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Curating Contemporary Art Graduate Projects 2018

This year’s graduating Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) MA students have curated four projects in collaboration with leading London-based cultural organisations: The Design Museum, LUX, Gasworks and Stanhope. The four projects take diverse forms including a temporary public art project at White City, an evolving exhibition in Battersea, a one-day festival at the Design Museum and radio broadcasts from Gasworks.

The projects explore a wide range of themes from affective labour to the repurposing of urban space, the exhibition as site of production, dispersion and transformation, and the role of memes and online message boards in constructing and concealing truth.

‘The 2018 graduate projects exemplify the MA Curating Contemporary Art programme’s commitment to collaborative group project-based work’ said Head of Programme Professor Victoria Walsh. ‘Building on the immense success of the partnership-based graduate projects last year with Beaconsfield, Delfina and Gasworks, the projects continue to demonstrate the unique opportunity the programme offers students to ground their knowledge and understanding of curatorial practice in the context of public audiences, urbanisation and the digital. We really value the confidence in our students and the commitment to them by our partners allowing and supporting them to test and experiment curatorial ideas within their collections, spaces and programming.’

The first project to be launched is the exhibition 4717 at the RCA’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea. Four artists have been invited to create new commissions alongside a screening of Ursula Mayer’s multi-layered Gonda (2012), a work from the LUX collection. Gonda will act as a catalyst for new works that will transform the exhibition over its 10-day duration and be broadcast via a video live-stream. The link to this live-stream has been acquired as the 4717th work by LUX, making it the first live moving image work in their collection, raising considerations of how a collection can be reanimated in a digital age.

On Thursday 10 May 6–9pm and Sunday 13 May 12–3pm, Who cares? A radio tale will turn Gasworks into a live broadcast studio in collaboration with the renowned experimental radio station Resonance FM. A programme of newly commissioned and existing performances, sound works and discussions will invite audiences to think about affective labour – the unrecognised emotional work that exists in all parts of life. Listeners will be able to tune in at Resonance 104.4 FM or in person at Gasworks, a non-profit contemporary visual art organisation consisting of a gallery and studio spaces in south London.

Every Second In Between by Kyung Hwa Shon is a temporary public art project commissioned in partnership with Stanhope for White City, an area undergoing regeneration and home to the RCA’s newest facilities. Currently a Fine Art PhD candidate at the RCA, Kyung Hwa Shon’s practice challenges existing social and cultural rhythms and flows with colourful visual installations spread across multiple sites. The commission for White City which will include White City Space and the immense facades of the Mediaworks building inviting audiences to reflect on the repurposing of space and highlighting past, present and future urban rhythms of the area.

The final project is a one-day event at the Design Museum on 19 May, which asks – in this age of ubiquitous connectivity, how can we trust anything that we are presented with anymore? To coincide with the Design Museum’s exhibition Hope to Nope: Graphics & Politics 2008-18, the Alt-Age: Designing Belief one-day festival, comprising live performances and a symposium, invites leading thinkers and practitioners across contemporary art, design and technology, to question how conspiracies build belief systems, communities and alternative bodies of authority.

Note: CCA is pleased to announce its partners for 2019 – RCA Battersea South, Gasworks, Nottingham Contemporary, and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Find out more about Curating Contemporary Art and how to apply.


CCA Show 2018

LUX Partnership, 4717
Thursday 26 April, 6–9pm: Exhibition Preview
Friday 27 April – Sunday 6 May, 12–6pm: Open to the public
Dyson Gallery, Dyson Building, Royal College of Art, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN

Gasworks Partnership, Who cares? A radio tale          
Thursday 10 May, 6–9pm                                                               
Sunday 13 May, 12–3pm                                                            
Listen in person at Gasworks or on air at Resonance 104.4 FM 
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH

Stanhope Partnership, Every Second In Between       
Monday 14 May, 6.30pm–8.30pm: Exhibition Preview
Monday 14 – Sunday 20 May, 8am–6pm: Open to the public    
The WestWorks and White City Place, Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

The Design Museum Partnership, Alt-Age: Designing Belief   
Saturday 19 May, 11am–8pm: Open to the public (Free admission to artist commissions and films, ticketed talks £5 - £15)
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG