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The ICA supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors.
Founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others. The ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experimentation since its formation and has presented important debut solo shows by artists including Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Richard Prince and Luc Tuymans. More recently Pablo Bronstein, Lis Rhodes, Bjarne Melgaard and Juergen Teller have all staged key solo exhibitions, whilst a new generation of artists, including Luke Fowler, Lucky PDF, Hannah Sawtell and Factory Floor have taken part in exhibitions and residencies.
The ICA was one of the first venues to present The Clash and The Smiths, as well as bands such as Throbbing Gristle. The inaugural ICA / LUX Biennial of Moving Images was launched in 2012, and the ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists' film, support independent releases and partner with leading film festivals.
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- 14 October — 30 November 2014
‘Where in London could you take a hippy, a computer programmer, a ten-year-old schoolboy and guarantee that each would be perfectly happy for an hour without you having to lift a finger to entertain them?’ 2nd August 1968, Evening Standard
Cybernetic Serendipity, the landmark exhibition curated by Jasia Reichardt in 1968 is to be celebrated in the Fox Reading Room through a new presentation of rare installation photographs, press reviews, invitation cards and printed material such as the catalogue.
Garnering the attention of the national and international press at the time, Cybernetic Serendipity was the first international exhibition in the UK devoted to the relationship between the creative arts and new technology. This groundbreaking exhibition, designed by Franciszka Themerson, presented the work of over 130 participants including composers, engineers, artists, mathematicians and poets with no distinction made between these disciplines. The exhibition ran from 2 August - 20 October 1968 and welcomed nearly 60,000 visitors.
Its aim was to present an area of activity which manifested artists' involvement with science, and scientists' involvement with the arts; in particular to show the links between the random systems employed by artists, composers and poets, and those involved with the making and the use of cybernetic devices. Befitting the time, Cybernetic Serendipity dealt with possibilities rather than achievements, especially since in 1968 computers had not yet revolutionized music, art, or poetry, in the same way that they had revolutionized science. Nearly 50 years later, at a time when our relationship with computers permeates across every aspect of contemporary visual culture, this exhibition offers a thorough documentation of Cybernetic Serendipity to highlight its impact and continued relevance today. The ICA continues to explore the relationship between art and technology through the events programme.
Curated by Jasia Reichhart with the ICA.
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