Event: Valuing Electronic Music

Upstairs at The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JB

6 June 2014 4.30-10pm Admission free

Valuing Electronic Music is an ongoing study of electronic music and the people who value it, carried out by Daniel Allington (Open University), Anna Jordanous (King’s College, London), and Byron Dueck (Open University). Their work explores how the value of electronic music transcends economic value for producers, DJs, and audiences — and how geographical location continues to play a significant role in the recognition of musical value even where musical scenes become increasingly international (thanks in large part to websites such as SoundCloud). Such findings have implications for the careers of music-makers more generally.

On 6 June, they are holding a public event at The Lexington in Angel, Islington, featuring talks, live performances, and an interactive panel discussion with electronic music producers. Come along to find out what the group and other researchers have discovered, as well as to hear some great music and to put your own questions to the people who make it. You are welcome to drop in at any time.

4.30 Doors open

5.00 Free food

5.30 Introduction

5.45 Music: Glitch Lich

6.30 Talk: Luis-Manuel Garcia

7.00 Music: Winterlight

7.45 Talk: Daniel Allington, Anna Jordanous, Byron Dueck

8.15 Music: Slackk

9.00 Panel: Chad McKinney (Glitch Lich), Tim Ingham (Winterlight), Paul Lynch (Slackk)

9.30 Thanks

The Valuing Electronic Music project combines social network analysis of online data with ethnographic interviewing and observation to understand how music-makers produce value for their own and one another’s work, especially in genres without mainstream recognition. It is currently supported by an AHRC Research Development Grant. See our website at www.open.ac.uk/vem/ for more details.

University of the Air short film now online

Following the University of the Air art project, which ran in Autumn 2013 to celebrate the role of research at the Open University.  A short film has been produced with highlights of the art works and interviews with artists and University colleagues.

The 30 minute film is now available online at the Open Arts Archive.  You can watch the entire film or each individual entry.  The individual artists pages are as follows:

England: Caroline Devine – ‘On Air’

Northern Ireland: Carrie Neely – ‘Luminous, Curious, Journey’ 

Scotland: Wiretrace – ‘The Brain Trilogy’

Wales: Steve Geliot, Jo Fong, Tanja Råman – ‘Trajectory’ 

Andrea Büttner In Conversation with Ben Borthwick

Artist Andrea Büttner discusses her exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery, and artistic practice with curator Ben Borthwick.

The exhibition presented a “major survey of recent and new work by Andrea… (b. Stuttgart, Germany, 1972), including video, sculpture, reverse glass painting and woodcuts. Büttner studied art history and philosophy and art, and completed a doctorate on the subject of shame and art in 2010.

To read more please go to the Open Arts Archive

Open Arts Journal second research seminar, ‘Pavilions, Art and Biennial Culture’

Following on the launch of its second issue, the Open Arts Journal is holding its second research seminar, ‘Pavilions, Art and Biennial Culture’, at the Open University’s Camden Office, from 6:30 PM on 27 May 2014. Organized by Joel Robinson, it will welcome Beccy Kennedy to speak about her contribution ‘Pavilioning Manchester: boundaries of the local, national and global at the Asia Triennial’, Jaspar Joseph-Lester to report on the Dallas Pavilion included at the 2013 Venice Biennale, as well as Paolo Tamburella to speak about Djahazi, his project for the pavilion of the Comoros Islands at the 2009 Biennale. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Leon Wainwright. 

Please note that booking a seat through Eventbrite is essential for attendance at this event. Refreshments will be available from 6:00 PM.

To join the Open Arts Journal distribution list, visit www.jiscmail.ac.uk/OPENARTSJOURNAL

Melanie Smith In Conversation at MK Gallery

Melanie Smith is one of Mexico’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Her first UK survey exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery includes a major new film, Fordlandia (2013), produced in the Brazilian Amazon in an abandoned city and rubber plantation built in the 1920s by Henry Ford; and the films Spiral City (2003) and Xilitla (2010), featuring Edward James’ architectural follies in the Mexican jungle.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Melanie was interviewed by Professor Dawn Ades on 10 April 2014.  Melanie discusses her practice as writer, curator and lecturer.  You can see the interview on the Open Arts Archive.

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 www.openartsjournal.org

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)

Pavilions 1page flyer 2013 11 01(Word doc)

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.