CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead, including three new shows at the Museum of the Image in the Netherlands, global activities as part of The Big Draw, Mass Oberservation at The Photographer’s Gallery in London, work from the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington at Open Eye in Liverpool, Edinburgh Printmakers Open Doors Day, the 2013 Tokyo Photo fair, and a 35 ft long camera on display in Chicago.
Museum of the Image
From Sun 29 Sept
Breda, The Netherlands
Three new exhibitions open at MOTI this weekend – the interactive Waanzien, exploring the nature of contemporary visual culture, including a beauty parlour and a ‘horror alley’; I like it. What is it?, an open masterclass with graduates working alongside designer Anthony Burill; and MOTI Hotel, where twenty artists and designers take over rooms with their responses to significant works from the museum’s collection. Also on show is the semi-permenant exhibition 100 Years of Dutch Graphic Design, a historical retrospective of design in the Netherlands, tracing the development of graphic design and its links with the modernism of society in the twentieth century. The objects in this exhibition are replaced every three months and many of the exhibits are from collections that are rarely displayed.
The Big Draw
Tue 1 Oct – Sun 3 Nov
Thousands of drawing events and activities will take place over the next month, connecting people of all ages with artists, museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, outdoor spaces and other venues, as part of an international festival from charitable organisation The Campaign for Drawing. The aim is to raise the profile of drawing and promote its use as a tool for thought, creativity and cultural engagement for everyone, demonstrating that it can be a positive collaborative activity as well as a private passion. The 2013 theme is Draw Tomorrow, and alongside events taking place around the world, this year you can also take part in the Big Draw Online with AccessArt.
Mass Observation: This is Your Photo
Until Sun 29 Sep
Photographer’s Gallery, London
Last chance to catch this archival show presenting the collective social project Mass Observation, which aimed to record the everyday lives of everyday people of Britain, founded in 1937, relaunched in 1981 and continuing through to today. In the hope of creating an ‘anthropology of ourselves’ through artistic means and collecting anecdotal evidence, groups of observers were assigned different topics, such as pub culture and happiness, interviewing people, writing personal reports or covertly recording information about behaviour. Photographs and ephemera such as leaflets, books, hand-written accounts and questionnaires are on show alongside a digital project that invites people to respond to weekly directives through uploading photos online to be shown on The Wall at the gallery.
Tim Hetherington, You Never See Them Like This
Until Sun 24 Nov
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
An exhibition celebrating the work of the late Liverpool-born photojournalist. Work on show includes photographs and film work taken during his time with American soldiers in Afghanistan, drawing from the series of images published in his acclaimed book Infidel. The work highlights the long-term nature of Hetherington’s photographic projects and the close relationships he developed with his subjects.
Doors Open Day at Edinburgh Printmakers
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sept
23 Union St, Edinburgh
As part of the citywide Doors Open Day, there will be guided tours throughout the day with the opportunity to see behind the scenes at Edinburgh’s busiest print studio, and learn more about the history of this former washhouse building on Union Street.
Tokyo Photo 2013
Fri 27 – Mon 30 Sep
Zōjō-ji temple, Shibadaimon, Tokyo
Asia’s leading photography fair will be held in one of Tokyo’s grandest temples this weekend, welcoming a selection of galleries from America, Europe and Asia for its fifth year. Exhibitors include New York’s Gagosian Gallery, LA’s M+B, Paris’s Camera Obscura, and Berlin’s Camera Work, with other exhibitions including Pictures from Moving Cars from the Tate Modern’s curator of photography and international art, Simon Baker, and the Shomel Tomatsu Memorial Exhibition, alongside a series of talks, panel discussions and tours.
Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture
Until Oct 31
2 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago
The world’s largest film camera, designed by photographer Dennis Manarchy, is being displayed alongside large scale portraits as part of a project documenting the diverse cultural heritage of the USA. At 35 ft long, the camera is capable of producing two-story-high portraits in sharp, super high-res quality. “By documenting the unique faces of America’s rich culture in larger-than-life clarity we are recording the legacies of our country,” says Manarchy. “This is only the beginning of our cultural journey and I’m thrilled my hometown gets to experience the beginning of this documentary project.”
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