CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead, including London Design Fesitval, ICA Off-site: A Journey Through London Subculture, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards and exhibition, Studio Myerscough at the Library of Birmingham, Xerography exhibition at Firstsite in Colchester, Brighton Digital Festival, pop-up photo event Photoville NYC, and photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France.
London Design Festival
14 – 22 Sep
Various venues in London
The London Design Festival returns to the capital this September, with over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of design organisations from around the world. Alongside the furniture and product design on show, a number events this year focus more on graphic and digital design, with typography, print and branding being better represented than in previous years.
Highlights include a Graphics Weekend at the V&A, with Michael Johnson talking about museum branding and Jonathan Barnbrook on his collaboration with David Bowie, alongside other debates and workshops; Outline Editions launches its new collection by artists including Malika Favre, Ugo Gattoni and Marion Deuchars at Designjunction; London Print Studio curates an exhibition of artist books and book designs, Unfold; a floor-to-ceiling installation from Pentagram celebrates its Circular magazine; and Fortnum & Mason hosts letterpress workshops in its new stationery department. Plus, design consultancy Baxter & Bailey is staging an exhibition of comic book art, Sequential City, exploring the depiction of London in a comic book narrative; and Siegal+Gale, Bruno Maag and Massive Music will discuss how their respective crafts can transform a brand.
(Images above: Noma Bar’s Double Bill and Ugo Gattoni’s Tiger, featuring in Outline Editions)
ICA Off-site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now
13 Sept – 20 Oct
The Old Selfridges Hotel, London
A major new project seeking to make connections between London’s creative past and present brings together over fifty vitrines filled with memorabilia and ephemera from an eclectic mix of artists, designers, style icons, studio collectives, and other legendary subcultural figures, alongside video work and installation. Tracing a rich, interconnected history back to the 80s and beyond and thorough to the present day, the project covers art, design, fashion, architecture, dance, club culture, restaurants and bars, and more, exploring a linage of creative activity that often defies disciplinary categorisation, re-contextualises artistic processes, and celebrates the customisation and reclamation of British creative practice.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
19 Sept – 23 Feb. (awards 18 Sep)
Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London
From telescopic images of distant galaxies and deep space, to landscape photography of our own Milky Way and its celestial bodies, the entries for this year’s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards reflect our enduring fascination with outer space and the night sky. Now in its fifth year, the competition and exhibition continue to showcase images from amateur astrophotographers from around the world. Winners come from four main categories – Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year, with special prizes including Best Newcomer.
10 – 15 Sep
Library of Birmingham
Graphic artist Morag Myerscough has created a pop-up pavilion as part of a programme of creative residencies at the new Library of Birmingham. Print-based workshops will take place in the space, which has been transformed with Myerscough’s classic bright and colourful style, applying bold neon graphics to architectural settings. See more on the exhibition in our post earlier this month.
8 Sep – 10 Nov
75 years after the first photocopy was made, this exhibition celebrates the role of xerographic technology in contemporary art and design, with photography, sculpture, video and other works on paper. Work comes from 39 artists and collectives, including Wolfgang Tillmans, Raymond Pettibon, David Hockney, Bruno Munari, and Sarah Lucas, amongst others. There are free family activities every Saturday and a curator’s tour on 28 September.
Brighton Digital Festival
1 – 30 Sep
Various venues in Brighton
Celebrating digital culture, this festival hosts a programme of events including Mutator 1+2, an exhibition of work from 1980s computer artist William Latham; an exhibition of Timo Arnall and collaborators’ Immaterials project; and digital culture conference Improving Reality, curated by Lighthouse.
19 – 29 Sep
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
A pop-up photography village in Brooklyn NYC, built using freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces, showcases a diverse selection of photographic work, alongside a programme of events including lectures, workshops, installations and a beer and food garden.
Visa Pour l’Image Festival
Various venues in Perpignan, France
Until Setember 15
There’s still time to catch work being exhibited as part of the festival of photojournalism in Perpignan. In its 25th year, it not only celebrates great work by documentary photographers, but also poses some difficult questions about the profession’s very survival. As festival director Jean-François Leroy puts it, “It is easy to achieve technical proficiency, but it is quite different when it comes to being a proper journalist. Not everyone can tell a story as it is, even if they can shoot reasonably good photos… In the deluge of fast breaking news, there is an urgent need to get back to some of the basics, or to invent new basics.”
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