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Shezad Dawood Presents Screening Of ‘Towards The Possible Film’

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film

Shezad Dawood’s Towards The Possible Film


This summer Sedition is pleased to present a series of events at Shoreditch and Soho House in London. For the second in the series, acclaimed artist Shezad Dawood presents a screening of Towards The Possible Film at Soho House. The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist and Oliver Basciano, Editor at Art Review, and an audience Q&A.  

Towards The Possible Film is a 20-minute video work made in 2014. It presents the story of two new arrivals in a desolate, rocky land. The visitors, who appear to come from another world and atmosphere entirely, make headway into the landscape, eventually meeting those who already live there. Dawood’s use of framing and narrative structures creates a dissonant work; the work could be taking place on Earth or on another planet, in the past or in the future. The work’s nuanced depiction of interaction brings together themes of colonisation, isolation and the relationship between people and environment.

Dawood will discuss his practice with Oliver Basciano, an art critic and writer who has worked at Art Review since 2009. Now the International Editor for Art Review, Basciano also writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly.

Sedition’s Art In The Digital Age series is a programme of events focusing on the way digital media is shaping the art market in various ways. The programme looks at the influence of the digital on art collecting, art making and art sales. By looking at the present art market, the series seeks to also consider what is likely to happen in the art world in future years.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, 6 July 2016, 6:45pm at Soho House, 76 Dean St, London, W1D 3SQ. Free entry, limited capacity.

Register your place at the event via Eventbrite

View artworks by Shezad Dawood on Sedition


From Pigment to Pixels: Panel Discussion at Brown’s London Art Weekend

This Saturday 2 July 2016, Sedition’s Director Rory Blain will be presenting on a panel to discuss the present and future of digital art at Brown’s London Art Weekend. From Pigment to Pixels is one part of series of talks and events held at Brown’s Hotel in London’s Mayfair over the weekend of 1-3 July. The event brings together experts in the field of digital art to examine how new technological developments are set to shape the art creating and art collecting landscapes. Panellists include: Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic, independent curator, Estela Oliva, and artist Eloise Fornieles, moderated by Ghislaine Boddington, founder of body>data>space.


For this special event, Rory Blain will discuss the work of Sedition, offering insight into the experience of producing and distributing the work of artists in a new format. Anders Petterson, the founder of London based art market research company ArtTactic Ltd will discuss innovation in art-market research methods, making them a leading commentator on the global art market. Petterson lectures on the topic of ‘Art as an asset class’ for CASS Business School and Sotheby’s Institute in London. Estela Oliva, independent curator and creative director is also the founder of Alpha-ville, a creative agency working across art, technology and digital culture. She will explore the impact of technology on human behaviour through the construction of hybrid environments in her work. Through engagements with performance, video, spoken word and photography, artist Eloise Fornieles examines the way in which live acts are documented and communicated. She will discuss her upcoming project that combines performance and social media, and examining the relationship between the two.

The panel is chaired by Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital. Ghislaine is curating the Future Love theme at the upcoming FutureFest 2016 and has worked extensively with interactive interfaces and body responsive technologies for the past 25 years. Her diverse perspective enables her lead the discussion into fruitful directions. Together the panelists bring together a wealth of experience to share during the weekend events.

Join us for this enriching discussion this Saturday at 4pm – RSVP to attend

From Pigments to Pixels begins at 4pm on 2 July in the Roosevelt Room at Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, London W1S 1BP as part of Brown’s London Art Weekend.

Sedition Artworks Available as Gift Cards in the Royal Academy Shop


Sedition gift cards in the Royal Academy shop

Sedition is delighted to offer a range of digital artworks by world renowned contemporary artists for sale at the Royal Academy in London. Fourteen artworks created exclusively for Sedition by Royal Academicians Michael Craig-Martin, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, Ron Arad, Bob and Roberta Smith and Yinka Shonibare MBE are available as gift cards now displayed in the Royal Academy foyer and shop. Priced between £20 and £155, the full range of digital editions can be viewed and purchased on the Royal Academy online shop.

The Sedition gift cards are an easy and affordable way to take an original limited edition video artwork home with you from the Royal Academy or give as a special gift for a friend or loved one. All works can be viewed on any smartphone, tablet, computer or TV. In this way, Sedition presents presents a new way to collect and display art in the digital age.

For the best viewing experience, we highly recommend downloading our apps for iPhone, iPad and Android from the App Store and GooglePlay to experience the works at home or on the move. Works can be downloaded into the app and viewed even while offline. You can also access the artworks through the browser by logging in at

To redeem your Royal Academy digital edition, simply:

  • Select an artwork and bring the gift card to checkout to purchase.
  • Scratch off the back of the card to reveal a code.
  • Go to
  • Sign-in or create an account on Sedition (it’s free to join). Enter the code on the back of the card and click Redeem.
  • The artwork is automatically added to your Vault on your Sedition account and can be viewed on any connected TV, tablet, smartphone or computer.
  • Download the free Sedition iPhone/iPad, Android and Samsung Smart TV app to enjoy the artwork on your screens and devices.

Sedition Gift Cards Point Of Sale in the Royal Academy Foyer

Sedition gift cards Point Of Sale in the Royal Academy Foyer

The launch of the Sedition display coincides with opening of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2016, which runs from 13 June until 21 August 2016. This year’s exhibition features work by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jane & Louise Wilson, Ron Arad and Gordon Cheung and many others. For the institution’s 250th anniversary in 2018, a large-scale public artwork by Yinka Shonibare MBE has been designed to wrap around the facade of the Royal Academy building. It features a collage of images showing key figures and moments in the history of the institution, overlaid with a brightly coloured fabric design by Shonibare.

Visit the Royal Academy at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

This year, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition features works by Jane and Louise Wilson, Ron Arad, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Yinka Shonibare.

The Summer Exhibition is a cornerstone of UK art – every year since 1769 it has invited artists from across the world, whether established or unknown, to submit works to the largest open call in the UK. Entries are put before a committee and the selected works are displayed through the summer months alongside works by leading contemporary artists.

The 2016 exhibition is curated by Richard Wilson RA and runs from 13 June to 21 August at Burlington House, Piccadilly. The exhibition’s overarching theme is the artist duo; Wilson has specially chosen long-term collaborators whose work represents the art world today.

Among the works presented are a photographic installation derived from Jane and Louise Wilson’s Chernobyl series. The installation lines the main staircase of the Royal Academy. Jake and Dinos Chapman present prints from their Human Rainbow series as well as their sculptural work The New Arrival, while Tim Noble and Sue Webster present their neon and aluminium work Forever.


In addition to the work of artist duos, the Royal Academy Summer Show contains over 1200 individual works by international artists – including works by a number of practitioners whose work is on Sedition. Ron Arad will exhibit Spyre, a large scale kinetic sculpture in the Royal Academy courtyard for the duration of the exhibition, while works by Michael Craig-Martin,Tracey Emin, Rachel Howard, Bob and Roberta Smith and Gordon Cheung can be seen on a tour of the galleries. Also showing work in the galleries is Yinka Shonibare, whose large scale installation can be seen wrapping the building in Burlington House in London’s Piccadilly.

Alongside the Summer Exhibition, the work of Sedition artists can be purchased as gift cards from the Royal Academy gift shop and foyer. You can read more on how to purchase the cards here. Alternatively, visit the Royal Academy online shop to explore the listed works.

You can see the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 13 June to 21 August at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

Sedition Guide To Art Basel 2016

From 13-18 June, Art Basel and satellite events will bring international artists and gallerists to Basel, Switzerland for a packed programme of exhibitions and talks. This year’s fair includes the presentation of works by a number of leading contemporary artists who have released work on the Sedition platform. In this post, we will introduce the work being shown by Sedition artists in and around the fair, as well as highlighting some of the satellite fairs and exhibitions taking place in Basel this month.

Art Basel

Art Basel runs from 16-19 June at the Messe Basel exhibition centre. Read an interview with Art Basel director Marc Spiegler on what’s new for the fair this year.

Tracey Emin at Lehman Maupin

Tracey Emin at Lehman Maupin


At Art Basel Unlimited, the work of Tracey Emin is represented by three galleries: Xavier Hufkens (Booth B14), Lehmann Maupin (Booth L9) and White Cube (Booth C18). Elmgreen and Dragset are represented by Galeria Helga de Alvear (Booth P8), while Cheng Ran’s work will be presented at Booth S12 by Galerie Urs Meile. Bob and Roberta Smith’s large scale wall painting will be presented as part of the Von Bartha exhibition at Booth H13.

Visitors to the fair can also experience the work of Lawrence Weiner in the Parcours sector, which presents site specific interventions, performances and sculptures around the city.

Satellite events and exhibitions

Alongside Art Basel, a number of satellite fairs and exhibitions present artworks, talks and workshops throughout the city. Scope Art Fair runs from 14-19 June and this year takes place in a new venue – Clarahuus on Weberstraße. From this rooftop location, Scope will celebrate its tenth year showcasing emergent art practices, as well as celebrating the work of influential contemporary artists. Also taking place from 14-19 June is Liste Art Fair, which presents an array of international new and emerging artists and gallerists. At Markethalle Basel from 13-19 June, the Volta Art Fair will bring together galleries from 20 nations and 33 cities, putting the focus on new and emerging international galleries.

As well as exploring Art Basel and its satellite events, visitors to Switzerland this summer can experience the work of Damien Hirst at Kunstmuseum Basel. The Acquired Inability To Escape will be among the works presented in Sculpture on the Move until 18 September 2016.

For more information visit:

Art Basel:

Art Basel 2016 takes place at Messeplatz 1, 4005 Basel, CH  from 16-19 June.

Scope Art Fair:

Scope Art Fair is held at CLARAHUUS, Webergasse 34, 4058 Base,l CH from 14-19 June.

Volta Art Fair:

Volta Art Fair can be seen at Markethalle, Viaduktstrasse, 4051 Basel, CH from 13-19 June.

Liste Art Fair:

Liste Art Fair is at Burgweg 15, 4058 Basel, CH from 14-19 June.

Sculpture On The Move is presented at Kunstmuseum Basel, St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel, CH from 19 April to 18 September.

Sedition Presents Art In The Digital Age Series at Shoreditch House


Starting in June 2016 Sedition presents Art In The Digital Age, a series of talks on contemporary and digital art collecting at Shoreditch House, London.

The series explores the new realms of digital art collecting, creation and exhibition. By bringing together experts in the fields of digital art, curating, art collecting and design, Art In The Digital Age will discuss, and ask interesting questions about, the future of the art world.

With the introduction of new technologies, the way contemporary art is experienced is undergoing significant changes. Media platforms, display techniques and softwares are redefining the way art is experienced and collected. The influence of the digital has structurally changed aspects of the art world, bringing art into contact with new spaces, disciplines and audiences. It has also led to questions around the artwork itself, such as: how can digital works be valued, stored and securely exchanged? What is the materiality of a digital artwork?

The first talk in the series is titled Art Collecting For The Home and takes place on 17 June from 7-9pm at Shoreditch House. It looks at how art is being displayed and integrated into contemporary domestic spaces. The event takes the form of a panel discussion between experts from three specialist areas.

Gordon Cheung is a painter whose work incorporates code as well as traditional media; a number of his works are available as digital editions on the Sedition platform, and his solo exhibition Here Be Dragons runs at Nottingham Castle until 17 July.

Khalid Laith is an actor and art collector with a particular interest in video art and art from the Middle East.

Liezel Strauss is the founder of fine art photography platform Subject Matter.

Join us on 17 June for an engaging discussion. Free entry, limited capacity. Register your place here:


Sedition Guide to the 3rd International Biennial of Digital Art in Montréal

Opening in Montréal, Canada this June is the 3rd International Biennial of Digital Art (BIAN) presented alongside the 17th annual ELEKTRA festival of art music and new media. The biennial runs from 3 June to 3 July, while ELEKTRA takes place from 1 to 5 June.

The theme of this year’s biennial is ‘Automata’, art made by machines for machines, which features a large scale exhibition at Arsenal Contemporary Art in an expansive 50,000 square industrial space in the Griffintown district of Montréal. The exhibition includes works by international artists with a section dedicated to artists from Switzerland. The work of Sedition artists, Pascal Haudressy, Zimoun and Matthew Biederman are also featured in the exhibition. A selection of Sedition gift cards will be available for sale at Arsenal for the duration of the biennial.


Somewhere We Will Meet Again (White Version) - Pascal Haudressy

Somewhere We Will Meet Again (White Version) – Pascal Haudressy


Sedition will give a presentation of the distribution of digital art during the professional networking event International Marketplace for Digital Art (IMDA) as part of ELEKTRA taking place at Cinémathèque québécoise from 1-2 June 2016. The conference provides a platform from which to discuss the future of the digital art market. Sedition’s Head of Programmes and Operations Ashley Wong will introduce the work, context and potential future of Sedition on 2 June at 4:30pm. The presentation will contribute to a wider conversation about the distribution and collection of digital art.


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The Perspection collection by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke


Sedition will launch three new digital editions by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke from the Perspection series on 2 June with a launch event following IMDA at 5pm at Cinémathèque québécoise. The collection includes three audiovisual works created exclusively for Sedition.


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PARALLELS by NONOTAK – digital edition available on Sedition


From 1 to 5 June, BIAN and ELEKTRA will be joined by MUTEK, the international festival of digital creativity and electronic music. Taking place at several venues in Montréal, MUTEK provides a platform for innovative and emerging artists working with audiovisual techniques.

Sedition artists NONOTAK and Matthew Biederman & Pierce Warnecke will be showing their latest work in interactive evening performances, both at A/Visions. NONOTAK will present their new work Shiro on 3 June at A/Visions 1. The interactive piece, which begins at 19:30, combines experimental techno, light and shadow, and multilayered projections across screens and the bodies of performers.

Biederman and Warnecke will present their work Perspection (Cubed) at MUTEK on 3 June. The work is a new version of the artists’ collaborative project Perspection, which projects geometric forms which, using 3D tracking, combine into a single shapeshifting image. Perspection (Cubed) is a site specific installation whose projectors and speakers add new dimensions to an already multidimensional work. The interactive installation is built using custom hardware and software.

On 4 June Matthew Biederman will take part in a panel discussion titled Experimental A/V design at the Phi Center. The discussion, which is part of MUTEK and takes place from 2-4pm, is hosted by Dynamic/MTL.

BIAN  takes place at Arsenal Contemporary Art, 2020 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R8, Canada.

ELEKTRA is held at Arsenal and at SAT, 1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2S6, Canada. Part of ELEKTRA, IMDA is held on 1 and 2 June at the Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 Boulevard de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K1, Canada.

MUTEK takes place from 1 to 5 June at various venues across Montréal.


Open Call for Artists: FutureFest Art Prize 2016

Sedition and Nesta have teamed up to create the first FutureFest Art Prize. Shortlisted works will be presented at FutureFest 2016, a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks and interactive experiences designed to inspire people to question and shape the future. The festival will take place at the Tobacco Dock in London from 17-18 September 2016.

International artists and creatives are invited to submit photo and video works under one of the four themes of FutureFest: Love, Work, Play, and Thrive before Friday, 10 June 2016, midnight GMT.

** Deadline extended to: Sunday, 19 June 2016, midnight GMT **

Neurosis, the world’s first neurologica thrill ride, at FutureFest 2015

Neurosis, the world’s first neurologica thrill ride, at FutureFest 2015


From the submitted works, twelve will be shortlisted by our panel of esteemed, high-profile, and influential judges including:


Ghislaine Boddington, Co-founder and Creative Director of body>data>space, Reader, CPDA University of Greenwich (and curator of the FutureLove theme at FutureFest 2016)

Paul D. Miller, artist, writer, musician known as DJ Spooky


Ruth Amos, Managing Director of StairSteady Ltd (and curator of the FutureWork theme at FutureFest 2016)

Tom Berman, artist and engineer


Pat Kane, writer, musician and consultant (and curator of the FuturePlay theme at FutureFest 2016)

Claudia Hart, artist, curator and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Dr Morgaine Gaye, Director of Bellwether: Food Trends (and curator of the FutureThrive theme at FutureFest 2016)

FIELD, a specialised creative studio in London that combines art and technology

Shortlisted works will be presented at FutureFest with a live public vote by the audience – an estimated 5,000 visitors. One winner from each theme will be announced at the event and will each receive a £500 cash prize with the chance to have their work featured on Sedition to an international audience of art collectors and enthusiasts.



Edward Snowden, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Breffni O’Connor, Luciano Floridi & Geoff Mulgan, FutureFest 2015

Since 2003 FutureFest, powered by Nesta, has brought together innovative projects and inspirational people to explore ways of creatively and democratically shaping the future. The programme features exhibitions, immersive experiences, panel discussions and talks visitors will join an active discussion about how the world of the future might look like in 20-30 years time.

This year’s programme has centres around four themes. Future Love, curated by Ghislaine Boddington, looks at how intimacy, bodily contact and emotion could change alongside an increase in virtual spaces and algorithmic inputs. Ruth Amos’ Future Work programme examines possible future constructions of workplace systems and cultures, while Future Play, curated by Pat Kane, asks how play, game culture and gamification could shape culture in years to come. The final curatorial strand, Future Thrive, is curated by Dr Morgaine Gaye and explores new and potential manifestations of food, health and home life.

For more details on each theme visit:

Submission Guidelines

To begin submitting works, go to

  • Sign-in or create an account
  • Check the T&Cs and click Get Started
  • Select an artwork to upload and click Upload
  • Add a name and description for your artwork
  • Check the box to submit to the FutureFest Open Call and select the theme you are submitting to in the drop down
  • Select a price from the options and click Submit For Approval
  • Complete your profile by uploading a profile picture and biography, signature and banner and click Save
  • You will be notified about your submission via email.


Technical requirements:

  • Video submissions must be no longer than 3 minutes long and should be submitted as HD 1080p 1920 x 1080 MOV, MPEG or MP4 files. The preferred codec is H264.
  • Still images must be at least 3000pixels wide and should be formatted as PNG or JPG files.


For full submission guidelines visit Sedition’s FutureFest Art Prize Open Call page.


FutureFest takes place on 17-18 September 2016 at Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF. Tickets are now available on the FutureFest website:

Electronic Art In Domestic Spaces: Sedition presents work in Share Festival, Turin

The Lonely One In The Autumn by LIA


Sedition presents a curated display of works by eight artists Ryan Whittier Hale, Shu Lea Cheang, LIA and Katie Torn at the Piemonte Share Festival in Turin, Italy. The annual festival, which runs from 19 to 28 May 2016, is dedicated to supporting contemporary art in the digital age. Share is hosted by Casa Jasmina and Fablab Torino in partnership with Toolbox Coworking and Officine Arduino, the festival is led by the festival’s artistic director Bruce Sterling, science fiction writer, journalist.

The theme of the eleventh edition this year is ‘House Guest’, exploring alternative electronic networking, electronic art and networked appliances in the home through an exhibition, workshops and panel discussions.

Works by the selected Sedition artists will be shown in a curated display throughout Casa Jasmina alongside six prototypes for home appliances which, by incorporating elements of maker and open source culture, will reimagine the Internet of Things in the home.

Untitled by Ryan Whittier Hale

Untitled by Ryan Whittier Hale


The six projects featured in the exhibition are the shortlisted works for Share Festival’s annual Prize. The works were selected by panel of expert judges including Bruce Sterling, author and curator and digital artist Chiara Garibaldi. Visitors can explore the projects including a surveillance coffee machine by Carlo Galli, a 3D-printed timepiece by Christoph Laimer, a satirical web installation by Lauren McCarthy, and a Kinect-controlled music installation by Jean-Michel Roland. Works are displayed in different rooms of a simulated home at Casa Jasmina, giving a sense of how the ideas on display might translate into the home of the future. During the Festival one overall winner will be announced as recipient of the Share Prize. In 2014 the prize was won by Sedition artist LIA for her Filament Sculptures, which brings algorithmically generated forms into the physical realm.

Share Festival takes place at between 19 – 28 May 2016 at CasaJasmina, Via Egeo 16; Fablab Torino, Via Egeo 16; and Toolbox Coworking, Via Montefeltro 2, Turin, Italy.


Highlights at ISEA 2016 Hong Kong

From 16-22 May 2016, Sedition participates in the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Hong Kong.

Keynote speakers at this year’s symposium are Benjamin Bratton, Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Natalie Jeremijenko and Sedition artist Shu Lea Cheang, who presents a talk titled As The [Science] Fiction Goes at 11:00 on 18 May. Ghislaine Boddington of body>data>space will also present at the festival. In September 2016 Sedition and body>data>space will partner with Nesta and FutureFest to present the FutureFest Art Prize exhibition in London – Read more here.

On 20 May at 14:30 Sedition’s Head of Programmes and Operations, Ashley Wong, presents a talk on digital distribution of art in the Creative Media Centre, Room 5. She also presents during Curating Art After New Media HK 2016, a short professional development course, which runs from 16 – 22 May and is hosted by Videotage.

From 26-23 May Overlap present a five screen installation of Aquatint as part of the ISEA 2016 Juried Exhibition.


View ‘Reading’ by Shu Lea Cheang on Sedition. Cheang will present a keynote at this year’s ISEA.

View ‘Reading’ by Shu Lea Cheang on Sedition. Cheang will present a keynote at this year’s ISEA.


ISEA, which was founded in 1990 in the Netherlands, is an international discussion platform at which practitioners from different disciplines meet to exchange ideas on art and technology. This year’s programme is curated under the theme Cultural R>Evolution. The theme focuses on the idea that media creates the new while returning to the old; rather than the new emerging fully formed from the old, instead the margins change and forces redistribute.

The main activities at this year’s symposium take place between four Hong Kong locations: City University’s Creative Media Centre, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Cattle Depot Artist Village. Numerous satellite events will take place throughout Hong Kong for the duration of the festival and beyond.

ISEA 2016 takes place from 16-24 May in various locations across Hong Kong. Register for tickets here.

The short course Curating Art After New Media takes place from 16-22 May at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with various site visits to art spaces around the city.