Archive for March, 2017

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.