Open Arts Journal Issue 2 ‘Pavilions’ published

The Open Arts Journal is very pleased to announce the publication of their current themed issue, edited by Joel Robinson, ‘Pavilions’ (Open Arts Journal, Issue 2, Winter 2013-2014).

This peer-reviewed, open access content is available now at

Table of Contents

Introduction: big worlds under little tents

Historical Themes and Contexts

‘Not months but moments’: ephemerality, monumentality, and the pavilion in ruins

At the bottom of the garden: the Caffeaus of Villa Albani

Folkloric modernism: Venice’s Giardini Della Biennale and the geopolitics of architecture

From the world’s fair to Disneyland: pavilions as temples

The Markham Moor papilio: a picturesque commentary

The Architecture of Display

On Penelope Curtis’ Patio and Pavilion: The Place of Sculpture in Modern Architecture

Fascism, middle class ideals, and holiday villas at the 5th Milan Triennale

‘A bazaar in the Coliseum’: marketing Southeast Asian handicrafts in New York, 1956

Pavilioning Manchester: boundaries of the local, national and global at the Asia Triennial

Haiti’s first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale: anachronism or illuminating opportunity?

The Dallas Pavilion: contemporary art and urban identity

Contemporary Projects

‘A glimpse of another world’: Zaha Hadid’s Mobile Art Pavilion (MAP)

The Donkey Institute of Contemporary Art (DICA): a photo-essay

Electronic textiles for architecture

The playful Ping-Pong Pavilion: learning from risky experimentation in real time

Deconstructing the Children’s Art Pavilion


After word, thought, life: a stroll in Parisian parks

Forthcoming exhibition at MKG: Future City

Professor Gill Perry recommends Milton Keynes Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Future City, which runs from 06 December 2013 to 05 January 2014. 

“An exciting exhibition and events programme that looks back at the utopian origins of Milton Keynes in order to consider its future” Milton Keynes Gallery. 

It includes a work by Stephen Gregory, who has a work in the OU art collection.

For more information go to their website

Forthcoming — Issue 2 Open Arts Journal: ‘Pavilions’

The Open Arts Journal has announced its forthcoming issue on Pavilions, which pulls together a number of exploratory texts – some academic, some more creative in style – on the understudied subject of pavilions.

The first section, ‘Historical themes and contexts,’ is a collection of mostly essay-length texts by Ihor Junyk, Jane Lomholt, Joel Robinson, Jaimee K. Comstock-Skipp and Karolina Szynalska, taking forward the genealogy of pavilions offered in the editor’s Introduction, ‘Big worlds under little tents’. A series of case studies introduces pavilions in their many forms during the modern period – picturesque garden ornaments, exotic structures that speak of remote times and places, and national exposition buildings at the world’s fairs and other exhibitions. Here, the pavilion is discussed as a monumental object as well as a receptacle for other objects, and a type of architecture that is rarely far away from imperialist or nationalist agendas. Long after it has served its original purpose, it may incite reflection on the decay and ‘afterlife’ of such structures. 

 In ‘The architecture of display,’ the pavilion is considered as a structure – architectural or otherwise – for framing the world, or putting a piece of the world on display. Texts by Brian Hatton, Flavia Marcello, Jennifer Way, Beccy Kennedy, Wendy Asquith, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Michael Corris address the way in which pavilions mediate observation and knowledge of the world. This section probes the intriguing dynamic that pavilions set up between the container and the contained, and how they might even be said to deconstruct that dynamic while becoming works of art in their own right (e.g., sculptural objects like Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion).

 The final section, ‘Contemporary projects,’ carries short statements, reviews and photo-essays by Sophia Kazan, Yam Lau, Sarah Bonnemaison, Harriet Harriss, and a longer text by Chris Tucker. They consider a range of sites from privately-funded exposition buildings and the high-budget ‘star’ architecture of the Serpentine Gallery commissions, to more modest works that intervene in public space. These projects raise questions about community outreach, participatory citizenship and direct democracy, and show up the ineffectiveness or emptiness of some of today’s official public art commissions. The issue concludes with a perceptive afterword by Michaela Giebelhausen: a Surrealist-inspired piece that takes a ramble through Paris – the city of universal expositions – and pauses on what remains of its exhibition grounds and public parks.   

For more details please go to the Open Arts Journal website

Pavilions 1page flyer 2013 11 01 (pdf)

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University of the Air artist Caroline Devine shortlisted for prestigous award

Caroline Devine, the artist taking part in the Open University’s University of the Air exhibition, has been shortlisted for this year’s British Composer of the Year Award (Sonic Arts category) for her work, 5 minute oscillations of the sun

Please come and view Caroline’s work at our Open University Campus on 09 and 10 November 2013.  Please follow this link for further details of all the works in the exhibiton.

Open Arts Journal Launch event

Monday 21 October 2013, The Open University Camden Town, London

The Open Arts Journal hosted a research seminar and reception at the OU Camden, London to mark the Journal’s launch this summer.

They welcomed Professor Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University), who spoke about her article published in Issue 1, ‘The Precarious Ecologies of Cosmopolitanism’. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Berthold Schoene and Dr Ellie Byrne (guest editors of our inaugural issue, and both at Manchester Metropolitan University) together with Open Arts Journal editor-in-chief Dr Leon Wainwright (OU Art History), and Q&A.

The event was recorded and is hosted on the Open Arts Archive:
Professor Marsha Meskimmon

Professor Berthold Schoene and Dr Ellie Byrne

For more details about the Journal please go to the Open Arts Journal website

Exhibition: Australian Art at the Royal Academy

21 September – 08 December 2013

Organised with the National Gallery of Australia

“Marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years, this exhibition spans more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day and seeks to uncover the fascinating social and cultural evolution of a nation through its art.”

“Two hundred works including painting, drawing, photography, watercolours and multimedia shed light on a period of rapid and intense change; from the impact of colonisation on an indigenous people, to the pioneering nation building of the 19th century through to the enterprising urbanisation of the last 100 years.”  the Royal Academy

The exhibition argues that the story of Australia is inextricably linked to its landscape and that this deep connection has provided a rich seam of inspiration for Australian artists for centuries. This is a fascinating, if controversial show that seeks to represent a wide range of Australian art. Some have argued that it is too ambitious, and presents just one ‘history’ of Australian art.

For more details please go to the Royal Academy’s website

Exhibition: Daniel Silver ‘Dig’

12 September – 3 November 2013

The Odeon Site, 24 Grafton Way (off Tottenham Court Road), London WC1E 6DB

11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday, Admission: Free

Gill Perry recommends this exhibition is interesting because it’s work by a modern sculptor who draws on and reworks anthropological and classical references.

(Commissioned by the arts charity Artangel)

For more details go to Artangel’s website

Michael Landy: Saints Alive, Student study day

Friday, 1 November 2013 – 11:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: National Gallery London

Speakers: Colin Wiggins, Gill Perry, Jenny Sliwka, Michael Landy

This study day will discuss the work of Michael Landy and his exhibition Michael Landy: Saints Alive, which runs between 23 May and 24 November 2013 in the Sunley Room.

A series of large-scale kinetic sculptures bring a contemporary twist to the lives of the saints. Saints are more often associated with traditional sacred art than with contemporary work, but Michael Landy, current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence at the National Gallery, has been inspired to revisit the subject for this exhibition.

Landy’s large-scale sculptures consist of fragments of National Gallery paintings cast in three dimensions and assembled with one of his artistic hallmarks – refuse. He has scoured car boot sales and flea markets accumulating old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct the works. Visitors can crank the works into life with a foot pedal mechanism.

Sainsbury Wing Theatre, Level -1
Tickets £5

11am Introduction – History of the Collection
Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator

11.20am Colin Wiggins in discussion with Michael Landy
12noon Lunch (not provided)

1.15pm Saints: The Forgotten Stories
Jenny Sliwka , Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion

1.45pm Playing with Michael Landy
Gill Perry, Professor of Art History, The Open University

2.15pm Discussion
2.45pm Close

To book a place please go to the National Gallery website

Ana Mendieta ‘Traces’ at the Hayward Gallery

24 September – 15 December 2013

The Hayward Gallery exhibition on Ana Mendieta is billed as the first retrospective of this major artist’s work to be presented in the UK.  “Focusing on her later pieces, the exhibition reveals the full breadth of her work and her unique practice in a wide variety of media, from photography to film, sculpture to drawing” Hayward Gallery.

Gill Perry wrote about Ana Mendieta in Book 1 of AA318 Art of the Twentieth Century, an Open University course which addresses the fundamental changes that have taken place in the concepts and practices of art during the twentieth century. Interest in modern art in Britain has never been higher: an interest stimulated both by the international success of a new generation of British artists during the 1990s, and by the opening of Tate Modern in 2000.  For more details please go to our courses website.

Details of the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery