Dark Ecology
One of Pembrokeshire’s dilapidated military listening stations is the starting point and backdrop for Seán Vicary‘s latest animation, which considers our relationship to uncontrollable environmental states. Thinking about early warning systems, Vicary digitally manipulates lichen to bring the precariousness of our relationship with nature to the fore.
Until 1 October 2017, Oriel Mwldan, Bath House Road, Cardigan SA43 1JY.

Museum of Contemporary Commodities
Taking as a starting point the idea that our retail environments – whether physical or online shops or sites of storage – could be considered as museums, Paula Crutchlow, Ian Cook and a host of collaborators have inaugurated the Museum of Contemporary Commodities. Functioning as both an online collection and series of live events, visitors to the shop-gallery can contribute to the museum or participate in ‘hacktivist’ activities. Mikayla, the museum’s networked talking doll, is on hand to guide participants.
24-27 August 2017, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR.

A Show About The Show
Whether you love or dread private views, this exhibition puts the ‘culture, history and etiquette’ of art exhibitions under the microscope. The installations, performances and sculptures promise humour and irreverence as well as commentary on the rituals and behaviours of this very particular beast. Meg Brain, Will Marshall and Claire Prosser are among the 22 participating artists.
Friday 25 August, 7-9pm & Saturday 26 August 2017, 11-4pm, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Bankley Street, Manchester M19 3PP.

Ocean View Open Studio
Occupying a pink fisherman’s cottage by the beach in Dungeness, Ocean View Studio allows Helen Gillilan to work in the midst of this area’s desolately beautiful landscape – a regular site of pilgrimage for artists captivated by the concrete acoustic mirrors, unique ecology and Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage. Gillilan’s studio is open to the public most weekends and some weekdays for much of this year.
Until 17 November 2017, Ocean View Studio, Dungeness Road, Dungeness TN29 9NE.

5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art
Taking Turbulence as its title and curatorial starting point, the fifth edition of the Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art considers global crises through the work of more than 90 artists drawn from mostly central and eastern Europe, as well as countries including Australia, India and Nigeria. It is curated by Mikhail Rashkovetsky and Semen Kantor. UK-based artists David Goldenberg and Fabio Lattanzi Antinori exhibit as part of a special project curated by Camilla Boemio.
26 August – 30 September 2017, Odessa Municipal Museum of Private Collection, Ukraine.

All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members

1. Seán Vicary, Dark Ecology
2. Museum of Contemporary Commodities, flyer
3. A Show About The Show, promo image
4. Helen Gillilan, New Dawn Dungeness / Lifeboat Station
5. Poster of the 5th Odessa Biennale, ‘Turbulence’

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