Text by CLOT Magazine
BARZAKH by The Waldorf Project, Shredded Wheat factory Welwyn Garden City, 9 April – 12 May 2019
The Waldorf Project have been engineering the most impressive immersive experiences one may be able to put their senses to endure. Described as ‘the world’s most extreme art performance’, the creations of Sean Rogg and his team of talented creatives is a radical immersive experience and have been a revolutionary voice in performance art since its inception, shattering boundaries and ultimately evolving into the most daring experiment in consciousness transformation ever to be seen in the context of ‘theatre’.
And as it charts its journey through ever-more ambitious ‘chapters’, it has been staged around the world, from Stockholm to Thailand – and most recently, on a special flight at 35,000ft over the Atlantic. But ‘BARZAKH‘ surpasses all in both scale and scope. Now, staged within the old, colossal Shredded Wheat Factory, Chapter Four will be the Waldorf Project’s boldest production yet. Not only is it the most ambitious, but it is also the Project’s most dramatically intense chapter to date. An event not to be missed! More info.
Quantum, CCCB Barcelona, 10 April – 24 September 2019
The exhibition Quantica gives us the keys to understanding the principles of fundamental physics, and it does so through the joint creative work of scientists, educators and artists. The project invites the public to browse freely, awaken their curiosity, and critically evaluate the new paradigms of modern science.
Quantum mechanics describes a reality behind the sensible world that remains hidden to our senses. While at first, it may be a difficult discipline to grasp, quantum physics is present in many of the recent technical developments that affect our everyday lives, which are crucial to humanity’s future. More info.
Hito Steyerl, Serpentine Galleries London, 11 April – 6 May 2019
Hito Steyerl is an artist and filmmaker whose work explores the complexities of the digital world, art, capitalism, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence for society. Steyerl’s new project for the Serpentine Galleries considers power and inequality in society, mapping unequal wealth distribution in the communities surrounding the Serpentine, recorded as one of Europe’s most socially uneven areas. She’s presenting two new works: Actual RealityOS charts real-life inequality through virtual means (augmented reality ) and Power Plants that features a new video installation co-commissioned with The Store X. The video images of plants are generated by neural networks that predict the future creating a series of digital video sculptures. More info.
Cybotron, Barbican London, 12 April 2019
Electronic pioneers Cybotron, fronted by techno originator Juan Atkins, showcase an electronic, multi-sensory journey, playing seminal classics and debuting new material from the forthcoming album. In collaboration with visual technologists Pilot, Cybotron’s live show explores the relationship between music and technology. Pioneering revolutionary digital lighting and laser control system, multiple layers of audio are fed through a bespoke multi-sensory system as Cybotron play seminal tracks from their back catalogue composed some 40 years ago and pieces from their forthcoming album. More info.
META by CLON & NWRMTC, Sónar Hong Kong, 13 April 2019
META is an immersive audio-visual journey into future and unknown worlds presented as a game simulation with live soundtrack by new media artist CLON (Estela Oliva) in collaboration with electronic musician NWRMNTC (Ana Quiroga). Inspired by sci-fi narratives and cyberpunk aesthetics, META invites the audience to enter a simulated world, a parallel reality unfolding in real-time through interconnected utopian and dystopian scenes. More info.
DEFRAG: Open source intelligence, Somerset House London, 23 April 2019
For the first event, DEFRAG are bringing together open source investigators from organisations such as Airwars and Amnesty International to explore how social media, satellite image analysis and machine learning are being used to track violence in conflicts. New technologies offer the potential to shed light on the truth, but the session will be asking tough questions about who funds open source intelligence, why journalists and investigators are turning to these new methods, and how this emerging field is influencing visual and technological culture. More info.
KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival, various venues Kyoto, until 5 May 2019
The festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, in a style that is unique in Asia. Exhibitions are spread across the city, staged creatively in various traditional and contemporary settings. The theme for 2019 is “VIBE.” A VIBE is a distinctive emotional atmosphere, something sensed intuitively and deeply connected to our mood. Vibes rush over you when you meet a person, confront a memory or event, visit a place, hear a piece of music, or remember a time. These invisible waves, both positive and negative alter our experience, they either separate us or connect us. More info.
LOVE, REN HANG by Ren Hang, Maison Européenne de la Photographie Paris, until 25 May 2019
The first ever institutional exhibition in France of the work of the photographer Ren Hang, honours the memory of one of the most influential Chinese artists of his generation, who died tragically at the age of 29. More info.
On our playlist:
Dinner – Kyoto Window, Captured Tracks 2019
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano – FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem, RVNG Int 2019 (info)
Zachary Paul – A meditation on Dischord, Touch 2019 (info)