Artists in our Forecast Programme

Posted on 03.03.2021

We are thrilled to be featuring some really wonderful and significant international artists in Forecast’s event series which starts today. 

In panel discussions, interviews, a VR experience and new artist performances, these are the artists to look out for over the next few days:

Joan Jonas

Joan Jonas (born July 13, 1936) is an American visual artist and a pioneer of video and performance art, and one of the most important artists to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jonas’ projects and experiments were influential in the creation of video performance art as a medium. Her influences also extended to conceptual art, theatre, performance art and other visual media. She represented the US at Venice Biennale in 2015 which the New York Times said was a ‘triumph’. She lives and works in New York and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Joan Jonas is appearing on in our opening panel on Wed 03 March at 6pm GMT.

Fei Jun

Fei Jun holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Art from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in New York. Fei Jun is the head of CAFA Media Lab, an associate professor in interactive media art and design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts as well as a working artist and designer. He is also a co-founder of Moujiti interactive. His art and design work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums and festivals, and has received many international awards including IF design award.

Fei Jun is discussing his major Forecast on line commission Forecasting: Interesting Worlds on Wed 03 March at 1pm GMT

Ahilapalapa Rands

Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli/Indigenous Hawaiian, iTaukei/Indigenous Fijian, Pākehā/ Settler European) is an independent curator, writer and artist She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology and a Diploma in Te Reo Māori from Te Wananga o Raukawa in Ōtaki, Aotearoa. Rands is a founding member of New Zealand based art collective D.A.N.C.E. art club alongside Vaimaila Urale, Tuafale Tanoa’i aka Linda T, and Chris Fitzgerald and London based In*ter*is*land Collective alongside Lyall Hakaraia, Jo Walsh and Jessica Palalagi.

Ahilapalapa Rands has created a new Forecast performance ‘E Kū māloelo‘ (To Stand Firm) on Wed 03 March at 7:15pm GMT

Tania Kovats

The main focus of Kovats’ work is how art mediates and communicates our experience of what we call nature, which Kovats views as a set of interconnected processes and systems. Kovats has shown internationally including her celebrated ‘Tree’ at the Natural History Museum and works across various platforms including sculptural works, drawings, writing, temporary and permanent works in the public realm.

Increasingly her work addresses environmental and socio political implications of her subject, with water being her central focus, the seas and oceans, river systems, maritime culture, coral bleaching, water pollution, flooding, tides, and the beauty of the horizon line.

Tania Kovats is discussing her work with Invisible Dust’s Artistic director and Founder Alice Sharp on Wed 03 March at 7:30pm GMT.

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich, Germany) is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. 

Her prolific filmmaking and writing occupies a highly discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy and politics, constituting a deep exploration of late capitalism’s social, cultural and financial imaginaries. Her films and lectures have increasingly addressed the presentational context of art, while her writing has circulated widely through publication in both academic and art journals, often online.

Hito Steyerl’s Virtual Leonardo’s Submarine will be live from 8:30pm GMT on Wed 03 March, with thanks to the Andrew Kreps Gallery and the Esther Schipper Gallery.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller (born 30 March 1966) is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. Much of Deller’s work is collaborative; it has a strong political aspect, in the subjects dealt with and also the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. He won the Turner Prize in 2004. Many of his works have focused on history including his 14-18 Now performance of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when 1400 young men appeared across the UK in wartime uniform representing the 19,240 men who died on the first day.

Jeremy Deller is discussing the past and the future on Thurs 04 March at 1pm GMT.

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms – from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, as well as a reinvention of both the modes of appearance and the creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, or a network with multiple connections and the fragments of an embedded story. It is ultimately a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own associations and invent their own narrative in order to unravel the complexities staged by the artist.

Ryan Gander will be discussing how is practice relates to thinking about the future on Thurs 04 March at 5pm GMT.

Adam Chodzko

Adam Chodzko is an artist based in Whitstable, Kent, UK, exploring human behaviour. He works across media, ranging from large-scale installations to de-materialised interventions. Using a form of science fiction, exploring the space between documentary and fantasy, conceptualism and surrealism, public and private, Chodzko’s work provokes our collective imagination by wondering how, through the visual, we might best understand and re-form our encounters with the society and environment that surrounds us.

Adam Chodzko is discussing uncertainty at Thurs 04 March at 6pm GMT followed by the first screening of his new specially created Forecast performance ‘Woven Time: A girdle of fig leaves‘ at 7pm GMT.

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956. She studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and at Wolverhampton Polytechnic before receiving her MA in Fine Art from the University of Reading in 1982. 

Parker’s art is about destruction, resurrection and reconfiguration. Demonstrating the importance of process, she frequently transforms objects by using seemingly violent techniques such as shooting, exploding, squashing, cutting and burning. Through these actions she both physically alters the object and she herself becomes an active participant in the development of its story. Parker was also the 2017 Election artist.

Cornelia Parker will be discussing democracy and the future on Fri 05 March at 5:30pm GMT

The Living Room Theatre

The Living Room Theatre is based in Sydney Australia and is led by founder and artistic director Michelle St Anne who is a theatrical visual artist. The Theatre creates sensory-rich theatrical experiences in hurt and abandoned spaces that confronts the pain and beauty of contemporary life and gives voice to those on the fringes of society.

The Living Room Theatre’s new film ‘Dark Interludes’ will be shown for the first time on Fri 05 March at 6:30pm GMT

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