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Removal of ‘weeds’ using a scraper (without chemicals) outside Tate Britain. August 2021.   Photo Jesse Ash

Sites & Situations considers physical territories and political contexts through contemporary art practice and interdisciplinary exchange.

At a glance

  • Sites & Situations is a collaboration between artists, curators and design histories based at the Royal College of Art.
  • Project participants organise talks, seminars, group walks and publications that address the key themes of the project.
  • Sites & Situations aims to inform cultural policy by providing a platform for a range of international research projects that address arts role in urban transformation.

Key details


More information

Sites & Situations considers how we engage and interact with the physical environment, and in particular urban space. This research explores how spaces evolve, how place might be imagined and reimagined, the values that inspire the creation of the space around us and the forces that lead to future understandings of our environment. Sites & Situations acknowledges that our awareness and understanding of space is significantly shaped by the way it is represented, described and interacted with through art, design, literature and culture. We seek to provide new insights via experimental methods that explore, respond to and challenge existing modes of the arts and humanities’ engagement with our environment.

  • Three presentations/events focusing on related research every term.
  • The location for the Sites & Situations research presentations will be off site (locations to be decided by those presenting). However, we will also look into booking spaces for the group to use.
  • The dates for the first three presentations are planned for Wednesday 27 September, Tuesday 7 November and Wednesday 6 December.
  • The first meeting will include short introductions from each of the members.
  • The following meetings (7 November and 6 December) will include two 30-minute presentations
  • There will be a review and planning session after the first term to look at inviting public talks etc. 

SoAH research presents – recording of Transparadiso talk, 12 May 2022.

Cities of the Night exhibition at RIBA for London Festival of Architecture

Collective night walk supported by RCA Research Site & Situation at 10pm led by artist Alisa Oleva

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