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Brief Published: 31 Jul 2013

ICA: Kenneth Anger Weekend


London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) hosted a mini-festival last weekend screening the movies of Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Stylus attended the two-day event (July 27-28), which saw Anger himself taking part in a Q&A on Sunday.

The 86-year-old’s work spans from 1947 until the present day, showcasing occult and homoerotic themes in a distinctly modern fashion. The ICA screenings included Fireworks (1947), Scorpio Rising (1963) and Onvocation of My Demon Brother (1969). Diverse music compositions alongside analogue imagery gave a glimpse into his supernatural and, at times, humorous world.

A noted muse to American filmmaker David Lynch, Anger has directed campaigns for Italian fashion house Missoni and has collaborated with French fashion designer Agnes B. A charismatic and warm speaker, he spoke about his personal aesthetic and expressed his sadness towards the use of digital camera in film, noting that “film is losing a personal touch”.

Anger’s screening ties in with a recurring number of ‘outsider’ themes in art and design. Look to current exhibition The Alternative Guide To The Universe at London’s Hayward Gallery for further inspiration on Outsider Art.