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IN NUMBERS : SERIAL PUBLICATIONS BY ARTISTS SINCE 1955
Jan 25 - Mar 25, 2012
In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955 is a survey exhibition of the often-overlooked genre of serial publications produced by artists around the world from 1955 to the present day. From the rise of the small press in the 1960s, followed by the correspondence art movement, where artists exchanged art by post, to the DIY zine culture in the 1980s and early 1990s, professional artists have always seized on the format of magazines and postcards as a site for a new kind of art production.

Click to enlargeDENNIS MORRIS : PIL – FIRST ISSUE TO METAL BOX
Mar 23 - May 15, 2016
A presentation of rarely seen photographs and ephemera relating to the early stages of the band Public Image Ltd’s (PiL) design from 1978-79 with a focus on the design of the album Metal Box. Original band members included John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten - vocals), Keith Levene (lead guitar), Jah Wobble (bass) and Jim Walker (drums). Working closely with photographer and designer Dennis Morris, the display explores the evolution of the band’s identity, from his influential journey to Jamaica with John Lydon in 1978 to the design of the iconic Metal Box.
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MARTINE SYMS : FACT & TROUBLE
Apr 20 - Jun 19, 2016
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GUAN XIAO : FLATTENED METAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH K11 ART FOUNDATION
Apr 20 - Jun 19, 2016

THE RISE, FALL AND RISE OF VINYL RECORDS
May 04, 2016 6:30pm talk/event
On the occasion of the ICA Reading Room exhibition Dennis Morris: PiL – First Issue to Metal Box we are pleased to present a panel discussion chaired by Coleen 'Cosmo' Murphy (Classic Album Sundays) that explores the visual history and influence that vinyl album cover design has had on popular culture.
With an esteemed panel of speakers including Sean Bidder (Vinyl Factory), Peter Saville and Adrian Shaughnessy, the talk discusses the impact of album cover art, what differentiates vinyl from alternative analogue and digital formats, including the cassette tape, compact disc, MP3, and why there is an ongoing resurgence among the download generation today.
£10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members

MARK PERRY ON PUNK PUBLICATIONS
May 11, 2016 6:30pm talk/event
British fanzine publisher, writer and musician Mark Perry is in conversation with designer, artist and punk historian, Toby Mott, discussing punk publications and Sniffin’ Glue, a monthly punk zine started by Perry in July 1976. Publication ceased in August 1977 when Perry found his energies absorbed by his new band, Alternative TV.
In addition, during the conversation Mark Perry performs a short 'avant-punk' set, accompanied by Alternative TV members Lee McFadden & Dave Morgan.
With its humble roots of Perry’s Deptford flat and its title deriving from the Ramones song Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, circulation of Sniffin’ Glue soon rocketed to over 15,000 as the fanzine quickly proved to be indispensable to anyone on the scene.
The early days of the punk movement largely failed to attract the attention of television or the mainstream press, and Sniffin' Glue remains a key source of information about contributors to the scene. A perfect expression of the DIY punk aesthetic, Sniffin' Glue fit with the do-it-yourself ethos which was already an important part of punk culture. A flood of punk zines followed with identifiable cut and paste graphics, typewritten or felt tip text, misspellings and crossings out. Photocopying also contributed to punk zine look by limiting graphic experimentation to black and white tones and imagery based on collage, enlargement and reduction. Sniffin' Glue was pivotal in demonstrating that anyone could easily, cheaply and quickly produce a fanzine.
£8 / £7 Concessions / £7 ICA Members

TEXT2SPEECH: PROXY POLITICS AS WITHDRAWAL
May 12, 2016 6:00pm talk/event
As part of the ongoing reading group series TEXT2SPEECH, this event is based on Hito Steyerl’s essay The Terror of Total Dasein. The discussion and presentation looks at ways in which artists utilize the notion of ‘proxy politics’ in their practices. Co-hosted by the artist collective HARD-CORE, as well as Maximilian Schmoetzer, an artist and member of the Research Centre of Proxy Politics, this workshop will explore the idea of the proxy, a surrogate and decoy, as a method of withdrawal or protest.
FREE, booking required

NO SCREENING
May 13, 2016 7:00pm talk/event
East Anglia Records and Sounds Like come together in response to Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble to explore the artist’s interest in physical gestures used within American media as expressions of identity. NO SCREENING gives a curated selection of artists the opportunity to create sonic works that are performed and heard in darkness.
Questioning the primacy of the s(cr)een and giving up the necessity of viewing, this event is an opportunity to explore the resonances of sonic experience and storytelling.
Artist performances by Cassandre Greenberg, Harry Bix, Ulijona Odi®arija, Shenece Liburd, Christopher Kirubi, Ana Maria Soubhia & Rhoda Boateng, Sarah Boulton and Mary Vettise.
Live event curated by ICA Student Forum member Cristine Brache.
FREE, booking required

EAST ASIA MOVING
May 14, 2016 2:00pm talk/event
East Asia Moving presents recent work by artist filmmakers from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, giving a brief glimpse into moving image practices from East Asia. Deeply spiritual imagery combines with cutting edge biological technology in Lu Yang’s LuYang Delusional Mandala, while dark humour, the sublime and high energy intertwine throughout and between each film.
The programme contains a review of poetic, accomplished and emotive films, created by rising filmmaking talent from East Asia. Artists include: Lu Yang, Shi Zheng, Shiriagari Kotobuki and Li Ming. Curated by Moritz Cheung and Jamie Wyld for videoclub.
£5 / FREE to ICA Members

SOPHY RICKETT AND DARIAN LEADER
May 20, 2016 1:00pm talk/event
Artist Sophy Rickett is in conversation with psychoanalyst Darian Leader, discussing her new book of photographic work The Death of a Beautiful Subject (GOST Books, 2015). This new publication features an 'accidental archive' of photographs of butterflies taken by her retired father and a narrative text written by the artist. Her most autobiographical work to date, this new work explores themes of dislocation, separation and reconciliation. Whilst tracing and recording a dialogue with the artist’s family, The Death of a Beautiful Subject explores photography as a means to navigate the world and its relations.
£5 / FREE to ICA Members

WHO’S JAMMING WHO? WORKSHOP IN DIGITAL SCREEN PRACTICES
May 21, 2016 11:15am talk/event
From the readymades of Duchamp in the early 20th century, the ‘culture jamming’ of anticonsumerist activist/artists in the 1990s, to contemporary memes of Kanye created by internet forum users, appropriation and ‘remixing’ have always been a part of (counter) cultural practices such as art and filmmaking, activism and hacking. But these techniques are also used in advertising, marketing and other corporate practices that operate within the attention economy. With the boundaries blurring between art and advertising, creativity and monetisation, can we work the tools forced upon us by digital corporations and use them to interrupt the flow of attention in a productive and creative way?
Who’s jamming who? is a one-day workshop for young people (16+) exploring the possibilities of digital culture jamming, using widely available online tools, social media (taking content from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Tumblr, Youtube etc.), online image editors (pixlr), online gif makers (makeagif.com), and the online presentation tool newhive.com.
Participants will learn to make their own gifs in the morning, and in the afternoon, use the multimedia publishing platform Newhive to create standalone internet artworks.
FREE, booking required

OLIVETTI : BEYOND FORM AND FUNCTION
May 25 - Jul 17, 2016
Private view Tue May 24 6pm - 8pm

TECHNOLOGY NOW: BORIS GROYS
Jun 11, 2016 2:00pm talk/event
Leading art theorist Boris Groys addresses art in the age of the internet, discussing his new book In the Flow (Verso, 2016).
In the early 20th century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit. The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Groys argues this led to the development of ‘direct realism’: an art that would not produce objects, but practices (from performance art to relational aesthetics) that would not survive. But for more than a century now, every advance in this direction has been quickly followed by new means of preserving art’s distinction.
£5 / FREE to ICA Members

CHRISTOPHER KULENDRAN THOMAS
Jun 22, 2016 6:30pm talk/event
Artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas discusses his new work and recent practice, considering how the art-industrial complex could be imaginatively repurposed.
£5 / FREE to ICA Members

THE LEGACY OF BAS JAN ADER
Jun 25, 2016 2:00pm talk/event
A screening of four of Bas Jan Ader’s Falling films, introduced by curator Pedro de Llano, is followed by contributions from Jan Verwoert, Janice Kerbel, Mary Sue Ader Anderson and Nick Baker, all examining the enduring legacy of this influential Dutch artist.
Forty years after the end of his incredibly brief career, conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader’s concise body of work continues to inspire artists, writers, curators and critical thinkers. As the publication of a major new book of writings on and by the artist approaches, this event provides an extraordinary opportunity to hear from some of the key figures in Ader’s life and those who have studied and presented his work.
£10 / £7 Concessions / £7 ICA Members

JUDY BLAME : NEVER AGAIN
Jun 29 - Sep 4, 2016
Private view Tue Jun 28 6pm - 9pm

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