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The Pump

14 November 2015 to 22 November 2015 | 12pm – 6pm

Battersea, Dyson Building

Throughout 2015/16, the School of Fine Art at the RCA will invite collaborating curators and curatorial agencies to present projects in the Dyson Gallery, Battersea, relating to the themes of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Rise Up & Envision. The Pump is proudly presented in this context and has been made possible by the generous support of the Lithuanian Cultural Council and Flat Time House in collaboration with Arts Catalyst, a future collaborator in the evolution of this exhibit. Curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas and Jennifer Teets. Artists include: Beth Collar, Antanas Gerlikas, John Latham, Michael E. Smith and Michael Van den Abeele.

Valentinas Klimašauskas is a curator and writer interested in the robotics of belles-lettres and the uneven distribution of the future and sharing.  His book B published in 2014 by Torpedo Press, Oslo, contains written exhibitions that float in time and space with or within a joke, one’s mind, Voyager 1, Chauvet Cave or inside the novel 2666 by Roberto Bolaño. Valentinas lives and works from Inkūnai, Lithuania.

Jennifer Teets is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Paris, France. Her research and writing combines inquiry, sciences studies, philosophy, and ficto-critique, and performs as an interrogative springboard for her curatorial practice. She recently presented (w/Margarida Mendes) The World in Which We Occur at the XII Baltic Triennial in Vilnius –  an event series taking place over the telephone, and formulated around questions addressed by speakers across the world. The World in Which We Occur embarks on modern day issues rooted in the history of materiality and flux as well as pertinent politically enmeshed scientific affairs shaping our world today.

Opening vernissage: Friday, 13 November, 7pm
How to Clone a Mammoth (In Three Voices and With a Fisherman's Exaggeration)

A reading night on the poetics of de-extinction in the economy of clicks based on writings by Valentinas Klimašauskas. Using the structure of traditional Lithuanian polyphonic songs, the night will unite fragments, poems, quotes, stories about new friendships (as a metaphor for an old internet), 3D printing humans on Mars, teleporting cloned mammoths, why Gertrude Stein would not pass the Turing test, the AI of language, and random companies of post-humanist assemblages.