Ignota Recommends: Exhibitions and Events (July)

Acorn, Switchers
LUX, London

10 July – 14 August 2021

“A new moving image work taking its inspiration from the world and characters in Octavia Butler’s prescient science fiction novel Parable of The Talents. The film utilises the ‘world’ of Parable of the Talents, its conditions and characters to develop new narratives and meanings. Drawing on tools from the methodology of ‘playworlds’ in which imaginary spaces for improvisation and exchange are created, Acorn is a unique work of ‘event-cinema’, maintaining the liveness of a theatre production through participants’ emotional focus in real time.”

Syncopes (Finissage)
Mimosa House, London
10 July 2021
“To celebrate the closing of ‘Syncopes’, the first show in our new premises, Mimosa House presents an evening event featuring performances and a DJ set by three of the artists in the show + their collaborators. Performances by Mira Calix/Rosie Middleton, Himali Singh Soin/David Soin Tappeser, followed by DJ set from Chooc Ly Tan.”
“New Mystics is a platform for collaboratively exploring the practices of 12 artists merging magic, mysticism, and ritual with technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and game engines. It features both human and non-human voices, with texts co-authored by the Language AI GPT-3. The participating artists are Rebecca Allen, Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, Patricia Domínguez, Joey Holder, Lawrence Lek, Haroon Mirza, Tabita Rezaire, Tai Shani, Jenna Sutela, Saya Woolfalk, and Zadie Xa. It is organized by Alice Bucknell.”

Art Night, London
12 June – 16 July 2021
“For their Art Night 2021 commission, OOMK (represented by collective artist Rose Nordin) will be producing and distributing STUART papers. STUART papers is a highly visual, free newspaper-style publication that reflects thematically on selected texts and archived ephemera from the Stuart Hall Library and connects to contemporary collectives though responsive content. The work will be disseminated by a performative distribution team. The publication will be accompanied by a short film including voice recordings and in the making footage.”


11 June 2021 – 18 September 2022

“Poet and artist Precious Okoyomon will transform the AAM rooftop, installing a mixture of sculpture and organic matter to create a garden based on themes of pleasure, abundance, and desire. Okoyomon will be in residence in Aspen on multiple occasions, developing and transforming the project over its entire duration, making it a live and responsive commission that will literally grow and replenish over time.”

24 July  18 September 2021

“A series of online technical workshops focused on providing practical techniques for creative digital making. Each workshop is led by a digital artist and will offer participants the opportunity to learn and create with a group of up to 20 other learners. Upon completion attendees will have a tangible asset or outcome to apply to their own creative practice. The workshops are part of Future Art Ecosystems: Art x Metaverse’s exploration into the metaverse, virtual experiences and the infrastructure necessary to support evolving art and advanced technologies.”

With Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Christopher MacInnes and Keiken.

The Grief Interval: Aura Satz with Sarah Davachi
Abandon Normal Devices, online
10 – 11 July 2021

“In this audiovisual broadcast, artist Aura Satz collaborates with electroacoustic composer Sarah Davachi to sonically haunt a decommissioned coal fired power station. Weaving eerie aural warning and mourning, the film project summons the possibility of the pause in a landscape of looming ecological emergency.”

Festival of Queer Practices: No No Fest
Maison Populaire, Paris
10 July 2021

“Dès 19 h 30 (vidéo en continu) / Sin Wai Kin Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin) est une artiste visuelle canadienne qui utilise « la fiction spéculative dans la performance de drag, l’image en mouvement, l’écriture et l’imprimé pour refigurer les attitudes envers le genre, la sexualité et les discours historiques sur l’identité. Elle est connue pour ses performances en immersion et leur travail drag, des pratiques qu’elle utilise pour « interrompre les processus normatifs de désir, d’identification et d’objectivation.

Ian Cheng: Life After BoB: The Chalice Study
Luma, Arles
From 26 June 2021

Life After BOB: The Chalice Study introduces the character of Chalice Wong, a 10-year-old girl whose father, Dr Wong, installs an experimental artificial intelligence called BOB ("Bag of Beliefs") in the nervous system. French) to guide her through the challenge of growing up in an ever-changing world. As Dr Wong begins to prefer BOB to Chalice, and since BOB threatens to lead Chalice's life better than herself, Chalice, jealous, wonders: what is left for me to do, as a classic human?”

Park Nights 2021
Serpentine, London
9 July — 22 September 2021

“Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary, live platform sited within the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion. Park Nights 2021 comprises a series of five commissions that will take place in the Serpentine Pavilion 2021, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by Sumayya Vally.”

With aga ujma, Jota Mombaça, John Glacier, Rhea Dillon and taraxos with Tosh Basco.