HERE IS INFORMATION. MOBILISE – celebrating the life and work of Ian White

Event programme

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 December 2016

at The Showroom and ICA and organised in collaboration with LUX

Booking essential, see individual events listed below

A weekend of events celebrating the life and work of Ian White (1971-2013). By the time of his early death in 2013, Ian White was a uniquely influential figure: an artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, whose ideas had affected a generation of artists working with the moving image. Throughout his various roles, he developed a constellation of concepts around ‘cinema’ – understood by him less as a physical space, or a particular canon of films, but rather as a set of social practices open to radical (political) possibilities. 

This weekend marks the publication of Here is Information. Mobilise. Selected Writings by Ian White, edited by Mike Sperlinger and published by LUX. It will be available to purchase over the weekend for £20, or from LUX

The Ian White Lecture: Minus Signs by Gregg Bordowitz / Book Launch
Friday 2nd December 2016
at The Showroom
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The inaugural Ian White Lecture, a new annual lecture series which celebrates the provocative and enquiring spirit of Ian White, will this year will be delivered by Gregg Bordowitz. The lecture marks the launch of Here is Information. Mobilise. Selected Writings by Ian White published by LUX.

Minus Signs
Writing about art requires subtraction — suspending my own assumptions about a work of art in advance of the encounter. How do I avoid attributing veracity to preset interpretative assumptions?  Not-knowing, or unknowing — how does one dwell in language to arrive at surprising formulations? How do I surprise myself? This talk will approach the task of being an artist-writer. How do I recognise the status of words as objects — use subtraction as a counter-intuitive method of producing novel emotions? Am I describing subtraction at all? The previous question is both a negation and additive. This talk is an engagement with Ian White’s idea of ‘Removing the Minus’.

Gregg Bordowitz is an artist and writer. For the past three years, Bordowitz turned his attention to performance. He wrote and directed Sex Mitigating Death: On Discourse and Drives: A Meditative Poem, presented at the Tate Modern, London in 2011. He also directed and wrote an opera titled The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien, Austria in 2010.  His most recent book, General Idea: Imagevirus, was published by Afterall Books in 2010. A collection of his writings — titled The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986-2003 — was published by MIT Press in 2004. His films, including Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud In Trousers (1995), The Suicide  (1996), and Habit (2001) have been widely shown in festivals, museums, movie theatres, and broadcast internationally.  He teaches in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Gregg’s paper Minus Signs can be downloaded below.

An Afternoon for Ian
Saturday 3rd December 2016
at The Showroom
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A special afternoon of presentations celebrating Ian White’s life and influence through contributions by a range of artists who worked with him. Contributors will include Paul Abbott, Ed Atkins, Giles Bailey, Rosa Barba, Cinenova, Kim Coleman, Phil Collins, Kathryn Elkin, James Hollands, Claire Hope, Ghislaine Leung, Anja Kirschner, Matthew Noel-Tod, Gail Pickering, Rachel Reupke, Kerstin Schroedinger, Grace Schwindt, Cara Tolmie and more.

A contribution in the form of an open letter from the Reading Group, New York, 2016 can be downloaded below.

Film Screenings 
Sunday 4th December 2016
11am – 4.30pm
at ICA Cinema
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An afternoon of films made with and dedicated to Ian White including the following titles plus special introductions: Gentlemen, Nick Relph and Oliver Payne (2003); Monologue, Laure Prouvost (2009); When you Fall into a Trance, Emily Wardill (2014); Stoneymollan Trail, Charlotte Prodger (2015); Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Showreel - Various Artists/ James Richards (2014);  El Mirage, Martin Gustavsson (2015) and more.


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