Bruce Nauman Days
19 June–16 September 2012
The ICA is proud to present the UK premiere of Bruce Nauman's
Days—a sound installation consisting of a continuous stream of
seven voices reciting the days of the week in random order. Days
invokes both the banality and the profundity of the passing of each day and
invites reflection on how we measure, differentiate, and commemorate
Bruce Nauman's work continues to test rational
systems of language, spatial and bodily encounters, duration, and
psychology through constructed environments. His pioneering work spans over
five decades and encompasses a wide spectrum of media.
19 June–16 September 2012
conjunction with Bruce Nauman's Days the ICA has invited over one
hundred international artists, selected by the ICA and art institutions
worldwide, to submit sound files taking their stimulus from the themes
evoked in Days. The project, entitled SOUNDWORKS, aims to
take a broader look at the range of work being produced in audio arts today
and embraces the ephemeral and peripatetic nature of sound through the
creation of an online platform that doubles as a virtual exhibition space.
The project includes a wide range of audible approaches by artists who have
been working with the medium for many years, as well as artists taking
their first venture into sonic art.
The submitted audio works
will be accessible on the dedicated SOUNDWORKS microsite at www.ica.org.uk/soundworks
as well as in the ICA galleries.
Days and SOUNDWORKS will be accompanied by an events
programme comprised of talks, screenings, and performances.
July: The Trouble with Sound Art
A panel discussion on the
labelling of 'Sound Art' with Steven Claydon, Ruth Ewan, David Toop, and
14 July: Performance by Noise=Noise
A late night performance by Noise=Noise.
August: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Andy Holden and David
Raymond Conroy present Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David
5 September: I am here with…Audio
Audio Arts founder William Furlong will talk about the audio
cassette-magazine Audio Arts.
11 September: Gavin
Bryars in Conversation
Gavin Bryars will discuss his work in
relation to the development of sound arts.
September: BRRRRR BRRR BRRRR and MMMMMMMMMMMM
The sound season
will culminate in a weekend exploring the sound contributions that were
produced as part of SOUNDWORKS, including presentations by ICA
Artist in Residence and Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler, who will be
producing a piece in response to the ICA Archive, and Factory Floor with
Artists' Film Club
forthcoming editions of the Artists Film Club will focus on sound-related
works during this period, and include screenings by Moyra Davey, William E.
Jones, Owen Land, and more.
The ICA wishes to thank partners
BMW, Sedition, and Wallpaper as well as the support of PRS for Music
Foundation, Jawbone, and the Arts Council England.
Nauman's Days is presented at the ICA on loan from Emanuel Hoffmann
Foundation, gift of the President, on permanent loan to Öffentliche
Kunstsammlung Basel, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Committee on
Painting and Sculpture Funds, gift of The Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Agnes
Gund, The Hess Foundation, Michael Ovitz, Jerry I. Speyer,
Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, Donald B. Marron, and
The Jill and Peter Kraus Contemporary Acquisition Fund.
complete list of artists and partnering institutions please visit the
SOUNDWORKS website: www.ica.org.uk/soundworks.
3 July–9 September
addition to these projects, the ICA presents the first London solo
exhibition by Warsaw-based artist Piotr Janas in the Upper Galleries. Janas
offers amoebic forms recalling organs, bodily fluids, and various body
parts that contrast with hard-edged machine-like mechanisms. Mixing the
imagery of Constructivism, Francis Bacon, and Paul Thek, these dark
invocations are ultimately indebted to the language of surrealism.
With thanks to the Polish Cultural Institute and Foksal Gallery
Image above: Sarah Boris.