From 18 to 20 May 2018, the ICA in London presents a programme of screenings, discussions and workshops exploring Shu Lea Cheang's concept of NEO ULTRA PUNK, the attitude of ‘a nouveau queer generation that includes refugees, migrants, functional diversity, transfeminism, open families, subversive motherhoods, forms of sustainable living and the rise of self-defence practices for self-empowerment.’
NEO ULTRA PUNK is a performative and analytic exploration of fluidity and is a space where code, flesh and chemicals blend into one another. The programme includes a screening of shorts by Cheang, Elizabeth Mputu, Ayesha Tan Jones, Zach Blas, Natasha Lall, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, a screening of Cheang’s cypherpunk, sci-fi porn feature film Fluidø followed by a Q&A between the artist and Matthew Fuller, an open casting for speculative sequel Fluidø 2, and a physical and metaphysical self-defence class for women, non-binary people and QTIPoC witches.
The programme is presented in collaboration with Res. where Cheang’s work is currently featured in Alembic III: Shu Lea Cheang + Annabelle Craven-Jones. The exhibition runs until 16 June and features a recreation of Those Fluttering Objects of Desire (1992), Cheang’s coin-operated, gender fluid porno booth installation.