Vtopos at StudioRCA Riverlight & Embassy Gardens
1 June 2016 to 1 June 2016 | 2pm 9pm
StudioRCA, Unit F1, 1 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5AU
Vtopos at StudioRCA: A series of talks about public space-gardens and urban agriculture.
“I think there something interesting about the garden as a machine but also how the industrial revolution changed the landscape. Battersea has a history of growing food with its' own Battersea artichoke (Probably a Jerusalem artichoke) and the Nine Elm melon.” – Lou-Atessa Marcellin
2–6pm, StudioRCA Riverlight
2–3pm: Pea Proposals
The pleasure and politics of public art is the interest of Pea Proposals, set up by artists Sarah Staton and Demelza Watts. This research group provides an umbrella for considering how 20 years of socially engaged public art impacts on the object. In this StudioRCA talk, longer histories of art and gardens will be considered, and the garden's role as horizontal plinth for sculpture will be celebrated
3–3:30pm: Friche presents Diaspore
Presentation of the Diaspore project by Friche (Lou-Atessa Marcellin & Edward Hill)
4–4:30pm: Future Farm Lab
Phoebe Tickell and team.
Future Farm Lab explores the future of our food and what we can do to shape more sustainable and resilient food system. Along with their presentation they will be serving up some thought-provoking and taste-tantalising refreshments!
Edward Brial and John Bertolaso and Gabriel Brückner
The trio will be presenting their research on the future of agroecology, looking at the potential of indigenous orphan crops to contribute to more resilient agricultural systems and to food security worldwide.
6-9pm, Embassy Gardens
Nora Silva with Platform Desayuno
About the Participants
Erola Arcalís' ( Maó, Menorca, 1986 ) expressive works evolve around botanical analogies and mythologies, enabling a mode of storytelling around constructed sets. Her work Absurd Grafting combines the paused process of still life photography with installation, to manipulate botanical objects, presenting them as though they were sculptures. The interplay between synthetic and natural is further explored in her series Paradise Lost, where crops of a diorama of the Garden of Eden are represented.
Recently exhibited works include Paradise Lost, Morgan Showroom, London, April, 2016; Absurd Grafting installation, Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Natura Morta, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, London, 2015.
Nora Silva (1988) is a Spanish-Chilean artist interested in addressing political issues through the informality of jokes and the seduction of the uncanny. Defining political by its Greek etymology which refers to its collective sense: ‘the process of making uniform decisions applying to all members of a group’, Silva’s practice is intimately linked to the social. She also utilises food very often as medium, material or process. norasilva.com
Friche is a studio founded by artist Lou-Atessa Marcellin and engineer Edward Hill, creating green spaces focused on growing food and connecting with the natural world for urban communities.
Future Farm Lab: Phoebe Tickell is a researcher at Imperial College, part of a synthetic biology lab investigating algae. Her research are investigating the potential of certain cyanobacterial strains to play a role in our future of food. Together with cellular agriculturist Abi Glencross and science communicator Sophie Peri they form Future farm lab.
Agroecology is formed of Edward Brial, John Bertolaso and Gabriel Brückner. These three students from the IDE course (Innovation Design Engineree) will present their current research around urban agriculture.
Pea Proposals: The pleasure and politics of public art is the interest of pea proposals set up by artists Sarah Staton and Demelza Watts. This research group provides an umbrella for considering how 20 years of socially engaged public art impacts on the object. In this Studio RCA talk, longer histories of art and gardens will be considered, and the garden's role as horizontal plinth for sculpture will be celebrated. Sarah Staton is a Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the RCA and Demelza Watts is a recent RCA alumna.
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