LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images May 24 – 27 2012

The inaugural LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images is a four-day celebration of contemporary artists’ moving image launched by LUX and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. It is the only biennial of its kind dedicated to artists’ moving image in the UK; consisting of screenings, unique expanded cinema events and performance commissions, and a series of talks and panel discussions encompassing a wide-ranging and diverse perspective on contemporary moving image practice.

The LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images features a series of guest-curated programmes that together offer a critical survey of current artist moving image work. Leading international curators and artists, including Rosa Barba,Thomas Beard & Ed Halter (Light Industry), Yann Chateigné Tytelman,Michelle Cotton, Elena FilipovicShanay Jhaveri, Martha Kirszenbaum, and Ben Rivers, as well as two curators selected from a curatorial open call,Carmen Billows and Shama Khanna, have each selected a programme of moving image works that offer their own unique perspectives on contemporary practice. The screening series includes a profile on American experimental filmmaker Luther Price, and features works by Kenneth Anger, Michel Auder, Neïl Beloufa, Spartacus ChetwyndTony & Beverly Conrad, Cyprien Gaillard,George KucharAgnieszka Polska, Emily RoysdonJosephine Meckseper,Rosalind Nashashibi & Lucy SkaerShahryar Nashat,Paul SharitsLeslie Thornton,Harald Thys & Jos de Gruyter, and Jennifer West, among many others. Each screening will be followed by an in-depth Q&A with the screening curator.

A revival of Little Stabs at Happiness, the music and film club presented by Mark Webber at the ICA from 1997 to 2000 launches the biennial on Thursday 24 May, and includes a rare screening of Roberto Rossellini’s The Machine that Kills Bad People (La Macchina ammazzacattivi) followed by music from Little Stabs DJs.

The biennial hosts a high-profile series of chaired panel discussions, in association with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), exploring current issues in contemporary artists’ moving image practice, such as ‘Cinema as Art’ and ‘Artists’ Long-form Filmmaking’. Our panel chairs include Bridget Crone, Maeve Connolly, May Adadol Ingawanij, and Stuart Comer.

In addition to the talks programme, the students of the LUX/Central Saint-Martins MRes Art: Moving Image course will co-produce a two-day Student Symposium for UK-based MA and PhD students to present their research into ideas around ‘On Failure’ and ‘Contemporary Currents’ within artists’ moving image practice, with keynote lectures from Jan Verwoert and Maeve Connolly.

Three nights of live performance, co-produced by Bridget Crone / Plenty Projects in association with Picture This, Electra, and Tramway, will feature new expanded cinema events and performances by artists including Claire HooperSophie Macpherson & Clare StephensonShelly NadashiGail PickeringJimmy RobertCorin Sworn & Charlotte Prodger, and Cara Tolmie as well as a collaborative project by Ed AtkinsGareth Bell-JonesGil Leung, and James Richards.

Running parallel to the biennial, a 5-day Artists’ School led by Ian White and a 2-day Curating Course led by George Clark will facilitate discussion and debate through a dynamic programme of seminars and discussions featuring curators and artists contributing to the biennial.

A Live Journal, edited by Isla Leaver-Yap, will feature commentary, analysis, and up-to-the-minute reportage on the biennial. The site will post previews and responses to screenings and performances, upload video interviews with participating filmmakers, offer live streams to talks and events, and generate live updates from the biennial as it unfolds. The Live Journal’s writers-in-residence, selected from an open call, are Amy Budd, Thomas Morgan Evans, and Jonathan P Watts.

The LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

With additional thanks to Central St Martins, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Edwin Fox Foundation, and UK Film Council. 

-JO