Ian White (1971-2013) was an influential artist, curator, writer and teacher who lived in London and Berlin. Any frame is a thrown voice at Camden Arts Centre in London is the first major exhibition reflecting on White’s work and includes re-presentations of many significant projects and performances.
White’s works have radically different starting points: the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, the wall labels at Tate, a film archive in Berlin, listings from a gay cruising website. Any frame is a thrown voice revisits several of these key works, rearticulating them as installations, documentary materials, or performances reimagined by contemporary artists. As such, the exhibition engages with some of the issues White was most keenly concerned with: the notion of “liveness” in a screening or event, the challenges involved in re-performance of historical works, and the vital role of the audience member.
Any frame is a thrown voice is a speculative thinking aloud about the future life of White’s works, exploring how they may act as a catalyst in the present rather than as relics of the past.
As part of the exhibition, artists and performers Julie Cunningham, Sharon Hayes, Emma Hedditch, Evan Ifekoya and Adrian Rifkin will revisit White’s performance work and film programming.
Ian White’s performances – both solo and collaborative – were staged at venues including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London; the Chisenhale Gallery, London; Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. White organised many influential screenings, events and exhibitions for venues including The Horse Hospital, LUX and the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kino Arsenal, Berlin; and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. He taught extensively, holding positions at Goldsmiths’ Department of Art and the Dutch Art Institute amongst others, and was leader of the LUX Associate Artists Programme (2007-13), an experimental post-graduate programme for artists working with the moving image.