True Riches

Artists Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton have re-opened London’s ICA Department of Live Art with an independent curatorial project True Riches including virtual contributions from an international group of artists, curators and thinkers working in and around Live Art.

The True Riches programme – downloadable from the web-address below - shows off the range, energy and dynamism of contemporary live art practice and belies ICA Director Ekow Eshun’s move in November 2008 to close the Live Art Department.

“Filling a gap, and always willing to lend a hand when major arts organisations fail to do their jobs properly, we are delighted to announce the re-opening of the ICA Live Art Department in the form of the project True Riches.

ICA’s Live Arts and Media Department was closed by Ekow Eshun, late last year with an accompanying email statement in which he described the area of practice as lacking the 'depth and cultural urgency' necessary to command the continued resources and focus of the institution. On the contrary we believe that Live Art and performance are highly significant and relevant forms with unique powers to speak to the contemporary situation and to engage the public in the most extraordinary, thought-provoking and challenging ways. In a city as big, culturally rich and varied in its makeup and history as London is, it is important that an arts centre like the ICA should give adequate space to this important area of art practice.

The ICA in London, positioned at the city’s geographical centre and as its experimental vanguard, should embrace and champion the possibilities of Live Art. ICA is perceived by many on the international scene as a model contemporary arts space. Live Art - with all of its hybrid tendencies, its blurring of boundaries, its fun, vitality, energy and relevance really should be there with the full weight and resources of the institution.”


The project True Riches – a season which runs from now until the end of the year at the ICA - arises from our invitations to around 25 individuals to make proposals for works, seasons and themed and un-themed programmes. It gathers materials which stem from a variety of approaches, tendencies, and impulses in the live art sector – from the satirical critical to the archival, from the comical subversive to the theoretical investigative. A second season is already in the planning stages.

True Riches features contributions from: Geraldine Pilgrim, José Antonio Sánchez, La Ribot, Gary Stevens, Vivi Tellas, Nicolás Goldberg, Christine Peters, Yara El-Sherbini, David Rosenberg / Shunt, Rajni Shah, Bill Aitchison, Goran Sergej Pristas, Frauke Requardt, Momus, The Centre of Attention, Duckie, Lois Keidan, Borrowers-International-Network, Hannah Herzig, Home, Zhana Ivanova, Station House Opera, Janez Janša and Stefan Kaegi.

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