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World Report

the new curators at the London ICA

“This is Grand Central Station, not the Bates Motel,” declares Philip Dodd, director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Dodd’s vision of the ICA as an open “network of relationships” will advance a step with his appointment of a semi-independent four-person team to curate this institute’s exhibitions program (following the departure of Emma Dexter—exhibitions director from 1992 to 1999—for Tate Modern). Dodd wants the new associate directors to furnish a program that avoids a London-centric view and reflects the most exciting trends in the UK, central Europe, and the world; he hopes the team will test the institutional boundaries of fine-art exhibiting and anticipates plenty of exposure for new media. So, gearing up for the test are UK-based artist, curator and writer Matthew Higgs; writer and Stedelijk Museum curator Martin van Nieuwenhuyzen; new-media specialist and associate

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