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CAP students announce online festival

As lockdown in the UK continues to keep us two metres apart, the RCA community have found innovative ways to creatively respond to the ‘new normal’. MA Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) students have taken to the web to create 302_Redirect, an online festival showcasing the work of current students.

302_Redirect is a multi-disciplinary showcase of work created and curated by MA Contemporary Art Practice students. Made in immediate response to their own exploratory practices, amidst the newly pressing and uncertain, techno-centric art world, the exhibition has redirected itself into the virtual realm for a 4-week durational series of online events. The festival will showcase the work of students from across both years of the programme.

‘We were briefed on an opportunity to be part of a series of physical shows across a number of galleries in London; including South Kiosk in Peckham.’ Amy Wright, a second year student on the Critical Practice Pathway and one of the festival organisers, says. ‘Once lockdown happened, this was obviously no longer an option. The 'festival' has transformed into an online collaboration with multiple galleries and online spaces. Participation is voluntary and, at first, there were only a handful of us engaged. Now there are 73 participating artists across both year groups!’ 

Collisions (on the death of a playwright), WIP, Arieh Frosh
Collisions (on the death of a playwright), WIP, Arieh Frosh

While the works involved will be circulated and hosted through various alternative platforms, the online project will bedrock itself with its own website, representing each participating artists’ work and biography. The site’s homepage will exist in a state of constant thematic flux – its structure evolving week on week – while a conversation sub-section will provide a platform for anonymous public discourse on what the works are, and how the project as a whole performs. 

Dr Chantal Faust, Acting Head of Programme commented, ‘In the Contemporary Art Practice programme, students are encouraged to situate their practice within the social, political and economic conditions of the contemporary world. 302_Redirect is a shining example of what can happen when CAP artists come together (via screens and in lockdown) in order to engage with, adapt and respond to the critical global conditions we are facing in the current moment. I have been hugely impressed by the energy, sensitivity and collaborative spirit of the CAP students in their creation and curation of this online festival. The diversity of artworks and approaches across all of the platforms highlights radical shifts in practice and experimentation for a new type of global space, politics and social engagement.’

The festival website launched on 25 April with a programme of events running alongside the main site. Find out more on: 302redirect.net. On 27 April, audio works will be broadcast on Montez Press Radio from 5–7pm, while an Instagram takeover launches on @low_res_camera_roll for the remainder of the week. Then on 4 May, moving image works - circulated via an ICA newsletter – will be archived on the ICA website. Further sound works will be hosted through South Kiosk's website and Instagram page, from week beginning 18 May. 302_Redirect will culminate with an online symposium led by Pil Kollectiv, inviting guest speakers and students of the CAP programme to reimagine the future of the public art institution, taking place on 19 May. 


More dates and events are yet to be announced, so stay up-to-date with new ways in which to engage with the festival by keeping an eye on 302redirect.net.