[NetBehaviour] Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun¹s Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Thu Feb 11 11:31:06 CET 2010


The main point of the article is that Eshun has sought to agrandise himself
and his position as a pundit in the media at the expense of the ICA and the
artists that support it and who are in turn meant to be supported by it.
This is what happens when journalists take over cultural organisations. A
bit like bankers taking over industries. The new BBC arts blogger Will
Gompertz was recently the focus of some alarmed discussion as it became
clear BBC Online has appointed a journalist and marketing person as their
key arts commentator. It could be assumed that the UK arts scene is being
taken over by such people. The ICA was the original ³artists¹ run² space in
the UK but has somehow, over the past 60 years, transformed into a Hela
cell. Perhaps it needs a little chemotherapy ­ but I don¹t think Eshun is
part of the cure. For him the art is irrelevant.

Best

Simon


Simon Biggs

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From: Jim Andrews <jim at vispo.com>
Reply-To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
<netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:26:06 -0800
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity
<netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun¹s Experiment in
Deinstitutionalisation

i'm only very remotely interested in what's going on at the ica, but the
article was interesting in its picture of the relation of art and artists to
the ica and, by extension, many other institutions of art.

in the picture charlesworth draws, the art itself is irrelevant compared
with the buzz, and the buzz not even about the art as the moment in which
the art is situated.

ja
http://vispo.com

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