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'Wittgenstein's Dream' -Gavin Turk at Freud Museum

26 November 2015 -7 February 2016

Curated by James Putnam

Site-specific - solo exhibition

The Freud Museum

20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX





''The Rock and Roll Public Library'

Curated by Mick Jones, James Putnam & Lauren Jones

56th Venice Biennale,

6 May-22 November 2015

The Rock and Roll Public Library is a unique collection of popular culture. It comprises memorabilia,objects,art, artifacts, records,comics,books,music,films,stage outfits,instruments and other objects belonging to the musician Mick Jones

Opening Biennale Press week May, 2015

Instituto Maria della Pieta

Santa Maria della Pieta,30122 Venice

Vaporetto stop San Zaccaria or Arsenale


LINK http://www.mickjonesrockandrollpubliclibrary.com/


'We are Stardust' - Brigitte Stepputtis in collaboration with ScanLAB - Curated by James Putnam, 56th Venice Biennale

9 May- 22 November 2015

Brigitte Stepputtis In collaboration with London based studio ScanLAB uses cutting edge technology data mapping to create virtual representations of the human form through video.ScanLAB capture data using the latest 3D laser scanning technology to conduct pointcloud surveys. This video shows a couple in a mise-en-scene setting that looks perfect at first glance until the scanning device fails to translate data and the figures begin to appear like hollow ash. The work tests new ground in that it relies on technology devised to produce high-level accuracy, yet results in a poetic reality, which is simultaneously both enchanting and haunting and includes a sound track by Mat Dukasse a.k.a. Matty Skylab.

Gervasuti Foundation, Calle Lunga S. Caterina, Cannaregio 4998, Venice 30121 - Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Vaporetto stop Fondamente Nuove




''Sex With Karl Marx (The Real Joussiance)' - Martin Sexton

Curated by James Putnam, 56th Venice Biennale

9 May- 22 November 2015

A site-specific installation by Martin Sexton that features new video work and sculpture utilizing 4.5 billion year old meteorites to re-cycled television screen glass. Joussance is a French word meaning ecstasy , some French literary theorists relate it to mean the only point of real freedom, where a writer,artist or anyone involved in a creative actis no longer mitigated through the prism of subjectivity or consciousness.

In addition to his recent 'Marx' sculptures, Sexton's new video work includes the voice of Slavoj Zizek juxtaposed with a montage of vintage video clips from vintage Italian cinema.


Gervasuti Foundation, Calle Lunga S. Caterina, Cannaregio 4998, Venice 30121 - Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Vaporetto stop Fondamente Nuove


LINK http://www.martinsexton.co.uk/



''Conversion' - Recycle Group

Curated by James Putnam

Collateral Project of 56th Venice Biennale

Presented by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

9 May- 22 November 2015

Site-specific installation of sculptures and bas-reliefs by Recycle Group  (Andrey Blokhin & Georgy Kuznetsov) that proposes that the globalization of information networks and the cult of new technologies are in some ways comparable to the historic conversion to Christianity.

Their sculptures and bas-reliefs in modern materials take on the appearance of ancient monuments that display the ravages of time, like artifacts from some lost civilization. Although the forms and compositions of this project are influenced by traditional Christian iconography, they introduce contemporary motifs like app logos, cell phone masts and a giant Facebook emblem. A series of bas-rliefs mounted on scaffolding depict figures of 'Neo-Apostles' who are perceived as the bearers of a new sacred knowledge manifested in a stream of virtual informatin no longer located in the heavens but instead in the intangible space of 'The Cloud'.

Church of Sant'Antonin(Campo Sant'Antonin) Castello

Vaporetto stop San Zaccaria or Arsenale


LINKS http://www.mmoma.ru/




'The Awakener/Lifebank' - Koen Vanmechelen

Collateral event of 56th Venice Biennale ('Glasstress Gotika

Publication Ed. James Putnam & Jill Silverman Van Coenegrachts

9 May- 22 November 2015

A special project within the Collateral event 'Glasstress Gotika', Vanmechelen exhibits a triptych in 3 locations -he transports a dromedary to Venice, creates an oyster mushroom breeding laboratory and opens a restaurant -continuing his research into biological and cultural diversity


Palazzo Franchetti: Lifebank

Fondazione Berengo, Murano - Awakener/Lifebank

Murano B Restaurant - Awakener/Lifebank

Vaporetto stops Accademia/Murano Colonna





Gonkar Gyatso

September 2015

Curated by James Putnam

Solo exhibition by New York based Tibetan Contemporary Artist

Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea

Via Giovanni Ventura, 6 (ingresso da Via Massimiano, 27)

20134 Milan



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