Nathaniel Mellors: Ourhouse

Nathaniel Mellors talks through the completed episodes in his Ourhouse series, and the themes running through each film in the exhibition.

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About

The ICA presents a major solo exhibition by Nathaniel Mellors. In recent years, Mellors has produced a distinctive body of work that combines video, sculpture and writing. The complex relationship between language and power is a recurring theme in his multifaceted work, typically manifesting itself in absurdist, humorous narratives which reveal a penchant for satire and the grotesque. For the ICA, Mellors will install Episodes 1, 2 and 4 from his new video series Ourhouse (2010-) alongside the animatronic sculpture, Hippy Dialectics (Ourhouse).

Mellors will also programme a series of events in association with Mark Pilkington’s Strange Attractor and Junior Aspirin Records.

Nathaniel Mellors introduces Ourhouse

Episodes 1, 2 and 4

Events

Strange Attractor Salon: Tom Bolton + The Island of Dr Moreau
21 April 7.00 pm, Cinema 2
£5 talk or film / £8 full event
Tom Bolton, author of London's Lost Rivers makes an illustrated presentation on the rivers’ locations and their subsequent disappearance, followed by a screening of The Island of Dr Moreau.

Strange Attractor Salon: Heretics to Headbangers + Marat/Sade
28 April 7.00 pm, Cinema 2
£5 talk or film / £8 full event
Mark Pilkington introduces an audio-visual history of British occultism, followed by Marat/Sade, a film about the persecution and assassination of Jean-Paul Marat.

Strange Attractor Salon: Ken Hollings + The Stuff
28 April 7.00 pm, Cinema 2
£5 talk or film / £8 full event
Ken Hollings on adapting to interplanetary travel, with visuals and a live synthesiser soundtrack from The Asterism. Followed by a screening of The Stuff, the story of a mysterious, mind-devouring dessert that is discovered by a pair of miners.

Strange Attractor Salon: Ken Hollings + The Stuff
5 May 7.00 pm, Cinema 2
£5 talk or film / £8 full event
Ken Hollings on adapting to interplanetary travel, with visuals and a live synthesiser soundtrack from The Asterism. Followed by a screening of The Stuff, the story of a mysterious, mind-devouring dessert that is discovered by a pair of miners.

Junior Aspirin Presents Invisible Polytechnic and Socrates That Practiçes Music
6 May 7.30 pm, Theatre
£5 including booking fee
The second of the ICA’s music events suggested by Nathaniel Mellors features performances organized by Junior Aspirin, the record label co-founded by Mellors, Andy Cooke and Frieze’s Dan Fox. Terry Riley’s In C is performed by Invisible Polytechnic, plus new music from Socrates.

Strange Attractor Salon: Antony Clayton + Boom
12 May 7.00 pm, Cinema 2
£5 talk or film / £8 full event
Antony Clayton asks what lies beneath the city streets, followed by Boom: a film that explores the confrontation between a wealthy woman and penniless poet.

Well-Rounded Records presents Bass Clef + Hounds Of Hate + Deadboy
13 May 9.00 pm, Theatre
£5 including booking fee
The ICA is hosting an exclusive club night from Well Rounded with live sets from Bass Clef & Hounds of Hate and featuring DJ sets from Deadboy and label-founder Donga.

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