Shows & Exhibitions

anuary 2011 marks the second edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the International Contemporary art fair of the West Coast. Formally at the Pacific Design Center, the 2011 edition expands to the historic Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 27–30. The fair will accommodate 70 top established and emerging galleries from Los Angeles and around the world. The weekend boasts an extensive roster of on-site programming, lectures and panels with prominent Los Angeles artists, curators, and arts professionals.

Experimental film—one of the most exciting forms of cinematic expression and, paradoxically, also one of the most ignored by the various (historical, theoretical, critical, economic, educational, etc.) discourses on the cinema—has long been predominantly the domain of rather marginalized theory and practice, separated from the mainstream. n all of the former Yugoslavia experimental film almost unfailingly derived from the tradition of the so-called amateur film, whose home ground consisted in the numerous cinema clubs that flourished in all major cities of the former federation.

Rough Cuts – a regular mini season of short plays, experimental readings and works in progress continues at the Royal Court from 19-28 January 2011. Highlights include a new dance project from the US choreographer Manwe Sauls-Addison exploring the world of celebrity backing dancers, shorts from writers Alia Bano, Brad Birch and DC Jackson and a first glimpse of the Romany Project, an ongoing work developed from interviews with members of the Romany community in the East of England.

The world’s only underwater sound art gallery is setting off on the third tour of the UK in January 2011. Wet Sounds transforms public swimming pools into listening galleries in which the public can experience a range of live performances, music, and specially commissioned and selected sound art pieces, while swimming or floating in the water, with ears submerged, and absorbed in sound.

SIGNAL:NOISE is an experimental cross-disciplinary research project that aims to explore the influence of cybernetics and information theory on contemporary cultural life by testing out its central idiom, ‘feedback’, through debates, performances, and events. The project is lead by Steve Rushton, Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey), Marina Vishmidt, Rod Dickinson and Emily Pethick.

The Tron Theatre is announces Abigail Docherty, winner of their 2010 Open Stage Playwriting Competition as the recipient of the prestigious Pearson Playwrights' Bursary. The Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme is one of the most important awards for new writing in British theatre, with only five awards made each year to writers of outstanding promise.

A new exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar opens at the National Portrait Gallery in March. Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74 highlights the crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde.

The Tron Theatre announces the first Changing House production of the spring season as The Ushers, presented by Raindog. Written by Simon Crowther and directed by Stuart Davids, the play is the latest addition to the acclaimed production company’s impressive back catalogue of work, which includes The House of Bernarda Alba, Love Lies Bleeding and A.D, as well as television and film productions Wasted and the award-winning Tinsel Town.

The Sharjah Art Foundation announces the presentation of work by 119 artists and participants from 36 countries across the globe for Plot for a Biennial, the 10th edition of the acclaimed Sharjah Biennial, March 16 through May 16, 2011. One of the oldest and most respected contemporary art events in the Middle East, the Sharjah Biennial has nurtured the creativity and collaboration of artists, arts organizations, and institutions throughout the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) and internationally since 1993.

Since 2001, the relationship between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and The Wapping Project has been a richly creative partnership which has resulted in more than 100 commissions ranging from choreography, photography, jazz and new music, film making, installation and fashion and has thrust many of it commissionees into the centre of London’s cultural life.


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