David Gryn, director of Artprojx, presents four days and nights of live art/expanded theatre events, screenings and music at the ICA. Each day features different artist projects, kicking off on Thursday 6 May with David Blandy and Ninja Tune DJ’s. Friday 7 May presents two evening performances of Tai Shani’s Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82 plus there will be an open rehearsal in the afternoon giving audiences a unique opportunity to uncover some of the process. boyleANDshaw perform on Saturday 8 May and to finish this first Live Weekend there will be performances by Brian Catling, Terry Smith and Aura Satz accompanied by screenings of Tony Grisoni films.
Throught the weekend Artprojx present films and videos from a variety of artists whose work connects to live art, expanded theatre and performance including: Shoja Azari, Jo Mitchell, Mark Leckey, Damon Packard and many more.
All the events are free but Tai Shani performances need to be booked in advance. Access to the bar after 11pm is £2.
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More information and running order:
Thursday 6 May: David Blandy
Friday 7 May: Tai Shani
Saturday 8 May: boyleANDshaw
Sunday 9 May: Terry Smith, Aura Satz, Brian Catling
Artprojx curated screenings
From 2pm on Thursday 6 May and from 4pm on Sunday 9 May the following films will be screened from the Artprojx archives. A shorter selection will also be screened between 2pm and 4.30pm on Friday 7 May.
Ashish Avikunthak – Kalighat Fetish
Shoja Azari – Windows
David Blandy - My Philosophy
Brian Catling & Tony Grisoni – Vanished – A Video Séance & The Cutting
Mark Leckey – Cinema-in-the-Round & Shades of Destructors
Lynne Marsh - Plänterwald
Jo Mitchell – Concerto for Voice & Machinery II
Damon Packard - The Untitled Star Wars Mocumentary
Francesco Stocchi & Nadine Dogliani - The only good system is a sound system
Matt Stokes – Long After Tonight
Thursday 6 May: David Blandy
From Midday David Blandy's day at the ICA "Choose Your Character" will celebrate a variety of different fan-behaviours and sub-cultural obsessions that reflect the artist's own passions. Including rooms featuring a Street Fighter IV tournament
and Turntablist DJing, alongside a record market and cosplayers. Features live music from Infinite Livez, King Cannibal, turntablists DJ Phaze, DJ Shorty, DJ CutWild, g-man and Priority Deluxe, music stalls from Ninja Tunes, Rough Trade, Soul & Dance Exchange and Flashback, hardcore fighting game tournament organisers Neo Empire and cosplayers The Rebel Legion and Heroes Alliance UK. Plus a screening of Damon Packard's fandom-tinged film work via Artprojx.
David Blandy lives and works in London, using video, performance and comics to address identity formation and its relationship to popular culture. Blandy searches for his cultural position in the world, often using humour to ask just how much the self is formed by its immersion in the world of records, films and television, and whether the answers to life’s questions can be found in these mass-produced objects.
He has exhibited at venues such as The Bluecoat as part of the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, Turner Contemporary, Margate, The Baltic, Gateshead, Spike Island, Bristol, 176, London, Artprojx Space, Platform China Project Space, Beijing, and Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo, Brazil and at various international screenings by Artprojx. His work is distributed by LUX.
12noon - 11pm, Lower Gallery, David Blandy's "Choose Your Character".
2pm - 7pm, Theatre, Artprojx curated screenings.
7pm - 1am, Bar, David Blandy's "Choose Your Character" DJs & live music feat Infinite Livez.
Friday 7 May: Tai Shani, Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82
On a sound stage, an actress is being filmed auditioning for a role in a fictitious film based on a strange, actual sequence of events that took place in West Germany in the hot summer of 1982. Over the course of 25 days in three unrelated, tragic incidents members of the US and UK peacetime army stole tanks and rampaged through various German towns and countryside leaving behind a trail of destruction, ultimately driving themselves over bridges and into trains to their deaths. The performance is accompanied by a live score by David J. Smith (Guapo, Stargazers Assistant and Amal Gamal Ensemble).
To book a ticket for either performance of Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82 please call the ICA box office on 020 7930 3647 as places are limited.
Film and Video Screenings selected by Tai Shani from 4.30pm will be work from William Greaves, Cartune Xprez, Jen Wu, Damon Packard, Jim Hollands, and there will be music by DJ Owen Hills (of Wooden Spoon and Dollboy) in the bar from 8pm.
Recent Tai Shani exhibitions and performances include: The Herzeliya Biennial, Israel; The Royal Academy, London; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Spike Island + Arnolfini, Bristol; A Foundation, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ARTIS Centre for Fine Arts Hertogenbosch, Stedelijk Museum Hertogenbosch; Liverpool Biennial 08; Artprojx at Rio Cinema, Dalston. She also writes and performs music as Cherry Mash Cherry.
Midday - 6pm, Lower Gallery, Tai Shani Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82 (open rehearsals).
7.30pm, Lower Gallery, Tai Shani Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82.
9.15pm, Lower Gallery, Tai Shani Screentest: R-R-Rhine Peacetime 82.
2pm - 4.30pm, Theatre, Artprojx curated screenings.
4.30pm - 11pm, Theatre, Tai Shani curated screenings:
4.30pm, Cartune Xprez, Portland, Oregon
Part psychedelic insurrection, part cartoon road show, they harness the energies of video artists who remix commercial imagery to the extent of anarchy and animate their way out of Sunday Morning Cartoons. Previous shows have included Paper Rad, Bruce Bickford, Takeshi Murata, and Shana Moulton, who have since been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the MOMA in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, and many others. This program includes work by Nate Boyce, Rimas Sakalauskas, Christine Gensheimer, Brandon Blommaert, Jim Trainor, Allison Schulnik and more...
6:00pm, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm - William Greaves - USA 1968 75 minutes
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.
8:00pm, Jen Wu – Half Light, UK 2009 5min
The dead weight of a sleeper drifts between the syncopal darkness of the cinematic night and the waning daylight of a world that feels no less other. Shifting between modes of cinematic identification, inhabiting surrogate bodies and self obliteration in the face of the familiar, Half Light sensitively makes manifests a mesmeric, recondite and affective territory.
8.05pm Damon Packard – Spacedisco One, UK 2007 58min
To sum it up, Spacedisco One will not only shatter your perception of reality as we know it, it will break it in half ad infinitum, pairs of two, so am I, pairs of two, so are you, until the soul's binary code is revealed and, biting its own tail, destroyed in the blink of a serpent's eye. You will melt like a marshmallow in the furnace of hell. And if everything has been said and if everything has been done, we still have the possibility to make a movie about it, a sequel to reality.
10pm Jim Hollands – Here, UK 2007 70min
A hallucinogenic dissolution between the screen and the viewer forming a radical new art agenda for the 21st century. Here is a seventy-minute remix of a rarely seen existing work written by Joe Orton, called The Erpingham Camp. Originally screened on TV in 1966, it has been experimentally remixed in sound, image and words, with subtitles, and partly in anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D. Large parts of the work operate under flicker frequencies of 8-13hz, and as such are viewable by epileptics or those prone to seizure at their own risk.
8pm- 12 midnight, ICA Bar, DJ Owen Hills
Saturday 8 May: boyleANDshaw
boyleANDshaw with David Gothard present The Scuttler in collaboration with Sam Belinfante, Patrick Coyle, Adam James, JocJonJosch, Plastique Fantastique, Harold Offeh, Malin Ståhl, Malachy Orozco, Michelle Butterly, Keeley Forsyth and Max Reinhardt.
For the ICA they will be presenting and developing a new durational performance-based work called The Scutler, collaborating with an array of artists, actors and musicians in an improvised and experimental way to bring to this new work to life throughout the various spaces of the gallery.
boyleANDshaw have worked in partnership since 2007, producing dense works with multiple and repeated socio-cultural, philosophical and aesthetic references and themes. Committed to exploring collaborative practice, they frequently elaborate their projects with other artists and performers. They consider themselves to be catalysts, producing conditions for the creation of the new and the unanticipated. Their performance pieces include Dynamite Fighter (Artprojx at GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy, 2008), The Funnel of Love (176 Gallery, 2009), Maiastra, Please Sing! (Romanian Cultural Institute, 2009) and The Filthy Songs Of Their Fathers (Guest Projects, 2010). Among their current projects is an exploration of I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix by Tennessee Williams, which they have been developing at the National Theatre Studio.
12 noon - 11pm, Lower Gallery, boyleANDshaw with David Gothard The Scutler
2pm - 11pm, Theatre, boyleANDshaw with David Gothard The Scutler
8pm - 12 midnight, Bar, boyleANDshaw with David Gothard The Scutler
Sunday 9 May: Terry Smith, Aura Satz, Brian Catling
Terry Smith, The Foundling: Drunk and Disorderly
The final part in a quartet of performances. The last chapter of the Foundling project, Drunk and Disorderly will be workshopped as part of an open rehearsal and performed at the ICA. This forms the last of four distinct parts, which includes Lost and Found (performed at the Tete a Tete Opera festival in London 2008), Hide and Seek, (performed at the The Foundling Museum 2009) and Sticks and Stones (performed at St George’s Church in Venice 2009).
The Foundling project was developed through collaborative performances with the composer Ian Dearden, the singer Linda Hirst, the trombone player Miguel Tantos and the cello player Oliver Coates, which took place at in the Foundling Museum and at live performances in Venice and London. The video works include texts by the writer Mel Gooding spoken by the actor Julian Bird. This performance includes Linda Hirst, Miguel Tantos, Oliver Coates and Danny Standing.
Aura Satz, Turntable Tableau, a film performance.
Aura Satz performs a talking book ventriloquist act, followed by a live soundtrack to her film on gramophone grooves. The hypnotic footage of spinning sound patterns is accompanied by a spiralling multivocal counterpart, a cornocupia of voices recounting a tale of mourning and technology, a forensic love-story of sorts in which the voices overlap, echo and pre-empt each other. The cinematic stage is animated by a voice-over carousel, a spinning tableau vivant, a canon of voices amplified by horns set on a rotating stage.
She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including FACT (Liverpool), Site Gallery (Sheffield), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy), De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea), the Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland), Whitechapel Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the AV festival (Newcastle) and the IV Bienal of Jafre in Spain. In 2008 she had solo shows at Beaconsfield Gallery and Artprojx Space, and her film Automamusic has since been screened by Artprojx at Tate Britain, Site Gallery and LOOP festival Barcelona.
Brian Catling, Mr Rapehead
Mr Rapehead is a new 30 minute work made for the ICA and extends his obsessive manipulation of the mysterious and enigmatic atmospheres by interrogating them with threats of violence and humour.
Brian Catling was born in London in 1948. He is a poet, sculptor and performance artist, who is currently working in video and live work. He has been commissioned to make solo installations and performances in many countries including; Spain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Holland, Norway, Germany, Greenland and Australia. His last solo show Antix at Matt’s Gallery drew much critical acclaim. He is the founder of the international performance group The Wolf In The Winter, whose most recent manifestation in the UK was at The South London Gallery. His video work moves between gallery installation and narrative films made in collaboration with Tony Grisoni. They also produce the no holds barred Cabaret Melancolique. He is Professor of fine art at the University of Oxford, and acting head of The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art.
12 noon - 7pm, Lower Gallery, Terry Smith The Foundling. Performance 4pm.
4pm - 5pm, Theatre, Artprojx curated screenings.
5pm, Theatre, Aura Satz Turntable Tableau
5.30pm - 6pm, Theatre, Artprojx curated screenings
6pm, Theatre, Brian Catling Unkneeling Eyes
6.30pm - 8pm, Theatre, Artprojx curated screenin.