Wendy Yao’s Ooga Booga is a nexus for independent art, design, fashion, and music located in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. More than a bookstore, Ooga Booga is a publishing imprint, record label, meeting place, and exhibition venue. For Excursus III, Yao brings her collaborators to ICA for a series of workshops, events, and pop-up exhibitions.
Excursus was a multifaceted, four-part initiative at ICA in which artists, designers, publishers, and other cultural producers whose work engages the archive and publication were invited as artists-in-residence to create a platform for more intimate programming. This sourcebook, building on the idea of an excursus (an exposition or digression from a primary text), offers summaries, ephemera, and checklists for each re-imagining of both the physical and discursive space of the ICA. Participants: Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, Primary Information. Essay and summaries by ICA curator Alex Klein.
View Yao’s online residency.
Excursus Ooga Booga Installation 1Excursus Ooga Booga Installation 2Excursus Ooga Booga Installation 3Excursus Ooga Booga Installation 4Excursus Ooga Booga Installation 5
ExcursusExcursus (2011–13)The Programs That Were: Grace Ambrose Reflects on Programming at ICAA Place to Share Things: Wendy Yao Brings Ooga Booga to ICAEast of Borneo: Seventies FlashbackA Painting with a Purpose: Sarah Crowner and Primary Information at ICA