ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art is an organisation based in Gothenburg, Sweden, which develops and produces art projects in collaboration with artists based on a curatorial idea of the relational and intedisciplinary, combining performative practices with art in the public space and participatory methodologies. ICIA seeks to expand the notion of the audience by producing exhibitions in situations and contexts that correspond with the artistic content, which often takes place outside of the traditional art institution.  

ICIA initiates, runs and executes its own art projects, often in collaborations with other organisations or art institutions. ICIA has no permanent exhibition space of its own, but instead initiating projects with contemporary art that sometime takes place outside of the traditional institutions, and sometime in collaborations with existing institutions and exhibitions spaces. In 2014, ICIA produced the art project Counterparts, with 42 participating Swedish and international artists consisting of new productions in fourteen sites around the city of Gothenburg. In 2016-2017, ICIA works with the overall thematic Aesthetic of Law, which includes several new commissions and projects. 

ICIA was founded in response to the need of an institute that works strategically with development issues within the art field. Commissioners include municipalities, regions, art organisations and institutions, as well as businesses that in various ways require professional consultancy regarding structural development areas within contemporary art. ICIA unifies the analysis of ideas, art politics and artistic production. 

ICIA pursues various development projects. Design, Ideology and Ethics (2013-2014) examined which role design can take in a critical social debate, a role that does not necessarily originate from the conditions of the market. Design is usually described as focused on solutions and possibilities. That part of design which is called critical design diverses from this doctrine. Rather than finding solutions of a problem, it questions, surveys and analyses different issues.   

ICIA is politically unaffiliated, but politics is a strong driving force, especially the politics of art. The relevance of critical art is greater than ever. In our times of economism there is a great need for spaces that dare to discuss and test our established ideals and see to other human values rather than just those that are measurable and short-term.

ICIA aims to become one of Sweden’s most relevant art organisations and to take part in developing the forms and conditions of the importance of contemporary art in our society through various productions, exhibitions, publications and strategic assignments, as well as international collaborations.