Asterisk Summer School is back with another edition taking place in Tallinn 28.07—06.08. This year workshops will focus on summer activities, taking a closer look at the relationship between work and play. Asterisk is run by two freelance graphic designers, Laura Pappa and Elisabeth Klement who both studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. This year, tutors are designers Samuel Nyholm (SE), Giacomo Porfiri (IT), Radim Peško (CZ), Maki Suzuki from Åbäke (FR). And, last but not least, you can leave your computers at home — it’s summer after all.
London-based artist Aleksandra Mir in the past month started a collaborative experiment investigating the process of drawing. Participants were invited to contribute to a giant picture of the London skyline, rendered entirely with Sharpies. The process of creating the work was part of the exhibition itself, with Aleksandra and her team engaged in drawing everything by hand during the first days of the show. But for those of you that couldn’t be there, here’s a time-lapse film of the process, providing context and insight to this giant piece. Aleksandra Mir at Drawing Room will run until July 19th.
Since June 11th the Serpentine Gallery sees Marina Abramović present 512 Hours, a unique work creating the simplest of environments in the Gallery spaces, Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. On arrival, visitors will both literally and metaphorically leave their baggage behind in order to enter the exhibition: bags, jackets, electronic equipment, watches and cameras may not accompany them. Watch Marina’s daily diaries here.
The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a retrospective dedicated to the work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. The exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects, collaborations and albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.
As curators of the 3rd Nordic Fashion Biennale, artist duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer explore the roots of Nordic fashion and take an unusual approach to the topic by telling its story visually. Over the past two years, Cooper and Gorfer have travelled throughout Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands to stage and photograph the work of 12 remarkable fashion talents. The resulting body of work is showcased in The Weather Diaries exhibition and a book of the same name, released by Gestalten in celebration of the biennale. The exhibition The Weather Diaries has been prolonged at the museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt until September 22nd. Go see it!
For Dub Love project, the coreographers duet Bengolea-Chaignaud collaborate with High Elements, Dubplates DJ from the Reunion island. Along with the musical investigation, the goal is to carry out a hybrid choreographic research, from early reggae dancing to the constructions allowed by ballet on pointe. Confronting on pointe to Jamaican music, very motivated by a need to go back to basics, creates potential tension, a fiction, to get away from stereotypes related to those cultures. Check Art Happens website for details about their 2014 and 2015 tour, first show will be at Théâtre Vidy in Lausanne on July 13th.
Join Hassla and Marlo Pascual at Printed Matter to celebrate the artist’s new book. Marlo Pascual’s interest lies in the construction of the image. Through the use of repetition she takes the idea of the image moving from found image, to collage, to object, to installation, and then back into a book as the foundation for her first book. Throughout the book we see singular images followed by an image overlapped with another image, or the image as an object, or installation, and then back again. As we see these images in the various forms and stages we gain a better understanding to the construction of the image.
One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. It’s a week long celebration of all things design. Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event. Among current edition speakers are Mike Mills, Kate Moross, Tara McPherson and Elke Kramer. Sydney typographer, hand-letterer and illustrator Gemma O’Brien will be teaching a workshop about learning the basics of creating a piece of custom script lettering using a swashes, ligatures, flourishes, shadowing and/or illustrative decoration. The class will begin with analysis of different styles of script lettering and demonstrations of various techniques, followed by an exercise to put these ideas into practice. Full info and schedule thru the links below.