Arts Radar: 17th August
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We might be in the midst of London's August art intermission but that doesn't mean there's nothing worth reporting on. Some galleries don't have bedtimes and plough on regardless: read on for stuff on mental health in the creative industries, the monstrous female in film and an oddball sci-fi installation critiquing the end of the American century. Hold on to those hats.
Bit by bit, mental health seems to be a subject finally pushing its way into the public conscious. And this is the kind of project that's really going to help: a group show aiming to confront the lack of coverage of mental health in the creative industries, spark some chat and perhaps even bring about a little social change. For 10 days, artists who do their thing across fashion, art and music will be showing off their work, including Tim Noble, Akinola Davies, Margot Bowman, Gaika, James Massiah, Joy Miessi and Suzannah Pettigrew.
What you've got here is an unashamedly atmospheric depiction of memory and the slowing down of time. And maybe your memories aren't quite as aesthetically pleasing as Emma Elizabeth Tillman (wife of singer and general heartthrob Father John Misty), but that's life friend. This is a visual recording of the last 10 years of her life - Tillman recorded pretty much every day the couple spent together from the early days in LA to mushroom trips in the Joshua Tree desert and across the world from Norway to Mexico. It looks lovely and very arty.
Paranoid, insatiable, jealous and evil - it sounds like the nicknames of a band you really don't want to listen to. But those adjectives also quite neatly sum up the way the ‘monstrous female’ has been depicted in horror films, the subject of Harman Bains’ project Nature of the Hunt. In a 20-minute film comprised of some very iconic scenes, Bains breaks down how these representations subvert masculine traditions.
Futuristic architecture, junk food, dream readings, alien abductions, geopolitics, diplomacy, war and peace. There's plenty to digest at Moniri Al Qadiri's debut show, which takes her childhood memories of diplomacy and fantasies she shared with her sister as the starting point to depict a strange yet familiar sci-fi world where reality is crumbling and paranoia takes hold. Seemingly suggesting the ending of the American century, this is a pretty apt show for how plenty of us are feeling right now.
With a name like Nausea, you knew we were interested. We're masochists when all is said and done. This VR exhibition, curated and produced by Philip Hausmier, is 15 minutes of oddball surreal fun that finds some rather talented artists creating worlds you can enter. Featuring works from Eddie Peake, Florian Meisenberg, Anne de Vries, Ruben Grilo, Jack Strange and Anna K.E, £5 gets you a little bit of trippy time.