Aug 30, 2013
PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture Series: Simon Kim and The Dufala Brothers
Imagine an alternative use for vacant lots and scrap yards. ICA Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon moderated a conversation between Simon Kim, PennDesign assistant professor of architecture, and artists Billy and Steven Dufala about their respective reclamation projects, Philadelphia Masque and RAIR (Recycled Artist-in-Residency).
Aug 30, 2013
Return of the New-Recent Film/Video Works from the UK: What is Not and Slow Action
A LUX touring program curated by Gil Leung provided an overview of young British artists working in narrative and experimental films, bringing together a selection of new works by UK-based artists including Ed Atkins, Mark Leckey, and Laure Prouvost. The program was followed by a screening of Ben Rivers’s Slow Action (2011), a post-apocalyptic science…
Aug 30, 2013
Machete Group: Intention
From Aristotle to John Cage, intention and non-intention have been key components of aesthetic practice. Part launch for Shifter Volume 18 (on intention) and part discussion about the concept itself, Machete Group members, Shifter Magazine editor Sreshta Rit Premnath, and other special guests investigated the relevance of the concept of “intention” and its social dimensions.
Aug 30, 2013
Return of the New-Recent Film/Video Works from the UK: Two Years at Sea
ICA screened Ben Rivers’s Two Years at Sea, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (Critics’ Week and Horizons sections), Venice Film Festival 2011, at International House. In the film, a man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and…
Aug 30, 2013
Bodega: Performance Series with Yve Laris Cohen
Yve Laris Cohen’s 105-minute monologue, Soft Goods III, traced the economic lineage of the piece he had created the evening before at a gallery in Chelsea. The performance began with the distribution of articles of clothing he had worn previously to the audience, such as a fake blood-stained shirt and the cap and gown worn…
Aug 30, 2013
Kathryn Andrews: Performative Sculpture
As part of her participation in First Among Equals, Kathryn Andrews’s performative sculpture Serial Killer (2012) selected five different “victims” over the course of the exhibition. A chain link sculpture, Serial Killer sits uncomfortably close to another artist’s work; periodically throughout the exhibition the sculpture selects its next “victim” and is repositioned with the help…
Aug 30, 2013
Ian Svenonius: Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group
Musician and writer Ian Svenonius presented a coffee talk on “Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.” In this presentation he gave a preview of his forthcoming publication, which functions as an instructional guide for would-be stars, a warning device, a philosophical text, an exercise in terror, an aerobics manual, and a coloring…
Aug 30, 2013
Machete Group: Unsearchable
Machete Group member Avi Alpert, along with artists Mashinka Firunts and Daniel Snelson, unpacked the word “unsearchable” through a performance that adopted the formal and linguistic tropes of an academic panel discussion. The three performers humorously staged formal presentations, erudite conversations, and rhetorical questions posed to the audience, intercut with videos depicting prerecorded interviews with…
Aug 30, 2013
Lecture: Liam Gillick
Artist Liam Gillick talked about dogs, Karl Marx as a comic novelist, and irresolvable divisions in contemporary art.