Are you hipster enough to enter artist Max Dovey’s Hipster Bar? Can you imagine what Armageddon smells like? Want to learn how to grow your own hormones? Without doubt, one of the most weird and wonderful exhibitions to look forward to this November is humansbeingdigital at The Lowry – an eclectic meditation on what digital technology can (conversely) reveal about ourselves. By contrast, Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen at CFCCA asks us to forget, for a moment, about what technology is doing to our brains, and instead consider its impact on the environment; exploring what role new media art can play in shaping this?
From one of the most contemporary art forms to one of the most ancient, Illuminate explores the popular theory that every story ever told can be boiled down to one of seven basic plots. The visually stunning immersive performance will see over 60 musicians, performers and collaborators transform Manchester Central Library with movement, sound and light, as it collectively seeks to shed light on the role that stories play in helping us to understand ourselves and our place in the world.
Over in Liverpool, an exhibition of work by Turner Prize 2017 nominee Lubaina Himid at Walker Art Gallery, powerfully addresses themes of race, gender and slavery. While Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil at YSP offers a striking encounter with one of the world’s most politically engaging artists today. Finally – talking of big art world names – the newly announced Liverpool Biennial 2018 artist list, leaves us even more excited about next year’s tenth edition of the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art than ever before.
Here are our picks
From magician, to architect, to one of the world’s most politically engaging artists today, Alfredo Jaar’s major new solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park provides a striking encounter.
I’ll give you five cheese pasties for it! Castlefield Gallery’s latest Launch Pad exhibition examines systems of exchange, offering visitors the chance to buy pieces of artwork at an unusual price.
CFCCA’s upcoming exhibition explores the contradictory relationship between resource exploitation, ecological protection and technological development in the digital age.
A major programme of exhibitions and events reflecting on the shared heritage and historic connections between South Asia and the North of England opens across the city.
Until very recently, Alina Szapocznikow remained a relatively overlooked figure outside of Poland. Today she is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and is about to receive her first major UK retrospective at The Hepworth in Wakefield.
Worn: Footwear, Attachment and Affective Experience, 30 September 2017–27 January 2018, free entry - Visit now
A new exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery explores shoes as evocative objects loaded with meanings and memories; from magical shoes in fairy-tales to abandoned and empty shoes resonant with loss.