ARTINFO UK’s Guide to Frieze Week: Weekend Edition

When it first launched in 2010, SUNDAY felt like a welcome departure from the main fair, and it has steadily become a mainstay of Frieze Week. Held like every year in Ambika P3‘s cavernous space on Marylebone Road, SUNDAY gathers 20 young galleries, including this year newcomers RODEO from Istanbul, Seventeen from London, and Lisa Cooley from New York. Curatorial duo Baz and Chaz are behind the bar, and every day for the duration of the fair they invite a different artist to make a contribution, from the modest to the immersive. Also at SUNDAY, Jonathan Monk has teamed up with Three Star Books and design team OK-RM for the “Billboard Book Project” — a publishing-as-performance kind of event, involving a self-reflexive monumental poster, chopped up, and turned into limited edition prints.

Cory Archangel aside, the art world is yet to take the web’s obsession with kittens seriously. But The Photographers’ Gallery is now attempting to engage with one of the most baffling Internet trends. “For the LOL of Cats: Felines, Photography and The Web,” displayed on the gallery’s digital wall from today, fully embraces the phenomenon and showcases cat pictures shared by an array of online communities. Democratic or demagogical? Go and judge for yourself.

Over at Bargehouse on the Southbank, the contemporary video art fair Moving Image is gathering momentum. In London for the second time, it boasts this year a prestigious curatorial advisory committee — including Pace director Emily-Jane Kirwan and Elizabeth Dee — and features such nuggets as pieces by Roman Signer, Ryan McNamara, and Francesco Jodice.

From 6pm, Tarek Atoui is launching the Serpentine Gallery 2012 Marathon — focused on the concept of “memory” — with “Re-visiting Tarab,” a five hour-long performance combining extracts of classical Arab music. “Tarab is not a music genre but a state of ‘melotrance’ that you reach after being exposed to music for a certain amount of time,” the Lebanese sound artist has explained.

If you would rather continue with the cinematic theme, make your way to Dalston’s Rio Cinema. At 11.30pm, Laure Prouvost is premiering her first feature film, part of her multifarious project “The Wanderer” based on a translation of Franz Kafka‘s novella by the non-German speaking Rory Macbeth. Prouvost’s DIY style of filmmaking has rightly received a lot of attention recently, and this is great chance to see what she’s capable of with a full crew and cast of actors.

SATURDAY: Serpentine & East End

The marathon continues at the Serpentine Gallery, hosted in a geodesic dome standing next to Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s cork-clad pavilion. Cast in the image of its prolific initiator — Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist — it features personalities as varied as filmmaker David Lynch, who will present a new film and neuroscientist Israel Rosenfield discussing “The Problem of Memory” with writer John Hull, as well as contributions by poet John Giorno, author China Miéville, and composer Gavin Bryars.

Finish Frieze Week with the now-traditional East End night. Galleries and institutions from Aldgate to London Fields are staying open until 9pm. ARTINFO UK particularly recommends Keith Coventry at Peer, Kimathi Donkor at Iniva, Mel Bochner at the Whitechapel Gallery. And as for the commercial spaces: Evan Holloway at The Approach, Klaus Weber at Herald Street, Goshka Macuga at Kate MacGarry, and the endlessly delightful Elmgreen & Dragset at Victoria Miro. Enjoy!

— Coline Milliard

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