The Mall
London, England

ICA founding president Herbert Read described the ICA at its inception as an "adult play centre". This was a serious declaration: Read believed that "aggression is kept in check via sublimation - namely through play." Jasia Reichardt's 1969 exhibition Play Orbit was a literal articulation of Read's commitment to play featuring toys and games as works to be considered as art, however, within the concept of 'play' arguably lies an assumption of a more direct act of participation.

Is the audience a victim in its passivity? Or are strategies of 'involvement' off-putting and even unwanted? Is play a vital dimension for engagement or a banal distraction from the serious business of contemporary exhibition making?

Speakers: Sebastian Boyle, Boyle Family; Jessica Morgan, curator of contemporary art, Tate Modern; Louise Hojer, art theorist and curator; Dr Ricarda Vidal, cultural critic and short film curator. Chair: Marko Daniel, curator of public programmes, Tate Modern.

£10 / £9 Concessions / £8 ICA Members.

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Added by Kevan on January 14, 2008