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7 September 2013


Cronenberg: Transformation

As the 38th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes over the city, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) celebrates one of Canada’s most successful and controversial filmmakers – David Cronenberg. Brand new works have been commissioned from six Canadian and international artists who share the director’s fascinations with complex human psychology. We recommend Berlin-based Candice Breitz’s short film Treatment, in which the South African-born artist has cast her parents, personal therapist and herself to voice-over three key scenes from Cronenberg's sci-fi horror from 1979, The Brood.

MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.00-18.00. Until 29 December.


New Photography in Korea

Arriving this weekend at Galerie Paris-Beijing’s Brussels venue is the New Photography in Korea exhibition. It presents the works of 15 both North and South-Korean photographers that collectively capture the region’s contributions during the late-20th century. Vastly differing works on show underscore the complexities in the region’s identity. Suntag Noh’s “Red House” is a depiction of North Korean dancers holding identical authoritarian poses, whereas Kwang Mo’s “Third Story” is a provocative visual critique of sexuality, yet both were taken just a year apart.

Galerie Paris-Beijing, Hôtel Winssinger, Rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies 66. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00-1900. Until 2 November.


Every Daily by Ho Siu Nam, South

Every Daily by Chinese-born artist Ho is the first show to incorporate painting within his works of photography. The collection of black-and-white images were taken in Tin Shui Wai, one of Hong Kong’s largest new town developments. Over the past few years he has captured the development of Tin Shui Wai and added to it by painting repetitive colourful blocks on the skylines in the images using paintbrushes left by his late father. Every Daily is Ho’s attempt to reach a state of self-healing over the loss of someone close, and also further embrace a city that’s part of him.

Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A, Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00-19.00. Until 28 September.


Lower East Side Opening Night: Art + Fashion

Kick off the autumn art season with a neighbourhood-wide celebration on Sunday when over 40 independent galleries on the Lower East Side of New York will be hosting opening receptions. Art lovers can discover emerging artists at galleries such as Lesley Heller Workspace and Artifact or stop by BOSI Contemporary for a beautiful international selection. Make sure to stay at Orchard Street for the block party with live music and a runway show styled by fashion-blogger Amy Odell – an ideal way to finish off a weekend that’s already looking good.

Lower East Side. Block party at Orchard Street between Broome Street and Grand Street from 16.00-20.00. Gallery receptions from


Volcano Choir: Repave

Justin Vernon, the Wisconsin songwriter whose mope-folk-with-odd-bits project Bon Iver found unexpected breakout success a few years back, also has another pleasingly melancholic, and slightly odder still, side project – Volcano Choir. However, what began with a 2009 album of manipulated electronic sounds, mysterious analogue ticks and half-finished melodies, seems to have grown in 2013 into being a full band whose anthemic second album, Repave, has actual songs with actual words that you can actually sing along to. Volcano Choir might now even give the stadium-filling success of Bon Iver a run for its money. Odd times, indeed.

Repave is available to buy now.


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