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Mark Leckey, Green Screen Refrigerator, 2010, courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery 

Man, Machine and Images in Motion

Artists: Murat Akagündüz, Zineb Sedira, Jeremy Shaw, Mark Leckey, and Elizabeth Price

Curated by Victor Wang
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
25 Mar 2014

The film programme, entitled "Man, Machine and Images in Motion," was developed in response to the current exhibition of Richard Hamilton at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). The program's title is derived from the 1955 exhibition, "Man, Machine and Motion," which was originally showcased at the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle, and later presented at the ICA in London.

The program utilizes Hamilton's keen interest in mobility, mechanization, velocity, and innovation as its foundation to examine how contemporary practitioners in the realm of moving image art currently explore these concepts today. At the time of Hamilton's 1955 exhibition, the advent of film technology presented artists with the opportunity to engage with novel spatial and optical experiences. As a continuation of this, the film program will engage with the medium of moving image as a means to further investigate the correlation between the medium and 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


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