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Julie Becker: I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent at ICA until 12 August 2018

I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent is the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of the late Julie Becker (1972–2016). 💷 💷 💷

Embedded in the psychological, cinematic and material geographies of Los Angeles, her home city, Becker produced a legendary, yet underrepresented body of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and video. These works speak to the language and mythology of the late 20th century American Dream turned nightmare, drawing from sources as diverse as Stephen King’s The Shining, Disney’s fantasy The Gnome-Mobile, Kay Thompson’s children’s books Eloise and suburban stoner myths espousing the karmic convergence between The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Within Becker’s drawings and videos of dreamlike scenarios, and architectural spaces realised at actual scale or as models, such shared cultural references collide with an idiosyncratic, and at times, dark aura of childish wonder and projection. Becker once stated, ‘A refrigerator box, in American cities, can be the last refuge of the homeless. They’re also temporary places for children to play in.’ In her work, interior spaces appear psychically charged and provisional, conjuring sites for potential refuge and fantastical escape.

Becker reflected on her own living circumstances while constructing altered narratives around other real and fictional lives. Works such as the installation Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest (1993–1996) and the open-ended series Whole, reflect the artist’s direct experiences of spaces of precarity, such as a single room occupancy hotel or a dilapidated building caught in the flux of real estate speculation. According to writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus, Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest combines, ‘a Balzacian zeal to excavate urban archaeology through fiction, and a very post-modern willingness to acknowledge the strange penetrations and crossed subjectivities that occurred in the body and mind of the [artist] herself.’ In Whole, Becker channelled the lingering presence of her Echo Park building’s former inhabitant, who had passed away from an AIDS related illness. This multifaceted project of drawings, sculpture, photographs and video moves between an imagined life and the very real spectre of imminent gentrification and displacement.

Throughout her work, Becker navigated the formations of truth, fiction and myth in both the material and symbolic realm. Considering the present historical moment, where a real estate mogul-cum-reality TV celebrity occupies the position of ‘leader of the free world’, Becker’s singular aesthetic visions unerringly articulate the fantasies and dispossessions underpinning the social imaginary of late-capitalism.


Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday 12pm – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am

£1 includes a day membership

Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at ICA until 6 May 2018

A survey exhibition of the independent research agency dedicated to the pursuit of public accountability through scientific and aesthetic means. 🔍

Counter Investigations is a survey exhibition of the work of Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.

‘Forensic Architecture’ is not only the name of the agency but a form of investigative practice that traverses architectural, journalistic, legal and political fields, and moves from theoretical examination to practical application.

In recent years Forensic Architecture has undertaken a series of investigations internationally into state crimes and human rights violations, spanning events within war zones and instances of politically and racially motivated violence and killing outside of military conflict. These investigations have led to the contestation of accounts of events given by state authorities, affecting legal and human rights processes, giving rise to citizen tribunals and truth commissions, military, parliamentary and UN inquiries.

The work of the agency has responded to the widespread increase in availability of digital recording equipment, satellite imaging and remote sensing technology, alongside platforms for data sharing. While such developments have contributed to the complexity of forms of conflict and control, they have also enabled new means of monitoring. Grounded in the use of architecture as an ‘analytic device’, Forensic Architecture’s investigations employ spatial and material analysis, mapping and reconstruction, and extend outwards to overlay elements of witness testimony and the cumulative forms of visual documentation enabled by contemporary media.

Counter Investigations presents a selection of recent and new investigations by Forensic Architecture. These address cases including the racist murder of a man in Kassel, Germany by a member of a far-right group, and instances of deferred responsibility by state agencies that have contributed to the deaths of migrants at sea in the Mediterranean. As historically contextualised interrogations of contemporary social and political processes, these investigations put forward a form of ‘counter-forensics’. They serve as sites for the pursuit of public accountability through scientific and aesthetic means, in opposition to the monopolisation of narratives around events by state agencies.
The individual investigations presented function as anchors for public events, workshops and discussions, with the exhibition as the physical infrastructure for the curriculum of a short course in forensic architecture.


ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Mon closed
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm

£1 day membership, read more

? Detroit: Techno City @ ICA / until 25th September 2016


Closed on Mondays
11am – 6pm (Thursday 11am – 9pm)

@ ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1 day membership


A studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music. This term, coined in the 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments in merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre has its origins in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills).

It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (10 Records, 1988). Using inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909, DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed this seminal music genre.

Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe. This success established Detroit Techno as a new strand of music which absorbed European tastes and influences. This introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin.

The display concludes with a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992). Their collective ambition was to challenge the commercial mainstream entertainment industry and re-establish Detroit techno music’s authenticity with an emphasis on the city as a source of inspiration.

To accompany the exhibition the ICA presents a season of online programmes featuring Detroit artists from the past and present on NTS Radio.

fig-2 @ ICA / until 20th December 2015


Tuesday to Sunday 11am–11pm
Exhibitions 11am–6pm (Thu 11am–9pm)

@ ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1


50 projects over 50 weeks in the ICA Studio, in association with Outset.

Openings every Monday from 6-8pm throughout 2015.

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.

DocHouse July Programme @ Several Locations / Throughout July 2014

Monday 21st July
The Galapagos Affair: Satan came to Eden
A fascinating documentary about a handful of Europeans who couldn’t get along when they separately settled on one of the tiny uninhabited islands in the Pacific West of South America in the early 1930s.
Riverside Studios / 19:30 / £9.50 (£8.50 concessions) Book Tickets

Thursday 24th July
Director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal return with this gripping mystery. The body of an immigrant is found in Arizona’s ‘Corridor of Death’, the words Dayani Cristal tattooed across his chest are the only clue to his identity.
Rich Mix Cinema / 20.00 / £7 (£5 concessions) Book Tickets

Thursday 31st July
It’s a long, hot summer in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, the site of the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee. Through a series of intimate portraits we are introduced to the young heart of Native America – a generation ghettoised from society and severed from its roots.
ICA / 18:30 / £10 (£8 concessions) Book Tickets (Not available yet) keep eye on website

Screening: Watchers of the Sky @ ICA / Thursday 26th June 2014


Screening: 18:30

@ ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: £7-£10


Watchers Of The Sky interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin – the man who created the word “genocide,” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, Watchers Of The Sky takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. Informed London talks to Director Edet Belzberg about the film.

1. What inspired you to create such a thought provoking film based around the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin?

When I read Samantha Power’s book, “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” I was immediately struck by Raphael Lemkin’s story. I knew I had to find a way to make a film about him.

2. What is it about genocide and the cycle of violence, which made you want to create the documentary?

It was less that I wanted to make a film about genocide and more that I wanted to tell Raphael Lemkin’s story. And, in telling Lemkin’s story, and the stories of people who continue his work today, I found myself not only looking at genocide but also at what happens around genocides. Examining the cycle of violence and also the refugee crisis that follow.

3. What is a Watcher of the Sky?

We have a definition on our website, which we use as part of our educational outreach work, that you can check out. But better yet is going to see the film – there is a powerful moment at the end of the film when the title becomes clear.

4. What initiated the idea of adding striking monochrome ink/watercolour animation to the film?

There are very few photographs of Raphael Lemkin, and even less footage, so our use of animation came out of the struggle to get audiences to connect emotionally with him. He was a writer, but also a doodler, and a poet, so it felt appropriate to bring him to life in this way.

5. How did you come about choosing the four remarkable stories for the film?

Finding the main characters, and through them the stories that are woven together to make up the film, happened naturally. One person lead me to the next, and each in turn brought something unique and interesting to the film as a whole.

6. Lots of research that has gone into the making. How long did it take to make the entire film?

From start to finish I would say that the film took a little over ten years, although I worked on other projects during that time too. What was hard was finding the right moment to stop – the sad reality is that these stories are all ongoing. You can pick up a newspaper on any day and realize that the story of the film hasn’t ended.

7. What was the most challenging aspect of directing the film?

Interweaving the film’s different threads was a big challenge – there are multiple characters and stories, as well as archival footage, stills, animation, original cinema verite footage and more traditional interviews. It wasn’t easy!

8. You are renowned for creating ‘graceful and insightful films’. How did you manage to capture this in Watchers of the Sky?

If we managed to do this it is because of the great team working with me – I had the privilege of collaborating with some fantastic cinematographers, editors and animators.

9. What would you want the audience to take away from the film?

I hope audiences walk away with a sense of hope. Even though we have many challenges ahead of us, if someone like Ben Ferencz can – at 94 years old – keep working to make the world a better place, we must too.

10. What can we expect for future work and projects?

I’m working on a number of projects – so stay tuned!

Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe @ ICA / until 15th June 2014

Tauba Auerbach - The New Ambidextrous Universe at ICATIME AND PLACE:

Tue-Sun 11:00-23:00 Thu until 21:00

@ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry: with £1 day membership


First solo exhibition in the UK by San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach, who works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting, weaving and book design. Auerbach takes a highly innovative approach to mechanical processes and colour.

Her ICA show features newly created sculptures and photographs which take as their starting point the scientific principles of symmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe.

Hito Steyerl @ ICA / until 27th April 2014

How Not To Be Seen A Fucking Didactic Educational Mov File Hito SteyerlTIME AND PLACE:

Tue-Sun 11:00-18:00
Thu 11:00-21:00

@ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: £1 day pass


Berlin-based artist and writer Hito Steyerl is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today. Steyerl’s work focuses on contemporary issues such as feminism and militarisation, as well as the mass proliferation and dissemination of images and knowledge brought on by digital technologies.

This exhibition offers a selected survey of Steyerl’s work. Presented are five videos, each installed in a distinct manner. The first film encountered is titled Liquidity Inc. (2014). This new work looks at a financial advisor called Jacob Wood who lost his job during the last financial crisis, and who then embarked on a career in mixed martial arts. How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013) mocks an instructional film on the idea of becoming invisible in the digital world. Finally, her video Guards (2012) deals with museum officers with a background as law enforcement officers or military personnel. Two recorded lecture performances – I Dreamed a Dream and Is the Museum a Battlefield – filmed live in 2013 at the 13th Istanbul Biennial and Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin respectively are presented here in the exhibition.

The 7th Annual Korean Film Festival @ Various Cinemas / 1st November – 10th November 2012


Various venues and screening times

Tickets and booking information available here


Please note that the 7th Annual Korean Film Festival closes in London on 10th November 2012 in order to tour to Bristol, Glasgow and Bournemouth.

The Opening Night Gala on 1st November at Odeon West End, kicks off with the European premiere of the Korean box office ‘heist’ smash hit, The ThievesDirector Choi Dong-hoon and lead actor Kim Yoon-suk (who starred in the cult hit, The Yellow Sea) will join the premiere and take part in a Director’s Q&A after the screening, all of which will be followed by a Gala Reception.

The festival closes with another box office hit, the European premiere of historical drama Masquerade on 10th November Odeon West End, followed by a Q&A with lead actor Lee Byunghun (star of I Saw The Devil), who is currently in London shooting Red 2 with Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins.

The Gala screenings bookend highlights including:

K-Pop: After last year’s LKFF’s sold out opening concert, ‘SHINee In London’, and with ‘Gangnam Style’ taking the nation by storm, the UK has clearly embraced Kpop. This year LKFF is proud to present films that detail the blood, sweat and tears that go into such a popular phenomenon.

K-Art House: The Weight is a darkly surreal film about a hunchback mortician and his transgender brother that won the Queer Lion prize at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

K-AnimationThe King of Pigs is the acclaimed animation that screened at Cannes Director’s Fortnight; it tells a dark tale of a group of kids reign of terror in high school.

For a detailed schedule please visit this page.

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Kevin Macdonald presents ‘Marley’ @ ICA / Tuesday 24th Apr – Thursday 3rd May 2012


Screening times:

12 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AH‎

Entry: £6 (Tuesdays)
£10 (Wednesday – Sunday)
£8 concessions / £7 ICA Members


In the documentary Marley, Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, asks why Bob Marley and his music connect with so many people around the world, and how his philosophy continues to resonate.

Coming out of nowhere and disproving the stereotype that all reggae musicians are laid-back and easy-going though his ambition and hard work, the music, life and philosophy of the late great Robert Nesta Marley OM was shaped and influenced by the political climate of Jamaica. His writings in turn affected the Jamaican politics of the day.

Marley’s music grew out of severe and constant economic impoverishment as well as political discontent with the government and its policies. Dreaming of Che Guevara and the Black Panthers, he was a freedom-fighter himself who became an international symbol of the dispossessed.

‘Marley’ also marks the first time ever that Bob Marley’s family has authorized the use of their own private archives of music, photographs and film.

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