Previously at the ICA - Events
27 Jun 2014
The public opening event of Koki Tanaka’s new commission Precarious Tasks #9: 24hrs Gathering.
Accompanying his commission in the Lower Gallery, Koki Tanaka embarks on a series of events, which he refers to as ‘actions’, over a 24-hour period. Programmed within a loose framework shaped by communal involvement and group experiences of everyday rituals, the events refer to past iterations of his ongoing series of works entitled Precarious Tasks. Events include a public reading, a tea-drinking ceremony, and a core group of participants are invited to eat and spend the night sleeping over in the galleries. Audiences are welcome to drop in and out of the events throughout the day and night.
How do we react when disaster strikes? Do we stay where we are and assess the situation? Observe and monitor what’s happening? When do we decide to leave and face the consequences?
On March 11, 2011 one of my friends, an artist, was at an exhibition of his work in a gallery in downtown Tokyo. When the Tohoku earthquake struck the city, he decided to stay in the gallery building until he could find out what was happening outside. In the end, himself, an employee of the gallery and several visitors were stuck there for a number of days.
How was their experience of spending such a long period of time with other people, strangers, in such an unexpected situation?
On 27 June 2014, Precarious Tasks #9 will try to approximate – but not recreate - my friend’s experience by inviting participants to spend 24 hours together with me in the galleries of the ICA. During this period we will take part in several events in order to communicate our experience of this unusual situation. Participants can freely come and go and other visitors of the ICA are welcome to join us by dropping in and out of the events.
Events include reading aloud from our favorite books in public, and drinking tea made from teabags and tealeaves brought along by the participants. There will also be talks, screenings and discussions on the themes of participation, disasters and riots. A core group of participants are invited to eat and spend the night sleeping over in the galleries.
Precarious Tasks #9 is not a re-enactment of a 'not going home' situation, but simply a way of finding out what can – and cannot – be done, said, thought and shared in 24 hours together.
Precarious Tasks #9
27 - 28 June 2014
11:00 - 11:30: Coffee and Orientation of the day
11:30 - 12:00: Health and Safety Introduction
12:00 - 12:30: Lead group to St James Park
12:30 - 13:30: Activity 1: Reading to the public at St James's Park
13:30 - 15:00: Lunch
15:00 - 17:00: Activity 2: Friday Salon: Gallery as Community
17:00 - 17:30: Break for participants
19:00 - 20:00: Dinner
20:00 - 21:00: Activity 4: Talk: Riot From Wrong
23:00 - 00:00: Prepare Studio as location for core member group to sleep
00:00 - 09:00: Sleep
10:00 - 11:00: Breakfast & Activity: Re-staging Precarious Tasks #4: Sharing dreams with others and then putting together a collective story
Please note that photographs will be taken by the artist Koki Tanaka throughout the day, both for his archive and for the ICA to reproduce for promotion and advertising of the programme on the ICA website and other channels. If you have any objections and do not wish to be photographed, please make us aware on arrival at the ICA.
In partnership with ArtWorks: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings, a Paul Hamlyn Special Initiative.