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PICTURED #8: Simon Menner, Top Secret

For the latest instalment in our series on art books, Tim Clark pulls Simon Menner’s new publication, Top Secret, off the shelf and reflects on photographs from the Stasi archive that document the surveillance work of the former East Germany.

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Graham Gussin:
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Beautiful ArtSOUTH: new commissions and unusual collaborations

ArtSOUTH brings together 15 organisations and ten artists for a series of new art commissions across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Winchester and Bournemouth. Curator Judy Adam discusses the rationale and process behind the commissions, while artist Graham Gussin explains how he pulled off a tricky collaboration with a collective of choreographers and the British Army.

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Gasworks
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Gasworks redevelopment: raising funds for the future

Gasworks, the South London studio and exhibition/residency space, has plans to redevelop and expand the building its been based in for nearly 20 years. Before it does, though, it’s raising funds with a high-profile auction. We talk to Director Alessio Antoniolli and artist and former studio holder, Alexandre da Cunha.

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Rude Food Fiesta
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Rude Food Fiesta: a mouthful out of a meal

This weekend, nomadic curatorial and artistic practice, Companis, presents Rude Food Fiesta – a fusion of food, performance and spectacle taking place in Birmingham. Sian Tonkin, one of the event’s organisers, provides a taster.

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Jonathan Harvey and David Panton
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Groundbreaking times: the first ten years of Acme

London-based studio provider Acme celebrates its 40th anniversary with an archive exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, looking at its first decade. Co-founder and Chief Executive, Jonathan Harvey, discusses how a group of recent graduates formed a charitable housing association, launched Acme Gallery and became the self-supporting organisation it is today.

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Gesture Piece
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Sound gesture: an audio-visual collaboration

A new film by Vicki Bennett, screening exclusively online, takes footage of gestures and instructions and sets them to specially commissioned music and sound art. We talk to the artist – also known as People Like Us – about process, collaboration and digital viewing habits.

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The Seldom Seen Islands of Barrow route guide
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Art Gene: mapping out Barrow’s past and future

Barrow-in-Furness based Art Gene launches its latest ‘cultural tourism’ project this week – a route guide that uncovers fascinating facts and hidden histories about the area as a way to inform “social rather than economic regeneration”. We find out more from Art Gene co-founder Stuart Bastik.

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Aleix Plademunt
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PICTURED #7: Aleix Plademunt, Almost There

Continuing our series on art books, Tim Clark savours the beautiful simplicity of Aleix Plademunt’s Almost There, a galaxy-spanning journey into the photographer’s physical existence.

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