At Norway’s Lofoten International Art Festival, seaweed took center stage as subject and material for artists and researchers as part of their “Kelp Congress.”
Mark Sheerin is an art writer from the UK. He also contributes to Culture24 and Frame & Reference, together with his own blog Criticismism. In 2012 he appeared in Nature, a volume in the series Documents of Contemporary Art from Whitechapel/MIT.
A New Film Offers Us a Group Portrait of Sex Workers
Petra Bauer’s new film Workers! documents an occupation by sex workers, a group in a marginal profession that Trade Unions rarely stand up for and which the public hardly ever sees at work.
Photographers Examine What It Means to Be English in Europe Today
This year’s Brighton Photo Biennial searches for a “new Europe,” while expressing sympathy for migrants.
A Quiet, Painful Meditation on Human Illness Through VR
In this surprising use of VR, the camera never leaves the bedroom, as we watch an artist’s mother wake up, check her online dating app, and take medication from a carrier bag full of pills.
Sculptor Camille Claudel Finally Gets Her Own Museum
In the French town of Nogent-sur-Seine, the Musée Camille Claudel opened last month with 43 of the artist’s sculptures, the largest collection anywhere in the world.
The Enduring Glow of Neon Art
An exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery looks at how artists have used neon and elements on the periodic table for the past 50 years.
In a Postindustrial Ruin, Suzanne Lacy Inspires a Captive Audience to Chant and Eat Together
“For me to be really interested in a work of social practice, it has to have political implications that have meaning for that community.”
From Unreadable Books to a Font Called “Font,” Fiona Banner’s Text-periments
If you ever get joy from the written word, you might not like “Buoys Boys,” Fiona Banner’s pun-themed exhibition by the sea.
Jamming in Traffic and Other Orchestrated Scenarios
BRIGHTON, UK — Johanna Billing is an artist who orchestrates and films idealistic group activities which involve the viewer, but only up to a bittersweet point.
An Artist’s Fixation on Felix the Cat
BLACKPOOL, UK — While obsessed with Felix the Cat, Mark Leckey has his own highly sensitive pair of whiskers.
An Artist Brings a Gallery to His Hometown, the “Worst Place in the UK”
LONDON — Whether or not they have ever been to Luton, people who know of the place feel they need little introduction.
Within Gallery Walls, an Artist Channels the Ghosts of Marginalized Women
LONDON — It’s hard to fit the afterlife within a white cube.