A ground-breaking project titled fig-2 which presents 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks will be launched tonight at the ICA Studio, London in association with the Outset Contemporary Art Fund. The Art Fund Curator for fig-2 is Fatos Ustek. Ustek acted as associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea and as editor of the publication Unexpected Encounters Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture since 2000.
fig-2 is a revival of the project fig-1, which was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000. Experimental in its nature, each project was programmed only a few weeks in advance to maintain as much spontaneity as possible. Providing a new model for the presentation of contemporary creativity in London, the project preceded the term pop-up. fig-1 presented projects by Jeremy Deller, Richard Hamilton, Runa Islam, Oliver Payne + Nick Relph, Will Self, Patti Smith, Caruso St. John, Philip Treacy, among others.
Fifteen years later, fig-2 will bring together a stimulating and unusual variety of established and emerging artists, drawn from contemporary art, architecture, design, fashion, film, literature and performance. There will be an opening reception every Monday evening, with the details for each weekly exhibition announced the previous Wednesday on the fig-2 website and the fig-2 weekly newsletters, designed by Brighten the Corners.
fig-2 will be run from the ICA Studio, an independent space within the ICA. The Studio is a raw, industrial space, and is reputedly and the location where ArtAngel was founded. Universal Design Studio are fig-2’s architectural partners, the space will be transformed to meet the requirements of the rapidly changing exhibitions programme, with moveable walls, lighting and bookcases, to provide a flexible exhibition space able to adapt to accommodate large installation works, performances and a more traditional exhibition hang alike.
London based artist Laura Eldret has created new works for the first week of fig-2. Eldret, whose work often involves audience participation, will transform the ICA Studio into an immersive space for visitors. Throughout 2015, Eldret will develop her project, for the final outcome to be shown at the last week of fig-2. She has previously created works and projects for the South London Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Ikon, Glasgow International and Baltic.
Laura Eldret ﬁg-2 3 | The Juicers – an exhibition showing a project in progress, bringing together the research and documentation of the rug makers of a pueblo in Mexico that Eldret has been visiting over a number of years. The first exhibition includes a number of rugs made by the people she has met, their respective designs reﬂect her experience and emerge as receipts of exchange. The exhibition will serve as a catalyst for the development of a new work that will be shown in the ﬁnal week of ﬁg-2.
fig-2: ICA Studio Institute of Contemporary Arts The Mall London, SW1Y 5AH
Dates: 5 January – 20 December Opening Times: ﬁg-2 opens every Monday, 6–8pm, and continues from Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm. ﬁg-2 is open late on Thursdays until 9pm to coincide with the ICA late openings.