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18 June – 7 September 2008
For the 16th Sydney Biennale, entitled Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Cornelia Parker presents her filmed interview with renowned writer and theorist Noam Chomsky who addresses the failings of government, corporations and the media to take responsibility for the ecology of our planet. He urges us to change our lifestyles and bring about socio-economic change. Though Parker fears that the planet may not be able to sustain human life by the end of this century, her work prompts reflection on our collective responsibilities and possible solutions.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
14 June – 26 July 2008
This work has been specially commissioned to mark the launch of the Shrewsbury Darwin200 celebrations commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin.
‘Stage’ was made in the Galapagos Islands which Cross visited with the actor Fiona Shaw (a childhood friend and occasional collaborator) together they explore the current conditions on the Islands and reflect, in that context, on the evolution of art itself and the role for artists within a world facing increasing environmental and cultural changes.
14 June – 14 September 2008
Dean’s new film Amadeus is a specially commissioned work which sees the artist returning to Kent – the county of her childhood.
“Folkestone is all about its relationship to France and the water in between – the Martello towers, The Royal Military Canal, the acoustic mirrors, the deserted ferry terminal and Channel Tunnel rail link. For centuries, we have been barricading ourselves in or trying to reach across. The Channel is our local history: we have fished it, reclaimed land from it, smuggled across it, tried to keep it out or traversed it to lands beyond. We are an island people who have become too content with looking in and have let our seaport citadels rot. I have left England and to return is to return by sea. I might have set myself up badly as a prodigal, choosing a choppy inhospitable sea to cross, which incapacitated my nauseas crew into a Gustav Doré tableau, but I did as all Kentish people should do I, suffered the sea to get home”
Anna Barriball’s typographic artwork About 60 miles of beautiful views is the latest commission by Art on the Underground to go on display on the Tube network. Barriball will display a collection of evocative phrases taken from the back of found photographs.
Printed in London Underground’s classic New Johnston font, the texts will be displayed on posters in advertising spaces across the network. Travellers will encounter unexpected phrases like ‘About 60 miles of beautiful views.’ or ‘On way to birthday party.’ or ‘Looking back the way we had come.’ These cryptic texts are loaded with personal memory, yet connect with individual reasons for travel and the millions of private thoughts we carry on our journeys.
Group exhibition at The Hamburger Kunsthalle
6 June – 5 October 2008
The Hamburger Kunsthalle presents its major summer exhibition The Mirror of Secret Desires, which includes more than 150 works from five centuries. The exhibition is formed by over fifty sensuous and opulent still-life paintings from the Baroque period which enter into a dialogue with sculptures and installations by contemporary artists.
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