CCA Shows 2020 – Sets and Scenarios
15 June 2020 to 31 July 2020 | Public programme: 15–21 June
In partnership with Nottingham Contemporary
In recent years, the development of media has transformed the way we experience moving images. Sets and Scenarios explores our heightened proximity to images and what it means to live under their influence. From 15 until 21 June, we invite you to navigate a programme that unfolds in three acts, intervals and daily evening screenings.
Commissions by Eva Gold and Adam Christensen delve into notions of control, perversity, desire and heartache. Through text and repurposed film footage, Eva Gold devises scenes of obsessive voyeurism, unravelling how film permeates our dreams and the depth of our psyche. Adam Christensen invites the audience to a performance for the camera in his house-cum-baroque-theatrical-stage, obscuring distinctions between on- and off-set.
In times of reduced mobility, commissions by Aaron Ratajczyk and Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi find motion between images. Aaron Ratajczyk stages a one-to-one rehearsal via video call – the screen as proxy to corporeal normalcy – while movements in time and history are proposed by Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi’s multi-layered films. Presented through a fictitious map, the works expand into a rhizomatic network of different media.
Every evening, Sets and Scenarios presents a screening of moving image works that expand our exploration of the relationship between viewer and screen as images penetrate retina and ear, before creeping beneath the skin, towards the flesh, muscles and viscera. The screening programme features works and contributions by James Richards and Steve Reinke, Cerith Wyn Evans and others to be announced soon.
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 Gasworks, Furtherfield, Open School East, Nottingham Contemporary and Team London Bridge.
Please note: Some works contain adult content. More information can be found on the project website.
The CCA 2020 projects will also be part of RCA2020, launching 16 July.