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P-R-E-S-E-N-T
Institute of Contemporary Arts

ICA 75th Anniversary Season

Marking the ICA’s 75th anniversary, P-R-E-S-E-N-T is an audio-visual experience to come together and dance. Taking over the ICA’s ground floor, seven artists experiment with hybrid modes of presentation across music, performance and moving image. The night features emotion driven and sensory live sets at the forefront of experimental music.

Line-up:

Sons of Simeon (live)
SKY H1 & Mika Oki A/V Show (live)
COLD (live)
Nexcyia (live)  
Iceboy Violet (live) 
Nadine Noor (PXSSY PALACE) (DJ set)
Supported by Bottega Veneta.

A special preview of a new ICA Artists’ Edition has been kindly donated by Harland Miller and other editions to celebrate the 75th anniversary, including works donated by Lubaina Himid, Graham Little and Sung Tieu.

Sons of Simeon consist of 3 members Abba-Gana I, Balthazar and Herb Powers. Raised in London, the Solomons and Kemet, the sound is deeply embedded in Roots, Herbs & Culture with a prime focus on providing King David music and contributing to the legacy passed on by exquisite elders revealing the mysteries of Dub science. SOS 75th annversary set will be a special one-off performance, screening and interactive installation showcasing unreleased music, rare dubplates and exclusive Roots music from their vast eclectic archives. The audience will be transcended back to ancient Kemet (Egypt) where SOS endeavour to take you on peregrinations from past, present to futuristic worlds. Come to dance, be inspired and uplifted. ‘Goliath Brothers’ 10-inch vinyl and digital is the debut release and first chapter by SOS featuring 3 cuts out of 36 versions made. Expect plenty more hard-hitting releases in 2023 and beyond.

Cold (formerly INTENTIONALLYCOLD) is a producer, vocalist & DJ from South London. They work alongside producer friends like Poundshop, 3o & Junior XL. Sonically, Cold often merges a variety of British influences from grime to indie into a melting pot of new nostalgia. As a lyricist, they poetically dissect distant memories with more present reflective thoughts. Be it on the way home from a night out to restlessly looking for answers in their bedroom, Cold’s sound elbows onwards through space and time.

Iceboy Violet is a Manchester-based producer, vocalist and DJ. Their sound combines dark brooding electronics with a powerfully raw vocal delivery. Their lyrics are honest and vulnerable, inspired by the energy and resistance of grime music in particular and global MC music in general, warping genres in an aim to erode boundaries we face collectively. 

Nexcyia is an African-American sound artist and experimental ambient musician based between London and Paris. Working with found sound, he meditates on time, place and being, using thick brushstrokes of swelling synthesis to come to terms with the past and present. Loss and longing haunt each clouded drone, wandering melody and textural wash, creating dense granulated layers that float around and encircle one another in a weightless space. Crawl EP is out on Alien Jams and Origin EP on Cafe OTO’s label Takuroku.

SKY H1 and Mika Oki combine forces to present a new audio-visual show to celebrate the release of SKY H1’s debut album Azure. In their respective forms, each artist circles the intricate emotive surfaces of contemporary life in all of its mediated intensity. On the occasion of SKY H1’s album they’ve collaborated on a work that takes the content of the album and deciphers its poetics into an alluring live performance. Mika Oki’s visual installation Parhélion, inspired by the optical phenomenon also called soleil double will be taken to the stage and become a subtle scenography of light, projections, smoke and shadows where it will meet the visual inspiration behind SKY H1’s album.
 

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SKY H1 & Mika Oki
COLD
Iceboy Violet
Nexcyia. Photo: Celine Pierron
Sons of Simeon