Man, Machine and Images in Motion
Artists: Murat Akagündüz, Zineb Sedira, Jeremy Shaw, Mark Leckey, and Elizabeth Price
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
25 Mar 2014
Curated by Victor Wang
Mark Leckey, Green Screen Refrigerator, 2010, courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery
Developed in response to the current exhibition Richard Hamilton at the ICA, the film programme Man, Machine and Images in Motion takes its title from Richard Hamilton’s 1955 Man, Machine and Motion exhibition first displayed at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, later shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
The programme takes Hamilton’s fascination with mobility, mechanisation, speed, and innovation as its starting point to question how contemporary artists in the field of moving image explore these concepts today. At the time of Hamilton’s 1955 exhibition, film technology was a significant advancement that allowed artists to engage with new spatial and optical experiences. As an extension of this, the film programme will engage with moving image as a platform to further explore the relation of the medium to the spatial experience of Hamilton's exhibition.
The programme will revisit these concepts, along with the four themes in Hamilton’s exhibition: Aquatic, Terrestrial, Aerial and Interplanetary, and examine how they have evolved through globalisation and digital technologies. Works such as Jeremy Shaw’s This Transition Will Never End, (#6) (2008 – 2013) not only considers mobility but also explores the notion of intergalactic travel through the splicing together of cinematic depictions of wormholes, while Zineb Sedira traces the life cycle of the car by documenting the deconstruction of the vehicle, commenting on a system of built-in obsolescence. Evoking Hamilton’s interest in the aquatic, Murat Akagündüz questions the continuous development relating to the five largest dams constructed on the Euphrates river by juxtaposing the various currents of the Keban, Uzunçayır, Atatürk, Birecik and Karkamış dams into a single body of water. Mark Leckey explores concepts of mechanical mimesis by considering the human-machine relationship and forms of communication associated with artificial intelligence, while objects operate independently through a collage of shine, chrome and text in Elizabeth Price’s User Group Disco(2009).
Murat Akagündüz, (Stream), 2013
Five-channel video installation, 7 min
Courtesy the artist and Galeri Mâna Istanbul
Zineb Sedira, The End of the Road, 2010
Projections with sound, shot on super 16mm film, 15 mins
Courtesy the artist and galerie kamel mennour, Paris
Jeremy Shaw, This Transition Will Never End (#6), 2008 - 2013
Single channel video, silent, 23 mins 17 sec (15 min excerpt)
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Johann König, Berlin
Mark Leckey, Green Screen Refrigerator, 2010
17 min, HD video, colour and sound
Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery
Elizabeth Price, User Group Disco
HD video installation, 15 min
Courtesy the artist and LUX