Autumn Almanac: The Voice and The Lens

8 - 11th November 2012
Ikon Gallery
Produced by: 
Sam Belinfante and Third Ear

Autumn Almanac, Ikon’s annual weekend festival of music, returns this November with an exhibition and sequence of events exploring the treasures of the human voice.

Guest curated by Sam Belinfante and Third Ear, The Voice and the Lens features representations of the voice in film and performance, with contributions from artists including Turner Prize nominee Elizabeth Price, Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner Christian Marclay, Kurt Schwitters, Anri Sala, Sam Taylor-Wood, Alvin Lucier, Yoko Ono, Birmingham Opera Company and Ex Cathedra.

On Ikon’s first floor, five new film commissions wrestle over the relationship between voice and camera. Established and emerging artist film-makers Sam Belinfante, Amy Cunningham, Bruce McLean, Jayne Parker and Imogen Stidworthy present these new works, made in partnership with leading vocal performers Adam de la Cour, Loré Lixenberg and Elaine Mitchener. Alongside these, artists from Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD) and vocalists from Birmingham Conservatoire contribute their own responses.

In the second floor galleries there are recent and historic iconic performances by over 20 artists, composers and directors including Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Helen Petts, David Toop, Jennifer Walshe, Robert Ashley, Georges Aperghis, Mikhail Karikis, Samuel Beckett, Werner Herzog, and Eric Whitacre. Contributions from Birmingham Opera, Ex Cathedra, Artprojx and the Giant Screen at Millennium Point complete the picture.

A number of talks and events complements the exhibition programme, with guests including Birmingham Opera Company’s dynamic director Graham Vick and Scottish film director Don Boyd.

For details on the talks, screenings and performances and for booking, please click here.


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