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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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Julie og Jimmy down ICA

Artists Julie Verhoeven and Jimmy Merris perform in the ICA Theatre on 16 January, 2015. This follows their recent collaborative exhibition Julie og Jimmy go dogging, Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2014) and marks the closing weekend of ICA Reading Room display Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/julie-og-jimmy-down-ica https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/julie-verhoeven-whiskers-between-my-legs

ICA Quickfire: Censoring Social Media

In light of surging social media traffic during times of political unrest in London, Cairo, Istanbul, Moscow and Kiev, this panel examines the significance of digital communication for artistic communities in times of civil conflict. Chaired by Mark Stephens CBE, a solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights and human rights, speakers include Turkish artist Ali Kazma, economic sociologist Paola Tubaro and London artist Charlie Woolley. This panel discussion took place on 16 July 2014. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/ica-quickfire-censoring-social-media

Culture Now: Joshua Decter

New York-based writer, curator, art historian and theorist Joshua Decter discusses his new book, Art Is a Problem: Selected Criticism, Essays, Interviews and Curatorial Projects (1986-2012), (JRP; Ringier, 2014) with Simon Sheikh on May 23 2014. In this new publication Decter examines art’s paradoxical condition: art problematises, and is intrinsically a problem. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-joshua-decter-conversation-simon-sheikh

Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe

The ICA spoke to artist Dor Guez about his exhibition Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/dor-guez-sick-man-europe In collaboration with The Mosaic Rooms, the ICA is presenting the first UK institutional solo exhibition of artist Dor Guez. Entitled ‘The Painter’ this new installation is the first of five from a new body of work, The Sick Man of Europe. Guez's most ambitious project to date, it reflects on the military history and current political climate of the Middle East through the creative practices of individual soldiers from the region. The exhibition runs 3 February - 12 April 2015.

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Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee

The ICA spoke with artist Viviane Sassen about her latest exhibition, Pikin Slee. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/viviane-sassen-pikin-slee The content of the exhibition focuses predominantly on a body of work that Sassen made in Pikin Slee, Suriname in 2013. Pikin Slee is the second-largest village on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest. The exhibition consists of black and white and colour works shot on an analogue camera.

Culture Now: Franco Bifo Berardi

Theorist and media activist Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi discusses his new work Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide (Verso, 2015) with Professor Benjamin Noys on 27 February, 2015. Examining the relationship between capitalism and mental health, this discussion, like the book, journeys through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-franco-bifo-berardi

BNC 2014: Opening Night VoxPops!

We spoke to visitors and heard their reactions to Bloomberg New Contemporaries on the opening night of the show. 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/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Child B by Dinah Berger

Berger's work stems from an interest in, and long family history relating to, surveillance and voyeurism. Her family is used as a vehicle to explore critical concerns around human behaviours. 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. Dinah Berger, Child B, 2014 Video, colour, sound, 5 min 48 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Dinah-Berger https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: V E N T by Joseph Whitmore

Whitmore creates hand drawn animations that are then digitally manipulated, exploring the association between sound and video, and questioning the link between humans and their environment. 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. Joseph Whitmore V E N T, 2014 Video animation, colour, sound, 5 min https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/joseph-whitmore https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Black Mesa by Camille Summers-Valli

This experimental documentary film installation explores the modern day realities of a small Navajo community in Northern Arizona. Since 1974, their culture and traditions have been significantly impacted by a mass relocation due to the corporate interests of fossil fuel industries. 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. Camille Summers-Valli Black Mesa, 2014 Video installation, colour, sound, 25 min https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/camille-summers-valli https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Man Eater by MKLK

MKLK's work is specifically aimed at reflecting the male gaze and is constructed as a visual echo of patriarchal voyeurism. 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. MKLK, Man Eater, 2013 Video, colour sound, 4 min 9 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/mklk https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: This is No Time for Metaphors by Marco Godoy

Godoy is interested in how authority is visually constructed by those who exercise power, and the tools that we have to confront it. He studies the scenography used by power structures in order to respond with alternative images and narratives through the use of video, sculpture and performance. 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. Marco Godoy Claiming the Echo, 2012 Video, colour, sound, 5 min 25 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Marco-Godoy https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Forever Strong by Racheal Crowther

In her work, Crowther attempts to situate an ultra-specific and sensitive response to the saturation of industrialised desire and commercial sensuality. 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. Racheal Crowther Forever Strong, 2014 Video, colour, sound, 3 min 7 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Racheal-Crowther https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Just Let Go by Simon Senn

Simon Senn’s films deal with human behaviour and patterns of interaction. This video features darkly dressed, hooded youngsters, recalling the masked and disguised figures in media images of social demonstrations. 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. Simon Senn, Just Let Go, 2012 Video, colour, sound, 53 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/simon-senn https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Banana Split by Victoria Grenier

In Victoria Grenier's Banana Split, a boogie in Google Sky, fiction and reality merge to form a dreamlike, often humorous, narrative. 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. Victoria Grenier, Banana Split, 2013 Video, colour, sound, 5 min 19 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/victoria-grenier https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Electric Dreams by Tajinder Dhami

If Synthetic Intelligences and Artificial Intelligences are to be designed on human development, what will adolescent male machines dream about? Tajinder Dhami’s Electric Dreams: Will Synthetic Intelligences Dream of Electric Sheep answers this question. 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. Tajinder Dhami, Electric Dream: Will Synthetic Intelligences Dream of Electric Sheep, 2014 Video, colour, sound, 5 min https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/tajinder-dhami https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Ting and Tang: anachronisms by Frances Williams

In Ting and Tang: anachronisms 1, Frances Williams uses pieces of footage pasted together from various media sources to explore the space between ‘looking away’ and ‘paying attention’ in the viewer’s relation to an artwork. 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. Frances Williams, Ting and Tang: anachronisms, 2012, video https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/frances-williams https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Goodbye by Matthew Humphreys

For this work, Matthew Humphreys recorded every departure from his parents’ home on his iPhone, creating 96 videos. Stories and patterns emerge, from the small incidents of everyday life to the larger moments that change the dynamic of the family home. 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. Matthew Humphreys, Goodbye, 2014 Installation, paper and video, colour, sound, 4 min https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/matthew-humphreys https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Namaz by Imran Perretta

In Namaz, Imran Perretta attempts to disrupt the embedded violence of Islamophobic imagery and to re-situate these cultural signifiers, shifting them from a societal to a domestic scale. 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. Perretta, Devotion, 2014 Prayer mat (facing Makkah), tape recording, newspaper clipping, Nag Champa scent, mixed media installation Perretta, I Cannot Remember my Mother, 2014 Bengali poem, phonetic translation, English translation, printouts, headphones, audio https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Imran-Perretta https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: The Horns by Inga Lineviciute

Through the use of mythological creatures and situations, Inga Lineviciute’s animations reflect on the problems of social etiquette and questions surrounding ‘appropriate’ public behaviour. 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. Lineviciute, The Horns, 2013 Video animation, colour, sound, 1 min https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Inga-Lineviciute https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: The Hair by Inga Lineviciute

Through the use of mythological creatures and situations, Inga Lineviciute’s animations reflect on the problems of social etiquette and questions surrounding appropriate public behaviour. 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. Lineviciute, The Hair, 2013 Video animation, colour, sound, 41 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/Inga-Lineviciute https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: The Splendid Life Of Hildegard Ramsbottom by Stacey Guthrie

In The Splendid Life of Hildergard Ramsbottom, Stacey Guthrie explores how women who subjugate their needs to those of their partners and children can lose their own sense of self. 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. Stacey Guthrie, The Splendid Life of Hildegard Ramsbottom, 2013 Video, colour, sound, 9 min 36 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/stacey-guthrie https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Disarmed And Ever So Slightly Dangerous by Stacey Guthrie

In Disarmed and Ever So Slightly Dangerous, Stacey Guthrie investigates the concept of emotional and physical personal armour. 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. Stacey Guthrie, Disarmed and Ever So Slightly Dangerous, 2013 Video, colour, sound, 5 min 9 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/stacey-guthrie https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Photo Piece by Jesc Bunyard

Photo Piece is a video documentation of a 2012 performance by members of The Angel Orchestra, directed by Peter Fender. The musicians improvised the piece, using Bunyard’s photograms as visual scores. 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. Jesc Bunyard, Photo Piece, 2012 Video, colour, sound, (performance documentation) https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/jesc-bunyard https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

BNC 2014: Machine by Louise Bradley

Louise Bradley’s work explores how identity and history can be built upon, adapted and fused with other forms to create new systems. 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. Louise Bradley, Machine, 2013 Video, colour, sound, 53 sec https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc-2014-artists-index/louise-bradley https://www.ica.org.uk/bnc2014

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