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Image Behaviour
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Image Behaviour, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, returns in late 2021 with a programme that addresses significant shifts in moving image practices – exploring and supporting artists engaged in new approaches to art-making and presentation in the wake of a global pandemic.

The 2021 edition of Image Behaviour brings together new commissions and recent works, both single-screen and multi-screen projections, with a series of one-off live performances and events in the ICA Theatre and an online programme on a parallel digital platform.

The ICA has this year joined forces with Dr. Martens to support the creation of seven new commissions for Image Behaviour through production grants to emerging UK-based artists worth £60,000, awarded through a nationwide open call – the first time such grants have been awarded. Applications are open until 30 March 2021, and eligible artists can apply online here.

Image Behaviour stakes out the need for new modes of engagement, presentation and discourse, encompassing the perceptual, technological and social possibilities that artists’ moving image brings to bear in 2021. Exploring the evolving role of moving image in the visual arts and its wider role within visual culture, the artists included in the programme are at the forefront of the medium in our generation-defining times.

Alongside the screenings at the ICA and the parallel programme of online streams, a major symposium and seminar series will discuss, explore and develop the theoretical, social and political impulses of moving image making, embracing the value of dialogue as a progressive tool in the development of artists, institutions and audiences.

Artists working with film and moving image have long been central to the vision of the ICA, which has previously presented everything from landmark pieces by the likes of Derek Jarman, Steve McQueen and Mathew Barney to more recent cross-disciplinary work from artists such as James Richards and Metahaven. Now held annually, Image Behaviour continues the ICA’s significant commitment to supporting artists whose work in moving image navigates the space between the cinema and the gallery.
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17 February – 30 March 2021
Open Call: Image Behaviour
ICA and Dr. Martens have established a unique series of artists’ moving image production grants enabling UK-based emerging artists to make new work for inclusion in Image Behaviour 2021.

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 7pm
Image Behaviour Application Surgery
Get a closer look at the Image Behaviour Open Call and the chance to ask questions about the application process.

Image Behaviour 2019
View the archive of the first edition, dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, considering the intersectional, cross-disciplinary possibilities of the medium.