Aéroports / Ville-Monde in Paris

Digital art and cultural centre, The Gaite Lyrique is hosting Aéroports / Ville-Monde: an immersive exhibition in which the atmosphere of an airport terminal is recreated. Featuring 19 international artists, the exhibition is the second edition of Terminal P, held first in Montpellier at La Panacée one year ago.  

In Paris, on the evening of the opening I was given a boarding pass and a carte d’embarquement du commissaire de l’exposition. Franck Bouchard, whom I found to be a very dedicated curator to his artists, invites us on a fictional journey exploring the notions of what airports mean in the contemporary technological, scientific and imaginary and psychoanalytical sense. Through the works of the artists presented, the installation raises questions around mobility and surveillance, immigration, consumption, terrorism, the virtual and the real.

erosImage by An Te Liu http://www.anteliu.com/

Familiar queue barrier bands display poems and messages by Matthias Gommel, whereas ‘ER OS’ and ‘E GO’, spelled out in An Te Liu’s work, are a play on words in the shape of illuminated lightbox signs normally found on the runway. 5886cbb8e4b0c4eaad4e02fa

Image by,  Adrian Paci

Visitors are invited to pass through the Physiognomic Scrutinizer by Marnix de Nijs, a border control that matches your image with those of a celebrity. Then further on we are confronted with Joseph Popper’s drone command centre, The Same Face, neatly tucked into an alcove. It is a 1:1 scale model with which he compares the labor of love involved in the making of the model and its distance to the real thing, to the actual distance created between the pilot of a drone to it’s target. The views of a drone pilots target can only be seen through the instruments and the imagery on screen whereas the effects of reaching a possible target are all too real. JP_TSF_640_email 

 Image by Joseph Popper , The Same Face. http://www.josephpopper.net/

The real and virtual meet again in Hiraki Sawa’s amusing imaginative video piece, Dwelling, in which model airplanes take off in and around his London home. Right at the back of the exhibition leading one’s view further afield is Jasmina Cibic’s oversized, arresting photograph of an airplane interior decked out in hunting trophies, which brings up questions concerning the environmental impact of travel. This leads to David Thomas Smith lightbox images, which are incredibly complex composites of thousands of digital images taken from internet satellite images. Titled Anthropocene, Smith highlights the notion that humankind is now a geological force in its own right.  Las Vegas

Image by, David Thomas Smith , Las Vegas.

‘Centro di Permanenza Temporanea’, a film by Adrian Paci, is a brilliant observation and interpretation addressing the poignant questions and actualities of migration. Sound installation artist Kerwin Rolland is responsible for the immersive, ambient airport soundtrack you can listen to while pouring over the table covered in research concerning the Psychoanalysis of International airports, arranged by Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon.  

I am only mentioning some of the artists on show, but here below is the list of all of them participating. I hope that if you are visiting Paris, you are not going to miss out on this interesting and arresting exhibition. It is still on until the 21 May 2017. EXHIBITION-VIEW-Lufthansa-1-1024x766                                  Image by Jasmina Cibic,  http://jasminacibic.org/projects/dictionary-of-imaginary-places/

19 International Artists participating in the exhibition Aéroport /Ville-Monde:

Cécile Babiole, Jasmina Cibic, Eli Commins, Marnix de Nijs, Camille Demouge, Fanchon Bonnefois, Matthias Gommel, Audrey Martin, Jonathan Monk, Adrian Paci, Joseph Popper, Kerwin Rolland, Hiraki Sawa, An Te Liu, David Thomas Smith, Masha Shubina, Yorgo Tloupas, Gwenola Wagon et Stéphane Degoutin


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Entangled: Threads & Making at the Turner Contemporary Margate

Entangled: Threads & Making at the Turner Contemporary in Margate 

28th Jan – 7th May 2017

Image below: Title: Margate Knot, Artist: Anna Ray who collaborated with a group of local woman from Margate to construct this piece.Entangled at Turner Contemporary

Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the mid-20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who challenge established categories of craft, design, and fine art.

 Karen Wright curated this show with the aim of tracing the impact of older generation woman artists on today’s female artists. It includes works by so many good woman artists and culminates in a rich and diverse exhibition with a focus on textile media.  I was revisiting pieces by mid century artists like Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Sonia Delaunay to name just a few of the 40 international artists being shown here. There is also work to see and engage with by contemporary emerging and more established artists.




Aiko Tezuka who has not exhibited in UK before and who’s work involves both notions of undoing and doing. She traces history itself is the inspiration for her work in that the undoing of the woven fabric points toward looking back in history in order to make a work afresh. Much of her work involves unpicking the fabric’s she chooses to work with and then revealing the warp and weft pointing at what has gone before while producing spectacular unexpected innovative works. If you want to know more about her work here is a link: http://www.aikotezuka.com/ .  Also you can check out my archives for an interview I did with Aiko when she was working in London some years ago. 

IMG_0142I am surprised at the all woman line up as a criteria for the exhibition.There are for sure many men who work with traditional thread based materials in the contemporary art world. Think Grayson Perry or Yinka Shonibare close to home or further afield El Anatsui from Ghana, and Rauschenberg currently on show at the Tate Modern.  I cannot comment with certainty on the historical evidence of men’s artistic practise particular to thread in the art world but was it not men who invented knitting after having crafted fishing nets? Maybe we should drop the gender oriented exhibitions and just concentrate on the art work? Could it be said that thread is as versatile if not more so in the making of art than painting or photography and has inherently as many if not more possibilities for expression? 

I was delighted to see a piece in the show by Judith Scott. I first encountered her works in a very memorable exhibition organised by the Museum of Everything in 2012 while the Museum was residing at Selfridges in the then vast space upstairs above the shop. http://www.musevery.com/ In my view Judith Scott’s work was the most outstanding boundless and expressive work in this show. My only small criticism of this exhibition is that I would have liked to see more boundless and experimental even shocking works and less of the mannered works prevailing but that is a purely personal opinion.

Entangled: Threads & Making is well worth the trip to Margate it offers a rich and diverse view of textiles used in the context of art over the last half century. I much recommend it.  Judith Scott


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Visit to the Switch House

My first visit to the Switch House at the Tate Modern was on a very rainy cloudy and dark day last week. In fact it was a day after the historic vote to leave the EU and the weather seemed to mirror the mood of most Londoners. Wanting to start on  the 10th floor
and work my way down through the new gallery spaces and  because the lifts were in such great demand I climbed up what starts as a sweeping staircase and changes to narrower stairways and interesting architectural spaces and a bridge even on level 1 and 4 to cross over to the older galleries in the Boiler House on the other side. On the way to the 10th floor and the viewing gallery I had a quick look at the Louise Bourgeois room on level 4. It was thoughtful that she should be the first artist represented in the ‘Artists Room’ a collection gifted by Anthony D’Offey in 2008. The first exhibition in the Turbine Hall when it first opened in 2000, housed Louise Bourgeois’s  enormous spider and the three towers one could walk up into it was a great show and remains a permanent fixture in my memory.


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