Private View: Laure Prouvost and Martha Kirszenbaum Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost invites us to experience her aquatic French Pavilion installation Deep See Blue Surrounding You at the 58th Venice Biennale. Crafted in collaboration with the show’s curator Martha Kirszenbaum, the Pavilion is an aqueous subterranean habitat where visitors are challenged on their notions of identity. “Prouvost’s work is about representation and what it means to be a citizen of a nation, especially when your identity is not so clear cut,” says director and long-time Nowness contributor Joseph Delaney.
Server Room In an ill-conceived attempt to restore the natural balance between living creatures and computers, an AI machine inadvertently becomes the harbinger of widespread destruction and chaos. Paris-based director duo AB/CD/CD create a collage of real and digitized landscapes where faces melt into wavelengths of color, scenic valleys are reduced to topological maps, and a roaring waterfall disappears into an ocean of pixelated static. The directors overlay the film’s boundless visuals with a recital of “All watched over by machines of loving grace,” a poem by American novelist Richard Brautigan that envisions a time where people live in symbiotic euphoria with machines. “Dystopia is no longer tomorrow. It is here, now and today.
Sonic Wandering Nojiji is a music collective that has been at the heart of the avant-garde noise art scene in China since 2004. Its community of self-selected outcasts focus on digital and analog sounds, free jazz and warped post-rock. The music label was founded in Raying Temple, an industrial arts space that became a utopia for Beijing residents in search of experimental and electronic music. Since the iconic building was demolished in 2012, Nojiji has had to secure a new base camp and use alternative methods to champion underground music in China
The Next Page (Venus in Furs) Pioneering video artist Cheng Ran interprets passages from Chinese punk novelist Wei Wei’s adaptation of Venus in Furs —the landmark nineteenth-century novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch about a nobleman’s desire to be sexually dominated by a woman.
Photographers in Focus: Jeff Wall “The only way to continue in the spirit of the avant-garde is to experiment with your relation to tradition,” Vancouver-born photographer Jeff Wall once said about his early work. Wall, who is best known for his suspense-filled reconstructions of quotidian life, came to photography as an art historian in the 1970s.
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Kathy Acker is one of the most significant literary figures of the twentieth century.
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Icaria For this editorial partnership between NOWNESS and the Manchester International Festival, Emmy-nominated director Fx Goby breathes new life into the time-honored Greek myth of Icarus, a young man who flew too close to the sun.
Sister Cities Los Angeles-based director Jimmy Marble directs this uplifting narrative short about two star-crossed companions who are determined to jumpstart their long-distance relationship with a city break. But their plans hit a snag when they mistakenly fly to different cities
Yehaiyahan: Under the Moonlight Director Shijun Jia captures the daily rituals of the Yi people, an ancient Chinese minority, in this music video for Shanghai-based singer and producer Yehaiyahan. Under The Moonlight explores the growth of Yi women living in the Daliang Mountains of China’s Sichuan province and the daily activities that govern their lives. This latest song from Yehaiyahan is a low-fi neo-soul ballad supported by a sample from a small, female Yi choir