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Live Weekends: Futures And Pasts

Live Weekends: Futures And Pasts

With contributions from leading artists, academics and writers in the field, Futures and Pasts is a long weekend of live art at the ICA exploring the diverse pasts and possible futures of live art and performance. Curated by writer, artist and performance maker Tim Etchells with the aid of artist Ant Hampton and Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agency) this ambitious event combines marathon lecture performance with a rolling scheme of conversations, interviews and archival investigations alongside speculation as to the future of this vigorous and vital area of contemporary art practice.  

I worked with Ant Hampton last year to produce a provocative virtual season of events for the ICA when they closed their Live Art department, so it's an odd thing to be invited into an institution of which one has been publicly critical of. However the chance to help hold the doors of the ICA open to Live Art for a while is too good to miss, especially considering the ICA's historical role as an important supporter of live work.  Tim Etchells

Futures and Pasts culminates in a day long Open Space discussion event or public meeting, framed by Phelim McDermott and inviting practitioners, curators and audiences to identify and explore key questions and ways forward for the live art and performance scene in the UK.

Futures and Pasts comprises four main strands. You can join as an audience member or participant anytime over the long weekend, moving between parallel events and discussions.

Events include:
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 May: Some of the Pasts
Saturday 22 May: Some of the Futures
Sunday 23 May: Open Space Discussion and Action Event*
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 May: Performing Wikipedia 
Please note that for Open Space on Sunday 23 May you will need to contact the ICA box office and reserve a place as capacity is limited.


Date and time

21–23 May 2010

Please note
This is now a past event.


Tel: 020 7930 3647