The ICA is a site of vigorous experimentation for six students from Westminster charity, Pursuing Independent Paths working in collaboration with artists Emily Candela and Sonia Boyce.
"All the guys came into this project liking certain things about art, and were quite restrictive in their tastes. Since coming here, they have taken everything on board. Their attitude towards art has changed as a result, and they are willing to try new things. They are not intimidated by art." Gareth, support worker with Pursuing Independent Paths
For the past three months, the ICA has been a site of vigorous experimentation for six students from Westminster charity, Pursuing Independent Paths working in collaboration with artists Emily Candela and Sonia Boyce.
Taking the group itself as subject matter and working with ideas of re-enactment and re-telling, the Undercurrents project probes the way stories change and interactions are perceived within this dynamic.
This unique exploration in performance and video is framed by the group's responses to the ICA itself - as a building, a lab for creative experiment and a centre of cutting-edge contemporary arts.
Weekly dance sessions provided a space for group members to express themselves both individually and as a collaborative force. Deliberately silent, the videos Dancing 1 and Dancing 2 reflect the subtle dynamics that persist below the surface of this activity.
Pursuing Independent Paths is a registered charity providing vocational and life skills development services to young people with learning disabilities. Through this project, the ICA Education Dept has worked closely with the group to allow them to explore their own identity and particular mode of creativity, encouraging creative awareness and aspiration among the participants.
"Since I started going to the ICA. I felt so proud of myself because it's a great experience for me. It made me confidence so high. I hope in the future I can be an artist, this is my dream for the coming future" Joanne.