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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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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

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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

Culture Now: Siobhan Davies and Ramsay Burt

Choreographer Siobhan Davies in a lunchtime discussion with Professor of Dance History, Ramsay Burt. Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents is at the ICA until 19 January 2014 www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/siobhan-davies-dance-table-contents

Laure Prouvost Interview

We caught up with artist and filmmaker Laure Prouvost in her studio to discuss her work, which launches the ICA's National Moving Image Programme in January 2014 at Cornerhouse, Manchester; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Tramway, Glasgow and Turner Contemporary, Margate. This new network aims to support the development of Artists Moving Image and expand its growing audience with an accessible regular programme of monthly screenings and events. https://www.ica.org.uk/blog/laure-prouvost-interview

Culture Now: Akram Zaatari in Conversation with Achim Borchardt-Hume

Lebanese artist Akram Zataari in conversation with Achim Borchardt-Hume, Head of Exhibitions at Tate Modern. Akram Zataari is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator. One of the founders of the Arab Image Foundation, which aims to track down and preserve photos from North Africa, the Middle East, and Arabic communities around the world, Zaatari collects, examines, and recontextualizes a wide range of documents that testify to the cultural and political conditions of Lebanon's postwar society. https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/culture-now-akram-zataari

Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents Rehearsal Preview

Rachel Krische from Siobhan Davies Dance explains the process involved in rehearsing for their new production for the ICA in January 2014. Siobhan Davies Dance: Table of Contents is at the ICA from 8 - 19 Jan 2014 http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/siobhan-davies-dance-table-contents Filmed at Jerwood Space, London.

Berlin Alexanderplatz: 14 Boxes (2)

Berlin Alexanderplatz: 14 Boxes 14 Boxes documents the collection from Berlin of the 35mm prints of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Fassbinder's seminal 1980 television series Berlin Alexanderplatz screens in full at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on the weekends of the 9/10 (introduced by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit) and the 16/17 November 2013. The screenings are part of Iain Sinclair's 70x70, a season of 70 films that have appeared in his novels to mark his 70th birthday. For tickets and further information: http://www.ica.org.uk/39089/Film/Berlin-Alexanderplatz.html 14 Boxes will screen at the Barbican in 2014 as part of the 70x70 finale event. For more on 70x70 visit http://king-mob.net and 14 Boxes http://purge.xxx

Culture Now: Stuart Semple in Conversation with Josh Spero

Artist Stuart Semple discusses his work with writer and critic Josh Spero. Semple's large scale canvases and installation works deal with concepts of fear, nostalgia and isolation, and his work can be found in major international collections including the Getty, Langen, David Roberts and Niarchos foundations. As an ambassador for Mind, Semple initiated a creative therapies grant fund within the mental health charity and curated the exhibition and fundraiser Mindful hosted by Stephen Fry and Lord Melvyn Bragg. He has also founded the Aubin Gallery, a 3000 square foot space in East London which was dedicated to nurturing British talent. http://www.ica.org.uk/37396/Talks/Culture-Now-Stuart-Semple.html

Online Talk: Lutz Bacher

With a career spanning decades, Bacher's work remains relatively unknown in the UK. In the context of her current exhibition, 'Lutz Bacher: Black Beauty', this talk will provide an opportunity to gather speakers from around the world to introduce her conceptually and thematically rich practice. Chaired by Sam Thorne, Associate Editor of frieze, with Lia Gangitano, founder of Participant Inc and Curatorial Advisor for MoMA PS1's 'Lutz Bacher MY SECRET LIFE', and Miriam Katzeff, co-founder of Primary Information, which published Bacher's 'Do you Love Me?'. http://www.ica.org.uk

Culture Now: David Pearson on Gerald Cinamon

David Pearson talks about Gerald Cinamon's work in book design for Penguin. http://www.ica.org.uk/38518/Talks/Culture-Now-David-Pearson.html

Berlin Alexanderplatz: 14 Boxes (1)

Berlin Alexanderplatz: 14 Boxes 14 Boxes documents the collection from Berlin of the 35mm prints of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Fassbinder's seminal 1980 television series Berlin Alexanderplatz screens in full at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, on the weekends of the 9/10 (introduced by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit) and the 16/17 November 2013. The screenings are part of Iain Sinclair's 70x70, a season of 70 films that have appeared in his novels to mark his 70th birthday. For tickets and further information: http://www.ica.org.uk/39089/Film/Berlin-Alexanderplatz.html 14 Boxes will screen at the Barbican in 2014 as part of the 70x70 finale event. For more on 70x70 visit http://king-mob.net and 14 Boxes http://purge.xxx

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now - Project Tour

ICA Director and curator of 'ICA Off-site' project at The Old Selfridges Hotel, Gregor Muir talks us through the different threads of the installation, and the artists and designers featured in the project.

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now - Feature Video

Feature video for ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now 13 September 2013 - 20 October 2013 The Old Selfridges Hotel 1 Orchard Street, W1H 6JS http://www.ica.org.uk A major new project at The Old Selfridges Hotel in London as part of a series of off-site events this summer, A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day - a legacy that underpins London's incredible creative potential in the present. Gilbert & George, John Maybury, House of Beauty & Culture, Tom Dixon, Jeffrey Hinton, Bodymap, St John, Alexander McQueen, Martino Gamper, Julie Verhoeven, Giles Deacon, Charlie Porter, Chisenhale Gallery, Lucky PDF, Vogue Fabrics Nightclub, Sibling, J W Anderson, Bethan Laura Wood, Matthew Darbyshire and Louise Gray are amongst the 60 influential figures from London's creative scene involved in the project.

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now 13 September 2013 - 20 October 2013 The Old Selfridges Hotel 1 Orchard Street, W1H 6JS http://www.ica.org.uk Watch the feature length film: http://youtu.be/ZqGwUn-Pn7g A major new project at The Old Selfridges Hotel in London as part of a series of off-site events this summer, A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now illustrates a perceived thread of creativity between the post-punk era and the present day - a legacy that underpins London's incredible creative potential in the present. Gilbert & George, John Maybury, House of Beauty & Culture, Tom Dixon, Jeffrey Hinton, Bodymap, St John, Alexander McQueen, Martino Gamper, Julie Verhoeven, Giles Deacon, Charlie Porter, Chisenhale Gallery, Lucky PDF, Vogue Fabrics Nightclub, Sibling, J W Anderson, Bethan Laura Wood, Matthew Darbyshire and Louise Gray are amongst the 60 influential figures from London's creative scene involved in the project.

ICA Cinema on the Steps, 20-22 August 2013

Thank you for coming to our inaugural Cinema on the Steps - We hope to see you all next year! www.ica.org.uk twitter.com/icalondon #ICAoffsite

Kenneth Anger: A Weekend of Anger

Filmmaker Kenneth Anger speaks to the Institute of Contemporary Art's Steven Cairns, on the occasion of the ICA's Weekend of Anger (27 - 28 July 2013), a comprehensive survey of Anger's practice from the 1940s to the present. www.ica.org.uk/38060/Film/A-Weekend-of-Anger-the-Films-of-Kenneth-Anger.html

Peer to Platform: Artist Collective vs. Social Network

This panel discussion highlights the overlaps between the way in which a radical artist collective functions and how individuals operate together within social networks. If the radical artist collective is posited as a network for shared political ideals and collaborative production, could it be proposed that an emerging generation of digitally-native artists is more comfortable establishing such structures online? Perhaps the accessibility of virtual space, the promise of relative anonymity and the corporate overtones of online platforms provide the perfect forum to continue the legacy of groups such as Bernadette Corporation. Chaired by Ben Vickers, the panel comprises Lizvlx from UBERMORGEN.COM, Metahaven, and Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield. http://www.ica.org.uk/37021/Talks/Peer-to-Platform-Artist-Collective-vs-Social-Network.html

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