Ikon’s annual weekend Autumn Almanac returns with an exhibition and sequence of events exploring and celebrating the human voice, encapsulated by the title, ‘The Voice and the Lens’.
Guest curated by Sam Belinfante and Third Ear, The Voice and the Lens features representations of the human voice through film and performance by artists including Turner prize-nominated Elizabeth Price, Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner Christian Marclay and Yoko Ono, exploring the voice through innovative ways of colour and focus, as well as sound.
Throughout the weekend, Ikon’s first floor gallery will be taken over by five new film commissions by both established and emerging film-makers collaborating with leading vocal performers, all wrestling with the intricate relationship between voice and camera, creating works that shed new enlightenment upon the human voice.
The second floor makes way for the iconic explorations of voice by over 20 artists, composers and directors, both recent and historic, including Robert Altman and Jean-Luc Godard, along with contributions from Birmingham Opera, Ex Cathedra, Art Projx and the giant screen at Millennium Point, and depicts our long-held fascination with the human voice and its intricacies.
Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, B1 2HS
8 – 11 November
Words: Charlotte White