Touring Talks: Fourth Plinth - Contemporary Monument
Join curators, artists and other cultural practitioners on Thursday tours through our exhibition, Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument.
Helena Blaker in Conversation with the Goldsmiths Curatorial Team
13 December, 6.30pm
Join Helena Blaker and the Goldsmiths curatorial team for Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument for a touring talk in which they will offer their perspectives on the many histories of Trafalgar Square and the Fourth Plinth contemporary art project. Starting in Trafalgar Square, the talk will explore the history of the site with a close-up look at its monuments and architecture. The talk will continue in the Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument exhibition, where the discussion will focus on the ability of the 'retrospective' to produce narratives of historical importance.
Helena Blaker is a writer and curator who worked for the public art commissioning agency Public Art Development Trust, in London, in the 1990s, managing a series of national commissions for international artists working in Britain, and contributing to the PADT archive of public art models and methods. In 1997 PADT was commissioned by the Royal Society of Manufacturing and the Arts (RSA) to research and write a Feasibility Study on the use of the 'Fourth Plinth' in Trafalgar Square for contemporary sculpture. Blaker was commissioned to write a short history of the Square and its monuments in support of this proposal, and her text was used as the opening commissions’ briefing document. Since 2000 she has specialised in curating and writing about artists' film and performance.
Trinity Laban Fourth Plinth Performance
17 January, 6.30pm
Music students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance assemble to create a performance event, inspired by ICA's Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument exhibition, challenging the conventions of the classical music concert and exploring the possibilities of performance within a contemporary gallery setting. Examining what being put on an empty plinth means, this performance explores how the context in which something is presented can alter our perception of it. In a symbiotic relationship with the artworks exhibited, the performers will showcase a mixture of performance art and sound, inviting members of the public to approach them and the exhibits and to claim their own space alongside them.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK's only conservatoire of music and dance. Its innovative course provision, exciting performances and ground-breaking education, community and social inclusion work make Trinity Laban a leader in the advancement of elite and creative artistic practice.
19 January, 3:00pm
Join performance artist Lottie Child for a touring talk in which attendees will produce a public artwork through the collective exploration of the physical and cultural terrain of streets, buildings and monuments surrounding the ICA.
The touring talk will end with a discussion at the ICA in the exhibition space of the Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument, where attendees will be able to reflect on their experiences of climbing, touching, playing with, scrambling all over, laughing at, sensing, re-imagining, acting out, balancing and feeling their way through what public art in the urban environment can be.