What better way to mark a sunny Easter weekend in London then diving into a two-day symposium on illness and death?
A Dying Artist is a special event taking place at London’s ICA on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April. Curated by Sion Parkinson and Ed Atkins, it’s comprised of numerous screenings, discussions and performances “exploring notions of materiality and corporeality in art through their correspondence with dying and dead bodies.”
The musical highlights come in the shape of Raime, who perform on the Friday, and Old Apparatus, who play on Saturday. The duo of Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead have built up a formidable reputation on the back of their two EPs for Blackest Ever Black; they synthesise influences from 70s-80s post-punk, techno, jungle, doom/drone and industrial into a bleakly romantic sound all their own. The mysterious Old Apparatus, who also hail from London, debuted on Mala’s Deep Medi label earlier this year, offering a torrid, post-apocalyptic and refreshingly freeform take on dubstep that made them an instant cult sensation. The only shame is that they and Raime and OA play on different nights of A Dying Artist, as their sets would doubtless complement each other beautifully.
Other highlights of A Dying Artist are set to include a late-night screening of John Carpenter’s The Fog, experimental film from Matthew Barney and Stan Brakhage, talks from the likes of Steven Connor and Stewart Home, and more music from Trouble (an off-shoot of Brooklyn’s acclaimed Zs) and Chora. The event is split into four parts across two days; for the full programme, plus more information and tickets, visit the ICA here.