Belgian collective HE4RTBROKEN offers unapologetically emotional music, a haven to the lone souls longing for a dancefloor to cry on. In a rare London appearance, the collective will turn the ICA’s performance and gallery spaces into a space of catharsis.
In the main room: sets by Liyo, NTS resident Philip FM, and a headline performance by Munix debuting his newly released EP Left Out. As an extension to the Left Out universe, Munix will premiere an audiovisual live show in collaboration with visual artist Amalcrossing, a hypnotic and colourful journey through which feelings progressively intensify from dissociation to euphoria.
On screens hidden around the ICA: a curated selection of films and videos, allowing ravers moments of visual awe inside the club. Filmmakers and artists Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, Yuyan Wang, Kevin Elamrani-Lince, Sara Dibiza and Amal Guichard will display old and new works, some being soundtracked by musicians close at heart to the collective such as ssaliva, Oklou, Malibu and Detente.
The Moon Also Rises, dir. Yuyan Wang, 2022, full HD video, colour, sound, 17 min. 53 sec.
Wang’s film is inspired by China’s 2018 initiative to launch three artificial moons for endless daylight. The film envisions a drift into the eternal glow through a nocturnal society dominated by relentless efficiency portraying a collective hallucination sustained by everlasting activity, accessibility and connection. Lethargic crowds are immersed in fluorescent landscapes while machines enter a trance-like state performing repetitive tasks on the production line of luminous gadgets. Haunted by memories of omnipresent brightness, people search for the fossils of light within the mineral dust tracing the ‘light’ back to its earthly origins. Guided by Édouard Glissant’s call for le droit à l’opacité (the right to opacity), the film contemplates the myth of immaterial new technologies, offering an enigmatic interplay between technology, light and darkness in our modern world.
LA, dir. Kevin Elamrani-Lince & ssaliva, 26 min. 41 sec.
A short film made by Parisian director Kevin Elamrani-Lince during late spring 2021, in collaboration with music producer and audiovisual artist ssaliva. This contemplative painting came to life as a collective walking in the ‘indeterminate’, void-like surroundings of the city of Liège, Belgium. A musical and visual piece in three acts, LA is an extension of Landscapes, a book showcasing more than 100 artworks from audiovisual artist ssaliva which was published by the Paris-based collective Land Arts in December 2021.
Bébé Colère, dir. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, 13 min.
The last investigation by the filmmakers of media structures in contemporary cinema. A default CGI animated child is confronted with modern subjectivity and world coming-of-age issues, making animation a gloomy tool to subdue modern narrative feelings in favour of despair and microdosed hope. Animation-based routines and easy portraiture of desolation are strategically organised as a grim dark toon.
TSVF, dir. Saradibiza & Amal Guichard, video game playthrough
A new collective project presented by the two visual artists. Released at the Charity Chapel of Arles as part of Faire Monde Festival, this video game follows the narrative of inanimate objects and animals as a parable of deep relational and personal crises, and features a soundtrack made by musician Oklou.