The ICA, in association with Selfridges, presents ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham. The off-site project aims to reference recent trends in contemporary urban sub-cultures and features a temporary exhibition and music programme that draw
s on Birmingham’s mix of industrial and post-war brutalist architecture, celebrating the city of Birmingham as a centre for creativity and a source of inspiration. Participants include Fergadelic, Tyrone Lebon, Ben Sansbury, Tim & Barry / Just Jam and Ashley Williams.
ICA Off-Site: Digbeth, Birmingham is located in a disused industrial space on Floodgate Street, and features commissions by artists Fergadellic and Ben Sansbury who directly reflect on Birmingham’s rich music heritage and architecture to inspire their illustrations and physical interventions within the building and the project in its entirety. Photographer and filmmaker Tyrone Lebon presents a new work on slide projectors featuring photographs of local people from Birmingham interspersed with family photographs of Lebon’s family and the late 90’s fashion designer Christopher Nemeth’s family who live in the city.
Contemporary fashion designer Ashley Williams presents a site-specific installation featuring a unique print from her forthcoming collection that is applied to a series of fabrics draped around the walls of the space. Situated within the space is a collection of related objects that is accompanied by a new video work made in collaboration with Lev Tanju.
Film and photography duo Tim & Barry, of celebrated online TV channel Don’t Watch That presents a video programme of rare and unseen archived footage of past Just Jam broadcasts alongside the full-length footwork documentary, I’m Tryna Tell Ya. The film presents an oral history of the ground-breaking Chicago-based dance and music genre, delivered by its pioneers and brightest stars.
Tom of England will headline the opening live music event with support from Tim & Barry and their signature psychedelic visuals. On the Saturday night Just Jam will present and broadcast a programme of live performances by Midlands and UK based contemporary electronic musicians including Barely Legal, Crack Stevens, Scratcher and Tsunga.