fig-2 18/50 Kathryn Elkin

4 May 2015 – 10 May 2015

Event times

Monday: 6 - 8pm, access from Carlton House Terrace only
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Thursday: 11am - 9pm

Cost of entry

Day membership to the ICA is £1 Tuesday - Sunday. There is no charge at the fig-2 Monday openings.

Day membership is free to annual ICA members, ICA ticket holders, and free with the National Art Pass.


London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Circus / Charing Cross

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Kathryn Elkin’s new commission ‘The Elephants in the Room’ merges modes of improvisation with immediacy of response in the form of a collaboration between the artist and the musician Okkyung Lee. As a conversation point and a reference for Lee’s improvisation they worked through the adagietto from Mahler’s 5th Symphony, which was famously used in Visconti’s masterpiece Death in Venice. Elkin worked with artist Lucy Parker shooting the film, with cellist Richard Thomas acting as a sound recordist. Parker and Thomas lend their own interpretations of Elkin’s intentions in documenting the sessions with Lee, each negotiating their own role in the studio set-up. Lee’s canny understanding of Elkin’s interest in the score and its associations as well as her understanding of the dualism of her role in the film at hand - as composer and as performer/subject - makes for a broad range of collaborative harmonies and dissonances. ‘The Elephants in The Room’, features two performances entitled Mud, a 22 minute vocal work that accompanies the video, on the opening evening and on Sunday 10th. Please book your tickets for the Sunday performance here.

Commissioned by fig-2 and CCA Glasgow. Generously supported by Outset Scotland.


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Exhibiting artists

Kathryn Elkin


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