One of London’s largest contemporary art festivals, Art Night, helmed by Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, returns with its third edition for one busy night this Saturday July 7th, from 6pm-6am. Each year since its inception in 2016, Art Night has partnered with a cultural institution to curate a contemporary arts festival based on the culture and identity of a London neighbourhood. From commissions to one-off projects, Art Night showcases a diverse multidisciplinary art programme. This year, the festival’s trail will run alongside the River Thames, spanning from Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery to Battersea Power Station.
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“People are looking at their apps all the time, but they are not really looking at them. I don’t know if people fully realize how technology is changing or controlling our lives.The work deals with the integration of technology and the human spirit.” –Miao Ying – Happily Contained (2018) @miaoyingmiao ’s first work using virtual reality technology, will be installed in the @EmbassyGardens Marketing Suite at #artnight2018. – Miao Ying’s practice—particularly her web-based work—allows users outside China to get a glimpse of life within the Great Firewall in a humorous and accessible way. She deliberately applies a thread of humor to her works and address her Stockholm Syndrome relationship with censorship and self-censorship in the Chinese Internet. – This project is a co-commission by Art Night and @dslcollection. Further support and site courtesy of @ecoworld_uk @Ballymore. Further thanks to @HTCVive and @msigaming for their support. – A project realised in collaboration with @somewhereelse.co – 📸 courtesy of the artist – #artnightldn is supported by @phillipsauction
Art Night has enlisted the exhibitions team at the Hayward Gallery to curate this year’s festival. Integral to the culture of the Southbank Centre, the Hayward Gallery has a strong history of exhibiting work by both emerging and established artists such as Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon, and Ed Ruscha, over the years. The Hayward team have curated Art Night 2018 based on themes of home and urban landscape.
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🛸🛸🛸 – Suzanne Treister’s new work The Spaceship (2018) in Bordeaux, which responds to the wreckage of WWII still in evidence in the area, especially the warships submerged in the Garonne riverbed. Treister describes the idea behind the project: ‘I visualised one of these decaying Second World War vessels being transformed – many decades after the German defeat – into a luminous spaceship, deriving from but no longer a war vessel.’ – An ongoing focus of Suzanne Treister’s work is the relationship between new technologies, society, alternative belief systems and the potential futures of humanity. – Treister will bring the project Interplanetary Dresses For Space Travel (2018) + SURVIVOR (F), focusing on her vision of a new planet or parallel universe, to life in the form of an 80m long mural outside @batterseapwrstn for #artnight2018. – This project is supported by Battersea Power Station as partners of Art Night 2018. Further thanks to @printandsigncentres for their support. – 📸 courtesy of the artist – #artnightldn is supported by @phillipsauction
On the Art Night 2018 trail, visitors will witness a comfortably furnished living room explode in slow motion in Dwelling (2014), a single-channel video work by Taiwanese artist Yuan Goang-Ming. At the British Interplanetary Society, you will encounter Halil Altindere’s Space Refugee—a multimedia installation on Muhammed Ahmed Faris, the first Syrian Cosmonaut in space who is now a refugee in Turkey. And at the newly reopened Garden Museum, Liv Wynter, a UK artist and activist, will host a series of live performances including poetry, rap, music and dance, which engage in social issues. Other highlighted artists in the Hayward Gallery’s programme include Prem Sahib, Suzanne Treister, Cécile B. Evans, Lara Favaretto, Vajiko Chachkhiani, and Miao Ying.
Art Night’s Open Call initiative has invited over 50 other cultural institutions to participate in the festival. The projects in Art Night’s Open Call will take place throughout the trail in unexpected venues and outdoor spaces and will follow the Hayward Gallery’s curatorial themes. This Open Call programme will feature an exciting body of work, including the performative installation Muro (2018) by Mexican artist Bosco Sodi. Throughout the night, Sodi will invite trail-goers to dismantle her installation, a wall comprised of 1600 clay bricks located near the National Theatre’s riverside square, as well as take a piece of the artwork home with them.
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We’re focusing on vibrant Vauxhall this week and all the singular experiences to be had there at #ArtNight2018🌒 – Check out some of the Art Night Open projects in the area, including Ben Hughes at Brocket London, Colette Sadler and Mikko Gaestel at St. Peter’s Church, Evan Ifekoya at Gasworks, and Helena de Pulford, Jack Evans and Oona Wilkinson at Subsidiary Projects. – Peep some of their work in the carousel above and mark 7 July in your diaries 👀 – #ArtNightLDN is supported by @phillipsauction
Art Night founders Zemtsova and Nguyen hope that in its third edition the festival will, “Offer an artistic exploration of London, celebrating diversity, culture, heritage and architecture, through an engaging, free and multidisciplinary programme of events.” An event accessible to all, featuring a diversity of artistic voices, Art Night truly embodies this ethos of community. Open for one night only tomorrow, be sure to visit Art Night 2018 to see the Southbank enlivened by contemporary art and performance.
Words by Olivia Williams | Feature image: Lara Favaretto (via Art Night)