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Wednesday 6 May 2020
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Today’s ICA Daily is guest edited by electronic musician, producer and performer Susanne Oberbeck – aka No Bra. I first met Susanne in London in the early 2000s, though we only realised after several years that we were both actually originally from North Germany. I guess she must have seemed to me always more like an ‘Alan-Vega-in-drag-as-Nico’ character.

No Bra recently released her third album Love & Power at the ICA, along with her new music video ‘Bangin’ which Susanne also directed and edited. On the eve of the outbreak, No Bra performed an original soundtrack especially conceived for the Andreas Kronthaler × Vivienne Westwood AW20 show in Paris.
Stefan Kalmár

Watch

Akomfrah’s film Precarity (2017) is about Buddy Bolden, an originator of Jazz in New Orleans and a hugely influential figure in music, yet no recordings of his work exist. Amongst other things in this fascinating talk, Neal and Akomfrah discuss the idea of ‘fugitivity’ and the balance between the polar and unpopular in black culture. Thanks to Venus X for posting this!

This is a film I made with the other original member of No Bra, Fanny Paul Clinton, a few days after the start of the Iraq war in 2003. It features a day in the life of two characters – a couple who don’t seem to fully understand any of the the conventions of sex, sexiness or gender.

In conjunction with The Lab, San Francisco, artist and writer Hannah Black here contextualises rent strikes and mutual aid within historical precedents, anarchism and the wider socio-economic implications of the pandemic, raising important points regarding the responsibilities of governments.

Hand Performance

Kevin Prodigy battles Kima for hand performance at the Revlon Mini ball to George Krantz’s Din Daa Daa. I also recommend checking out Kevin’s music here.

Music

On the occasion of Bandcamp waiving their usual fees on 1 May, a lot of artists uploaded new music. I highly recommend new and recent releases by Klein, Elysia Crampton, Asmara, Kamixlo, Bergonist, Crystalmess, Dasychira, Jasmine Infiniti and Fatherhood.

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No Bra Love & Power album launch, ICA (December 2019). Image: Elly Clarke