PopMuse: Conceptual http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Folkestone turns gold and Edvard Munch's selfies – the week in art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/29/folkestone-ok-edvard-munch-selfies-martin-creed-week-in-art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/29/folkestone-ok-edvard-munch-selfies-martin-creed-week-in-art Fri, 29 May 2020 14:16:18 UTC Tim Jonze at Installation | The Guardian A giant metal kookaburra with a sense of humour, Martin Creed’s video call to inaction and a graffiti take on lockdown – all in your weekly dispatchStefan Br�ggemann’s OK (Untitled Action)Are we all going to be “OK”? The Mexican artist has sprayed a three-storey building in Folkestone gold, before scrawling the two-letter word across it, graffiti-style – a response, he says, to our current situation under lockdown.�• Creative Quarter, Folkestone Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Wilkie Branson: TOM review – a sublime, slow-burn study of isolation https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/24/wilkie-branson-tom-review-sadlers-wells https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/24/wilkie-branson-tom-review-sadlers-wells Sun, 24 May 2020 10:09:04 UTC Lyndsey Winship at Installation | The Guardian Sadler’s Wells Digital StagePart dance performance, part film, this solo show is a note-perfect portrayal of the all-consuming nature of lonelinessHottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance onlineOriginally planned as a film installation and now reworked for a single screen, Wilkie Branson’s TOM is an ambitious, technically accomplished and emotionally powerful piece of work.It’s also an evocation of intense loneliness, which might be a bit too close to the bone for some at this time of isolation. Performer-director Branson plays a man lost to numbness, searching for his sense of self, and that mood gradually catches up with you. We see him staring out from a rugged hillside, then in a train carriage, where all the passengers are versions of himself, wearing different clothes but the same impenetrable mask of detachment. He arrives in a vaguely dystopian city and performs b-boy moves to an anonymous audience in a vast industrial building. Related: James Cousins review – power and creative vision in three short films Wilkie Branson’s TOM is available to watch until Friday 29 May, 7.30pm BST, on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The Royal Court's Caretaker is a space to think of theatre's past and future https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/11/the-royal-court-caretaker-theatre-coronavirus-lockdown https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/11/the-royal-court-caretaker-theatre-coronavirus-lockdown Mon, 11 May 2020 09:27:19 UTC Chris Wiegand at Installation | The Guardian Hester Chillingworth’s installation, showing the empty London venue, is eerie, intimate and brings a message of support during the coronavirus lockdownHottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance onlineThere is a stalled travelator centre stage, flanked by deep cavities and grey walls, but I can’t help thinking of a huge colourful ball pool. That’s the set design I remember best from this particular view, in the middle of the Royal Court’s balcony. The ball pool was dreamed up by Chloe Lamford, to represent the online world in Tim Price’s hacktivist play, Teh Internet Is Serious Business, in 2014. The travelator is Lamford’s too – part of her set for EV Crowe’s Shoe Lady, one of the many productions to close early because of the coronavirus lockdown that led theatres to shut their doors. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Au revoir! http://conart101.blogspot.com/2020/05/au-revoir.html http://conart101.blogspot.com/2020/05/au-revoir.html Tue, 05 May 2020 15:24:26 UTC at 59 Conceptual Art Ideas For 8 years this project has run, coming up with 59 stalwart concepts, actions or critiques of contemporary art. However, life has opened other paths to me so I bid you all au revoir! http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Who's in the diving suit? Take the great British art quiz https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/16/whos-in-the-diving-suit-take-the-great-british-art-quiz-national-galleries-of-scotland https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/16/whos-in-the-diving-suit-take-the-great-british-art-quiz-national-galleries-of-scotland Thu, 16 Apr 2020 07:00:01 UTC at Installation | The Guardian Museums across the UK are closed due to coronavirus – but you can explore their works under quarantine with a few tricky questions. Today’s quiz comes from National Galleries of ScotlandThis quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.Today, our questions are set by the National Galleries of Scotland, which comprises three galleries in Edinburgh: the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Together, they are home to one of the finest collections of art in the world, ranging from the early Renaissance to the 21st century, including masterpieces from Raphael, Vel�zquez, Titian and Vermeer to Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin. The questions to the quiz are based around the collection of modern and contemporary art, which includes a world-class collection of dadaism and surrealism.Which surrealist artist gave a lecture wearing full diving gear at the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition in London, the first exhibition of surrealist work in the country?Ren� MagritteFrida KahloMax ErnstSalvador Dal�The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is split between two 19th-century neoclassical buildings. What were they originally built to contain?Private residencesA school and an orphanageThey have always been galleriesHunting lodgesIn which city did Joan Eardley (1921–63) paint the local children?GlasgowEdinburghAberdeenDundeeDifferent artworks require different methods of conservation. Which work in the collection requires, as part of its conservation, the use of a hawk?Reclining Figure by Henry MooreFish Circus by Eileen AgarLandform by Charles JencksLandscape of the Brown Fungus, Paul NashWhat family link connects these two artists in our collection: Mabel Pryde and Winifred Nicholson?Mother and daughterCousinsMother-in-law and daughter-in-lawAunt and nieceWhich artwork on the facade of Modern One could be a rallying call for our times?Never Again by Yves TanguyThreatening Weather by Ren� MagrittePlease Touch by Marcel DuchampEverything Is Going to Be Alright by Martin CreedAn important 17th-century painting by a Diego Vel�zquez (1599-1660) focuses on an everyday cooking activity. How old was the artist when he painted this scene?3214 to 1518 to 1925More than 370 years later, which contemporary British artist made a rather more unconventional use of fried eggs in their self-portrait?Grayson PerryRachel WhitereadDamien HirstSarah Lucas6 and above.Magnificent - you certainly know your Caledonian culture. 0 and above.Given that there were at least two sitters in this quiz, that's terrible. 3 and above.A decent effort which will be enhanced when you manage to see these works in the flesh. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The artist with the remote-controlled robotic body: 'I’ve made a career out of being a failure' https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/08/the-artist-with-the-remote-controlled-robotic-body-ive-made-a-career-out-of-being-a-failure https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/08/the-artist-with-the-remote-controlled-robotic-body-ive-made-a-career-out-of-being-a-failure Wed, 08 Apr 2020 01:00:03 UTC Jenny Valentish at Installation | The Guardian Stelarc has suspended himself from hooks and had an ear surgically constructed on his arm. Now his Adelaide biennial work puts the audience at the helmWhat was it about the 1970s that promoted suffering for one’s art? In Rhythm 0 (1974), Marina Abramović stood next to a table loaded with items ranging from a rose to a gun, and let the audience desecrate her with them. Tehching Hsieh took a two-storey leap for Jump Piece (1973) and broke his ankles. Chris Burden somehow lived to the age of 69, despite – in the same curious decade – getting a friend to shoot him, cramming himself into a locker for five days and nailing himself onto a Volkswagen Beetle. For Eleanor Antin’s 1972 work Carving a Traditional Sculpture, the artist crash-dieted for 45 days and documented her decline.Stelarc’s series of 25 Body Suspensions also began in that decade, when the singularly named performance artist lived in Japan. Before one such flesh-hook suspension, at Tokyo’s Komai Gallery, he additionally stitched his lips and eyelids shut for a week. Since then, he has continued to use his body – he calls it “the body” – as a medium, subjecting it to surgical construction, liposuction, implanting, sensory deprivation and internal probing with recording devices. Related: Monsters in the gallery: Adelaide biennial invites the chaos of the unknown Related: ‘Meth Kelly’ and colonial monsters: Australia's biggest art shows get Indigenous rewrite Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Andy Warhol: Take a virtual tour around the Tate Modern exhibition https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/06/andy-warhol-take-a-virtual-tour-around-the-tate-modern-exhibition https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/apr/06/andy-warhol-take-a-virtual-tour-around-the-tate-modern-exhibition Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:27:40 UTC Tim Jonze at Installation | The Guardian From silver wigs to immigration forms, let the curators of the Tate’s Warhol exhibition take you up close and personal with the mythical artist The best arts and entertainment during self-isolationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDidn’t get a chance to see the Tate’s marvellous Warhol exhibition before the coronavirus outbreak locked everything down? Fear not. You can still experience what it’s like to be famous for 15 minutes (OK, technically 6mins 59secs) by watching this new video by the gallery, in which the curators take you around the show – from the immigration forms that document Warhol’s parents arrival in the US to the artworks that grappled with his sexuality and sense of mortality.It may not be a real-life visit, but it is nevertheless a chance to get up-close and personal with Warhol’s work in a whole new way as our guides provide insights on everything from his influence to his silver wigs. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/31/this-way-for-a-braingasm-asmr-gets-a-tingly-exhibition https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/31/this-way-for-a-braingasm-asmr-gets-a-tingly-exhibition Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:00:54 UTC Oliver Wainwright at Installation | The Guardian From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum showSome whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes, letting the pieces clatter into a plastic tray. There are those who dress up as doctors and pretend to perform a cranial nerve exam, and the ones who eat food as noisily as they can, recording every crunch and slurp in 3D stereo sound.To an outsider, the world of ASMR videos can be a baffling, kooky place. In a fast-growing corner of the internet, millions of people are watching each other tap, rattle, stroke and whisper their way through hours of homemade videos, with the aim of being lulled to sleep, or in the hope of experiencing “the tingles” – AKA, the autonomous sensory meridian response.“It feels like a rush of champagne bubbles at the top of your head,” says curator James Taylor-Foster. “There’s a mild sense of euphoria and a feeling of deep calm.” Taylor-Foster has spent many hours trawling the weirdest depths of YouTube in preparation for a new exhibition, Weird Sensation Feels Good, at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, on what he sees as one of the most important creative movements to emerge from the internet. (Though the museum has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show will be available to view online.)ArkDes, Stockholm will be broadcasting a virtual vernissage of Weird Sensation Feels Good on 7 April at 16.00 BST. You can tune into e-flux.com/live for a tour of the exhibition. ArkDes is due to reopen on 14 April; the show runs until 1 November. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Viktor Wynd: 'I was offered a mummified arm –�but I didn't have �2,000 on me' https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/16/viktor-wynd-collector-museum-of-curiosities-unnatural-history https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/16/viktor-wynd-collector-museum-of-curiosities-unnatural-history Mon, 16 Mar 2020 14:00:27 UTC Tim Jonze at Installation | The Guardian A lock of Elvis’s hair, the skull of Pablo Escobar’s hippo, a stuffed ‘swoose’ … if it’s macabre, Wynd collects it. Our writer takes a trip into his absinthe-fuelled worldIt was with no small degree of scepticism that I recently journeyed to the lodgings of a Viktor Wynd Esquire in the East End of London. It had been relayed to my editor, on what I deemed to be dubious authority, that Wynd was the keeper of rare and exotic beasts, and that his basement dwellings contained examples not just of two-headed lambs and mummified fairies but also of erotica so unseemly it could redden the eyes of anyone who glanced upon it. It had furthermore been rumoured, in less salubrious quarters, that Wynd was a purveyor of hallucinatory liquors in his upstairs bar – and would dispense them to paying punters alongside small packets of miniature anuses sculpted from Belgian chocolate.This Wynd character, it seemed likely to me, would prove to be nothing more than a charlatan – if indeed he existed at all. But after relaying such doubts to my editor, I was displeased to find him still keen on ushering me out the door on a blustery March morning to investigate further.'Ah yes,' he says at what looks like a rotting corpse. 'The Paul Robeson and Pamela Anderson Unification cake'‘Ah yes,’ he says at what looks like a rotting corpse. ‘The�Paul Robeson�and Pamela Anderson Unification Cake’ Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ 'Disgust can be so engrossing': fourth plinth artist Heather Phillipson https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/11/heather-phillipson-interview-fourth-plinth-artist https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/11/heather-phillipson-interview-fourth-plinth-artist Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:01:12 UTC Stuart Jeffries at Installation | The Guardian She once turned a tube platform into a protest against the torture of eggs. Now she is putting a giant dollop of whipped cream in Trafalgar Square. The DJ, poet, musician and artist explains why ‘Thank God,” emails the artist Heather Phillipson after our interview, “art is one environment where it’s OK to be a weirdo.” She’s not just talking about the giant swirl of cherry-topped, fly-infested fake whipped cream she’s poised to install on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth in London later this month, but her whole artistic practice.She explains that she was “partially raised by border collies, the sharpest and most compulsive of breeds”. And like a border collie, Phillipson is incorrigibly digressive. “I follow a material trail like a dog follows a material trail … pausing to sniff butts, urinate, head off in unauthorised directions, and make their own systems.”I only know Trafalgar Square from protests. But it is the centre of hubris and data collection and I'm riffing on thatBefore being humans, or ideas, or genders, we are, primarily, animals. And yet we refuse it, because it would mean relinquishing so much of our power Related: Heather Phillipson: 'We torture eggs. They're potential lives' Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/