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fig-2, a ground-breaking project curated by Fatos Üstek, presents 50 projects over 50 weeks at the ICA Studio, London in association with Outset.
fig-2’s format utilises change as a constant. fig-2’s structure of fifty successive exhibitions realised on a weekly basis operates as a catalyst to manifest the aesthetic and critical currency of our times. Through a mode of knowledge accumulation, the body of fig-2's multiplicity of experiences and encounters provide a fertile ground for productive discourse and reflection upon artistic input whilst emphasising a trans-disciplinary attitude and deep audience engagement.
fig-2 is intended as a sequence with varying density and content, providing engagement that either interrogates more deeply or elucidates a relationship to the other concepts with equal complexity. fig-2 will accumulate a multiplicity of experiences and encounters in its body through providing production ground for discourse, and reflection ground for artistic input with a trans-disciplinary attitude, and emphasis on engaging a wide range of audience. Positioning the art object as an object of encounter, as opposed to an object of recognition, the year will cultivate uncertainty and conscious incompleteness through each and every project that is driven by the radical imagination of artists, writers, dancers, architects, and designers.
fig-2 is a revival of fig-1, which was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000. Run from an independent space, fig-1situated itself between museum, gallery and artist’ studio, maintaining freedom from institutional and commercial obligations. Bold and experimental by nature, each project was programmed only a few weeks in advance, so as to remain flexible and responsive, including projects by Jeremy Deller, Richard Hamilton, Runa Islam, Oliver Payne + Nick Relph, Will Self, Patti Smith, Caruso St. John, Philip Treacy, among others.
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