The Uncoupling

When new drama teacher, Fran Heller arrives and chooses Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, a new era begins in the sleepy town of Stellar Plains, New Jersey.

Relinquishing Control

Acclaimed American director, Robert Wilson, presents The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic in a new interpretation of the artist’s life and work.

Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad’s third album White Night Stand is both intense and touching, taking influence from Liars and Radiohead to American alternative rock.

Digital, Online and On-Air

Online radio is helping musicians break free from their reliance on big-name stations. Want to get your album tracks played? There’s a show for that.

EMA

After relocating from South Dakota to Los Angeles and with a background in noise bands, it comes as no surprise that Erika M Anderson’s debut solo record takes in a wide range of influences.

Brian Eno

Brian Eno is undeniably a shapeshifter. It’s little wonder, then, that his collaboration with Rick Holland has no limits where style, tempo and mood are concerned.

Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club

Despite their name, there is nothing remotely old-fashioned about The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club. Their music is fresh, catchy and distinctly now.

Frequent Traveller

Having started out as a producer working with artists like Pet Shop Boys and Talk Talk, Spiro is no stranger to the industry and to our immediate surroundings.

Morton Valence

Without any false pretence, Morton Valence defy categorisation, and as such create astounding diversity in one album.

Inch-time

Inch-time’s album is inspired by the Japanese art movement, Ukiyo-e, which focuses on the “floating world” in contrast to the everyday.

Submarine

Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film offers an honest but bleak glimpse into the mind of a group of teenagers struggling to come to terms with the reality of life.

Biutiful

Mortality looms in Biutiful; the story of one man’s struggle to set things right for his family on discovering that he has only months to live.

Sweetgrass

Two ranch hands are charged with bringing 5000+ sheep into the mountains of Montana to graze on public land – all the while this is juxtaposed with some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

Never Let Me Go

Mark Romanek’s portrayal of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go is a delicate and subtle piece of cinema.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom tells the story of J, whose mother has just died of a heroin overdose. Alone and unsure, he reaches out to his estranged criminal family.

Russia 88

To appreciate the controversy around Russia 88, one must take into account that were it not for Gorbachev’s Glasnost policy, this film would not have been made.

ASFF

Launching in autumn 2011, ASFF is a new international film festival that offers visitors the chance to experience independent cinema in the city of York.

The Yusuf Trilogy

The Yusuf trilogy is an intriguing feat of Turkish cinema Taking his cue from psychoanalysis, Kaplanoğlu portrays the microcosm of one man and his world.

Cultural Interfaces

Exploring the boundaries between image and meaning, the 14th PHotoEspaña festival takes place in Madrid, Lisbon, Cuenca, and Alcalá de Henares.

Commissioning Art History

Celebrating 20 years of unparalleled new and innovative work, Artangel shows new work at 2011’s Manchester International Festival and a retrospective too.

Transgressing Conventional Boundaries

Kunsthalle Mannheim celebrates Bruce Nauman’s 70th birthday with a retrospective examining the artist’s fascinating body of work.

Technological Expressionism

A new exhibition Pro Tools by digital artist Cory Arcangel at the Whitney explores the relationship between cultural production and digital technology.

Photographic Explorations of Identity: Guernsey Photography Festival: 1 – 30 June

Recognising the true potential of photography and following on from the success of the inaugural festival last year, The Guernsey Photography Festival presents exhibitions by…

The Battle of Opposites

30 artists are presented in the first large-scale exhibition of works from the collection of Dimitris Daskalopoulos.

Factory Girl

Jason Schembri is a photographer from Sydney, with a strong interest in portrait and fashion photography. In Factory Girl, he critiques society’s obsession with unrealistic expectations of beauty.

Thoughtless Gestures + Obsessive Beauty: Scotland + Venice present Karla Black, Venice Biennale

Taking place across a six-month period, from June to November, this year’s Biennale di Venezia seeks to understand the significance of art in a globalised…

Rediscovering the Past: Rückblick: Reminiscence in 19th Century Photography, Daniel Blau, London.

Review by Lauren Sperring In our contemporary society, photography is a medium of the masses. It is taken for granted, a tool perpetually present, tying…

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Round-Up

Round-up by Eftihia Stefanidi Closing on 22 May, Cannes 2011 was one to remember and though Cannes’ milieu may appear frivolous, tasteless and absurd from…

Point of Interest: Peter Marlow, Wapping Project\Bankside, London

Review by Kara Magid, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond, The American International University in London. Peter Marlow’s Point of Interest…

Dipping a toe into Narcissus’s pool: Narcissus Reflected, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Review by Colin Herd The Greek myth of Narcissus has captivated Western civilization for centuries: an exceptionally beautiful, though proud and precious youth disdains all…

Preview: All the Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism, QUAD, Derby

Examining the intersection between aesthetics and journalism goes back to Dostovesky and his writings on the theoretical link between a commitment to the aesthetic ideal…

Humanity’s Unspoken Rhetoric: rAndom International, Wellcome Collection, London.

Review by Sarah Richter, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Decorating Euston Road in the…

Filmmaker Series – Part 4 Q&A with Daniel Wirtberg

Filmmaker Series – Part 4 Q&A with Daniel Wirtberg For the fourth instalment in our Q&A series with last year’s Aesthetica Short Film Competition winners…

A Pictorial Stream of Consciousness: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Sprüth Magers, London.

Review by Jessica Jones-Berney As I follow the row of Philip-Lorca diCorcia Polaroids lined up against the otherwise sparse white walls of Sprüth Magers, it…

Spatial Form in Social and Aesthetic Processes: Concrete Geometries, AA, London.

Review by Nathan Breeze Concrete Geometries is an ongoing research initiative at the Architectural Association directed by Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer. Derived from ‘Concrete…

The Crucible: York Theatre Royal, Finishes Saturday 28 May – Don’t Miss It

Review by Grace Henderson Exposed, enclosed, surrounded – in Arthur Miller’s classic but timelessly terrifying drama The Crucible, no protagonist escapes these feelings. Set in…

The Most Beautiful World in the World: Friedrich Kunath, White Cube, London.

Review by Matt Swain White Cube Hoxton Square presents the first solo UK exhibition by Friedrich Kunath. Born in Germany and based in Los Angeles…

Two Events @ V&A – Friday Late: Yohji Yamamoto at Play and Fashion in Motion: Yohji Yamamoto

To celebrate the V&A’s current Yohji Yamamoto retrospective, the V&A will stage two events exploring the influential Japanese designer’s work and offer the chance for…

Journeys & Location: Frank Bowling RA, ROLLO Contemporary Art, London.

Review by Emily Sack, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Six years after being elected…

New Connections Within The Polyphonic Whole: Janet Cardiff, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton

Review by Amy Knight Sound has, perhaps more than any other sensory stimulation, a transcendental power that can immerse the listener in an all-encompassing awareness…

The Globe Shrinks for Those Who Own It: Barbara Kruger, Sprüth Magers, London.

Review by Laura Bushell There’s a game children play when they want to enrage their siblings; that of repeating verbatim everything the other says. Maintained…

Two Portrayals of Life: Miroslav Tichý and Shimabuku’s My Teacher Tortoise, Wilkinson Gallery, London.

Review by Mallory Nanny, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Located in the lively art…

Sam Knowles, Fearful Sphere, at Simon Oldfield Gallery, London

Sam Knowles’ first solo exhibition, Fearful Sphere opens tonight in London. Knowles’ (b.1983) practice deals with metaphysical concerns, and the notion that the world…

Ian Hamilton Finlay | Definitions at Victoria Miro, London

By Sarah Richter, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Ian Hamilton Finlay’s show currently at…

Vija Celmins, Television and Disaster (1964 – 1966), LACMA, LA.

Review by Jareh Das Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents an intimate exhibition of Vija Celmins works, focusing on the artist’s time in Los…

Articulating Sounds As Visual Imagery: Sam Belinfante, Penumbra, mima, Middlesborough

Review by Jareh Das As you approach mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) in Centre Square the viewer is confronted by a resounding female operatic…

The Wider Narratives of the Middle East: Rabih Mroué, The People Are Demanding, Iniva, London.

Review by Jareh Das Lebanese artist, theatre director, playwright and actor, Rabih Mroué presents his first UK solo show at iniva which centres around ongoing…

Predominantly Political Art? Peter Kennard, At Earth, Raven Row, London

Review by Kara Magid, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond, The American International University in London. Painters George Shaw and Karla…

Contemporary Lighting Design: WOKA, Vienna

WOKA was born in 1900, they produce handmade reproductions of exclusive lighting-fixtures from the early 20th century. Handmade in Vienna, with original tools using the…

Manipulations of Form, Weight and Volume: Michael Sailstorfer, Modern Art Oxford

Review by Matt Swain Modern Art Oxford hosts Michael Sailstorfer’s first solo presentation in the UK, comprising mixed-media sculptural interventions exploring notions of flight, movement…