London’s Serpentine Gallery presents “Third World: The Bottom Dimension” through October 22. The exhibition is part of a project of the same name that includes a video game, the show, and a Web 3 project. The digital art in the show visualizes surreal landscapes and calls for a different way of looking at our world through the lens of decoloniality, queerness, and decentralization.
The exhibition and project are a collaboration between Gabriel Massan (b. 1996) and Serpentine Arts Technologies. Serpentine Arts Technologies is a digital arts research and development team within the Serpentine Gallery that explores the artistic use of video games, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. For the exhibition, Massan, a digital artist from Rio de Janeiro, invited Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro (b. 1996), Novíssimo Edgar (b. 1993), and LYZZA (b. 1999), young Brazilian and international digital artists.
The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA) in Lausanne, Switzerland, presents “Magdalena Abakanowicz: Textile Territories” through September 24. Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017) was a Polish sculptor and a pioneer of textile art.
While Poland was still under communist rule, Abakanowicz discovered the potential for free expression in flexible fibers and began using fibers such as sisal, wool, and linen as materials. She continued to create large-scale weavings and tapestries inspired by nature and the human figure.
The artist has strong ties to the city of Lausanne. She gained international recognition through her participation in the Biennale de la Tapisserie of Lausanne, a fiber arts biennial held in the city from 1962 to 1979. The exhibition focuses on the period from 1960 to 1985, the artist’s active period of experimentation.
On June 11, the second Helsinki Biennial “New Directions May Emerge” opened in Helsinki, Finland. Curated by Joasia Krysa and organized by the Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), it features works by 29 international artists at the Helsinki Art Museum and on the island of Valisari.
The title is brought from anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (b. 1952). Tsing proposed learning through “noticing”-finding new ways to relate to the world by paying attention to people, animals, plants, the environment, information, and other entities. Centered around three concepts of “contamination,” “regeneration,” and “agency,” the Biennial addresses the effects of environmental pollution, political conflict, and advances in technology in contemporary society and attempts to create new ways of sensing and making sensations. The Biennial runs through September 17.