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Curating Contemporary Art presents: ... all silent but for the buzzing ...

6 March 2014 to 23 March 2014 | 11am – 6pm


John Cage, Henri Chopin, Patrick Coyle, Ian Giles, Marlene Haring, Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Small, Patrick Hough, Jacob Kirkegaard, Liz Magic Laser, Lina Lapelytė, Hassan Meer, Nástio Mosquito, Laure Prouvost, Ryder Ripps, Alex Schweder, John Stezaker, Jon Wozencroft

Graduating RCA Curating Contemporary Art students present an international group exhibition that explores the indistinct spaces which lie between chatter and silence.

Taking its title from Samuel Beckett’s Not I (1972), … all silent but for the buzzing … aims to transport the distant whispering of Beckett’s play into the exhibition space. Viewers are invited to experience a variety of mediums, scales and spectra of sounds through artists’ installations, sculptures, collages and performances.

Distant whispering becomes overwhelming chatter as John Stezaker’s charged video collage creates a sensory bombardment of repetitive images. Omani artist Hassan Meer’s video installation immerses the viewer in a contemplative experience of both physical and psychological suppression. Patrick Hough investigates the construction and representation of historical objects and their narratives in the present, while the provocative videos of Angolan artist and musician Nástio Mosquito creates an audiovisual cacophony to question stereotypes of communication and cultural identity. Liz Magic Laser further emphasises the performative and political strategies of media rhetoric.

 Viewers can participate in Marlene Haring’s Solo Show (Face Up) (2012), a bar for one guest at a time. The internal and personal experience of sound defines Jacob Kirkegaard’s installation Labyrinthitis (2007), as well as an interactive audio guide, including Turner Prize winning artist Laure Prouvosts Pink Cloud (2012). The audio guide will also feature an integration of ongoing performance and sound work by Lina Lapelytė, whom Brian Eno recognises as ‘working right at the edge of what popular music could become’.

sound + gesture:  a weekend of events
15 – 16 March 2014

All events are free but booking is required for those with links.

body – gesture: Saturday 15 March, 2-8pm

2-3pm              Guided tours with the curators

3-4pm              Clay Meditation by Ian Gilesbook here  

4-5pm              Sound Cloud by Jon Wozencroftbook here  

5-6pm              Guided tours with the curators

6-7pm              by Alexandrina Hemsley & Jamila Johnson-Smallbook here

7:30-8pm        TESTIFY by Nástio Mosquitobook here

language – sound: Sunday 16 March, 2-6pm

2pm                 Restaging of John Cage’s 4’33’’ 

2-3pm              Guided tours with the curators

4:30-5pm        She Couldn’t Imagine What It Looked Like by Patrick Coyle: book here  

5-6pm              Guided tours with the curators 

On both days Marlene Haring’s bar for one person Solo Show (Face Up) and Lina Lapelytė’s audio and performance piece Yes, Really! will take place in the galleries. 

For further information about sound + gesture contact Paula Lopez [email protected]

To be kept up to date with events, follow on Facebook or Twitter: @BuzzingRCA.