The ICA at Selfridges: A Journey Through London Subculture

— 11 September 2013

The ICA at Selfridges: A Journey Through London Subculture

Selfridges London welcomes a new exhibition and series of events curated by the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 13 September – 20 October 2013.

‘A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now’ investigates the connections between London’s creative past and present. The project, housed in the Old Selfridges Hotel, revisits the moment when 80s counterculture entered the mainstream and explores the creative links to today’s emerging art scene.

Gilbert & George, Alexander McQueen, and Louise Gray are amongst the 60 influential figures from London’s creative scene who have been involved in the project, which brings together a wide range of imagery, videos and installations across the worlds of art, fashion, graphics, craft and design.

Come and visit the exhibition from 12-6pm every day in the Old Selfridges Hotel. We are also hosting a series of talks and events to coincide with the exhibition - all these events are free so please arrive early to guarantee entry:

14 September – 3:30pm, SHOWstudio

The award winning fashion website SHOWstudio will be screening fashion films from their archive, and hosting a live discussion of the J.W. Anderson SS14 show with SHOWstudio's Fashion Editor Lou Stoppard and a panel of key fashion industry insiders, including Katie Baron, Hettie Judah, Soki Mak and Brix Smith-Start.

21 September – 2pm, Tom Dixon: Nightclubs, Bass Guitars and Welding Torches

To coincide with The London Design Festival, Simon Mills hosts a conversation with designer Tom Dixon and artist Bethan Laura Wood discussing the 1987 Crafts Council exhibition, 'The New Spirit in Craft & Design'.

21 September – 7pm, Out of the Box: Live Warhol Time Capsule Opening

We link up with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, to exclusively live stream the opening of one of Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules by the project cataloguing team.

28 September – 2pm, Flyers: The Facebook of the Pre-Internet Age

What were the equivalents to social media in the 1980s? Chaired by Charlie Porter, this panel discussion with Princess Julia, Louise Gray and Jeffery Hinton, looks at how people connected and shared prior to the Internet – namely club flyers, listings, magazines, and from hanging out in shops and hairdressers.

5 October – 2pm, Club Culture: Evolution of the London Scene

 This panel discussion with Joe Muggs, Keith Reilly, Noel Watson and Sarah Lockhart, examines the ways in which London club culture has developed over the past three decades, evolving from the basements of Soho to the super-clubs of the 1990s; and subsequently to the alternative scenes of East London that meld the worlds of art, fashion and music.

12 October – 2pm, Accumulate, Appropriate

Following the threads of past movements such as Creative Salvage, this talk with Bonnie Champlin and Haroon Mirza focuses on the character of accumulation and appropriation in contemporary artistic practices. 

19 October – 12:30pm, Collecting Art in the Age of Digital Technology

This talk, with Sabrina Buell, Vanessa Carlos Lisa Schiff and Thomas Galbraith, explores the many ways in which the digital world has impacted on the art market, from online auction houses to Internet art. The panel will explore the shifting landscape, speculating on how it will continue to change and evolve. 

19 October – 2pm, Bright Young Things

A selection of Selfridges' up-and-coming Bright Young Things – including designers, artists, animators present their practices, ending the series of talks with a glimpse into the future.