In this melancholy self-portrait, the Finnish artist walks into a lake, swims for a bit, then
returns to the shore. She does the same thing again and again, the viewpoint remaining static while the light and the weather change gorgeously around her. Art doesn’t get more Nordic.
On display at USP/French Radio London, 32 Gresse St, W1T 1QT.
A partner piece to the Swiss duo’s ‘Busi’ (in which a cat drinks a bowl of milk), this video features a trio of dogs whimpering behind fences. They want to get out – but can’t.
Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, W1S 4BP.
The Turkish and Israeli artists come together at a table floating in the Dead Sea to share an increasingly soggy meal of cross-cultural signifiers.
Maille, Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH.
Squeezed into a ski lift, four businessmen ‘bless’ the ground beneath them in a surreal ceremony. It’s about the rise of the Orthodox church in post-communist Romania. Really.
Ligne Roset, 23-25 Mortimer St, W1T 3JE.
These animated versions of Emin’s neons spell out bittersweet love letters to the city at night. A perfect prelude to her forthcoming White Cube Bermondsey show.
Lanvin, 128 Mount St, W1K 3NU.
'The title refers to "Nuit Blanche" in Paris, a dusk-till-dawn art festival that's a massive success and now takes place in cities around the world including Montreal, Madrid, New York, Chicago and Rome - basically everywhere except London,' says London-based French broadcaster and curator Maïa Morgensztern who, along with French curator Marie Shek and London art consultant Yasmine Datnow, is bringing this weekend's screenings to London. The trio landed on the West End, Morgensztern explains, because 'we wanted a trail that would be manageable for people. You have the biggest concentration of galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs here, so it's perfect for art fans, locals, partygoers and tourists.' Part of their aim was to open up the gallery scene to a wider audience: 'Lots of people are too intimidated to walk into an art gallery,' explains Morgensztern. 'But with this there's chance to follow the map (available online) or just stumble upon some amazing art.'
If you've ever found yourself standing outside a gallery wondering a) if it's open, and b) how you get in, this illuminating event is definitely for you. Chances are, you'll find a gem. And if you don't, it's a great opportunity to practice your best Gallic shrug.
Nuit Blanche Video takes place this Saturday Sep 20 from 7pm-7am at various central London galleries and shops. Find out more at nuitblanchevideo.com and discover the five we'd especially recommend in the gallery below.
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Sidle up to the pros in this creative set of studios, where regular workshops and exhibitions are held. And if you like what you see you can pick something to take home from the modest gift shop.
Venue says: “Kick-start your Christmas shopping and explore our new fairylit courtyard at the Winter Designer Maker Fair, November 24-26.”