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A 10-minute arts bulletin for users of Sony's Playstation Portable (PSP) is being offered for download by London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

ICA: The Show includes short features on emerging New York band Battles and the recent fantasy film Mirrormask.

ICA artistic director Ekow Eshun said the initiative was "putting art and culture directly in people's hands".

Arts minister David Lammy said the scheme could represent "a pivotal development for culture in the UK".

Each show, available to download from the website yourpsp.com, is divided into four segments - features, film, music and design.

'Opinion formers'

The next instalment, available in a fortnight's time, will showcase the comic-book film V for Vendetta and profile the animator Rex.

Ekow Eshun
Eshun was appointed the ICA's artistic director in March 2005
"With ICA: The Show, we're identifying the best in contemporary culture and connecting with the huge audience of PSP users," said Eshun, saying his was the first arts institution in the world to use technology in this way.

Sarah Weir, executive director of Arts Council England, said the partnership with Sony's PSP format would allow the ICA "to develop a new and lasting relationship with a community of visually aware young opinion formers".

Last year the PSP became Britain's fastest-selling games console, with more than 185,000 units sold in its first four days in UK shops.

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