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Haroon Mirza: year zero (2020). Ikon Gallery

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Sarah-Jane Lewis performing as part of year zero by Haroon Mirza (2020)
Sarah-Jane Lewis performing as part of year zero by Haroon Mirza (2020)

Ikon announces the world premiere of year zero (2020), a new audiovisual artwork by British artist Haroon Mirza.

Taking place on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 8pm GMT via Ikon Gallery’s YouTube account, year zero is a new commission by Ikon, with Art Fund support. The work is part of Mirza’s ‘modular opera’ series, composed by him and realised in collaboration with a singer, musician and designer. Produced during the COVID-19 lockdown, it is inspired by the widely circulated smartphone footage of Italians singing from their balconies and windows at the start of the pandemic, their small but rousing balcony performances capturing a collective sense of optimism and unity.

Using sci-fi to navigate a new global order, Mirza in his ‘modular opera’ focuses on two central narrative elements: a pandemic causing a state of lockdown in major cities globally and a shaman reconnecting with natural forces and ancient practices.

Part recital, part voice experiment, year zero is performed by vocalist Sarah-Jane Lewis and accompanied by an electronic score performed by musician Jack Jelfs.

The central element of the work documents an evening performance by Lewis in the residential courtyard where Mirza’s studio is located. This recital was programmed by Mirza’s studio (hrm199) for his neighbours in the building during the UK’s second national lockdown in November 2020. Filmed by both Mirza and audience members from neighbouring apartments, the footage focuses on Lewis who wears an outfit of gold lamé and electric blue body paint designed by Osman Yousefzada for a previous performance at the Lahore Biennale 2020.

Haroon Mirza, installation view, Dancing with the Unknown exhibition at Nikolaj Kunsthal (2018)
Haroon Mirza, installation view, Dancing with the Unknown exhibition at Nikolaj Kunsthal (2018)

For this commission I was somehow compelled to think about a very local community and how we can connect to another community elsewhere through music, performance and storytelling. I saw it as an opportunity to both develop the narrative of my modular opera but also bring something meaningful to being at home. As I developed the piece it became very much about breathing – the unconscious process we do at all times yet take for granted. Breathing has been the focus of so much attention in 2020.
Haroon Mirza

Haroon Mirza participates simultaneously in Ikon’s exhibition Faster Than Ever (4 December 2020 – 14 February 2021), created as a result of the challenges faced by the gallery due to the pandemic. year zero follows Mirza’s major retrospective exhibition at Ikon in 2018 and also builds on the ongoing collaboration between Mirza and Osman, whose first solo exhibition was held at Ikon, also in 2018.

Haroon Mirza’s exhibition at Ikon was a highlight in our gallery programme. Covid-19 has since shifted our focus outdoors and into virtual space, where necessity is embraced as a source of inventiveness by artists and audiences alike. This impulse is epitomised by Haroon’s new operatic project, engendering a sense of community paradoxically through our shared experience of locked-down isolation. Music is the unlocking key. 
Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon

Ikon’s presentation of year zero is supported by Cafe OTO, Media Partner. Ikon’s public programme features a number of events including a panel discussion organised in response to year zero, for more information please visit ikon-gallery.org

To watch the premiere of year zero please subscribe to Ikon Gallery on YouTube. The screening is free to watch, please consider making a donation to support the gallery. year zero will be available via Ikon’s YouTube account until 14 February 2021.

Metro Pictures: Art Basel Miami Beach OVR

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Cui Jie, Jianmei Department Store, Kaohsiung, 2020. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 59 1/16 inches (200 x 150 cm).
Cui Jie, Jianmei Department Store, Kaohsiung, 2020. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 59 1/16 inches (200 x 150 cm).

For Art Basel Miami Beach’s online viewing room, Metro Pictures presents paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Chinese artist Cui Jie. The artist’s meticulously layered works are influenced by the rapidly transforming urban landscape of China and draw upon the three cities in which the artist has lived: Shanghai, where she was born and currently resides; Hangzhou, where she attended the China Academy of Art; and Beijing, where she began her career as an artist. Cui’s work often makes reference to existing architectural structures while incorporating unconventional futuristic elements like spiral slides and sky bridges, recalling a range of references from science fiction to Soviet communism.

To view our presentation, please click here

For more information about the fair, please visit artbasel.com.

Stream EUPHORIA Special Episode Early On HBO Max

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HBO Max is surprising fans with an early late-night premiere of a new special episode of HBO’s EUPHORIA on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 (12:00 a.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT). The first of two special episodes of the Emmy®-winning HBO drama series will debut on HBO on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, as previously announced. Most HBO subscribers in the U.S. have access to the HBO Max app as part of their HBO subscription and can visit HBOMax.com for more details.
 
In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy®-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. Jules (played by Hunter Schafer) will also appear in the episode. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the first episode, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one. The title and date of the second episode are forthcoming. Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.
 
EUPHORIA received three Primetime Emmy® Awards this year, including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Zendaya), Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
 
EUPHORIA is created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon; Will Greenfield serves as a co-executive producer. Produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from HOT.

The Christmas Lottery (2020). Marvista Christmas Movie. Trailer

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The Christmas Lottery is a 2020 Christmas movie directed by Tamika Miller starring Reginald VelJohnson, Lyon Beckwith and Terayle Hill.

If you like family comedies, you can be interested in another Marvista movie, very similar to this one: A Christmas Surprise.

The Christmas Lottery Plot

The Davenport sisters have drifted apart over the years but when their Dad wins the lottery all he wants is having his girls home for Christmas. Getting over years of resentment proves a big task but it’s pushed aside when their mother suffering from dementia looses the ticket. They put aside their differences to help find the ticket and in doing so get over their differences and finally learn to come together.

Release Date

12 de diciembre del 2020 (en Estados Unidos).

The Christmas Lottery Trailer

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Cast & Crew

A Christmas Surprise (2020). Marvista Movie Trailer

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A Christmas Surprise is a 2020 movie directed by Terri J. Vaughn starring Keesha Sharp, Terri J. Vaughn and Wendy Raquel Robinson.

Well, another Christmas movie and another movie by Marvista. This time it’s about a wedding. A family comedy.

A Christmas Surprise

A mother gets a Christmas surprise when her daughter announces she’s engaged. Now the holiday is thrown into chaos as she deals with her less-than-impressive and soon-to-be son-in law, his overbearing mother and an impending wedding.

Release Date

December 5, 2020.

Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Vikings Final Season (2020). Amazon Prime Series. Trailer

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Here comes Vikings, season finale. The series created by Michael Hirst follows the adventures of Ragnar Lodbrok and his descendants in the Middle Ages. Adventure, action and history in one of the most amazing series you can watch today.

The series will be available in December on Amazon Prime Video.

Vikings Season 6 Plot

Vikings returns following the battle between brothers which has left Bjorn victorious and a hero to the people who have been under the tyrannical rule of Ivar for so long. As the new leader of Kattegat, Bjorn struggles to fill his late father’s shoes as king, while facing several dilemmas and wrestling with the idea that power overshadows morals.

Release Date

December 30, 2020.

Vikings. Season Finale Trailer

TV Series Poster

Vikings (2013-2020). Amazon Prime Series
Vikings (2013-2020). Amazon Prime Series

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Cast & Crew

Original title: Vikings
Year: 2013
Running time: 44 min.
Country: Ireland
Director: Michael Hirst (Creator), Ken Girotti, Ciaran Donnelly, Jeff Woolnough, Stephen St. Leger, Helen Shaver, Daniel Grou, Johan Renck, Kari Skogland, Kelly Makin, Sarah Harding, Ben Bolt, David Wellington
Screenwriter: Michael Hirst
Cinematography: John S. Bartley, Peter Robertson, Owen McPolin, Suzie Lavelle
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen, Maude Hirst, Alyssa Sutherland, Moe Dunford, Linus Roache, Gabriel Byrne, Jordan Patrick Smith, Alex Høgh Andersen
Producer: Co-production Ireland-Canada; Irish Film Board, Take 5 Productions, World 2000 Entertainment, MGM Television. Broadcasting by History Channel

Sons of Philadelphia (2020). Release in December. Trailer

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Sons of Philadelphia is a 2020 movie directed by Jérémie Guez starring Ryan Phillippe, Joel Kinnaman and Maika Monroe.

Sons of Philadelphia Plot

Release Date

December 30, 2020.

Sons of Philadelphia Trailer

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Cast & Crew

The Mauritanian (2021). Release in February 2021. Trailer

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The Mauritanian is a 2021 movie starring Jodie Foster, Taham Rahim and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play).

The Mauritanian. Plot

A detainee at the U.S military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.

Release Date

Feburary 19, 2021.

Trailer

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Cast & Crew

How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding (2020). New Series Netflix. Trailer

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How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is the new Netflix series starring Thando Thabethe.

How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding. Plot

Prodigal daughter Tumi tries to make things right after completely ruining what should have been her sister’s picture-perfect Christmas wedding.

Release Date

December 16, 2020.

Where to Watch

On Netflix.

Trailer

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Metro Pictures. Olaf Breuning opens December 10

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Human And Nature, 2020. Gesso and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 52 inches (152 x 132 cm).
Human And Nature, 2020. Gesso and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 52 inches (152 x 132 cm).

Olaf Breuning presents RAIN, an exhibition of colorful new woodcut landscape paintings and carved stone sculptures that draw upon the natural world to consider the pressing environmental concerns we face today.

Breuning returns to a more raw mode of production for his paintings, using rough-hewn, chainsaw-cut woodblocks to stamp out vivid and chaotic compositions. The imagery made with the carved blocks––shapes of waves, stars, raindrops, and blades of grass––conjures a time before technology was at the heart of our lives, when we lived more in tune with our natural surroundings. Evoking meteorological maps of turbulent weather, the paintings are a metaphor for the rapid pace climate change is affecting our environment, which is in constant disarray. The artist hopes that they are also a call to action, or at the very least, a reason to rethink our relationship with nature and the consequences of our actions.

Human And Nature, 2020. Gesso and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 52 inches (152 x 132 cm).
Human And Nature, 2020. Gesso and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 52 inches (152 x 132 cm).

The carved stone sculptures in the exhibtition are from a series called Sad and Worried Animals. These works attempt to imagine that the animals comprehend the processes altering their habitats and humanity’s destructive impact on the environment. The sculptures all have large, colorful glass eyes and sad expressions, as if they are anticipating terrible things to come.

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Haroon Mirza: year zero (2020). Ikon Gallery

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Ikon announces the world premiere of year zero (2020), a new audiovisual artwork by British artist Haroon Mirza.Taking place on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 8pm...