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RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA
Jun 6, 2019 - Jun 6, 2020
The ICA unveils a newly commissioned permanently sited work by Rirkrit Tiravanija. The work will occupy the alcove in the common area of the ICA, between the Lower Gallery and the Theatre, transforming it into a new social space comprising a sake bar, seating and tables crafted in Tiravanija’s studio in Chiang Mai, set within a painted sunrise and sunset. This new work marks Tiravanija’s return to the ICA, following his participation in the landmark exhibition Real Time in 1993.
 
untitled 2019 (the form of the flower is unknown to the seed) (2019) will be the first permanently sited work by Tiravanija in London. It will be available to visit on an ongoing basis from 7 June.
 
A special programme celebrating the opening of untitled 2019 (the form of the flower is unknown to the seed) will take place on 6 June, open to ICA Friends and Red Members.

HONEY-SUCKLE COMPANY : OMNIBUS
Oct 2, 2019 - Jan 12, 2020
The Institute of Contemporary Arts presents the first ever survey of the work of Berlin art collective Honey-Suckle Company.
 
Founded in 1994, Honey-Suckle Company emerged from the post-reunification, pre-Internet fashion, music, art and squatting scenes of Berlin. The collective’s work occupies a unique intersection of differing philosophies and artistic practices, encompassing clothing, performances, happenings, installations, music, films and publications.
 
Honey-Suckle Company: Omnibus brings together key moments of the group’s twenty-five-year history for the first time, presenting its work as a point of access through which to read the cultural matrix of contemporary Berlin, reasserting the collective spirit and promise on which Honey-Suckle Company was founded.

JULIANKNXX AND FRIENDS PRESENTS CALEB FEMI + SHINGAI
Oct 25, 2019 7:30pm talk/event
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

COLIN SELF: SIBLINGS (SOLO VERSION)
Nov 02, 2019 9:00pm talk/event
'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.

CARCERAL AESTHETICS: SABLE ELYSE SMITH + NICOLE R. FLEETWOOD
Nov 06, 2019 7:00pm talk/event
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

QUEERS READ THIS (4)
Nov 07, 2019 7:00pm talk/event
‘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

Click to enlargeALAN SONDHEIM: SOMATIC GHOSTING
Dec 16, 2019 7:00pm talk/event
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.

CAMERON ROWLAND
Jan 29 - Apr 12, 2020
The Institute of Contemporary Arts presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by artist Cameron Rowland,
consisting of a newly commissioned body of work. Cameron Rowland (born 1988, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: D37, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); Rue Ravenstein 32, Etablissement d’en face, Brussels (2017); Birmingham, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne (2017); Indirect Benefit, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fribourg (2016); 91020000, Artists Space, New York (2016); Bait Inc., Essex Street, New York (2014). Rowland’s work was included in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2018) and Whitney Biennial 2017, New York.

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