fig-2 46/50 Vesna Petresin

16 Nov 2015 – 22 Nov 2015

Event times

Monday: 6 - 8pm
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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Vesna Petresin’s practice merges film and sound, with performance, spatial fractions and immersive experiences. In her performances, Petresin explores embodiment, transition, the manipulation of time and movement, alongside the barriers between the intimate and the public sphere. For her new commission at fig-2, Petresin concentrates on the legacy of the concept of time and synaesthesia in syncretic art, as well as research from her performances which refer to the dynamic, transformative and evolving life-giving female principle. Using her voice and movement meditation, she constructes a trichotomy of structures: sound, image and light, exploring the concept of time in relation to body, movement, space and emotions. Petresin lays the ground for a musical and light-oriented landscape that moves around the bodies of the audience members as they engage with the filmic component. Drawing influences from Bergsonian ideation of time and Heideggerian conceptualisation of in-being (da sein), Petresin seeks to elucidate the ability of forming a meaningful relationship with the world. Her works bring together the three ecstasies and epiphanies of temporality; voice, movement and the subconscious.

An artist-led guided movement session will take place at the end of the week, and takes its structure from elements of martial arts, Fluxus, Butoh, sonic topology and body consciousness techniques. Tickets for the event will be available on ICA website from Thursday 13th of November.

Please join us for the weekly Last Chance Exhibition Tour on Sunday at 5pm.



Vesna Petresin (b. 1971, Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a trans-disciplinary artist and thinker, and has a practice as a performer, time-architect, space-composer, writer and educator. She has exhibited and performed at Tate Modern, ArtBasel Miami, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Academy of Arts, Venice Biennale, Cannes International Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Secession, World Architecture Festival and Beijing Architecture Biennale. She is a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, works for the Topology Research Unit, is Artist in Residence at ZKM and was Director of the London-based art collective and think tank Rubedo.


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