We were at the ICA last night to watch Mirrormask and listen to Dave McKean and had to pinch ourselves again at what an important part of London life the Institute is. We spent all of £4.50 for a great night out and we haven't got a clue how the ICA continually manages to offer so much when so many other places offer so little. Reading about the Triennial exhibition at the Tate Britain in The Scotsman we had to smile wryly at the thought of the place back in 1976:
Cosey Fanni Tutti sparked controversy in 1976 by displaying tampons at the exhibition, designed to show pornography as an art form, at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts... (and) teamed up with performance artist Genesis P-Orridge, of rock band Throbbing Gristle
Now that must have been quite a show although the wording of the article makes us think that The Scotsman doesn't actually realise that Cosey was one of the founding members of Throbbing Gristle. Anyheck, some of that original exhibition is now on show at The Tate. Full details here, but the important thing to note is that it's FREE.
Throbbing Gristle have a new album out this year - you can read about it here while Cosey's website is well worth a look. We also found this photo gallery by Andrew Gowans who took it upon himself to track down their Death Factory for part of his MA, "which is looking at the relationship between music and place - focusing on Throbbing Gristle and Hackney". Awesome.