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UK PREMIERE Vital Behaviors + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Courtesy the artist, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York & Goton, Paris; Pilar Corrias, London; and Take Ninangawa, Tokyo

Artist Ken Okiishi screens and discusses his recent video work Vital Behaviors (2019), an intimate investigation of memory and transformation.

As artist Felix Bernstein describes the work in his essay, 'SUBLIME BROMANTICISM':

The plot of Vital Behaviors is simple – the artist (Okiishi) asks the young model (Brian) to reenact Instagram pictures, working backward from the present with no further constraints. More like a Lacanian session than a ‘durational performance’, the variable-length finds its closure only when the mutual interplay of recognitions hit a climax, more riddling than cathartic ... Brian, who is also Okiishi’s actual physical (somatic) trainer, is suddenly the one being trained in the art of balancing recall and impulse ... Brian, as social media trainer, models your future, an unattainable ideal, the index of hotness. 

A Q&A with Okiishi hosted by ICA Artists' Film & Moving Image Curator Steven Cairns follows this screening. 

This event is programmed as part of Image Behaviour, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, considering the intersectional, cross-disciplinary possibilities of the medium.
£7 Full, £5 Green/Concs, £3 Blue Members

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