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Saturday 11 April 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
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James Baldwin is interviewed by Nikki Giovanni in this two-part presentation of the PBS television series SOUL!, taped in London in November 1971. Their wide-ranging, thoughtful, provocative and at times difficult conversation touches on race, gender, freedom, justice, love and what it means to be a human being.
Nydia Swaby

A new film by London-based artist Linda Stupart pairs performances made in the Arctic with degraded film. Much of Stupart’s practice explores mutation and abjection; this work ponders over the release of long-frozen viruses from the now-melting glacial ice, upholding that traumatised and outsider bodies are uniquely positioned to comprehend climate change. Linda’s novella Virus was central to the ICA exhibition I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker and, alongside artist Carl Gent, they co-wrote and performed All Us Girls Have Been Dead For So Long, commissioned for the ICA Theatre in 2019.
Rosalie Doubal

Peter Watkins was only starting out back in the early ’60s, when he was commissioned by the BBC to make Culloden (he subsequently resigned in 1965, following the banning of The War Game). An astute drama-documentary, playing out like a news report from the front line as shell-shocked soldiers speak straight to the camera, Culloden shows us there were no patriotic heroes, only powerless victims.
Nico Marzano

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A transcript and film documentation of a conversation between Samuel R. Delany, Jackie Wang and Huw Lemmey on the state of public space in relation to cruising, erotic contact and public sex. The conversation responds to the intersections between the city and queer sexual technological practices, neoliberal structured public/private spaces and the historical shifts in the practice of erotic contact. Ultimately, this conversation explores the imaginaries created by public sex and the kinds of socialities it could facilitate.
Sara Sassanelli

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While in Los Angeles on a research trip four weeks ago, I was supposed to join writer, curator and co-funder of Group Material Julie Ault, Scott Cameron Weaver and artist Martin Beck in Joshua Tree, but rushed back to deal with the looming COVID-19 crisis. While isolating, the three have worked on this little exhibition in Julie and Martin’s cabin, dedicated to the work of artist, filmmaker and neighbour James Benning.
       At Artists Space in 2013, we (together with Richard Birkett, among others) worked on the exhibition Macho Man, Tell It to My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, about which Holland Coetter wrote in the New York Times: ‘The result is a portrait, in objects, not just of one person but of many; the diary of an era that valued community as retold in a time that doesn’t.’ Similarly, Down the Rabbit Hole: JB in JT and its accompanying texts speak to the tender value of friendships.
Stefan Kalmár

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Listen to Delia Derbyshire’s radio intervention The Dreams (1964) made in collaboration with playwright Barry Bermange on this wiki. ‘Running, Falling, Land, Sea, Colour’ features people describing their dreams set to aural landscapes by this pioneer of electronic music. ‘Falling’ is an odd, hypnotic favourite.
Steven Cairns

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James Benning, Love Saves the Day, 2019, Acrylic paint on wood board, 10 7/8 × 12 7/8 inches