October 6, 2015 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Zhang Ding: Enter the Dragon
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October 6, 2015

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Zhang Ding, Enter the Dragon, 2015. Performances. © Zhang Ding.
Zhang Ding: Enter the Dragon
Music programmed in association with NTS Radio
October 12–25, 2015

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
UK

www.ica.org.uk
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Zhang Ding: Enter the Dragon
Music programmed in association with NTS Radio
October 12–25, 2015

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH
UK

www.ica.org.uk
Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

The ICA and K11 Art Foundation present the first solo UK institutional project by Chinese artist Zhang Ding, entitled Enter the Dragon.

The installation directly references the final scene from the seminal Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon (1973). Considered to be one of the greatest Chinese martial arts films of all time, it was the first to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio under the guidance of Lee, whose contribution to the production of the film and script was extensive. Lee identified the film as a vehicle to illustrate his understanding of Far Eastern philosophies to Western audiences. It proved to be his final film appearance before his premature death. The performances, as part of the project aim to be cooperative, improvisational, experimental and self-reflective rather than competitive, seeking to reflect the philosophies that Bruce Lee sought to express in the film.

Zhang Ding transforms the ICA Theatre into a "mutating sound sculpture," covering the room with reflective surfaces, suspended sound panels and a series of rotating mirrored sculptures situated next to two music stages. For the duration of the exhibition, there are a series of daily performances, consisting of invited artists and open submissions from a variety of musical genres selected by Zhang Ding in association with NTS Radio.

Enter the Dragon is a platform where Zhang Ding further explores his longstanding interest in "the stimulating and chemical interaction between sound, stage and the immediate emotional response of the audience."

Performance programme:

12 October 
Bo Ningen x Powell

13 October 
Kelvin Lords x Wanda Group

14 October 
Tapes x Throwing Shade

15 October 
CASUAL SECT x Chrononautz

16 October 
Dave I.D x Scientific Dreamz of U

17 October 
Antidröm & Andrew Spyrou x Vision Fortune

18 October 
Rob Lye x rosen

19 October 
Closed

20 October 
Heatsick x Lukid

21 October 
Lightbox x Wild Daughter

22 October 
Diaphragm Failure x Moon Zero

23 October 
Joanne Robertson x Lord Tusk

24 October 
Cam Deas x Natasha Trotman

25 October 
Amnesia Scanner x Bill Kouligas (PAN) + special guests
 

In collaboration with K11 Art Foundation. With additional support from ShanghART.

Also at the ICA:

Frieze ICA Bar in association with K11 Art Foundation
12–16 October, 7pm–1am
The ICA in partnership with Frieze Art Fair and K11 Art Foundation host London’s first official Frieze ICA Bar, where each night special guests present an evening of music and DJs in collaboration with NTS Radio.

Smiler: Photographs of London by Mark Cawson
2 October–29 November
ICA Fox Reading Room
An exhibition of unseen photographs by Smiler (aka Mark Cawson) of London squats from the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s co-curated by Gareth McConnell and Matt Williams.

On 15 October writer and artist Neal Brown chairs the panel discussion "London’s Squats and Counterculture: 1970s to Now" with musicians Viv Albertine and Jimmy Caught, artist Peter Doig and photographer Rut Blees, discussing the relationship between squatting and the rich DIY culture of music and art produced contemporaneously.

Prem Sahib: Side On
24 September–29 November
Lower & Upper Galleries

ICA Off-Site:

ICA | Allied Editions at Frieze Art Fair
Booth B22, Regents Park, London
14–17 October
ICA Artists’ Editions exhibits part of Allied Editions, a group participation held at Frieze London.

ICA Off-Site: Hannah Perry
In association with Diesel Black Gold
The Courtyard, 21 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XP
15 October–15 November
Presenting an installation of video works by London-based artist Hannah Perry at the Diesel Black Gold flagship store.

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