Previously at the ICA - Events
30 Nov 2014
Featuring work by Hans Van Houwelingen, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Shen Xin, Marianna Simnett, Thomson & Craighead, Carey Young, and Xue Mu.
This program features works that privilege the act of problematizing as embodying potential, exemplified through each artist’s attempt to harvest productivity while venturing into the socio-political.
“Unorthodox host” as Jan Verwoert termed in his writing “Gathering People like Thoughts” is used to describe the practice of Anton Vidokle. Verwoert proposes the solution to realise autonomy for hungry ghosts is to authorize the hunger, with hunger being the relationship we established with our understandings of modernism. The pursuit of autonomy, with the socio-political as the context of gathering, is in itself an unorthodox form of hosting.
The works in this programme perform gestures that are made to activate the desires and questions about autonomy; they bring forth a range of open questions within the personal and historical narratives, archival and recollection of data, performative acts, or even the exposure of artist’s complicity within the chosen subject, etc.
These artists and their works are what I come to identify as unorthodox hosts. As hosts, they take social responsibility for the events their artistic projects engender. By utilizing time-based devices in their own right, these host-artists then perform towards collective spirits, sometimes offering themselves as targets.
Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, A Short Film About War (2010), HD Video, colour, sound, 10 min
Marianna Simnett, Faint (2012), Single Channel Video, colour, sound, 4 min
Tulapop Saenjaroen, People on Sunday (2013), Single Channel Video, colour, sound, 18 min 11 seconds
Shen Xin, Records of Rites (2014), Digital Video, colour, sound, 16 min 12 seconds
Carey Young, Product Recall (2007), Single Channel Video, colour, sound, 4 min 27 seconds
Xue Mu, Dance and Body Movement of IJbert Verweij (from Portrait Project since 2012) (2013), Single Channel Video, colour, sound, 5 min
Hans Van Houwelingen, Biokip (2009), Single Channel Video, colour, sound, 10 min 13 seconds