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Live Performance of Abattoir, U.S.A.! + panel discussion
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Aria Dean: Abattoir, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2024. Courtesy the artist and ICA. Photo: Rob Harris, ICA.

Arian Dean: Abattoir

In this special finissage event, composer Evan Zierk and animator Filip Kostic join Aria Dean for a new version of the film Abattoir, U.S.A.! that they will develop in real-time during the performance. This is the first time since collaborating on the film installation that Aria, Evan and Filip will experiment with the essentially variable nature of a work created within the real-time environment enabled by Unreal Engine.

The performance will allow the artists to play with the impossibility of the camera’s action and its implication for the subject, flitting between these points of view. Using the ICA Theatre’s new d&b Soundscape, Evan will further develop the score as a diegetic real-time sound landscape, experimenting with audience's perception of sounds and actions occurring within the world of the film. Driving this new presentation of Abattoir, U.S.A.! is Aria’s exploration of the relationship between realism and the virtual nature of the work.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Aria, Evan, and Filip on their collaborative process and the nature of creating work together in a real-time environment, with a chance for questions from the audience.
This event is supported by Gathering.

Aria Dean (b. 1993) lives and works in New York. The selected writings of Dean were compiled in Bad Infinity, published by Sternberg Press in 2023. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions and performances include: The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2023); Greene Naftali, New York (2023, 2021); CAPC, Bordeaux (2023); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2021); Artists Space, New York (2020); Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2019); and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2018). Significant group shows include: the Whitney Biennial: Quiet as It’s Kept (2022); the Hammer Museum’s biennial Made in L.A. 2020: a version (2021); the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2019); The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2019); Tai Kwun, Hong Kong (2019); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2018); Swiss Institute, New York (2018); and the de Young Museum, San Francisco (2017), among others.

Her writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, Art in America, e-flux, The New Inquiry, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spike Quarterly, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Texte zur Kunst, CURA Magazine and November. Dean’s work is in: the collection of the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
04:00 pm
Sun, 05 May 2024
Warning: Abattoir, U.S.A.! contains flashing lights.
This event is seated on hardback chairs and is accessible by wheelchair.

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