January-February 2016

frieze magazine

Issue 176

Jan – Feb 2016

The Jan / Feb issue of frieze is out now, with a tribute to the late experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, a feature revisiting the art and music of Chicago’s black radical tradition and, on the occasion of his retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, an interview with the American poet and artist John Giorno.

Also featuring: Ian Bourland takes a fresh look at the black radical tradition in art and music; Gary Zhexi Zhang explores the online anthropology of Jon Rafman; Jörg Heiser examines repetition and reiteration in a new film by Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda; and James Bridle discovers labyrinthine associations and elastic meaning in the work of Heather Phillipson.

John Giorno, 2015; photograph: Jody Rogac

On the occasion of ‘I ♥ John Giorno’ in Paris, an interview with John Giorno about poetry, art and radicalism

By Andrew Hultkrans
Sticky Drama (with Oneohtrix Point Never), 2015, production still. All images courtesy the artist, Zac Feuer/Mesler, New York, Seventeen, London, Zabludowicz Collection, London, and Future Gallery, Berlin

The online anthropology of Jon Rafman

By Gary Zhexi Zhang
All images: Jay Chung & Takeki Maeda, Untitled (directed by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn), 2015, stills from 16mm film transferred to video. All images courtesy the artists, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Cabinet, London, Gaga Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, and Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

On repetition and reiteration in a new film by Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

By Jörg Heiser
The Udder, 2014, video still. Courtesy the artist and the Jerwood/FVU Awards

Blood oaths and bodies under threat

By Ben Eastham
Jeff Donaldson, JamPact/JelliTite (For Jamila-Kinshasa), 1988, mixed media on canvas, 88 x 127 cm. Courtesy collection of Jameela K. Donaldson

A fresh look at the music and art of the black radical tradition

By Ian Bourland
Only Hairs and Bones, 2013, concrete, wood, Plasticine, iron and chalk; left: 240 x 55 x 55 cm; right: 240 x 35 x 35. Courtesy Lia Rumma Gallery, Milan and Naples, and Centre d'art contemporaine Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux; photograph: Giusva Cennamo

The raw enigma of matter and the potential meaning of form

By Ara H. Merjian
Delphine Seyrig in Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 2080 Bruxelles, 1975, 35mm film still. Courtesy Paradise Films, Brussels, and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

An homage to Chantal Akerman (1950 – 2015)

sub-fusc love-feast, 2014, installation view at  Dundee Contemporary Arts. Courtesy the artist and Ruth Clark

Labyrinthine associations and elastic meaning in the work of Heather Phillipson

By James Bridle
Notes on Gesture, 2015, HD video still. All images courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York

Language, gesture and black identity

By Laura McLean-Ferris
Koufun, Underwater City, 2015, pornographic image from Brazzers website reworked with Deep Dream

Digital hallucinations and formless beasts

By Claire L. Evans
Illustration by Lauren Rolwing

How well do you remember 2015?

By Tom Morton
Castro Denissof Associés architects’ rendering of Greater Paris without administrative boundaries, 2009. Courtesy Castro Denissof Associés

The French capital expands its boundaries

By Lauren Elkin