Subject Matter, RCA and Sedition and takes place from 22 February to 3 March 2017.

The artworks in the collection encompass still images, GIFs, animation and video.  Together, they and the other works on display at Dyson Gallery present multiple responses to the theme of Becoming, which puts the focus on process ahead of outcome. Overall, Becoming is about being an artist in today’s complex social, political and economic climate, and the challenges emerging artists face in developing a sustainable practice. Each artwork deals with sub-themes taking a different approach to incompleteness, continuity and transition; as such the collection touches on, and makes dialogues between diverse themes including gender, language, machine learning and mental health.

ПЛАТ – Fabric by Georgi Stamenov

 

Georgi Stamenov’s still image work ПЛАТ – Fabric explores digital materiality by rendering fabric into 3D animation. Sarah Howe’s Diagnosing the Cure repurposes aesthetic elements of self help videos into GIF format, examining the evolution of online self-help networks. Anna Ridler’s Typography works with existing glyphs and WikiLeaks data to create a new experimental alphabet. In Under Blue Yao Cong explores identity construction and the relationship between performance and the body through a video piece that makes careful use of close-up shots, alternately masking and revealing glimpses of the subject matter.

The print works in the exhibition can be purchased as photographic prints from Subject Matter. All proceeds from the editions benefit the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund to support the career development of future emerging artists.

 

Sedition Guide To Armory Show 2017

Casey Reas, ToxScreen-0000020010, 2014, Print, 69 cm x 122 cm, DAM Gallery

A key event in the art industry calendar, the Armory Show brings together influential 20th and 21st Century artworks in the industrial setting of Piers 92 and 94 in New York. The fair is accompanied by a programme of events and openings across New York as part of Armory Arts Week. In this guide we’ll highlight the key destinations for anyone with a digital art focus.

The Show

The 2017 Armory Show synthesises 20th and 21st Century works into one expansive exhibition and programme. The gallery booths are accompanied by tailored segments including Presents, which showcases young galleries and emerging artists; Insights, which focuses on 20th Century works; and Platform, which brings large-scale and site specific artworks and installations to the Armory.

Talks

The Armory’s varied 2017 programme of talks includes discussions with artists including Renzo Martens and Studio Drift, as well as panel discussions covering themes from gallery architecture to art collecting in the digital age. The following discussions, taking place at the Theater, are must-sees for those interested in digital art.


What’s Technology Got to Do with It? Art in the Digital Age – 3 March, 4pm

Artists Shiva Ahmadi, Charles Atlas, and Marilyn Minter speak to Thomas Allen Harris, Founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions. The discussion is moderated by Barbara London, Founder and former Curator of the Video and Media collection at The Museum of Modern Art.

Conversations on Collecting | Collecting Digital: Art, Technology, Preservation and Posterity – 4 March, 1pm

In a discussion presented by Athena Art Finance and moderated by Erica Barrish of EAB Fine Art Services, artists, collectors and curators including Rhizome’s Artistic Director Michael Connor discuss the new trajectories and possibilities made available to art collectors by the advent of digital technologies.

Armory Arts Week

Each year the Armory show is accompanied by an expanding programme of satellite events. While visiting New York this week, make time to check out as many external art fairs as you can – highlights include Volta, Scope, Pulse, Clio, the Moving Image Art Fair and the ADAA Fair. We recommend visiting Moving Image Art Fair, whose exhibitors include Claudia Hart and Rick Silva represented by TRANSFER Gallery and Casey Reas represented by DAM Gallery.

Armory Show, 2-5 March 2017, Piers 92 & 94, 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York

Sedition, Subject Matter Present Becoming, Exhibition Of Emerging Artist Print And Video

From 22 February to 3 March 2017 the artworks of a group of emerging artists studying at the Royal College of Art will be presented in Becoming, an exhibition organised by Subject Matter and Sedition.

Early career practitioners studying at the RCA schools of Fine Art and Communication were invited to propose artworks responding to the theme of Becoming. A group of artists working across print and digital media were chosen to take part in the exhibition, which takes place at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery, by a judging panel including Subject Matter’s Liezel Strauss, Sedition’s Rory Blain and Michael Turco from the Royal College of Art. 

All exhibited artworks are available to purchase in limited editions, either as photographic prints or as digital limited editions on Sedition. The artists whose work is being presented on Sedition are Aki Pao-Chen Chiu, Georgi Stamenov, Sarah Howe, Anna Ridler and Yao Cong. All proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund.

While the theme of Becoming was framed primarily in terms of becoming an artist, there is an inherent fluidity to the term which led to artistic responses which engaged with a wide range of themes, from gender and identity politics to Artificial Intelligence and the construction of language. Locations, temporalities, identities are connected through the process of becoming, and connections and overlaps can be found between the artworks in the exhibition.

Alongside the exhibition, Sedition, Subject Matter and the RCA present a series of talks at Somerset House and RCA. The talk series focuses on the important role of art collecting and on how to adapt collecting in the digital age.