Seth Price Circa 1981

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

4 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

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The first UK exhibition of US artist Seth Price focuses on his film and video work of the last 20 years.

In its commitment to addressing the modern experience in all its complexity, and particularly the role of art in our lives, the ICA has chosen the work of multi-disciplinary artist Seth Price for a gallery-wide survey.

Price’s work deals with the impact of technology head on, especially in terms of identity and artistic authorship. Working across multiple mediums including sculpture, drawing, print, film and video, music, text, textile and web design, he sometimes distributes his work online, embracing ‘contamination, borrowing, stealing, and horizontal blur’.

By deliberately not involving himself with the curation of this survey, Price allows it to become another unauthored, reconstituted manifestation of his work. More than 20 films and videos are featured in acknowledgement of his early interest in the moving image, encompassing within themselves many other disciplines such as performance, writing, public speaking, musical composition and installation.    

Works include Rejected or Unused Clips, Arranged in Order of Importance (2003), Copyright 2006 Seth Price (2006), Redistribution (2007 – ongoing) and Digital Video Effect: ‘Editions’ (2006). Imagery is appropriated from the various media that engulf society such as advertising and news footage, and also from the artist’s own earlier work. 

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"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)