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Zoology

Posted by cathedralofshit on May 12, 2010

Invited to use the ICA by Ekow Eshun and David Thorp, the Zoo Art Fair were dismayed to have the offer withdrawn. Apparently curatorial staff said that they didn’t want it and Ekow didn’t want to upset them. Might be a little bit too late for that? Rumour is Richard Birkett will be quitting long before October to go to Artists’ Space in New York. Last we heard, the other ‘Curator’ was an ‘Assistant Curator’ covering someone’s maternity leave (its so hard to keep up). Perhaps the real problem was that Zoo would have given the rest of the current programme a run for it’s money…

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Did He Jump?

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 2, 2010

This in from an ICA source. Well, the spy-microphone we have hidden under an office pot plant… it reflects well on Sladen that he refused to accept the consensus & the shame attached to Yentob and Eshun…

So…. it seems Sladen was pushed. As part of the restructure, his post as curator of exhibitions was made redundant. He applied and interviewed for a new Director-of-Programme post, but in the interview made it clear that he would not be able to take up the post unless Ekow resigned, having lost all confidence in him as Director. He was then reportedly chased across the office by a shouting Alan Yentob, who swept Sladen’s stuff off his desk. Front of House staff have been told not to allow Sladen back in the building. Who or what replaces him is unclear, as the ‘Reading Group’ plan for managing the exhibitions programme seems to have been abandoned, but David Thorp, who carried out the restructuring consultancy last year is rumoured to be standing in.

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