Reviewed: the ICA’s new PSP show

The PSP, it turns out, is not just a corking way of carjacking strangers on the street and humiliating your friends in public places: it’s now also th

The PSP, it turns out, is not just a corking way of carjacking strangers on the street and humiliating your friends in public places: it’s now also the perfect vehicle for avant garde culture vultures.

Earlier this week, London’s ICA – the gallery that puts on the modern art show Becks Futures each year – released the ICA Show, a ten minute free video available for download on www.yourpsp.com.

It’s the first episode of a series of twelve, with new instalments planned once a fortnight. So, should you shoot your browser over to Sony’s site to get downloading?

If you like eye candy and froth, the answer’s yes. The first show is slickly edited and presented – as you’d expect from the cooler-than-thou ICA – although the content is a tad mixed.

It starts and ends well, opening with a quick chat with graphic design gurus and ending with UVA, a gang of projection and LED artists who produce incredible visuals for gigs, clubs and more.

The middle, however, sags. There’s a short and not very interesting interview with La Route Da Rock, when all you want to hear is the band’s bleep-and-guitars music, followed by a similarly unenlightening interview about graphic novel adaptation Mirrormask. Again, we’d rather see a trailer of the movie than watch such a superficial interview.

But we gripe. For the grand price of free, this is an engaging little compendium – now all we need is an RSS feed to tell us when new episodes are available. Anyone care to build one?