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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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 11pm.

Exhibitions are open 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm.

Admission charges

Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1. Day Membership includes access to art exhibitions and displays, as well as use of facilities such as the café bar and free wifi.

Collection details

Fine Art, Photography, Film and Media

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
poster for cybernetic serendipity poster

Cybernetic Serendipity

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entrance with Day Membership (£1.00)

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.
Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?

Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?

  • Until 5 October 2014 *on now
  • From 2 September 2014

Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? is an exhibition that looks at the history of Arab pop culture through printed matter – posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers, as well as through film and video. The inspiration behind this display began with the archive of Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh - a prolific collector whose underground treasure trove located in Beirut holds one of the vastest collections of Arab film memorabilia, from rare Arab film posters to cultural magazines published from the 1930s to the present day.

Beware Wet Paint

Beware Wet Paint

  • Until 16 November 2014 *on now
  • From 24 September 2014

A collaboration between the ICA and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Beware Wet Paint is a group show of individual paintings by artists for whom painting forms a single strand within a multidisciplinary practice.

The exhibition features Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito, David Ostrowski, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena and Christopher Wool - the latter seen here as a precursor to a more recent generation of artists.

Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People

Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People

  • Until 16 November 2014 *on now
  • From 24 September 2014

In this first UK institutional exhibition of Neïl Beloufa’s work, the ICA show a selection of his latest works on film alongside recent sculptural works across the Lower Gallery and Theatre. These explore the representation of digital information systems and the often conflicting desires for openly available information within mass media. They are exhibited in specifically designed architectural installations where certain aspects of the images are able to be manipulated and fragmented throughout layers of screens within space.

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