The events coming up this month and next
Words by Sophie Tolhurst
1. Outwitting Cancer: Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma
25 September–July 2022
Francis Crick Institute, London
Europe’s largest biomedical institute hosts the first exhibition on cancer to take place in a working laboratory. The exhibition features eight commissioned films of conversations between researchers, patients and others with unique perspectives, discussing the big questions in cancer research.
2. Our Silver City, 2094
20 November–18 April 2022
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Image Credit: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY, CHICAGO
This exhibition creates a speculative fiction of a future world – Nottingham, 2094 – shaped by decades of climate collapse and other onslaughts. Its world-building follows a framework created by Prem Krishnamurthy, its texture built from conversations with local children, climate scientists and geographers.
3. Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday
6 October–2 January 2022
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Artist Pablo Bronstein presents large-scale watercolours and a film depicting a ‘hellish’ city of concert halls, casinos, botanical gardens and oil rigs. Taking inspiration from the commedia dell’arte, early advertising and 18th century interiors, the works offer an ironic twist on narratives of progress.
4. DESIGN Canberra Festival
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Image Credit: 5 FOOT PHOTOGRAPHY
The eighth edition of DESIGN Canberra coincides with the golden anniversary of its organiser Craft ACT, so its 2021 theme of ‘transformation’ takes inspiration from the alchemical. Translated to design, it acknowledges the designer’s ability to make wonders out of raw materials and to inspire change.
5. Farmer Designers: An Art of Living
14 July–17 January 2022
MADD Bordeaux, France
Image Credit: KOSIMA WEBER LIU, EEMP???????
This exhibition approaches farming with a design lens, considering the ‘farmer-researcher’, always experimenting with new practices, as a designer. It looks at the specificity of farming’s context tools and actions, and how these practices – like design – are able to shape contemporary life.