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14 November 2014

BOOK FAIR: SINGAPORE

Singapore Art Book Fair

Former military base-turned-cultural destination Gillman Barracks in Singapore welcomes back the annual Singapore Art Book Fair for its second edition this weekend. Expect a veritable array of books and magazines from publishing heavyweights – including Germany's Gestalten and the UK’s Phaidon – independent self-publishers and everything in between. Forget what you think you know about how periodicals should look like: the third issue of Rubbish magazine, for example, comes in a biscuit tin full of memorabilia such as paper planes and cassette tapes. This biannual publication is a time capsule of precious moments in the family life of local art collective Holycrap, which comprises Pann and Claire Lim and their two children. The family has picked up accolades at the Singapore Creative Circle Awards, The New York One Show, The British D&AD and The Cannes Design Lions.

Gillman Barracks, 43 Malan Road. Open Friday, 19.30-late; Saturday, 10.00-20.00; Sunday, 10.00-18.00. Until 16 November.
singaporeartbookfair.com

ART: LONDON

Mary Evans and Emeka Ogboh: Mirrors & Echoes

Opening this weekend in London’s Tiwani Contemporary gallery is Mirrors & Echoes, a collaborative exhibition by sound artist Emeka Ogboh and contemporary artist Mary Evans, both Nigerian natives. Sparked by a discussion at Art Dubai in 2013 about the rapid expansion of their home city, the pair began a creative partnership to investigate memories of the city of Lagos. The result is their multifaceted interpretation of the bustling metropolis expressed through paper cutouts, audio installations and sculptures.

Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11.00-18.00; Saturday, 12.00-17.00. Until 20 December.
tiwani.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHY FAIR: PARIS

Paris Photo

This weekend the beaux-arts Grand Palais in Paris is hosting the 18th edition of international photography art fair Paris Photo. Over four days, 169 galleries and art book dealers hailing from 35 countries welcome collectors, professionals and enthusiasts, showcasing photographs from the 19th century through to the present day. Highlights include the Museum of Modern Art’s selection of recent acquisitions, including the contemporary portraits of American artist Collier Schorr and Brazilian Regina Silveira’s photographic illusions. To shine a light on the best photography books, Paris Photo is also partnering with the Aperture Foundation to present the fourth annual PhotoBook Awards.

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill. Open Thursday to Saturday, 12.30-20.00 and Sunday, 12.30-19.00. Until 16 November.
parisphoto.com

ART: FLORIDA

Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture

The Wolfsonian-FIU museum in Florida is marking the centennial of the First World War with its latest exhibition. While war rhetoric is typically imbued with a lofty sense of purpose and nobility, the show’s images of mechanized violence in the form of paintings, posters and photographs hone in on man’s reliance on machines to inflict destruction instead. From the stark realities of men in the trenches depicted by Austrian illustrator Ludwig Hesshaimer to English oil painter Anna Airy's propaganda of new technologies and armaments, viewers are promised an unfamiliar perspective on a war whose far-reaching effects are still keenly felt today.

The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Open Saturday to Tuesday from 12.00-18.00; Thursday and Friday from 12.00-21.00; closed Wednesday. Until 5 April.
wolfsonian.org

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Röyksopp: The Inevitable End

Norwegian duo Röyksopp say they will abandon the album format after this latest record. But far from sounding funereal, The Inevitable End ropes in a swathe of Nordic talent – including Swedish pop queen Robyn and her slightly less universally acclaimed countryman Avicii – to take the band’s slinky digital disco to its most refined incarnation to date. Heavily vocodered vocals and oppressive beats start things off in ominous style but across the album’s sprawling 17 tracks you’ll find balladry, airy pop tunes and layers of synths to get lost in. It’s almost like these two have had so many ideas that they just needed to get them all down in one go. Now, if only there was some kind of long-playing musical format to present them with.

‘The Inevitable End’ is available now.
royksopp.com

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