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Performance and Workshops Lend Show RCA 2014 a Festival Feel

Visitors to Show RCA 2014 can expect a festival-feel this year as the Royal College of Art opens up to the public, offering performance, workshop and interactive activities that bring to life graduates’ creative visions and incredible final work.

Across the Schools of Fine Art, Communication and Humanities, students have prepared a range of interactive installations, guided tours, debates, workshops, experimental film screenings and much more. 

The RCA Hub, Kensington

Put together by a group of MA Curating Contemporary Art graduates, the RCA HUB promises a multi-disciplinary programme of outdoor workshops, performances and screenings. Nestled in Jay Mews between the Darwin and Stevens Buildings, The HUB, with its astroturf lawn, will offer visitors the chance to share experiences and ideas under the sun, absorb exciting discourses and become acquainted with the ongoing projects of some of the most vibrant students, graduates and practitioners in London.

 18 - 26 June, 10am–6pm, Jay Mews.

Fine Art Performance, Battersea 

The RCA launched two new pathways in Moving Image and Performance Art last October, establishing these long-standing strengths of the College as dedicated study routes. According to Senior Course Tutor Performance Nigel Rolfe, much of this year's live work is about 'inhabitation of the other' as a way of exploring self. 

'The body is always present in the work but perhaps more so this year examining roles and identity of the other, and highlighting and looking at otherness: whether as a character and narrative; as a fake; as something you can't do; exposed inside glass; as an object; or as an oath of social critique,' said Rolfe.

Show RCA 2014 features numerous works from graduates across all Fine Art programmes. Artists will present continuous daily performance during the show, or as shorter works at specified times. There are also projected media and video works running throughout.

Yandi Wang, MA Sculpture, Palace
Wang occupies a glass room, with a bed and closed circuit camera and monitor, waiting to be observed as she transforms to another state of being.
17 June, 12pm, 7pm; 21 June, 4pm; 29 June, 4pm

Jason Thomson, MA Sculpture, Sound of Light
Thomson has put together a band and a short set of music and show, rehearsing and practicing as the singer and front man. If you can't, then you can. It's only rock'n'roll. 
17 June, 6pm 

Lexi Strauss, MA Painting, Flats for Girls
Strauss inhabits characters and personas, speaking through tongues, taking on their voice and persona, and by so doing shows us their world. Her performances parallel the inhabited lives she paints.
17 June 6.45pm; 7.45pm

Jeroen Van Dooren, MA Printmaking, Discontinuous Rhythm
Van Dooren's practice centres on impersonation and the role and position of the artist. In 'nome de plumes', he works and hides: is it real or fantastic? Did he or another do it? Is it him or someone else? Is it real or invention?
17–19 June, continual performance daily, 12-8pm          

Marco Godoy, MA Photography, Statutory Declaration
Godoy makes a declaration of opposition, a non-oath of allegiance. To stand aside and against, he declares this publicly.  
17–19 June, continual performance daily, 12-8pm

School of Communication, Kensington

Information Experience Design Tours

Find out about IED, the new RCA programme that explores how to turn information into experiences through design, on a guided tour led by graduating student Melissa Kim.
2pm daily, Hockney Gallery, Stevens Building

Sensory Ice Cream 
Pop by and see if the Sensory Ice Cream stall is open, you might be in for a treat.   
2.30–3pm daily, Studio 2, Stevens Building

18 June             
Ill-Informed Installation                                                                      
Ill-Informed is a critical and fresh cross-disciplinary platform acting as a visual conversation about the role of illustration today.
All day, Entrance to Hockney Gallery, Stevens Building

19 and 26 June          
Adult Story Time                                       
In the libraries of the Kings of the Old World there are stories preserved in classical languages that are hermetically sealed, telling of the extravagances and rarities of the Fortunate Islands. These are those stories. 
6.30–8pm, Studio 2, Stevens Building

20 June                      
Synthetic Flesh!                                
Multiple moving-image screening celebrating plastic reality, with feature film and refreshments.
6–9pm, CCA Room, Stevens Building

21 June             
Tangible Emotion Workshop               
Looking at how to communicate emotion in playful and interesting way, and forming part of an AHRC project informing design of a videogame for hospitalised children. Arrive early as space will be limited to 10 people.
2pm, Outside Studio 2, Stevens Building

21 June and 
22 June           
Jouissance Workshop                      
Inverting the notion of 'jouissance', inviting participants to humorously deconstruct and reconstruct their virtual identities both in the space and online.
3–6pm, Gabb Lounge, Stevens Building

22 June                
Explorations of Space                                                    
A programme of experimental film and video exploring the relationship between space and camera, viewer and projected image, sound and image, followed by a Q&A. Space is limited space, please book a place before by emailing [email protected]
4–5.30pm, CCA Room, Stevens Building

24 June             
Big Black Coat                                                          
A variety of activities around The Big Black Coat, an experience designed to create awareness, empathy and knowledge sharing around the topic of mental health. 
6 –7pm, PAL, Stevens Building