By CLOT Magazine Editors
Whose Scalpel, Yen Tzu Chang, Music Hackspace, Somerset House Studios London, 9 August 2018
Taiwanese artist Yen Tzu Chang presents an artist talk followed by her Whose Scalpel performance, a sound performance combined with visuals and a 3D printed installation, realised with a framework for medical image processing. Mixing several methods from art and science, it is an imagination of the future and presents issues of the relationship between humans and machines through simulated heart surgery. The project was developed thanks to the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Imaging Artist-in-residence project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen, Germany. STEAM Imaging was designed by the science communicator Bianka Hofmann and jointly hosted by Fraunhofer MEVIS and Ars Electronica, In 2017 the pilot project was carried out with the mathematician Sabrina Haase and Yen Tzu Chang as the resident artist. More info.
Lee Bul, Hayward Gallery London, finishing 19 August 2018
Korean artist Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and a surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. With more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, the exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations. More info
Atonal, Kraftwerk Berlin, 22-26 August 2018
The festival for new codes in sight + sound return to Kraftwerk Berlin once again this summer. The festival will host the premiere of Lucrecia Dalt’s new live project Synclines, based around her recent Anticlines album, while Actress will present a live A/V show. Courtesy, Beatrice Dillon, Helena Hauff and Veronica Vasicka are a few of the names of the festival taking place in one of the most impressive industrial venues. More info.
MUTEK International festival of digital creativity and electronic music, Montreal, 22-26 August 2018
MUTEK Montréal bursts into bloom with its 19th edition. Since its inception, the festival has privileged the presentation of live electronic music and audiovisual performances, underlining the immediacy and ingenuity of contemporary artistic practices that intersect with technology. This edition adds another focus—women in digital arts and electronic music—with a significant representation of female artists in the performance program and a special two-day symposium. Artists include Martin Messier, Laurence English, Errorsmith, Akiko Kiyama, Lanark Artefax, Tundra, and Robin Fox More info.
Auto-matic, Centre d’Arts Santa Monica Barcelona, until 7 November 2018
An exhibition that addresses the limits and potentials of generative drawing, emerging from data through mathematical and mechanical operations; raising questions on automation, reproducibility, and the role of the arbitrary or accidents as sources of creative experimentation. More info.
Kamasi Washington, Park Nights Serpentine Galleries, 3 August 2018
Following the release of his anticipated second album Heaven and Earth, the saxophonist, composer and producer from LA and his band come together for a dynamic, improvisational performance; taking place as part of Park Nights, the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary live platform, programmed for the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion. More info.
Alternate Realities, a week of documentaries and VR exhibition, Barbican London, 20-27 August 2018
Augmented and virtual reality highlights from Sheffield Doc/Fest, complemented by a programme of documentaries that shine a light on worlds which are often in the shadows. Discover the latest evolution of storytelling, using AR and VR technology from UK’s premier documentary festival Sheffield Doc/Fest’s programme of interactive and immersive story-worlds. More info.
Surreal Science: Loudon Collection with Salvatore Arancio, Whitechapel Gallery London, 25 August 2018 – 6 January 2019
This exhibition presents extraordinarily crafted objects from the Loudon Collection, selected and animated by visual artist Salvatore Arancio. These objects range from beautifully illustrated books to handmade glass models of sea anemones, life-size papier-mâché botanical models and bisected human skulls. At the intersection of art and science, the objects were originally designed to capture the complex structures of nature. Over time, they have lost their pedagogical function and become open to contemporary reinterpretation. More info.
On our playlist:
Tupido Velo – Watchtower, Cluster Node 2018 (info)
Lotic – Power, Triangle 2018 (info)
Aja – Self-titled, Opal Tapes 2018 (info)