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Ashlee Conery is a contemporary art curator living in London. Originally from Vancouver she has worked with Austrian, Canadian, French and Hungarian artists producing exhibitions in large and small galleries, institutions and off-spaces.

We do not speak but confine ourselves briefly to the surface

 (a dramaturgy of interiority)

june 22, 2016 |  ica london

Artists: Chantal Akerman, Sara Kathryn Arledge, Carys Briggs, Christina Chalmers, Susanna Davies-Crook, Lauren Godfrey, Natalie Häusler, Tamara Henderson, Quinn Latimer & Paolo Thoraten-Nagel, Laida Lerxtundi, Hanne Lippard, Laura Morrison, Rose O'Gallivan, Olga Pedan, Lisa Robertson, Katie Schwab and Nina Wakeford.

"Colour differs from substance. Is colour always lyric? We are not sure. It seems to consist of the detritus from natural history stuck into sentiment. For example, it is said that among humans, women are colourful. Nothing more needs to be said on this theme." Lisa Robertson, How to Colour, 2003

Titled after a quote from J.W. Goethe’s Theory of Colours, this is an evening programme exploring interiority as a collective experience and the affective potential of the surface. A live event that builds on the format of a film screening to create an arrangement situated between the theatre and the exhibition through an interlacing of films, objects, movement, singing and speaking. Reflecting back on the work of Betty Woodman, this evening aims to think through feminised expectations and the possibility of an event as a decorative object.

This conglomeration of disparate voices seeks to bring into focus modes of address and subject matters such as the decorative, the sentimental, the silly, the private, the irrational, the trivial or the talkative and unfold the ways in which vulnerability, intimacy, and unguarded emotion can act as biopolitical gestures that recuperate their historically diminished cultural value. A trans-generational dialogue creating possibilities for relating at a distance.

This event has been curated by ICA Student Forum members Letitia Calin and Ashlee Conery.

* J. W. Goethe, Theory of Colours. Cambridge, Mass., and London: MIT Press, 1982 in Lisa Robertson, ‘How to Colour’, Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture, 2003

With special thanks to RCA Feminist Society for their support.



6:00pm Doors Open

6:15pm Chantal Akerman, Saute Ma Ville (1968), 16mm transferred to digital, B&W, sound, 12 min 

6:28pm Lauren Godfrey, Giovanni Put Your Shoes On (2016), fold out table, fold-out screen, fold-out chairs, light & performance - part 1

6:34pm Christina Chalmers, At Harmony Range Fiasco (2016), reading, 12 min

6:45pm Laura Morrison, Mom Your Only Girl Is Sorry (2016), description, 10 min

7:01pm Hanne Lippard, Beige (2014) digital video, colour, sound, 7 min

7:09pm Natalie Häusler, “I can't stand it, this plant is aggressive.” (2016), reading, 10 min

7:20pm Sara Kathryn Arledge, Interior Garden (1978), 16mm, colour, sound, 7 min

7:30pm - 7:45 INTERVAL (15min)

7:46pm Quinn Latimer and Paolo Thorsten-Nagel, Some City (2014), HD video, colour, silent, 8 min

7:55pm Tamara Henderson, Sloshed Ballot & Anonymous Loan (2011), 16mm unto digital video 7 min

8:03pm Susanna Davies-York, Unconscious Coupling [an interior play for two] (2016), unrehearsed live distributed reading: script, two actors the artist has never met, listening and speaking 166 min voice recording on mp3 10 min

8:16pm Rose O’Gallivan, Waves Patricia, Waves Rosa, Sheena in exile (2016), reading, 12 min

8:27pm Nina Wakeford, Forget-Us-Not (2016), performance with 16mm film, b&w, silent, 8 min

8:35pm Lauren Godfrey, Giovanni Put Your Shoes On (2016), fold out table, fold-out screen, fold-out chairs, light & performance - part 2

8:44pm Laida Lerxundi, A Lax Riddle Unit (2011), 16mm, colour, sound, 6 min

8:50pm End