Bianca Hlywa, an ArtWorks Open 2018 prizewinner, presents Life Models. The installation centres on a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacterial Yeast (SCOBY), a thick and fleshy wet mass that grows as a skin on a fermenting fluid and is used in brewing kombucha. In Life Models the SCOBY is grown on an unusually large scale, forming an alienated skin that questions definitions of life. A specially designed clawed mechanism, made in collaboration with Patrick Dent, lifts the bacteria from a vat and will be activated during a performance on 30 October.
23-30 October 2019, ArtWorks Project Space, 114a Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA. www.a-n.co.uk/events/life-models/
The second night in a series of screenings that explores body horror, queer subversion, transgression and eroticism through the contemporary moving image. The series takes its title from the 1990’s Point Horror teen books and focuses attention on ‘viscous entities and bodily fluids, skin, flesh and suture, transhumanism, prosthetics, disembodiment and mutation’. The programme will include short films by local and international artists including Cade, Adham Faramawy, Clio Barnard, Enrico Coccoza, Jasmine De Silva and Alice Shindelar.
30 October 2019, Rost, 49 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1NX. www.a-n.co.uk/events/point-body/
51zero Festival 2019
51zero is an artist-led international moving image and contemporary art festival, named after the geographical coordinates of Medway, Kent. The festival takes over historical and cultural spaces in Rochester and Canterbury, presenting a rich programme of exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops over three weeks. For its fourth edition the festival collaborates with a wide range of emerging and established artists, practitioners and musicians from the area and beyond, including presentations by Rasheed Araeen, Matthew Darbyshire, Jill Daniels and Lique Schoot.
25 October – 17 November 2019. Various venues in Rochester and Canterbury. www.a-n.co.uk/events/51zero-festival-2017/
Earth is Calling
Irma Irsara‘s exhibition at The Crypt Gallery reflects on issues of plastic pollution through a series of fibre art pulp works, which contrast organic materials with plastic fibre. The artist will also present time-lapse and micro time-lapse works of melting ice embedded with natural and man-made items sourced from various locations including the Thames foreshore. The show is accompanied by a soundscape created by musician Jonathan Lambert.
23 October – 3 November 2019, The Crypt Gallery, 165 Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London NW1 2BA. www.a-n.co.uk/events/earth-is-calling-exhibition-of-new-work-irma-irsara/
1. Bianca Hlywa, Life Models.
2. Point Body poster by Michelle Hannah.
3. Rasheed Araeen, Chakras, 1969-70.
4. Irma Irsara, Monster Soup.