16th July 2008, 8pm
Conceptual artist Seth Kim-Cohen presents 68SFTD, a 68-minute live minimalist performance based on Sympathy for the Devil.
The Stones' classic is played by members of Portishead, PJ Harvey, Brand New Heavies, Number One Cup, Beth Orton's band, Mira Calix's band, the Fire Show, and Sarah Nicolls.
During the 68 minutes, memories of 1968 - the Prague Spring, Paris in May, the Chicago Seven protests at the Democratic National Convention, the My Lai Massacre, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy - are evoked. Ideas of progress, resolution and authority are replaced by repetition, extreme duration and the downplaying of virtuosity, through the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the circularity of Can and the Velvet Underground, the extended grooves of James Brown and Miles Davis.
Like a demon accountant calculating the tenor of the times, Sympathy for the Devil tallies the spirit of 1968.
£8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members.
Tickets are available from the ICA box office on 020 7930 3647 or visit http://www.ica.org.uk/68SFTD+17129.twl
Advance booking advised.
London, SW1Y 5AH
nearest tube stations: Piccadilly or Charing Cross