An exhibition of paintings by Susan Laughton that explore man-made landscapes and capture a sense of ‘a space travelled through.’ Abstracting the places and urban structures that she glimpses, these paintings are a form of memory that is distorted and reworked to create a sense or impression, such as one gained on a car or train journey. In her latest boy of work Laughton applies a deeper sense of ‘mindfulness’, reflecting on the line structures of the architecture she sees around her. Alongside Laughton’s paintings, Richard Miller presents new ceramic objects.
Until 4 October 2018, The Stratford Gallery, 32 Sheep Street, Stratford on Avon CV37 6EE.
Designed to Addict!
As part of Artcore’s In Real Life residency programme, Helen Starr of The Mechatronic Library looks at how social media and machine learning are designed to be addictive, through dopamine highs and validation feedback loops. Residency artists Tom Van Der Meulen and Maria Cepeda join Starr to discuss their artworks. The Mechatronic Library was founded by Starr in 2015 to connect artists, technologists and retailers to support open-source software development that allows creative practitioners easier and wider access to technology that would otherwise be unaffordable.
Thursday 27 September 2018, 10.30am, Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby DE1 2GT.
Agonism / Antagonism
For the past year Neus Torres Tamarit has been artist in residence in the laboratory of Dr Max Reuter, reader in evolutionary genetics at UCL. The resulting exhibition, ‘Agonism / Antagonism’, draws on the laboratory’s research into sexual dimorphism using fruit flies, with Torres Tamarit focussing on the phenomenon of sexual antagonism that occurs when different sexes share a genome but have different genetic needs for it. The work is part of a long-term collaboration with computer scientist Ben Murray.
Until 21 December 2018, Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE.
I Am My Own Primal Parent
Coinciding with Plymouth Art Weekender, Katie Cercone curates this group exhibition that takes a futuristic, historic and mythological look at our primal connection with the earth and the cosmos. Drawing on the way language has developed, the exhibition looks at the spiritual roots of erotic imagery and philosophy, mixing astrology with cultural history. Featuring several sound art pieces, this exhibition returns to the archetypes to question heterosexual norms.
29 September – 3 November 2018, KARST, 22 George Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3NY.
How to Survive & Thrive in the Age of Machines
A cabaret evening of reflections from artists, writers and scientists who take a light-hearted approach to impending planetary devastation, with visions of what the future might look like, how organisms are adapting within the Athropocene age and how the human race can survive. Part of Judith Alder’s ‘Once in a Universe’ project.
Wednesday 26 September 2018, DC1 Café & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL.
All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members
1. Susan Laughton, Balancing Act II
2. ‘Agonism / Antagonism’ exhibition, flyer
3. ‘I Am My Own Primal Parent’, flyer
4. ‘How to Survive & Thrive in the Age of Machines’, poster