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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
 

London

JULIANKNXX AND FRIENDS PRESENTS CALEB FEMI + SHINGAI
Click to enlarge Performance & Talk Oct 25, 2019 7:30pm
A night of conversation and performance with poet and former Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi and singer and Noisettes vocalist and bassist Shingai, curated by julianknxx.
 
In conversation with julianknxx, the artists explore questions of self-making – from the challenges of communicating one’s narrative as an artist to navigating African pasts and British futures. These conversations are interspersed with poetry readings and musical performances.
 
The evening draws from poet and creative director julianknxx’s buzzing network of musicians, fashion designers and other creatives to place Black British artists in conversation with each other. Against a looming post-Brexit Britain, these conversations centre the contributions of African immigrants to London life. The event’s intimate atmosphere, framed by the lived experience of the artists, stimulates aesthetic but also personal and even spiritual conversations. Creating a moment for reflection on significant creative practices, julianknxx and friends is a live archiving of Black British history.
£7 Full, £5 Green Members/Concessions, £3 Blue Members
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019
 

London

IN CONVERSATION: MICHAEL ARMITAGE AND KUDZANAI-VIOLET HWAMI
Click to enlarge Talk Oct 29, 2019 to 12:00am
Artist Michael Armitage talks with Gasworks' exhibiting artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami about their formal and conceptual painting practices.
 

 
Artist Biographies
 
Michael Armitage is a Kenyan born artist living between Nairobi and London. The artist’s predominant concerns are the social and political issues facing our contemporary global society. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2019); South London Gallery, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; White Cube, Hong Kong (all 2017); and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco (2016). In 2019, Armitage's work was featured in the 58th Venice Biennale. He is currently working towards a solo exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem.
 
Kudzanai-Violet Hwami is a London-based artist born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa. She is represented by Tyburn Gallery. Recent exhibitions include: The Zimbabwe Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2019; Les Ateliers de Rennes–Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; Triangle France, Marseille; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Espace Art Absolument, Paris; Fondation Clément, Martinique (all 2018); National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Tyburn Gallery, London (all 2017). In 2016, the same year she graduated from college, Hwami was awarded the Clyde & Co Award and the Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Zimbabwean International Women’s Awards, as well as featured in Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
7pm, no booking required.
 
Gasworks events are free to attend, no booking required. Please note that seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.
GASWORKS

 
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019
 

London

BIRTH : CURATED BY CHARLOTTE JANSEN PLUS ARTISTS
Click to enlarge Artist Talk Oct 30, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Artist and Curator talk.
FREE, no booking required.
TJ Boulting

 
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
 

London

COLIN SELF: SIBLINGS (SOLO VERSION)
Click to enlarge Performance Nov 02, 2019 9:00pm
'I used to live as an anomaly / no explanation biologically.'
 
'Siblings (SOLO VERSION)' is the final instalment of Colin Self’s ‘Elation’ series, a six-part opera about queer family and global transfiguration.
 
Inspired by the work of Donna Haraway '(Cyborg Manifesto, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene)', 'Siblings' places a non-biological family at its centre. Bonded by curiosity and caring, the characters generate ways of collectively coming together on a damaged planet.
 
Oscillating between heartfelt intimacy and frenzied rave, 'Siblings' is a proposal for interdependence, critical joy and an expansive sense of being. Ecstatic voices and sounds knot to form new ideals of kinship, emerging as horizontal relations for multi-species flourishing.
 
'Siblings' is a mobile, mutable production and is performed with humour, drama and ferocity.
 
This is the first performance in London of this work.
Colin Self is an artist, composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. He creates music and performance pieces designed to expand consciousness, trouble binaries and play with the boundaries of perception. Self works with a broad range of communities using voices, bodies and computers as tools to interface with biological and technological software.'
£10 Full, £7 Concs/Green, £5 Blue Members. Free for Red members.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019
 

London

CARCERAL AESTHETICS: SABLE ELYSE SMITH + NICOLE R. FLEETWOOD
Click to enlarge Nov 06, 2019 7:00pm
Artist and writer Sable Elyse Smith and author Nicole R. Fleetwood discuss their research into the carceral, the personal and the political.
 
Through work that resists simplistic narratives of criminality and justice, both Smith and Fleetwood aim to complicate the relationship between visual culture and the prison industrial complex. In this conversation, Smith and Fleetwood discuss mass imprisonment and racialised violence in the US, reflecting on questions of consent and representation while foregrounding the liberatory properties of the creative act.
 
Fleetwood’s term ‘carceral aesthetics’ conceptualises the horror of the carceral state and the expressive capacity of those held captive within it. Her work asks how incarcerated populations turn their sentences into practices that resist the isolation, dehumanisation and austerity that prison enforces.
 
Smith’s work counters narratives of criminality – interrogating the instability of language, power and the construct of social history. Rooted in visual explorations of ordinary objects, Smith’s work raises issues of labour, memory and class to explore how trauma embeds itself in the everyday.
 
An audience Q&A follows the conversation.
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York & Richmond, Virginia. Using video, sculpture, photography, and text, she points to the carceral, the personal, the political and the quotidian to speak about a violence that is largely unseen, and potentially imperceptible. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Extended Media at the University of Richmond.
 
Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research and teaching interests are visual culture, photography, black cultural history, gender and feminist studies, creative nonfiction, and cultural works that address poverty and social inequality.
£7 Full price, £5 Concs/Green Members, £3 Blue Members, Free Red members
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
 

London

SOUTH X SOUTH EAST: PERFORMANCE BY
Click to enlarge Performance Nov 7, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Writer, sound artist and educator Belinda Zhawi stages a new performance in response to Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s exhibition at Gasworks (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1. Zhawi combines poetry and sound to explore the emotional landscape of youth migration whilst interrogating what it means to forge identities based on geographies.
7pm, no booking required.
 
This event is free to attend, no booking required. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
GASWORKS

QUEERS READ THIS (4)
Click to enlarge Seminar/Symposium Nov 07, 2019 7:00pm
‘Queers Read This is a literature event that isn't boring.’
 
An evening of readings by Clay AD, R. Zamora Linmark, Richard Porter, Alison Rumfitt, Shola von Reinhold, and Isabel Waidner.
 
Presented by artist Richard Porter and writer Isabel Waidner, the latest instalment of Queers Read This features readings of texts spanning prose and poetry, critical and creative writing.
 
Themes range from rolling the r’s and queerness in Honolulu (Linmark), feminist healthcare and collective intimacy (Clay), the erasure of black writers from the Western 20th century canon (von Reinhold), trannies, tyranny and the end of the world (Rumfitt), queer modern poetry, planes and ocean floors (Porter), and novels in progress (Waidner).
 
The event celebrates the ongoing work of innovative LGBTQI+, Black, POC and working-class writers.
Queers Read This is an ongoing ICA reading series presented by Richard Porter and Isabel Waidner. The events feature various texts which work across intersectional systems of oppression and challenge formal distinctions between prose and poetry or critical and creative writing. The title of the series is gratefully borrowed from an anonymously published leaflet distributed at a 1990 pride march in New York.
 
Clay AD makes text, sounds, videos and movement around themes of sci-fi, illness and ecology. Born in Indianapolis and based in Berlin, AD makes music on a home-karaoke machine, and envisions what autonomous, feminist healthcare could be in present and future conditions. First published in 2018 by Monster House Press, their novel Metabolize, If Able was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror.
 
Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark was born in Manila and educated in Honolulu. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels including Rolling the R's (Kaya Press), which he adapted for the stage.
 
Richard Porter is an artist based in London. He founded Pilot Press in 2017, and his queer anthologies are available worldwide. A new annual survey of modern queer poetry practices, Modern Queer Poets, is due this Autumn. Porter is the co-curator (with Isabel Waidner) of Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
 
Alison Rumfitt is a semi-professional trans woman and writer who lives and works in Brighton, UK. Her debut pamphlet, The T(y)ranny was published by Zarf Editions, and her writing has appeared at Burning House Press, Glass Poetry, Honey and Lime, Transition Quarterly, Soft Cartel, Datableed and more. She is currently working on a full-length manuscript about the end of the world, WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM.
 
Shola von Reinhold is a Scottish-Nigerian writer based in Glasgow. Their first novel LOTE will be published by Jacaranda Books in 2020.
 
Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. Their books include We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff (2019), Gaudy Bauble (2017) and Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature (ed., 2018), published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. They are the co-curator of Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Art (with Richard Porter), and a lecturer at University of Roehampton, London.
 
Should you feel unable to attend this event for financial reasons or if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to attend, please get in touch by emailing access@ica.art or calling 020 7930 3647.
£7 Full price, £5 Concs/Green Members, £3 Blue Members
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019
 

London

LINEAGE & MOMENTS: WORKSHOP WITH BE
Click to enlarge Workshop Nov 9, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer, sound artist and educator Belinda Zhawi leads a creative writing workshop for people interested in mining memories and family histories to make sense of the present, excavating the past to imagine possible futures.
 
Inspired by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s exhibition at Gasworks, (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1, workshop participants will be encouraged to respond to personal photographs and sound in order to explore those intangible parts of our lives that live on through us.
3-5pm, no booking required.
 
This event is free to attend, no booking required. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
GASWORKS

 
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2019
 

London

EXHIBITION TOUR: DEBORAH JOYCE HOLM
Click to enlarge Tour Nov 28, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Artist, writer and curator Deborah Joyce Holman leads a tour of (15,952km) via Trans-Sahara Hwy N1 discussing online visual culture, the global circulation of identities and the digital layers behind Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s paintings.
7pm, no booking required.
 
This event is free to attend, no booking required. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
GASWORKS

 
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019
 

London

WINTER OPEN STUDIOS
Artist Talk Dec 7, 2019 to 12:00am
Get to know our international artists in residence at this free event offering visitors a unique opportunity to see, hear about and discuss the research and work-in-progress that the artists' have been developing over the past three months.
 
Artists: Alana Iturralde (Puerto Rico), Deborah Joyce Holman (Switzerland), Christina Pataialii (New Zealand), and Haider Ali Naqvi (Pakistan).
Open studios 12-6pm / Artist talks 4pm.
GASWORKS

 
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019
 

London

ALAN SONDHEIM: SOMATIC GHOSTING
Click to enlarge Dec 16, 2019 7:00pm
Multidisciplinary pioneer Alan Sondheim presents a lecture exploring his evolving practice.
 
Interweaving Sondeim’s practice across platforms, the lecture will explore the influence of the digital on the body and social and political spheres.
 
A pioneer of the virtual, Sondheim has worked for decades across music, sound and the visual. Drawing on a range of sources from his lexicon of digital objects and artefacts, this presentation will tour the territories and interzones of his practice, staking out ideas and sharing his unique perspective on our twenty-first-century conditions.
Alan Sondheim is a city-based new media artist, musician, writer, and performer concerned with issues of virtuality, and the stake that the real world has in the virtual. He has worked with his partner Azure Carter among others. Sondheim is concerned with the examination the grounds of the virtual and how the body is inhabited. He performs in virtual, real, and cross-over worlds; his virtual work is known for its highly complex and mobile architectures. He has used altered motion-capture technology extensively for examining and creating new lexicons of behaviour. His writing stems out of codework, a problematic style in which code substrates and surface content interfere with each other – in which, in other words, the textual body and body of text are deeply entangled. His current music is based on the impossibility of time reversal, on fast improvisation, and anti-gestural approaches to playing.
£7 Full price, £5 Concs/Green Members, £3 Blue Members. Free for Red members.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS

 
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