ICA Off Site Programme Returns To The Old Selfridges Hotel
The ICA Off-Site is returning to The Old Selfridges Hotel this autumn for a week-long programme (14 – 18 September) of live performance. Coinciding with Frieze Art Fair, the ICA will curate a programme encompassing the full range of ICA’s activities, including performance, music, art, dance and discussion. Confirmed participants include New York-based artistKorakrit Arunanondchai, who will also be participating in the ICA exhibition Beware Wet Paint on The Mall. An accompanying talks programme focuses on the impact digital technology is having on every aspect of contemporary art practice and will be presented in collaboration with Rhizome. Further partners include Frieze Projects, Siobhan Davies Dance and NTS.
This autumn the galleries on the Mall are home to two new exhibitions: Neil Beloufa (24 September – 16 November 2014) andBeware Wet Paint (24 September - 16 November 2014). The solo exhibition by award winning artist Neil Beloufa will be his first institutional show in the UK and the ICA will show new and recent films in site specific architectural installations in the Lower Gallery and Theatre. The Tourist (2014), a newly commissioned work, explores the representation of digital information systems and the issues of secrecy and piracy in mass media. Further works La domination du monde (World Domination) (2012) and Sayre and Marcus (Episode 1, 2 & 3) (2010), reinforce Beloufa’s interest in shifting the audience’s relationship with the screen by constructing imaginary digital realms.
Beware Wet Paint is a two part project with one exhibition at the ICA and an interlinked exhibition starting a month later at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (FSRR) in Turin (28 October 2014 – 14 January 2015). Beware Wet Paint will propose a new path for painting, viewed here as a self-referential practice concerned more by its own memory than picturing the world or the artists' psyche. Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito, David Ostrowski, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena and Christopher Wool are confirmed in the ICA exhibition. Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, < strong>J eff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Isa Genzken, Nathan Hylden, Oscar Murillo, Diogo Pimentão, Pamela Rosenkranz,Ned Vena and Christopher Wool are confirmed for the Turin exhibition. Like the ICA the FSRR supports the work of young artists and will enable a larger number of works to be exhibited. The exhibition coincides with a forthcoming Thames & Hudson publication entitled 100 Painters of Tomorrow which will be released at the time of the show.
In the ICA Fox Reading Room, as part of Safar Film Festival 2014 (19 - 25 September), Whose Gaze is it Anyway? considers the role of local pop culture representation in the Arab world (2 September – 6 October 2014). Is there such a thing as a distinctive popular Arab culture and if so, what does it reveal about the region’s social history? This display explores these issues through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers, as well as through film and video. The full Safar Film festival of popular Arab cinema programme will be announced on 24 June.
Cybernetic Serendipity, the first international exhibition in the UK devoted to the relationship between the creative arts and new technology and curated by Jasia Reichardt in 1968, will be celebrated in the Fox Reading Room with a display of documents, installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and publications (14 October - 30 November 2014).