Dotmov 2014 calls for entries


Online magazine SHIFT presents DOTMOV Festival 2014 aiming to discover talented creators and provide them with an opportunity to show their works. Works submitted from all over the world will be screened throughout the world venues from November 2014 (screening schedule will be different depending on the venue). Last year’s total submission was 206 works from 18 countries. The tour schedule will be announced on this page.

In addition to the general category, this year we are calling for entries to the “SenSe V.A 03? MV category in collaboration with the third album of “SenSe V.A” series by Sapporo-based artists, which is to be released on June 20th 2014 by the label SenSe. SenSe is the Sapporo based label which introduces creatives such as music and art.

Surreal City: Contemporary Art Group Exhibition


Exploring contemporary surrealism through urbanism; Surreal City focuses on pictorial representations of contemporary Asian cities. The exhibition creates a dialogue between two artists from diverse backgrounds working in different mediums, yet whose practices display similar characteristics of contemporary surrealism.


Liu and O’Connor continue in the artistic tradition of surrealism founded by the French poet Andre Breton and defined by artists such as Salvador Dali. Surrealism was a philosophical movement that found truth in the world through the subconscious and dreams rather than logical thought. The figurative compositions of the early surrealists were often difficult to read as they used illusion and random thought to try and make sense of a world disrupted by the horrors of World War I. The personal explorations of Liu and O’Connor are not unlike that of their European predecessors. For these present-day surrealists contextual surroundings are also rapidly changing but it is the effects of social and economic development, rather than war, that affects their daily lives.

Liu, who holds a MA in digital photography, imparts her own dreams and memories on real-life by overlaying colourful animals and flora on pictures of Beijing’s cityscape. The diverse urban environment provides her with a background with which to create her pictorial fantasylands. Liu’s images revolve around her personal memories of childhood and relationships. While some lean towards melancholy there is an underlined playfulness presented in her works.

Unconditional optimism is something that transcends itself in O’Connor’s imaginary city scenes. In a new series focused on the Asian mega centres Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, he concentrates on ordinary citizens in fantastical situations. The city is an elaborate stage in O’Connor’s work, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the most common of people become super stars. He reinforces a sense of theatre and spectatorship in his works through descriptive details of ordinary people and everyday scenes but his use of colourful and cartoon-like visuals create a dream-like scene that is strange yet familiar.

The experience of a surreal society illustrated via the artworks of O’Connor and Liu arrive from the combination of visual realities of document photography subverted with personal expressions of reality altered by their digital capabilities. Featuring subjectivity and a rejection of normality; Surreal City presents scenes from the everyday, as we have never them seen before.





Exhibition Duration: November 2nd 2013 to December 31st 2013

Participating Artists: Liu Ren & Nial O’Connor

Venue: Art+ Shanghai Gallery


Art+ Shanghai Gallery

Embankment Building

G/F, 370-380 North Suzhou Rd

Tel : (21) 5608 6067

Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7pm (Closed Monday)

Flesh Reality Exhibition: 10 may – 8 June

Sarah Lucas, John Isaacs, Laurie Simmons, Whitney McVeigh, Erwin

Flesh Reality explores the human relationship with the body and features  works by Sarah Lucas, John Isaacs, Konrad Wyrebek, Erwin Wurm, Matthew Miles, Laurie Simmons, Whitney McVeigh, Tatsumi Hijikata, Kiki Smith, Matthew Killick, Hans Bellmer and Jiri Kolar.

Body has been one of the most prominent subject matters in the history of visual culture. They try to make sense of reality largely through our physical existence – the body.

Bringing together art of contemporary practitioners and past avant-gardes,FLESH REALITY seeks to initiate new connections and conversations around the skin that can both trap and liberate our experience of the world.

Opening Hours

Weds-Sat 12:00-19:00
(by appointment at other times)
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World Press Photo Events


With around 100 local exhibitions produced every year, the World Press Photo exhibition tour of prize-winning photographs is the most popular traveling photo event in the world. Throughout the year, they also hold a variety of other events including lectures, workshops and associated exhibitions, photographer presentations, book launches and trainings.

The 2013 Exhibition of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest is now on tour. Different museums, galleries and cultural centres holds this events, and you’re invited.

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e-book show

E Book Show

Following hot on the heels of C & D Book Shows in Brighton and Helsinki, the next edition in this series of open submission exhibitions – E Book Show – will be hosted in our city centre space, John Hansard Gallery Central.

e-book show

Running from 2 February – 2 March 2013, this will be the longest Photobook Show yet, and the first in electronic format. Visitors to the show will be able to explore a wide-ranging selection of some of the best new photobooks from across the UK and beyond, accompanied by a range of events including a film screening and workshop.

E Book Show is organised in partnership with Photobookshow and Southampton Solent University. For more details please visit, or see John Hansard Gallery’s website and their Off-Site Projects page.

Photobook Show is a Brighton-based arts organisation, set up in 2011 by William Sadowski and Kevin Beck to raise the profile of artist-led photobooks, with particular focus on self-published or hand-crafted works. It aims to hold several exhibitions a year, alongside talks and workshops, to promote the visibility of photobooks.

Facial Hacking in Technarte

At Technarte’s last edition, the Dutch artist and facial hacker Arthur Elsennaar was awarded with the Best Speaker Award because of his artistic technological performance “Perfect Paul: On freedom on facial expression”. Arthur Elsennaar researches the choreographical capabilities of the computer-controlled human face, which challenges the traditional notion of facial expression as a conveyor of emotion and aims to develop a choreographical facial language

His project investigates the computer-controlled human face as a medium for kinetic art and develops algorithms for facial choreography. Small precisely controlled electrical impulses are employed to trigger the facial muscles of a live human person into rendering involuntary expressions. As the human face is controlled by a digital computer instead of a neural brain, it can be made to perform in unexpected ways, bringing together dance and technology in the most direct way imaginable. Are we able of communicating something verbally while our face transmits the opposite? With facial hacking it is possible.

Perfect Paul allows more stable control of facial gestures, breaks the limits of human control and discover an unknown potential in human expression through hardware and software. As the human face has gotten willingly programmed, could we say metaphorically that freedom of facial expression has been reached or, in the other hand, this control transgresses the limits of human freedom?

Technarte brings together every year in Bilbao a score of artists and technologist like Arthur Elsenaar, who present during the conference innovative artistic-technology projects, related to disciplines like virtual reality, art and robotics, interactive architecture, and any other artistic disciplines emerged of the union of art and technology.


Shows in December with Roman Klonek


The next events are scheduled for December featuring the work of Roman Klonek who has a spot for old fashioned cartoons. You will find a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.

DEC. 01 Pictoplasmas Kitchen Berlin
DEC. 07 Giant Robot Los Angeles
DEC. 08 Pretty Portal Duesseldorf
DEC. 15 Kunstraum 320 Koeln

Pret a photo


Now in its third year, Richard Young’s Pret a Photo – the annual exhibition where newly found gems from Richard’s archive are unveiled – is now open!

This year’s highlights include limited edition, silver gelatin prints of Andy Warhol, Tina Turner, Neil Young and an ever-expanding collection of Richard’s Reportage photography. Richard’s full catalogue is attached for your perusal. Clients will receive a free signed copy of Shooting Stars with each photograph purchased, and gift wrapping will also be offered free of charge.

Richard Young’s limited edition collections of both colour and black & white photographs, include many of the iconic images seen on ‘Celebrity Exposed’ the four-part Sky Arts documentary series aired earlier this year. Each exclusive photograph is personally signed, stamped and numbered by Richard and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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The Lumen Exhibition Launches in London



The Lumen Prize Exhibition will start travelling the world in January 2013, appearing in top venues around the globe. The tour kicks off in London’s Gallery 27, Cork Street, London W1S 3NG. The gallery will be open to the public on Tuesday 22 January from 7pm- 10 pm and on Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 January from 10 am – 6 pm.

On display will be the works of Lumen Prize winners, the Exhibition 50 and the People’s Choice winner. The shortlisted works of digitally created fine art will be displayed on large-scale screens and projectors, available for members of the public to buy and to browse.

The Lumen Prize aims to promote digital fine art globally. The work will also be featured in galleries in Latvia, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, as part of the worldwide tour.

“The Royal Academy’s recent David Hockney exhibition was mobbed, showing how people love art created on screen as much as on canvas,” says Lumen CEO, Carla Rapoport.

The contest has been organized by a group of professionals with experience from British Museum, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York University, the National Portrait Gallery, The Financial Times and includes Lord Stevenson, former Chancellor of the University of the Arts. The Jury Panel includes Gordon Young, prize-winning UK artist and Ivor Davies, President of the Royal Cambrian Academy. The prize receives support from Cardiff city council.

Proceeds from the competition, after costs, are being donated to support the vital work of Peace Direct, a global charity that supports local peacebuilders in conflict zones worldwide.

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Presenting selected works from Film festival Dotmov 2012–Japan


DOTMOV is a digital film festival organized by "SHIFT" and supported by REVOLUTIONART, aiming to discover unknown talented creators and provide an opportunity to show their works. They have a total of 194 works from 16 countries this year, and an excellent 13 works among them were selected by guest judges. All the selected works are also presented on the website.  This year’s festival will take place in several cities in Japan and overseas from November 2012 throughout 2013.

Here you can see the selected video works, screening schedules of this year.


10:09 | Brazil | 2012
Dir: André Damião

05:20 | Japan | 2012
Dir: Takashi Ohashi
Composer: Yuri Habuka
Mixer: Taro Ishida, MC: Onipari

Android Porn
(Mochipet Godzillaporn Remix)

04:39 | Germany | 2010
Dir: Andreas Kronbeck & Tobias Knipf
Music: Kraddy

Darn That Dream
01:39 | Japan | 2012
Dir: Kyu Shibayama

Confuses and Dances
03:31 | Japan | 2012
Dir: Susumu Yamaguchi
Music: Konno

09:00 | UK/Denmark/Holland/Germany | 2010
Dir: Max Hattler
Sound: Dennis van Tilburg

Model Starship
00:40 | UK/Germany | 2012
Dir: Max Hattler
Sound: Eduardo Noya Schreus

03:32 | Italy | 2012
Dir: Daniel Schwarz
Music: Davide Cairo

Piece of Paper
02:56 | Italy | 2012
Dir: Daniel Schwarz
Music: Amon Tobin

(Playing) The other cheek
02:30 | France | 2012
Dir: Frédérique Santune
Misic: Chris Zabriskie

Ludic Chase
06:52 | USA | 2012
Dir: Overture
Music: rec.tangle

05:05 | USA | 2012
Dir: Overture
Music: Rayons

Part Blue
04:15 | Korea/Japan | 2010
Dir&Music: YungSung Song