American mega-festival South by Southwest came to a raucous close last Sunday. The nine-day festival featured global stars and up-and-coming talents in music, film, and interactive technology. This year's highlights included a surprise performance by Kanye West, a comeback show by singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, and a performance by Santigold (pictured).
The nominees for this year's African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) were announced last week. This year the AMAA received an impressive 328 submissions. South African surfer movie Otelo Burning (pictured) led the pack with 13 nominations followed closely by two Nigerian films: the gory crime drama How to Steal Two Million and the historical epic Adesuwa.
An exhibition on Dutch modern artists is on at Seoul's National University Museum of Art. 'Dutch Magic Realism: Past Towards Contemporary' showcases 70 paintings and one sculpture by artists of the Dutch magic realist movement. Featured artists include Kenne Gregoire (pictured), Carol Willink, Wim Schuhmacher and Dick Ket. The exhibition runs until April 12.
It seems the argument over whether video games are art has been settled once and for all. 'The Art of Video Games', now playing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, covers 40 years of video game history. While art exhibitions have featured video games in the past, this is the first to deal with the medium as an art form in itself. The show runs until September 30.
'Windows on North Korea: Photographs From the DPRK' is now running at the 8th Floor Gallery. The show offers a rare glimpse into the daily lives of North Koreans. It is a joint exhibition by the Associated Press and the state-run Korean Central News Agency, features photographs by AP Chief Asia Photographer David Guttenfelder, and runs until April 13.
An art show covering the first three decades of postwar art in Los Angeles, 'Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1950-1980', is on at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau. The product of extensive work by the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Foundation, it features 50 artists, from big names such as Ed Ruscha (pictured), David Hockney and Sam Francis to relative unknowns. It ends on June 10.