Curating Contemporary Art Graduate Exhibition 2015

Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Preview: 5 March, 6pm–8pm
Open: 6 – 22 March, 11am–5pm daily
Free admission

Graduating students on the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA programme present their final exhibitions at the RCA Galleries. In contrast to previous years, the students have chosen to present four independent exhibitions. Collectively, they involve artists, theatre designers, and writers from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and are engaged in themes of cybernetics, speculative fiction, language and globalisation.

Each project has produced an essay outlining the curatorial intentions and concerns of their project which can be found on the Notebook page. Notebook is a printed publication that brings together the four curatorial essays of each project in expanded form, along with commissioned essays by Ricardo Basbaum, Anna Gritz, Mark von Schlegell and Dr. Marquard Smith, and will be published to coincide with the RCA Show 2015.

 

Black Box Formula

Black Box Formula is an exhibition of new work by contemporary artists reflecting on the nature of the Black Box, a concept used in technology and social sciences. Artists employ prosthetics, networks and post-human thinking in works displayed in an installation evocative of the Black Box process.

 

Harry Sanderson, καυστός, 2014. Acrylic glass with milled caustics and artist's digital image, 20cm x 30cm. Courtesy of the artist
Harry Sanderson, καυστός, 2014. Acrylic glass with milled caustics and artist’s digital image, 20cm x 30cm. Courtesy of the artist

Artists: Zac Blas, Harry Sanderson, Hyungkoo Lee, Lawrence Lek, YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Curators: Jintaeg Jang, Georgia Muenster, Joni Zhu

 

Echo Chamber

Echo Chamber is a new commission by acclaimed theatre designer Chloe Lamford, currently Royal Court Theatre Associate Artist. The project is a unique collaboration with Lamford, reframing relationships between contemporary art and theatre. The audience is invited into a dystopic future world, a theatrical set where a programme of artists’ interventions, performances and screenings unfold over the course of the exhibition.

 

Echo Chamber, 2014. Courtesy of Chloe Lamford
Echo Chamber, 2014. Courtesy of Chloe Lamford

Artists: Chloe Lamford, The ARKA Group, Bedwyr Williams, Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Mark Aerial Waller and the editors of Living in the Future

Curators: Sofia Akram, Olivia Leahy, Jane Scarth, Alexander Taber

 

statement house (temporary title)

An ambitious commission, statement house (temporary title) by French artist Jean-Pascal Flavien continues his international series of houses for living, resting and working. Located outside the RCA’s main entrance, the site-specific structure will host writers engaged in ‘writing the house’. statement house (temporary title) is the artist’s first commission in the UK and will run until 3 May 2015.

 

statement house (temporary title), Jean-Pascal Flavien Painted cardboard 20 x 20 x 11.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Catherine Bastide and Galerie Esther Schipper
statement house (temporary title), Jean-Pascal Flavien
Painted cardboard 20 x 20 x 11.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Catherine Bastide and Galerie Esther Schipper

Artist: Jean-Pascal Flavien

Curators: Sophie Oxenbridge, Katherine Reynolds

 

Whose Game Is It?

Whose Game Is It? is an exhibition that considers contemporary socio-political questions in a globalised world of disparities and hegemonies. The exhibition asks audiences to reflect on these issues through playful and interactive works including a doughnut-shaped table-tennis table.

 

Lee Wen, Ping Pong Go Around, mixed media, 2012, exhibition: Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 20 April - 10 June 2012. Image courtesy of the artist
Lee Wen, Ping Pong Go Around, mixed media, 2012, exhibition: Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, 20 April – 10 June 2012. Image courtesy of the artist

Artists: Han Ishu, Lee Wen, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Raqs Media Collective, Tintin Wulia

Curators: Kodama Kanazawa, Jennifer Lam, Hena Lee, Yingting Xie

 

Notebook

Notebook is a printed publication that brings together the four graduation exhibitions and will be published in May.

Editor: Edward Ball

Contributors: Ricardo Basbaum, Anna Gritz, Mark von Schlegell, Dr Marquard Smith

 

The projects are supported by:

Altro, ArtQuarters Press, The RCA Students’ Union Co-Presidents Fund, Farrow & Ball, Fluxus Foundation, Institut Français, The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, Romanian Cultural Centre, London, Tall Consulting Structural Engineers, Vezzini & Chen, White Rainbow Gallery, London, The White Wall Company.

With additional support from Galerie Catherine Bastide and Esther Schipper.

 

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Screening Event: Mark Aerial Waller – ‘The Sons of Temperance’, 7pm.

Join us in Echo Chamber for a special screening event of Mark Aerial Waller‘s film The Sons of Temperance.
This is the final event in Echo Chamber‘s programme, please do join us to conclude the exhibition with this event.

Book your place here!
If you require further information, please email jane.scarth@network.rca.ac.uk

Mark Aerial Waller, The Sons of Temperance, Infrared video to DIGIbeta, 9 min, 2000. Courtesy of the artist and RODEO
Mark Aerial Waller, The Sons of Temperance, 2000, infrared video to DIGIbeta, 9 min. Courtesy of the artist and RODEO

The Sons of Temperance (2000)

Saturday 21 March 2015
19:00, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery

The medium of video: a trail of data, exists only when it is decoded and interpreted by the apparatus built for it. It could well disappear, or the data could easily be overlooked and its container be considered the subject.

The video is introduced by a voice explaining how audio recordings can be extracted from collections of ancient ceramics: when a pot was spun on a wheel, the potter’s fingernails or tools would resonate with the voices or sounds of what was happening in the vicinity, to create grooves in the clay, which can be played back rather like a vinyl recording.

Jumping forwards in time to a near future, archaeologists furtively meet to share playbacks of recordings held in crystal glasses, using a new ‘laser diffraction technique’ whereby deformations in crystal structure hold recordings of their time of existence. The work unearths questions of how information from the past could unknowingly be surrounding us now, how do we find the ability to interpret the information once it is legible and does a poetic relation to archaeology improve our chances of understanding it?

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mark Aerial Waller lives and works in London. Waller makes work that integrates drawing, objects, video and live events to explore the limitations of context for interpretation, for an experience of video defined in spatial and situational terms. His many films, installations and events address questions of the encryption, transmission and interpretation of culture across time. He explores the idea of data as in-between, as the interstitial register between times and locations. His work has been seen internationally at institutions such as Tate and Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Musee D’art Moderne de la Ville De Paris; and Madre, Naples. His work is in distribution at LUX and he is represented by RODEO.

 

 

Contra-internet Workshop with Zach Blas

Tuesday 17 March 2015

15:00 – 17:00, Henry Moore Gallery

 

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Book your place here!

Contra-internet describes the emerging artistic militancies and political subversions of neoliberal, networked digital technologies. Recognising the internet as a premier arena of control today, it is both a refusal of, or exodus from, the internet and also an attempt to build aesthetico-political alternatives to its infrastructures. Aspects of Contra-internet include the global proliferation of autonomous networks and development of encryption tactics.

This workshop will be held alongside the Black Box Formula exhibition in the Henry Moore Gallery at the RCA. In a short lecture, Blas will explore contemporary aesthetico-political militancies, subversions and alternatives to the internet. The lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion on selected readings and a performative group exercise regarding the Contra-sexual and the Contra-internet.

Both a critique of the internet as a totalised, organising logic and agent of neoliberal control, Contra-internet offers a genealogical, methodological and speculative pathway for artists and activists interested in technology, politics and social change, diverging from the ever-popular realm of post-internet.Contra-internet is a conceptual, practical and experimental framework for uniting explicitly political positions that understand internet technologies as bound to mechanisms that vehemently police and criminalize populations — biometric regulation, drone attacks and data surveillance.

This workshop will contain material of a sexual nature.

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA, Los Angeles; quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier Wien; Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. In 2012-13, he was an artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab and Performative Nanorobotics Lab, University of California, San Diego. In 2013-14, Blas was a resident at Eyebeam in New York City, The White Building in London and The Moving Museum in Istanbul.

 

Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni – ‘Nocturnal Committee: Session 24, 14/3/2125. Ora Serrata: recovered fragments of an unbearable body’

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Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni, Ora Serrata: Datacrash 439 and 752. Courtesy of the artists

 

Ora Serrata: recovered fragments of an unbearable body

 

To whom it may regard, regardless,

We request your presence for the 24th session of the Nocturnal Committee. Another significant leakage of unidentified visual and aural material – though clearly pertaining to what we have now categorized as “film” – has recently been recuperated from an external drive this time discovered in an allotment in the Yvellines district of Northern France. 

We believe the drive is from the last generation of external hardware to be produced, probably dating from around 2060. Thanks to protective titanium casing, it was only partially corrupted although so far we have only been able to salvage 7% of the data it contained, which we have been reconstructing using Piecemeal, a new retrieval application developed by comrades in the Luria network. 

As exposure to this material, much of it extremely fragmentary, can cause disorientation, it has been decided that, for the moment at least, it should be viewed collectively (we have reason to believe that it may once have been part of a group ritual) through a process of hypnagogic attunement that will enable us to draw upon the vestiges of a transversal morphogenetic image repertoire. Apart from images and sounds, we have recovered a number of text fragments, including the following:

We are between the last rays of seeing and a new kind of blindness, the blindness of disconnected memory, of unworlding. Like the crack in the teacup that opens a lane to the land of the dead, we hold to these small fissures in the walls of metered time which close in on us a little more each day and in the same short breath abandon them to an uncertain future that you, whoever you may be who still dwell in the ora serrata, may put them to the lessful uses that purpose is not fit for.

 

Those who choose to accept the call of the Nocturnal Committee should respond to this message via nocturnal.committee@gmail.com asap with the Latin password that completes the ora serrata.

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Events Programme

Friday 6 March
All day
Echo Chamber – Bedwyr Williams’s film ECHT

Saturday 7 March
11.00 – 17.00
Echo Chamber – Each hour, on the hour, the curators perform The Response by Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet

14.00
statement house (temporary title) – Artist’s talk by Jean-Pascal Flavien

15.00
Curators’ Tour – A guided tour around the exhibitions with introductions by curators from each project.

15.00 – 17.00
Whose Game Is It? – Tea with curators at Raqs Media Collective’s With Respect to Residue

Saturday 14 March
15.00
Curators’ Tour – A guided tour around the exhibitions with introductions by curators from each project

15.00 – 17.00
Whose Game Is It? – Tea with curators at Raqs Media Collective’s With Respect to Residue

23.45 – 04.00
Echo Chamber – Graeme Thomson and Silvia Maglioni host Nocturnal Committee: Session 24, 14/3/2125. Ora Serrata: recovered fragments of an unbearable body (booking essential)

Tuesday 17 March
15.00 – 17.00
Black Box Formula – Zach Blas: Contra-internet Workshop

Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 March
All day
Echo Chamber – The ARKA group create new sculptural work On Between Again

Saturday 21 March
All day
Echo Chamber – Premier: Video Instruction for the Last Sculpture by Mark Aerial Waller

15.00
Curators’ Tour – A guided tour around the exhibitions with introductions by curators from each project

15.00 – 17.00
Whose Game Is It? – Tea with curators at Raqs Media Collective’s With Respect to Residue

19.00
Echo Chamber – Screening event: The Sons of Temperance by Mark Aerial Waller

Sunday 22 March
15.00 – 17.00
Whose Game Is It? Terra Incognita, et cetera: a closing party with artist Hiroki Yamamoto

Monday 4 May
statement house (temporary title) closes