December 19th, 2008

“Dispersion” at ICA London

Seth Price - Digital Video Effect: "Editions”, 2006, 12 minutes, unlimited edition DVD, Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Artists: Henrik Olesen, Hito Steyerl, Seth Price, Anne Collier, Hilary Lloyd, Maria Eichhorn and Mark Leckey

Venue: ICA, London

Exhibition Title: Dispersion

Date: December 3, 2008 – February 1, 2009

Maria Eichhorn - Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices (1999-2008), Still from Eyes, Installation shot at ICA, 2008, Photograph Steve White

Henrik Olesen - Detail from some gay-lesbian artists and/or artists relevant to homo-social culture V,VI,VII, 2007, collage, computer printouts on wooden board, Installation shot at the ICA, Courtesy Collection of Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner, New York, Photograph Steve White

Anne Collier - Folded Madonna Poster (Steven Meisel), 2007, C-print, framed, Courtesy: The Artist & Corvi-Mora, London

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy ICA London.

Press Release:

Dispersion presents seven international artists who work with photography, film, video and performance. All of these artists explore the appropriation and circulation of images in contemporary society, examining the role of money, desire and power in our accelerated image economy – from the art market to the internet and art historical icons to pornography.

The works in Dispersion often take the form of archives, histories or collections, sometimes adopting an anthropological approach. In many cases, they are characterised by an interest in feminism and gender politics in the realm of sexuality and sub-culture. All the works however are informed by personal or idiosyncratic narratives, exploring the role of subjectivity in the contemporary flow of imagery and capital.

The title Dispersion is drawn from an essay written by participating artist Seth Price, which reflects on the role of ‘distributed media’ in avant-garde practice, from Duchamp to Conceptual Art. The exhibition has been curated for the ICA by Polly Staple, the recently appointed director of the Chisenhale, London and includes six gallery-based presentations as well as a special performance in the ICA Theatre.

Link: “Dispersion” at ICA London

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