Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
In the 2017 documentary Miniverse, the filmmakers shrank the solar system to a scale equivalent to that of continental USA in an attempt to explain the relationships between objects in our solar system.
In Colony Christopher Langton is attempting something similar, taking ideas from science fiction about space colonisation and imagining cities of various shapes and sizes surrounded by asteroids, meteorites and other celestial bodies.
To step into Colony is to enter the space of a video game or horror movie, or perhaps a contaminated cyberspace.
Scaled down components from space and scaled up organisms from the microscopic world of viruses, bacteria and fungi spread through the gallery. Science fiction rubs shoulders with real and imagined forms of bacteria and viruses. Visually provocative, Colony is appealing in colour and sheen and repellent in form and texture.
Surveying the surreal and bizarre landscape, are two oversized aliens. Weird and wonderful, they occupy a universe that is at once fearful and fascinating.
Colony might be your worst germophobic nightmare or the realisation of an Elon Musk-like space-travel escape dream.
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