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Sadly, we have to confirm that Ikon Eastside will close from April 2011 due to public funding cuts.
Ikon intends to continue our involvement with the Eastside district, with special programming and through our membership of the Eastside Contemporary Arts Consortium.
The final event at Ikon Eastside will be Rites of Spring, a celebratory three day music festival during 7-9 April featuring Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, Modified Toy Orchestra and Epic45. Check www.ikon-gallery.co.uk for the full line-up and ticketing details.
Thanks to everyone for their support and interest in Ikon Eastside over the last five years.
Thanks to all who came to A Blonde Farewell last week as we prepared to close up Ikon Eastside for the winter – we’ll be open again for the Flatpack Festival in the spring, see you there.
Join us this Friday (24 September) for the opening of Hitchcock Hallway at Ikon Eastside by Danish artist duo AVPD. The entrance to the gallery is replaced by a door – what lies beyond is for the visitor to discover.
AVPD are Aslak Vibæk and Peter Døssing, both graduates of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Often inspired by ways in which space is re-imagined in literature, film and science, their works challenge socially conditioned or innate perceptual habits, emphasising how our bodies ‘read’ spaces and react to them, be it physically, intuitively and intellectually.
Join us for a glass of wine and experience Hitchcock Hallway for yourself. Exhibition opening this Friday 24 September 6-8pm at Ikon Eastside.
Laycock’s original installation was interactive and highly-politicised; a combination of projected slide images, sound recordings and printed text which served as an explorative survey of political anxieties. Reconfigured for 2010, the work has been translated from analogue to digital technologies.
This Could Happen To You is part of this year’s ArtsFest.
11-12 September, 1-5pm, Free entry
Don’t miss your chance to see Sergio Vega’s luscious film Paradise: Real Time at Ikon Eastside, which closes this Sunday (5th September). The Brazilian rainforest is brought to industrial surrounds of Digbeth, in high-definition. Open Thursday-Sunday, 1-5pm.
Paradise: Real Time
Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 August, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs until 5 September
Argentinian-born artist Sergio Vega presents high defnition video imagery exploring the mythologies of paradise. Static camera shots show the vivid landscape of Brazil; forests, animals, insects, rivers, towns and people are carefully synchronised across multiple projections.
Join us on Thursday for free Cachaça cocktails, then head to Cafe Ikon for a The Fountain of Youth – Sergio Vega cooks reptilian paella including frogs’ legs and crocodile (Cafe Ikon, Thursday 5 August 8pm, £15 per person).
This Thursday (1 July) Ikon Eastside opens The Solo: A film by Andrew Cross featuring the music of Carl Palmer.
Andrew Cross’ film explores the relationship between music and space by focusing on a much-maligned musical form: the rock drum solo. The film is produced in collaboration with Carl Palmer, legendary rock star drummer of 1970s ‘supergroup’ Emerson, Lake & Palmer, who composed and performed a series of new drum solos especially for the artist.
Andrew Cross and Carl Palmer in Conversation
Thursday 1 July, 5pm
Andrew Cross and Carl Palmer discuss their partnership in developing this new work for Ikon Eastside within the context of broader issues including the locations and memories of rock music in 1970s Britain. Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708.
Thursday 1 July, 6-8pm
Help us celebrate the opening of this new exhibition at Ikon Eastside.
Private View: Thursday 27 May, 6-8pm
27 May – 20 June 2010
Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Open Thursday – Sunday, 1 – 5pm. Free Entry.
Join us on Thursday evening for the opening of Ikon Eastside’s 2010 programme.
German sound artist Florian Hecker’s work is concerned with the manipulation of psycho-acoustic effects. He creates disorienting installations, developed out of close consultation with software engineers and scientists. For Ikon Eastside, Hecker creates a trail of four newly commissioned sound pieces, together creating the impression that space itself is being sculpted.
Xavier Le Roy: Self Unfinished
Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May, 8pm
Age guidance: 16 yrs+
(performance includes nudity)
Tickets £10, £8 concessions
Drawing on diverse inﬂuences from the worlds of science, performance art and contemporary dance, Xavier Le Roy welcomes us to a white stage resembling a research lab, and gradually starts to transform into different kinds of creatures, some recognisable and others rather indeterminable.
Part of International Dance Festival Birmingham.
To book please call the Birmingham Hippodrome on 0844 338 5000 (transaction charges may apply). For more information visit www.idfb.co.uk
Ikon Eastside has announced its programme of exhibitions for 2010, opening on Thursday 27th May with an installation from German sound artist Florian Hecker.
Thursday 27 May – Sunday 20 June
German sound artist Florian Hecker’s work is concerned with the manipulation of psycho-acoustic effects. He creates disorienting installations, developed out of close consultation with software engineers and scientists. For Ikon Eastside, Hecker proposes a trail of four newly commissioned sound pieces. Together, they create the impression that space itself is being sculpted; each work successively becomes more abstract, manipulating spatial perception.
A film by Andrew Cross, featuring the music of Carl Palmer
Thursday 1 – Sunday 25 July
British artist Andrew Cross presents a new moving-image project exploring the relationship between music and milieu through a much-maligned musical form: the rock drum solo. Carl Palmer (who as a member of the 1970s ‘supergroup’ Emerson Lake & Palmer developed the status of the rock star drummer perhaps to its extreme) performs four new drum solos. Comprising sequences of tightly cropped images culminating in a full drum solo, Cross celebrates a remarkable virtuosity whilst provoking a consideration of the shifting nature of cultural value.
Thursday 5 August – Sunday 5 September
Born in Argentina and now based in Florida, Sergio Vega explores the mythologies of paradise underlying the culture and history of Brazil. For Ikon Eastside, he presents an installation of high definition video imagery, shot in the Brazilian state of Matto Grosso. Projections combine the forest, animals, insects and rivers with roads, towns and people. Such a symphony of nature, culture and their contradictions evoke everyday reality at once vivid and strange.
This Could Happen To You
A re-creation of Jolyon Laycock’s highly-politicised multi-sensory installation from 1974, part of Ikon’s 1970s retrospective of the same name. A randomly occurring collage of video projections and sound recordings, it critically explores the notion of hegemonic rule and Cold War anxiety. This work reveals uncomfortable parallels with today’s global political climate.
Thursday 23 September – Sunday 14 November
AVPD are Peter Doessing and Aslak Vibaek, Danish artists working in collaboration. Their practice is concerned with relationships between space and its human inhabitants, taking inspiration from literature, film and science. For Ikon Eastside, AVPD create a sequence of apparently identical interconnecting rooms, each linked by a door. However all is not what it seems. The artists also propose making a number of offsite projects around the city.