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In formation III
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2023
21 August – 16 September 2018

In Formation III Clouds

The Institute of Contemporary Arts presents In formation III, the third iteration of a discursive platform emphasising collective production and learning, and forms of sociality. This expansive series of presentations, workshops, performances and participatory events is collaboratively organised by the ICA curatorial team and staff members.

In formation reimagines the spaces of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, considering how they are utilised and activated by public discourse, and questioning notions of the ‘civic’ institution. Where the In formation programmes in August 2017 and January 2018 took the interrogation of institutional forms and socio-political structures as a basis for discussion and production, In formation III is galvanised by considerations of humanity and the psyche. The programme spans critical questions around the science of the mind and its fixing of notions of humanity, experiences of individual and collective care, and explorations beyond the ‘rational’ mind.

This platform considers how agency and psychic life overlap and connect, moving from the address of highly formalised systems towards considering how their logics might be internalised, resisted and entrenched by the individual and collective psyche. Exploratory discussion, sound, performance, images and oral history provide channels to map how lived experience and intersubjective consciousness impact and inform societal hierarchies and priorities.

In formation III foregrounds emergent fields of research that offer points of entry into appositional modes of thought and learning, co-creation and intergenerational work. Scrutinising capitalism through psychoanalysis, approaching historical visibility through the space of disability poetics, and interrogating the ways race and gender are policed through sound, the programme sheds light on how artists, activists and their interlocutors draw on energies that sustain counter-normative ways of organising social life.

Friday 17 August, 1:30pm 

Wednesday 22 August, 6pm 
Screening of Ulrike Ottinger’s Madame X: An Absolute Ruler

Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 August 
Annah: Nomenclature – Performance installation by Khairani Barokka

Thursday 23 August, 7pm 
Khairani Barokka Performance + Q&A

Saturday 25 August, 5pm 
Blacklight: Talk by Denise Ferreira da Silva

Saturday 25 August, 7pm 
Screening of Clément Cogitore’s Braguino + Discussion

Sunday 26 August, 2pm 
Study group on Black Aesthetics with Denise Ferreira da Silva

Wednesday 29 August, 6:30pm

Wednesday 29 August, 7:00pm 
Screening of William Greaves’ Symbiopsychotaxiplasm 

Thursday 30 August, 6:30pm 

Saturday 1 September, 2pm

Sunday 2 September, 1pm 
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday 4 September, 6:30pm

Wednesday 5 September, 6:45pm 
Screening of Claude Faraldo’s Themroc 

Friday 7 September
4:30pm How to Film Nothing: Workshop with Boris Mitić
6:30pm Screening of In Praise of Nothing + Q&A with director Boris Mitić

Sunday 9 September, 7pm 
Screening of National Narrative (Roman National) + Conversation with director Grégoire Breil

Tuesday 11 – Sunday 16 September

Wednesday 12 September, 6:45pm 
Screening of Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames

Thursday 13 September, 2pm 
GUAP Social Work: Photography hacks Workshop with Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole + Social Creative Network

Thursday 13 September, 6:30pm

Friday 14 September, 7pm 

Saturday 15 September, 2pm 

Saturday 15 September, 5pm 
Haul and Pull Up: Vinyl DJ Workshop with Nzinga Soundz

Saturday 15 September, 8pm 

Saturday 15 September, 10pm 

Sunday 16 September, 2pm 
Screening + Discussion with Oleksiy Radynski
In formation weeks 1 & 2
In formation weeks 3 & 4