LIFT

LIFT
The Mall
London
Greater London
SW1Y 5AH
England

Website

www.liftfestival.com/

E-mail

info@liftfestival.com

Telephone

020 7968 6800

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LIFT travels the world to bring global stories to London, transforming this city to stage, presenting unique cultural experiences and sharing the stories of the world with the culturally curious.

Venue Type:

Festivals

Opening hours

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Admission charges

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Temporary collections are displayed throughout the year in three gallery spaces and public areas of the ICA.

A wide range of films are shown daily on two cinema screens.

Regular live performances, music events and clubnights take place in the Theatre and Bar.

An exciting range of talks, debates and discussions on everything from science to politics features on the monthly programme.

Interactive exhibitions, chatrooms, digital art, all in the New Media Centre.

Plus: education programme, private hires, Crporate hospitality, Bookshop, Bar and Cafe.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Annual Becks Futures art prize
  • Recent exhibtions include work by Mike Nelson, M/M, Philippe Parreno, Francois Roche, Pierre Huyghe, L.A. Raeven & Annika Larsson, de Rijke / de Rooij, Fergus Greer, Richard Kern and Lothar Hempel.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Still from a moving image showing a woman with green streaks across her face

Hito Steyerl

  • 5 March — 27 April 2014 *on now

The ICA is the first public institution to present a selected survey of recent work by Berlin-based artist and writer Hito Steyerl, recognising one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today.

Steyerl is a Berlin-based filmmaker and writer. Her work focuses on contemporary issues such as feminism, militarisation as well as the mass proliferation and dissemination of images and knowledge brought on by digital technologies.

Steyerl also often infuses her work with personal narratives using found and new footage to create humorous, filmic collages that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction, whilst other films take the form of interviews or performance lectures. In doing so, her work challenges and questions our own accepted sources of knowledge and information.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/hito-steyerl

Blakc text on white background reading Old Flames are Dead Matches with three men's head and shoulders in profile

David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality of Dreams

  • 16 April — 15 June 2014 *on now

The ICA brings together a selection of paintings by London-based poet and painter David Robilliard in the first UK institutional exhibition for over twenty years. Born in 1952 on the Channel Island of Guernsey, Robilliard moved to London in 1976 to pursue his interest in art.

He met artistic duo Gilbert & George in 1979 and became good friends with them. Later he modelled for them and appeared in the film The World of Gilbert & George (1981). Robilliard was described by Gilbert & George as ‘the new master of the modern person’.

Robilliard had no formal training. He was gay and regularly frequented the clubs and bars associated with London’s underground scene until his death as a result of AIDS in 1988.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/david-robilliard-yes-no-quality-dreams

Abstract installation of strips of wood formed in waves against a concrete background

Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe

  • 16 April — 15 June 2014 *on now

The ICA presents the 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/tauba-auerbach-new-ambidextrous-universe

Exterior shot of the Institute of Contemporary Art, a neo-classical style building, at night

Neil Beloufa

  • 17 September — 16 November 2014

Coinciding with Frieze 2014, Neil Beloufa will take over the Lower Gallery and Theatre spaces to show a selection of installations in combination with a series of moving image works, which explore the blurring of narrative, make-believe and truth that underpin the representation of real-world events.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

Exterior shot of the Institute of Contemporary Art, a neo-classical style building, at night

Beware Wet Paint

  • 22 September — 9 November 2014

Beware Wet Paint will bring together around 10 contemporary painters from across the world to propose a new path for painting. The inspiration for Beware Wet Paint, the title itself taken from a quote by Duchamp, was the ICA’s collaboration with Thames & Hudson for the publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow, which will be published around the time of the exhibition.

Beware Wet Paint which brings together 10 contemporary painters from across the world who “propose a new path for painting”.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Notebook by Forced Entertainment

The Notebook (part of the After a War series in LIFT 2014)

  • 24 — 25 June 2014 From 7:30pm
  • 26 June 2014 From 2pm

Based on the award-winning 1986 novel by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof, The Notebook tells the story of twin brothers evacuated to the countryside during WWII. Though strange and dysfunctional, the narrators are slowly revealed as struggling moralists, trying to live by consistent principles in a central Europe that is unravelling in the conflict, and a world given over to vice, cruelty and opportunism.
Kristof’s bold, crisp, reduced language is the basis for a compelling performance, as Forced
Entertainment’s Richard Lowdonn and Robin Arthur stand side by side on stage to tell their story.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Council Chamber, Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre,
Lavender Hill,
Battersea,
London SW11 5TN
London
SW11 5TN
England

Admission

Adults: £15, Concessions £12
Multi-buy deal: with After a War Friday Day Ticket - £30; with After a War Saturday/ Sunday Day Ticket - £35
(Bookings: liftfestival.com)

The Great War by Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer

The Great War (part of the After a War series in LIFT 2014)

  • 24 — 26 June 2014

Using live animation and a miniature film set, Hotel Modern attempt to retell the story of the soldiers in WWI and make their experiences tangible. The audience is witness to the reconstruction of the Western Front on a tiny scale, using soil, parsley and rusty nails. A Foley artist provides the soundtrack to the film: a rap on the table sounds like a hand grenade exploding, the striking of a match is mustard gas being released.

The Great War deftly reminds us of the horror of war and begins LIFT’s After a War programme.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre, QEH
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
London
United Kingdom
SE1 8XX

Admission

Adults £ 22.50, Concession £11.25

Website

http://liftfestival.com/content/32176/lift_2014/the_great_war/the_great_war_br_2426_june__hotel_modern__arthur_sauer_nl_

The year I was born by Lola Arias

El año en que nací / The year I was born (part of the After a War series in LIFT 2014)

  • 24 — 26 June 2014

Like stunt doubles, the actors re-create their parents’ lives with photographs, letters, cassettes, old clothing, anecdotes and elusive recollections.

Playful and political, The year I was born gives a highly personal insight into the impact of a parent’s actions. Two generations face one another in a reckoning of both the joy of childhood and the dark secrets from a bloody moment in history.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Languages

  • Spanish with English surtitles

Where

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Southbank Centre, Purcell Room
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
London
SE1 8XX
England

Admission

Adults £22.50, Concession £11.25

Website

http://www.liftfestival.com/content/32178/lift_2014/the_year_i_was_born/the_year_i_was_born_br2426__june__lola_arias_argentina__chile

After a War by LIFT

After a War (part of the After a War series in LIFT 2014)

  • 27 June 2014 From 6pm
  • 28 — 29 June 2014 From 1pm

LIFT 2014 culminates in this three-day takeover at Battersea Arts Centre. Programme includes:

Stan’s Cafe (UK) will use several thousand dominoes to demonstrate the impact of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination; Lucien Bourjeily (Lebanon) will invite you to draw out new maps of the Middle East; Lola Arias (Argentina) meets veterans of the Falklands war; and Vlatka Horvat (Croatia), in collaboration with seven other artists, will replay the history of Yugoslavia.

For full details of the programme visit the LIFT website.

Where

Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre,
Lavender Hill, Battersea,
London
SW11 5TN
London
SW11 5TN
England

Admission

Friday day ticket: £20; Saturday/ Sunday day ticket: £25

Multi-buy deal:
Friday day ticket with 'The Notebook' - £30
Saturday/ Sunday day ticket with 'The Notebook' - £35;
Friday day ticket with 'A Dream Turns Sour' - £35
Saturday/ Sunday day ticket with 'A Dream Turns Sour' - £40

(Bookings: liftfestival.com)

Website

http://www.liftfestival.com/content/32184/lift_2014/after_a_war/after_a_war_br2729_june

A Dream Turns Sour by the Tiger Lillies

A Dream Turns Sour – The Tiger Lillies (part of the After a War series in LIFT 2014)

  • 28 — 29 June 2014 From 8pm

Operating within their own eccentric definitions, The Tiger Lillies are recognised as one of the foremost avant-garde bands in the world and the Godfathers of alternative cabaret. For this new performance, they are transforming British first world war poetry— by the likes of Arthur West, John McCrae, Noel Hodgson and Wilfred Owen — into a haunting, angry, lyrical set of songs. Expect a startling mixture of opera, Gypsy song, Left-Bank Paris and black humour in a spectacular musical finale to After a War.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Grand Hall, Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill, Battersea,
London
SW11 5TN
London
SW11 5TN
England

Admission

£18
Multi-buy deal:
For After a War Friday Day Ticket- £35;
For After a War Saturday/ Sunday Day Ticket - £40

Website

http://www.liftfestival.com/content/32182/lift_2014/a_dream_turns_sour/a_dream_turns_sour_br2829_june__the_tiger_lillies_uk

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