Our pick of events happening this month or coming up
Words by Sophie Tolhurst
Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines
25 May – 1 September
The pioneering filmmaker, programmer, educator and campaigner for women’s rights will have almost 50 years of work recognised in an exhibition across the entire Nottingham Contemporary. Works will span installation, sound art, performance and writing, with known pieces such as Dresden Dynamo and Light Music displayed alongside specially commissioned work.
Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers
Until 15 September
Somerset House, London
Credit: Horace Ové, ‘Psychedelic Sister’, 1968. Copyright of the artist
Somerset House celebrates the Windrush generation and the subsequent 50 years of black creativity in Britain. Covering art, design, photography, music, film and fashion, around 100 artists are represented, including Horace Ové (pictured), Sonia Boyce, Steve McQueen, and the influential Althea McNish.
DW! Sao Paulo Design Weekend
18 – 25 August
The largest design festival in Latin America is the Sao Paulo Design Weekend, where the Brazilian city links up its various galleries, museums, NGOs, educational institutions and more, putting on events throughout the city to promote the importance of design and how it connects with urbanism, art, business and technology
Hito Steyerl: Actual Reality
3 June – 25 August
Serpentine Gallery, London and online
As part of a series on ‘Power’, artist Hito Steyerl has created the augmented reality app Actual Reality. Using collectively sourced data on the stark social inequality of the local London borough, this unseen reality is made visible – viewed through a phone, the data warps the form of the Serpentine building in real time.
Design Biennale Zurich
28 August – 1 September
Credit: Keystone/Ennio Leanza
The second edition of the Design Biennale Zurich has been given the theme ‘Play’, prompting participants to question notions of freedom, rules, winners and losers in design. A ‘playful’ programme invites design interventions, exhibitions and workshops across the city to find productive common ground between play and design.