Archive for October, 2015

PART 2: Sedition Frieze Guide 2015: What To See During Frieze Week

In Part 2 of our guide to Frieze, Sedition presents our recommendations for those looking to explore London during Frieze week – with a focus on art and the digital. We’ve hand-picked the best, most exciting events around the city and will be posting live updates from the fair on 15 October. Follow us at @seditionart for the latest news and updates during Frieze.

You can also read Part 1 of the Sedition Frieze Guide 2015, which highlights Sedition artists showing during the week.

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Sedition Picks: At Frieze

Frieze Projects

Frieze London, Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
14 – 17 October 2015

Frieze Projects, curated by Nicola Lees, is a non-profit presentation of commissions supported by LUMA Foundationand Arts Council England. For those interested in digital art, Sedition recommends the installation created by ÅYR, which explores the implications of the relationship between the Smart Home and Big Data.

Frieze Sounds

Frieze London, Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
14 – 17 October 2015

New media experimentation, how time is measured and represented using digital technologies, the relationship between improvisation and capture…these are themes explored in Frieze Sounds, a collection of sonic commissions recorded at Frieze New York and available to download during the London festival.

Metahaven in conversation with Justin McGuirk

Frieze London, Regent’s Park NW1 4NR
16 October 2015, 1pm

Frieze’s programme of talks are always fascinating, giving an insight into the most pressing questions and talked-about themes in the art world. Sedition recommends seeing ‘Bad. Planetary Scale. Delicious.’ on 16 October, where Metahaven will discuss current questions around surveillance and transparency in conversation with Justin McGuirk.


Sedition Picks: Beyond Frieze

Institutionalising The Digital: Platforms, Formats and Infrastructures

Goethe Institut London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PH
16 October 2015, 3pm

Leading thinkers and creative practitioners who engage in various ways with the interface, the database and the algorithm come together for this panel discussion and website takeover at Goethe Institut London. The talk focuses on how digital infrastructures and art industry structures can – and promise to – collide and combine now and in the future. Speakers include Rhizome’s Zachary Kaplan and DIS Magazine’s Lauren Boyle. During the event Opening Times will be interacting with the event through a takeover of the Goethe Institut website.


Jon Rafman solo exhibition

Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT
Until 20 December 2015

Jon Rafman, Mainsqueeze, 2014 (still). Image courtesy the artist and Zabludowicz Collection

Jon Rafman, Mainsqueeze, 2014 (still). Image courtesy the artist and Zabludowicz Collection


For his first major UK solo exhibition at Zabludowicz Collection, Jon Rafman has created a series of installations which blur the distinction between the ‘lived’ and the simulated. The artist, who is interested in the relationship between human perception and the digital and in the representation and enactment of desire, presents his first entirely live action movie – a collaboration with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) – at the exhibition.


Serpentine Transformation Marathon

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London W2 2AR : 17 October 2015, 10am-10pm 18 October 2015, midnight – noon

For the tenth year of the Serpentine Gallery’s Marathon series the gallery presents Transformation Marathon, which takes place at the Sackler Gallery, with live streaming on Youtube, on 17 October and is broadcast online from midnight on 18 October. This year’s marathon is concerned with strategies for enacting change in the digital age and invites to the stage contemporary theorists, researchers and practitioners whose work addresses different kinds of societal/political/cultural shift.


Software: Hard Problem

Cubitt Gallery, 8 Angel Mews, London N1 9HH
Until 15 November 2015

At Cubitt an exhibition curated by Morgan Quaintance and featuring artists including Maurice Mohr, Cécile B. Evans and Lawrence Lek presents an alternative view of the digital. In Software: Hard Problem technology is neither to be feared nor revered; the participating artists instead explore the ways in which technological advancements and being human are intrinsically linked.

In conjunction with Software: Hard Problem, Resonance FM will broadcast a series of interviews with the artists involved between 4 October and 22 November. The interviews are available to download from the Cubitt website.


The Human Face of Cryptoeconomies

Furtherfield, McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ
17 October – 22 November 2015.  Private View 16 October 2015

Facecoin by Rob Myers.  Image courtesy of Furtherfield

Facecoin by Rob Myers. Image: Furtherfield


The Human Face Of Cryptoeconomies is the first in a series of exhibitions to comprise Furtherfield’s Art Data Money series. The focus of the exhibition is to consider how value systems, production values and societal constructs (for instance ownership or collection) could change in the age of the blockchain. Contributing artists include Sarah T Gold, Jennifer Lyn Morone, Rob Myers, The Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) andSedition artist Shu Lea Cheang, who imagines a world whose social currency is garlic. A series of interactive labs run alongside the exhibition.

View Shu Lea Cheang’s Data Hack collection featuring three netart pieces on Sedition.


The Liquid Archive

Banner Repeater, Hackney Downs Network Rail, Platform 1 Dalston Ln, London E8 1LA
Until 18 October 2015

The latest exhibition at Hackney Downs train station’s resident gallery Banner Repeater examines the impact of digital image reproduction techniques on art and art exhibitions. How do new methods of image capture relate to, or impact on, the collective story of art? What does the widespread usage of new media imply for the future of the exhibition space?

PART 1: Sedition Frieze Guide 2015: What To See During Frieze Week

Frieze Art Fair is one of the biggest art events in London that happens annually in October. This year the fair runs from 14-18 October in London’s Regent’s Park and brings together work by a wide range of contemporary artists represented by galleries from around the world as the art world descends on the city. As well as a curated maze of artworks, Frieze will present Frieze Talks, a programme of talks dealing with the issues currently shaping the contemporary art industry; Frieze Masters, for the exchange and discussion of historical art; and Frieze Projects, a series of not-for-profit commissions. During Frieze week a number of Sedition artists present work during and alongside the week-long affair.  We’ve put together the Sedition guide to Frieze week to highlight some of our picks to some of the more interesting events and exhibitions exploring art and technology and how artists are using the digital to take apart and re-form the practices of contemporary culture and society.

PART 1: Sedition Artist Exhibitions During Frieze


Bill Viola, A Phrase from "Illumination" (2011), available on Sedition

A Phrase from “Illumination” (2011), available on Sedition


Boundary-pushing installation, video and sound artist Bill Viola has a history of using new media in incredible ways to explore facets of ‘human nature’ – fragility, transcendence and violence, while reflecting on how different media can frame such facets in new ways. Opening on 13 October, Blain|Southern and The Vinyl Factory present rarely seen historic works by Bill Viola, which shed light on his methodology and on how his career has unfolded. Thames and Hudson have also released a comprehensive, and beautiful tribute to Viola’s work. From October 10, Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosts the most extensive exhibition of works by Viola in the UK in 10 years including two new pieces.

View A Phrase From “Chris” by Bill Viola on Sedition.

Bill Viola, Moving Stillness (Mt. Rainier), 1979
Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP
13 October – 21 November 2015

Bill Viola, The Talking Drum
The Vinyl Factory Brewer Street Car Park, London, W1F 0LA
13 October – 7 November 2015

Bill Viola Solo Show
Lower Gallery and Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG
10 October 2015 – 10 April 2016



Image courtesy of Victoria Miro

Represented by Victoria Miro, on 13 October Elmgreen & Dragset open their first solo exhibition at the gallery’s Mayfair location. The duo are known for their wry, playful redefinitions of conventional locations and scenarios; their work is both critically powerful and arrestingly almost-ordinary. The artists frequently comment on the museum/gallery format through their work; in Self Portraits they focus on the humble wall label, creating new contexts and identities for something often seen in galleries but given little cultural value.

View the digital edition of Power Structures by Elmgreen & Dragset on Sedition.

Elmgreen & Dragset, Self Portraits
Victoria Miro, 14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE
13 October – 7 November 2015


Lawrence Weiner, The Sky Moves, digital edition available on Sedition.

Lawrence Weiner, The Sky Moves, digital edition available on Sedition.


At Frieze Lisson Gallery’s (Booth B5), Lawrence Weiner will present works during the fair alongside artists including Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Richard Long as part of Lisson Gallery’s presence at Frieze. The highly influential artist, who looks upon language as a sculptural medium, exhibits a site-specific installation which connects to his concurrent show at Blenheim Palace. Weiner will discuss his exhibition in a talk at Frieze Masters on Sunday, 18 October at 12pm.

View The Sky Moves by Lawrence Weiner on Sedition.

Lawrence Weiner Solo Exhibition
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
10 October – 20 December 2015


Image courtesy of Paul Stolper Gallery

Image courtesy of Paul Stolper Gallery


For their collaborative exhibition at Paul Stolper Gallery, which opens just before Frieze week, Sedition artist Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann turn their focus to the signs placed in galleries in interim periods. In Course Of Arrangement 2005-15 displays and reframes collected examples of these often unnoticed signs and offers visitors the chance to collect them in a playful comment on what it means to collect art today.

View Peter Saville’s After Closer (Digital Edition) on Sedition.

In Course of Arrangement 2005-2015 Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann
Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH
9 October – 21 November 2015


Guan Xiao, The Trip.  Available to view on Sedition

Guan Xiao, A Trip, digital edition, available on Sedition


Guan Xiao’s work focuses on the circulation of imagery over digital channels impacts on the construction of identity. She combines new and old cultural artefacts to create complex and multifaceted sculptures, videos and installations. Guan’s work will be exhibited by Antenna Space  (Booth H32), during Frieze London in parallel with an exhibition entitled Basic Logic showing at the gallery’s Shanghai location until 27 November.

View and purchase A Trip by Guan Xiao on Sedition.

Guan Xiao, Basic Logic
Antenna Space, 202, 50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai, China
9 October – 27 November 2015



'Electric Fountain', Tim Noble and Sue Webster, available on Sedition

‘Electric Fountain’, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, available on Sedition 


During Frieze week Sedition artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s collaboration with Japanese alt-rockers Bo Ningen, ‘HAIR’ will show at East London venue Red Gallery.  The event, running over two evenings, is  part of two-day live music and performance festival Inside Outside Underground, which Sue Webster co-curated with Anne McCloy in association with BEAT Magazine.  HAIR was notably shown in 2013 as part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall.

Sue Webster says of the collaboration: “I first saw Bo Ningen by accident at the Shoreditch 1-2-3-4 festival back in 2010. I had never seen anything like it – four Japanese gentlemen with hair down to their knees who played guitars with their teeth, naturally I was mesmerised.”

“After interviewing them for the music paper BEAT, I spent the next few weeks plucking long black hairs from the back of my sofa…this induced Tim and I to make ‘hair portraits’ of each member of the band, which metamorphised itself perfectly into the idea of creating an animation made entirely from their HAIR”.

View Electric Fountain by Tim Noble and Sue Webster on Sedition.

Sue Webster Curates – HAIR
Inside Outside Underground: Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT
15 and 16 October 2015


‘Déjà Vu 1’ by Marion Tampon-Lajarriette. Available on Sedition

‘Déjà Vu 1’ by Marion Tampon-Lajarriette. Available on Sedition


Sedition artist Marion Tampon-Lajarriette is among artists presenting work in Q-Park’s SILENT MOVIES.  The annual event this year takes place in a circular car park on Cavendish Square and features work by over 100 artists as well as numerous artist talks.

View Déjà Vu 1 by Marion Tampon-Lajarriette on Sedition.

Q PARK, Level -3, Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PN
18-19 October 2015.  Private View 16 October 2015.  By Appointment.

Watch this space for Part 2 of the Sedition Frieze Guide coming soon!

Bill Viola Digital Editions On Sale At Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Still from A Phrase From “Chris”, digital edition from Sedition

Still from A Phrase From “Chris”, digital edition from Sedition


Two digital editions by Bill Viola are available to purchase from Sedition alongside a major solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Opening on 10 October and showing in the Underground Gallery and the Chapel the exhibition is Viola’s largest solo show in the UK in a decade and features a new work, The Trial (2015). Viola’s work considers the fallibility and volatility of human nature and the relationship between human perception and the mechanisms of image-making through the use of installation, video and sound, frequently depicting moments of threshold and transcendence.

Sedition will be offering a number of digital editions of Viola’s work from the museum’s gift shop during the exhibition. The editions, including A Phrase From “Chris” (2011) and A Phrase From “Illumination” (2011) will be available as beautifully packaged gift cards. The gift cards contain a unique code, which can be redeemed on our website and directly added to your Vault on Sedition.


Image: Bill Viola, Mt Rainier coffee shop, WA, August 1979. Photo: Kira Perov


Viola is renowned as a pioneering video artist who creatively and reflectively explores new media techniques, their boundaries and their relationships with people through the production and display of his work. This explorative quality can be experienced first-hand in Blain|Southern and The Vinyl Factory’s upcoming presentation of rarely exhibited early-career works by the artist in two prominent London locations.

Moving Stillness (Mt Rainier), 1979 will be on display at Blain|Southern in London’s Mayfair from 13 October 2015. The multi-faceted installation, whose elements include projections and environmental recordings, brings together new media techniques of the late 1970s to monumental effect. It has been exhibited only once before at its inaugural showing in 1979.

At the same time, The Talking Drum, an immersive installation featuring two sound installations by Viola will be presented at The Vinyl Factory’s Brewer Street Car Park. A limited edition vinyl of recordings of performances by the artist from the 70s and 80s will be presented alongside the exhibition.

Visit Bill Viola’s artist profile page on Sedition for more information on his digital editions and click follow to receive the latest news and updates from the artist. To explore the full Sedition Curated collection, visit the Discover page.

Bill Viola’s exhibition opens from 10 October 2015 – 10 April 2016 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, WF4 4LG.

The Talking Drum opens from 13 October – 7 November 2015 at The Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street Car Park, W1F 0LA.

Moving Stillness (Mt Rainier), 1979 opens from 13 October to 21 November 2015 at Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BP.