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Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary arts centre established in 1947 by a collective of artists, poets and writers to showcase and champion contemporary culture across the broadest range of art forms. Housing two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, reading room, bookshop and café/bar, the ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experiment since its formation and has presented some of the most radical exhibitions, artists, films, music and thought to have shaped our world. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £900,000
  • 2013-2014: £900,000
  • 2014-2015: £900,000

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014: A Walkthrough With Kirsty Ogg

We talk to Kirsty Ogg, director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, about this years exhibition in our London galleries. Now in its 65th year, Bloomberg New Contemporaries features 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools chosen from over 1,400 submissions. The exhibition runs from 26 November 2014 through to 25 January 2015. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/seasons/bloomberg-new-contemporaries-2014

Julie Verhoeven's Golden Nuggets

For 'Whiskers Between My Legs', her upcoming Fox Reading Room exhibition at the ICA, artist and designer Julie Verhoeven has provided us with her 'Golden Nuggets' - a visual and auditory feast introducing the major themes of the show. 'Whiskers Between My Legs' opens 9 December 2014 and continues until 18 January 2015. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/julie-verhoeven-whiskers-between-my-legs

Cybernetic Serendipity: Gustav Metzger in conversation with Nick Lambert

Gustav Metzger's "Five Screens with Computer" was published in the original Cybernetic Serendipity catalogue in 1968. As a key post-war artist, ICA invited him to be in conversation about the impact of the exhibition with Dr Nick Lambert, Birkbeck University. This interview was commissioned as part of Cybernetic Serendipity: A Documentation, a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications celebrating the landmark exhibition curated by Jasia Reichardt in 1968. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/cybernetic-serendipity-documentation

Cybernetic Serendipity: A Walkthrough With Jasia Reichardt

Cybernetic Serendipity, the landmark exhibition curated by Jasia Reichardt in 1968, is being celebrated in the ICA's Fox Reading Room with a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications. In this walkthrough, Jasia herself shares her memories of this groundbreaking show and muses about the future. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/cybernetic-serendipity-documentation

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ICA Off-Site: The Old Selfridges Hotel

Crane TV [ http://www.crane.tv/ ] produced this short film exploring some of the participants in ICA Off-Site, a week-long free programme of live events at The Old Selfridges Hotel, coinciding with Frieze London. Encompassing performance, music, art, dance and discussion, the programme features Isabel Lewis, Korakrit Arunanondchai with boychild and AJGvojic, NTS Radio, Siobhan Davies Dance and Rhizome: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/seasons/ica-site-old-selfridges-hotel

Autumn 2014 at the ICA

Take a look at the incredible exhibitions and events going on at the Institute of Contemporary Arts this Autumn: Beware Wet Paint https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/beware-wet-paint Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/ne%C3%AFl-beloufa-counting-people Cybernetic Serendipity https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/cybernetic-serendipity ICA Off-Site: The Old Selfridges Hotel https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/seasons/ica-site-old-selfridges-hotel

Culture Now: Laura Bates

Writer and activist Laura Bates discusses her new book The Everyday Sexism Project (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a web-based collection of over 60,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. Started in 2012, this quickly became a viral sensation, attracting international press attention, and putting the problem of sexism and gender imbalance firmly on the international media agenda. http://www.everydaysexism.com/ https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-laura-bates

Culture Now: Ariel Reichman

Berlin-based Tel Aviv artist Ariel Reichman is in conversation with Juliette Desorgues, ICA Associate Curator. This follows Reichman’s first UK solo show at Waterside Contemporary, Who Distinguishes Between Light and Dark, 2014. Working in the fields of photography, film, performance, drawing, sculpture and installation, Reichman’s work examines subjective memories, daily rituals and fantasies, considering the ways in which intimacy can help explain the political. Supported by Artis Grant Program https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-ariel-reichman

Art Party: An Interview with Bob and Roberta Smith

In advance of the screening and event at the ICA on 21 August, we interviewed Bob and Roberta Smith about the Art Party movement he started in 2011, the new film of the same name he made with filmmaker Tim Newton, and what we can do to help save arts education in the United Kingdom. For more information about Art Party, join us on 21 August: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/art-party-screening https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/art-party-event

Culture Now: C-G Hagström on Tove Jansson

Renowned Finnish photographer C-G Hagström discusses his intimate portraits of author and artist Tove Jansson with Susanna Pettersson, Director of the Finnish Institute in London. Shot over a period of 60 years, these offer an in-depth account of the life and work of this revered writer. Supported by the Finnish Institute in London ICA exhibition Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago runs from 15 July to 24 August 2014 https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/tove-jansson-tales-nordic-archipelago

Lunch Bytes: Structures and Textures: Digital Infrastructures and the Organisation of Space

The second Lunch Bytes discussion in London explores how artists have engaged with computational structures in their work and how contemporary art is shaped by the infrastructures that underpin the digital realm. Chaired by Ben Vickers, speakers include Wendy Chun, Boris Groys and Paul Kneale. Considering how the art world's traditional spaces, such as the gallery or the museum, relate to the internet as a repository and space for the reception of art, this discussion will examine how online spectatorship is constituted. Asking how these complex spaces are organised, this panel discussion examines how artists relate to online spaces and how this affects the production of artworks, as well as their dissemination. This panel of artists and theorists will also consider the infrastructures that compose and condition the platforms, devices and applications we use daily, questioning how they affect our perception of, and engagement with, the information we consume and produce at ever-increasing speeds. Looking to artists' work that intervene in the systems of control that are constitutive to our networked environments, this discussion will address the manner in which creativity has been transformed by the internet with its attendant strategies of mass visibility. Lunch Bytes is a series of four public discussions over the course of a year, which examine the consequences of the increasing ubiquity of digital networked technologies in relation to artistic practice. Each event is dedicated to a different topic and brings together European artists, media scholars, designers, curators and intellectuals. Organised in collaboration with Arcadia Missa; Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Goethe Institut, this series is part of a larger European project conceived by Melanie Buehler and the Goethe-Institut in Northwest Europe, comprising events in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Dublin, which will culminate with a symposium in Berlin in 2015. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lunch-bytes-structures-and-textures https://www.lunch-bytes.com

Lunch Bytes: Medium: Format

Lunch Bytes is a series of four public discussions over the course of a year, which examine the consequences of the increasing ubiquity of digital networked technologies in relation to artistic practice. Each event is dedicated to a different topic and brings together European artists, media scholars, designers, curators and intellectuals. This first event focuses on Medium, in particular the ways in which digitisation and computing has restructured the formats we think in when it comes to artistic practice and what implication this has on artistic output. The discussion asks: how has the notion of medium changed with the rise of digital technology? Does it still make sense to think in formal, media-related categories or have we moved beyond the medium as a recognisable and classifiable entity in the age of pervasive computing? And if so, what kind of new formats are evolving instead? Chaired by Matthew Fuller, Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, the panel includes artist and writer Hito Steyerl, curator and writer Inke Arns, artist and writer Huw Lemmey, and artist Harry Sanderson. Organised in collaboration with Arcadia Missa; Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London; and the Goethe Institut, this series is part of a larger European project conceived by Melanie Buehler and the Goethe-Institut in Northwest Europe, comprising events in London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Dublin, which will culminate with a symposium in Berlin in 2015. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/lunch-bytes-medium-format http://www.lunch-bytes.com

Transition

Transition is a two-fold event, a Workshop and Friday Salon discussion, helping to prepare graphic art and design students for graduate life. Delivered by post-graduates and industry professionals, Transition offers an opportunity to meet and talk about the topics of work styles, learning and living, whilst picking up insider's tips on how to make it in a highly competitive field. 11 Jul 2014 Workshop - 11am https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/transition-workshop Friday Salon - 3pm https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/friday-salon-transition Video: Zoë King, Oliver Long and Kia Tasbihgou

Room&Book: ICA Art Book Fair Introduction

ICA Curator Matt Williams introduces Room&Book (6 -- 8 Jun 2014), a three day art book fair at the ICA which gathers the best specialist bookshops and dealers in the UK, accompanied by a related series of events. Full details at www.ica.org.uk/room&book

Culture Now: Louisa Buck, Toby Mott and Charlie Porter Discuss David Robilliard

ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir is joined by Louisa Buck, Toby Mott and Charlie Porter to consider the paintings, drawings and poetry of London artist David Robilliard (1952 - 1988). This event celebrates an exhibition of Robilliard's paintings at the ICA, London (16 Apr 2014 -- 15 Jun 2014), as well as the launch of a new ICA publication 'David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality of Dreams'. http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/david-robilliard-yes-no-quality-dreams https://www.ica.org.uk/shop/books/yes-no-quality-dreams Culture Now Fri 2 May 2014

Online Curators' Talk: Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks

Join us on to discuss the draw of artists' scrapbooks and their contemporary use as mediums through which to forge intimate artistic identities.

Hito Steyerl and Nina Power

Artist Hito Steyerl in conversation with Nina Power, examining questions of political memory, the potential unreliability of testimonial history and the ambiguous but highly effective strategies of Steyerl's work itself as it cuts across both artistic and documentary forms. 'Hito Steyerl' is at the ICA from 5 Mar -- 27 Apr 2014. http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/hito-steyerl

Graham Harman: Objects and the Arts

Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman, the leading figure associated with the metaphysical movement object-oriented ontology, delivers his lecture Objects and the Arts. In this lecture the founder of object-oriented philosophy will discuss the implications of this philosophy for the arts. After explaining why objects are withheld from all direct access, and explaining further that the arts have always been under pressure to recognise this fact, Harman will develop further the relation between philosophy and the arts demonstrated in his Documenta 13 catalogue essay The Third Table. Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013). https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/graham-harman-objects-and-arts

an Exhibit Symposium - Part 2

'an Exhibit': an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration This half-day symposium on 22 Feb 2014 considered the pioneering an Exhibit (1957) in the wider context of Hamilton's practice and its wide-reaching impact, from the canons of curatorial practice, to questions of artist as curator, notions of display and artistic practice itself. Speakers include Dr Victoria Walsh, Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the RCA, Dr Elena Crippa, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Sabine Folie, Artistic and Managing Director of the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Keith Wilson, artist, and Jeremy Millar, artist and tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design, RCA, London. 'an Exhibit': an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration was presented in collaboration with Afterall research and publishing at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exhibit-exhibition-artwork-collaboration Filmed by Afterall

an Exhibit Symposium - Part 1

'an Exhibit': an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration This half-day symposium on 22 Feb 2014 considered the pioneering an Exhibit (1957) in the wider context of Hamilton's practice and its wide-reaching impact, from the canons of curatorial practice, to questions of artist as curator, notions of display and artistic practice itself. Speakers include Dr Victoria Walsh, Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the RCA, Dr Elena Crippa, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, Sabine Folie, Artistic and Managing Director of the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Keith Wilson, artist, and Jeremy Millar, artist and tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design, RCA, London. 'an Exhibit': an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration was presented in collaboration with Afterall research and publishing at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exhibit-exhibition-artwork-collaboration Filmed by Afterall

ICA Quickfire: Carolee Schneeman

American artist and filmmaker Carolee Schneemann first performed at the ICA in 1968. This talk sees the seminal feminist artist discuss her work with Alison Green, an academic who has written at length on Schneemann's work, which is characterised by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, and the dynamic relationship between the human and the social body.

Hito Steyerl at the ICA

Filmmaker and artist Hito Steyerl introduces the works included in her new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, from 5 March -- 27 April 2014. http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/hito-steyerl

Richard Hamilton at the ICA: Curator Tour

Curator Katharine Stout introduces 'Richard Hamilton at the ICA' and the re-staged installations of Hamilton's two large-scale works, 'Man, Machine and Motion' and 'an Exhibit'. Richard Hamilton at the ICA, 12 February -- 6 April 2014. http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/richard-hamilton-ica

ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market

ICA Director Gregor Muir introduces the links between 'Richard Hamilton at the ICA' and the 'ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market' project. www.ica.org.uk

Culture Now: Bethan Laura Wood and Anna Lomax

Designer Bethan Laura Wood, together with maker and collector Anna Lomax talk to ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir about the inspirations behind their distinct approaches to design and making. http://www.ica.org.uk

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