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Sound, Vision and Contamination in Curating Contemporary Art Graduate Exhibition

Curating Contemporary Art MA students at the Royal College of Art present four independent projects for their graduate show – open to the public from 9 to 20 March in the galleries at Kensington Gore, with a private view on 9 March. 

The exhibition features new site-specific installations, accompanied by a programme of live events designed to reflect current developments in the global field of contemporary curating. The four separate projects are diverse in subject matter, and present the work of both established and emerging artists.

They have traced lines and lived inside them is an architectural-sound installation that challenges preconceptions of sound as disembodied phenomenon and architecture as a material manifestation by using sound as a method of cartography to explore how space is experienced. A collaboration between artist Sophie Mallett and architect Emma Letizia Jones, the project was curated by Federica Buzzi, Gabria Lupone, Louise Potzesny and Jessica Taylor. Within the gallery, video projections and audio recordings transmitted through handheld listening devices transform the exhibition into a terrain that extends beyond the borders of immediate physical space.

Curators Sanghee Kim, Laura Prime, Grace Storey have put together a project entitled Sound Field. The result of investigations into audio-tactile sensations, the display brings together sound works that physically affect the body –impressive contributions by four internationally acclaimed sound artists and electronic musicians: Ain Bailey, Florian Hecker and Mark Fell. Immersive, site-specific installations and performances allow visitors to temporarily break free of the saturated world of the visual to experience the material properties of sound.

In Project_16, the nature of public space is questioned through an engagement with happenings in London, Lahore and São Paolo. The trans-local project, curated by Lavinia Filippi and Amanda Masha Caminals, asks ‘How would you like art to engage with your city?’ Three contributions from international artists – Awami Art Collective (Lahore), Paula Nishijima (São Paolo) and Emma Smith (London) – respond to questions of access, trans-locality and art-audiences. Performances, a dedicated website ( and a public programme come together to form a series of provocative proposals about how to make and share art in 2016.

Sorry you missed me is a dispersed programme of performances, sound-based sculpture, painting and online commissions, curated by Rafael Barber Cortell, Inês Geraldes Cardoso, Léa Herbeth, Tanya Karina Pragnell Lopez and Nephertiti Oboshie Schandorf. The project links six artists, each of whom negotiates codes of transmission in a different way. The show features original works that exist in between other projects in the gallery space, inviting audiences to navigate moments of ‘contamination’ when they come into contact with traces of missed connections. Artworks by Larry Achiampong, Marco Godoy, Navine G Khan-Dossos, Hanne Lippard, Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan are brought together to weave a rich field of interactions that both embrace and displace viewers as they move through the CCA Show as a whole.

The Royal College of Art MA in Curating Contemporary Art is internationally recognised for its commitment to and emphasis on collaborative, studio-based project work that integrates theory and practice throughout the two years of curriculum. Each year, the graduate exhibition is an engaged platform by which to illustrate the influential and accomplished qualities that have come to characterise CCA students: experimental approaches to working with artists, introducing new international artists to UK audiences and delineating critical current developments in contemporary art. Notably, graduates have a firm engagement with the context of public audiences, globalisation and the digital, as well as an investment in research-led practices that encourage curatorial significance and intellectual value within an ever-evolving discipline. 

The Curating Contemporary Art graduate exhibition takes place at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU. (See Map)

Exhibition: 9–20 March 2016, 12–5pm
Private View: 8 March 6–8pm

Find out more about the Curating Contemporary Art programme and how to Apply.