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Thursday 2 April 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Listen

Watch and listen to the late Genesis P-Orridge perform with Aaron Dilloway in this NTS/Cafe OTO recording from 2017. P-Orridge participated in the ICA’s I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker exhibition in 2019.
Steven Cairns

Watch

David Ireland’s play Cyprus Avenue about a Belfast loyalist and with a masterful performance by Stephen Rea tests the limits of what versions we accept for granted on the troubled political and cultural relationships between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Nico Marzano

Beckett’s mesmerising TV Plays were first broadcasted by Süddeutscher Rundfunk in 1981, rehearsing seemingly infinite possibilities of movements and actions, of which Albert Camus wrote:
Quad I: It happens that the stage-sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm-this path is easily followed most of the time.
Quad II: But one day the ‘why’ arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement. … Weariness comes at the end of the acts of a mechanical life, but at the same time it inaugurates the impulse of consciousness … What follows is the gradual return into the chain or it is the definitive awakening.
Stefan Kalmár

Look

Today would have seen the appearance of Gabber Modus Operandi at Cafe OTO in London. As a substitute, their Instagram account provides a partial fix and a window into the Indonesian artists’ intoxicating fusion of happy hardcore, gamelan and the trance inducing practice of jalithan.
Richard Birkett

Now might be a good time to rethink what a revolution can look like. Perhaps it doesn’t look like a march of angry, abled bodies in the streets. Perhaps it looks something more like the world standing still because all the bodies in it are exhausted.
An important piece from artist Johanna Hedva on the revolutionary potential of sickness, and of this moment, when care must insist on itself.
Rosalie Doubal

Read

No Work. All Play by Dhanveer Singh Brar on Klein’s 2017 EP Tommy places Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Klein’s Tommy in the same orbit, highlighting how both artists contend with the defence of leisure time and an aesthetic sociality of blackness. As part of my suggestion I also wanted to include Klein’s EP, as it’s worth listening either before, during or after reading the piece. It is also an incredible EP. Listen here.
Sara Sassanelli

Track of the Day


Feelings, feelings
Like I never lost you
And feelings like I never really had you
Here in my arms


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Samuel Beckett, Quad I + II, 1981