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CCA Shows 2020 – Empathy Loading

15 June 2020 to 31 July 2020 | Public programme: 15–21 June

Online Project

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In partnership with Furtherfield

Empathy Loading is a transdisciplinary online art project inquiring into affective relationships between humans and non-humans. These emotional connections are the objects of speculation in the works of Friendred, Elisa Giardina Papa, Vishal Kumaraswamy and Marie-Eve Levasseur, who each submitted a creative ‘proposition’ in response to these themes. The artworks reflect upon the interweaving of the synthetic and organic worlds, and the emergence of new forms of caretaking and caregiving. One submission, by Vishal Kumaraswamy, was chosen to be developed further into the project’s main online commission. Speculating on the potential of alternative systems of care for and with technology, all artists’ responses, exhibited on the Empathy Loading website, invite consideration of meaningful interactions between humans and machines by developing new forms of intimacy. Launching on 15 June, the website will feature artist interviews, a curatorial statement, a newly commissioned creative text by poet and programmer Allison Parrish and host a live public programme.

This project is one of the Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art Shows 2020. MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) graduating students will present five final projects in collaboration with leading UK based art organisations GasworksFurtherfieldOpen School EastNottingham Contemporary and Team London Bridge.

The CCA 2020 projects will also be part of RCA2020, launching 16 July.


Amina Abbas-NazariFriendredElisa Giardina PapaVishal KumaraswamyMarie-Eve LevasseurAllison Parrish


Studio Hyte


Maria Cynkier, Jiayi Du, Sakhi Gokhale, Eve Miller, Vanessa Wang, Haseeb Ullah Zafar, Huanzhi Zhang