fig-2 48/50 Seth Ayyaz

30 Nov 2015 – 6 Dec 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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Seth Ayyaz has been commissioned to create a new configuration of work, which marks the fourth and final expansion of fig-2 into the premises of the ICA Theatre alongside the ICA Studio. Ayyaz brings together three significant strands of his practice into a new formulation: an installation of his multi-channel AAdM Listening system, two electroacoustic concerts, and a specially commissioned publication, as well as supporting events.

For his first solo exhibition, Ayyaz connects two distinct spaces, unfolding two different experiences of listening. Transforming the ICA Theatre into a forest of sounds, he uses the AAdM system to carve paths for the audience to walk through and immerse themselves in the experiences of listening. In the Studio, Ayyaz provides an alternative experience of using the same self-regulating system, which responds to the change of architecture and acoustics. The installation will be active during the week, complemented by two performances of a triptych of electroacoustic works. These critically address both Islamic sonic culture and current Orientalist fantasies that construct it as an alterity.

The two concerts ‘On the Admissibility of Sound’ include ‘Makharej’ which emerges as a trajectory through the Arabic letters; ‘The Remainder’ as an investigation into medieval number theory and algorithm; and ‘the bird ghost at the zaouia’ as a conversation about religious debates and place (book here). Taking up an expanded notion of listening, artist Lisa Skuret will realise a listening laboratory on Saturday (book here). On the same day a discussion between Seth Ayyaz, Lisa Skuret, Joel Vacheron, Fatos Üstek and guests, will contextualise the topics raised through the week (book here).

This project has been realised with the generous support of the Arts Council England.



On the Admissibility of Sound 
Monday 30 Nov
ICA Theatre
6.30 – 8 pm

 On the Admissibility of Sound
Thursday 3 Dec
ICA Theatre
7.30 – 9 pm

 Workshop by Lisa Skuret:
Messy and Material: Listening Laboratory
Saturday 5 Dec
ICA Studio
1.30 – 3 pm 

Listening Through a Beam of Intense Darkness
Saturday 5 Dec
ICA Studio
4 – 5 pm


Fatos Üstek

Exhibiting artists

Seth Ayyaz


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