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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.


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.


Shu Lea Cheang Presents FLUIDØ at the Berlinale 2017

FLUIDØ still by Shu Lea Cheang

Shu Lea Cheang presents the world premiere of FLUIDØ, a feature-length cypherpunk film at the Berlinale 2017, one of the most prestigious international film festivals.

FLUIDØ creates a fictional future in which the government announces that AIDS has been wiped out. En route to this breakthrough, a generation of humans have evolved from mutated AIDS viruses. These humans, known as ‘ZERO GEN’, are genderfluid. Their ejaculate is intoxicating to other humans and becomes a popular drug named DELTA, leading the government to pursue and arrest the ZERO GEN with the help of drug resistant androids. When one of these androids becomes intoxicated by DELTA, the drug goes viral.

FLUIDØ is a networked journey through digital and non-digital bodies, hacked boundaries, and corrupt infrastructures. The work is part of Cheang’s extensive exploration of cybernetic sexuality, notably following on from her 2000 work I.K.U. which follows the lives of sensual cyborgs as they exchange touch and data.

FLUIDØ premieres at Panorama, Berlin from 14-16 February as part of Berlinale 2017, an international film festival which brings together movie industry professionals from across the world in Germany’s capital.

FLUIDØ was produced by Shu Lea Cheang, Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion and AMARD BIRD Films. Sedition supported the development of the film by offering Cheang’s Data Hack collection as a reward for her Kickstarter campaign in 2015. View the Data Hack collection on Sedition.

Screening at Panorama Berlin on:
-14 February Tuesday at 10:45 pm
-15 February Wednesday at 20:15 pm
-16 February Thursday at 10:45 pm
Click here to purchase your ticket.

#SeditionRecommends Arty Outings for Valentine’s Day

This article introduces current and upcoming events and exhibitions, which look at the shifting, complicated aesthetics of digital love. Take your special someone out on Valentine’s Day to explore works and projects that look at the concept of love as fragmented and dispersed, experimentally synthesised, material and virtual, human and machinic.

Visit the Design Museum to explore the future of love and sex in the digital age, or discover the need for love in an age of hostile and exclusionary politics at Carroll/Fletcher, or if you’ve recently broken up with someone, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships to help heal the pain. Read more of our recommended ideas for an inspiring Valentine’s date below.


Intimate Strangers by Andres Jarque

Fear and Love at Design Museum

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is an exhibition of eleven installations which collectively takes an experimental look at love, sex and intimacy. The installations, by designers and architects including Metahaven, Madeleine Gannon and Arquitectura Expandida, explore themes and topics from robot sentience to networked sexuality. This exhibition is ideal for those individuals who would like to experience the way love is hyper-mediated by technological processes.

Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Open daily 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:00)

Until 23 April 2017

United We Stand by Eva and Franco Mattes

United We Stand at Carroll / Fletcher

Today’s world could be described as turbulent to say the very least. With Donald J. Trump elected as President of the United States, and the ongoing Syrian and refugee crisis it demonstrates that politics is in need of more acceptance and love. It is in these moments that the artist must navigate between the edges of political conflict to create a world in which we are united. The show, United We Stand, is the third part of the exhibition titled ‘Looking at one thing and thinking of something else’ at Carroll / Fletcher. The exhibition ultimately seeks to creatively and critically reimagine a shared future with an abundance of love in the political realm. It also provides the timely occasion to leave our beliefs behind and embrace the kind of love that looks at other human beings from distant cultures as part of us, part of our own flesh.

Carroll / Fletcher

56 – 57 Eastcastle St, London W1W 8EQ

Tues – Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat: 11am – 6pm, Sun: Closed

Until 4 March 2017


Hatsune Miku in Still Be Here

Still Be Here at Barbican

following would make a one of a kind date with your special someone. On 26 February 2017, animated pop-star and cyber-celebrity Hatsune Miku will be performing some of her musical hits at the Barbican in the show, Still Be Here. The project was conceptualised by artist Mari Matsutoya, created with music producer Laurel Halo, award-winning choreographer and visual artist Darren Johnston, virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon and Martin Sulzer. Hatsune Mikku will appear on stage in the form of a 3D projection, and sing to lyrics that highlight the role of being a female pop star; and more specifically, how a female body is commodified, identified and translates fans’ desires as she is collectively constructed. Get tickets for your Valentine for this special experience.

Still Be Here

Barbican Centre

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

26 February 2017 at 20:00

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No ONE Is More Work Than Me by Ed Atkins

Testing Ground at Zabludowicz Collection

The Zabludowicz Collection in North London presents Testing Ground, featuring works by artists including Ed Atkins, David Blandy, Cécile B. Evans, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Jon Rafman and Amalia Ulman who explore the performance of persona. Whether framed as a duality, a network, a performance or a process, it is through the persona that individuals connect to form relationships – loving and hostile, between individuals and groups. An exhibition that enables its participants to wonder about the entanglements we forge with our significant other when we are in love, as a reminder that we are more than ourself.


Zabludowicz Collection

176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT

Thursday – Sunday 12–6pm

Until 26 February 2017


Museum of Broken Relationship

For those who are single or healing from a broken relationship visit, The Museum of Broken Relationships located in Los Angeles and Zagreb, which is a crowd-sourced project that showcases the story of the broken-hearted through objects donated by people. The purpose of the museum is to provide a way to heal from a break-up by accepting memento’s that carry a burdening emotional load. Through the public display of these items, the museum seeks to alleviate individuals and create a collective emotional history as a reminder that, despite the painful experience, the lover is not alone.


Museum of Broken Relationship

6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, One Block East of Highland

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am – 6pm, Thursday: 11am – 7pm,

Friday & Saturday: 12am – 8pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm


Ćirilometodska 2, 10000, Zagreb

Winter (October 1st – May 31st):

Every day from 9am – 9pm