Dyson Gallery: Orientations – Locate & Reshape Exhibition Series

Through 2016/17, the School of Fine Art at the RCA invites collaborating curators and curatorial agencies to present projects in the Dyson Gallery, Battersea, relating to the themes of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Orientations – Locate & Reshape.

Artists as Independent Publishers | 17–21 October 2017
Project celebration, Thursday 20 October 6–8pm

Print workshop and reprographic tools such as digital printers, photocopiers and risographs put the means of production to circulate and exchange ideas and images as books or online publications within easy reach of contemporary artists. While the computer and the web are now the dominant means of distribution, this exhibition considers the potential of older material forms in a post-print age. 

This exhibition features the work of over 75 international artists with a broad range of approaches to publication and the artist‘s book. A collaborative exhibition, it includes work from the Print programmes of five European Art Schools: Royal College of Art, London; University of the Arts, Bremen; University of Applied Arts Vienna; Bergen Academy of Art and Design; and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

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RCA/ECA Exchange Part Two: Edinburgh | 6–10 February 2017

This exchange between ECA and the RCA was started in 2009, a year after Kate Davis had completed five years as External Examiner for the then School of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Since then there have been 16 exchange events to date over an eight-year period involving the two colleges.

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Altai in Residence; Experiments in Collective Practice | 27 January – 18 February 2017 

Altai in Residence; Experiments in Collective Practice is a residency at the Royal College of Art for the group Altai, invited by curator Anne Duffau (A---Z). Altai are four women artists – Verity Birt, Keira Greene, Sara Hibbert and Genevieve Lutkin – hosting a programme of encounters that test modes of knowledge and pedagogic alternatives at odds with the institution and aligned with practices altogether more intimate and mystic. 

In the wake of the Brexit vote, the future is uncertain for young people, who face the impact of the financial crash, austerity and tuition fee hikes. With a promised future proven a lie, 'millennials' face expanding costs of living alongside diminishing opportunities. However, in response to these challenges there has been a growth of self-initiated education systems: research groups, collaborative practice and skill-swapping ecologies, which enable many artists to bypass traditional routes, while continuing research within a free, rhizomatic knowledge exchange. 

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Work In Progress 2017 | Dyson Gallery | 20 – 24 January 2017

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Carry On | 15 November – 10 December 2016 

Private view 24 November 6pm-9pm

Mike Atherton | Sofia Caselli | Camila Botero | Muneyoshi Hase | Leila Hesabi | Hiu Tung Lau | Cherry Leung | Egle Jauncems | Heejae Kim | Tal Regev | Vanessa da Silva | Machteld Solinger | Dana Venezia | Munish Wadhia 
Carry On is an exhibition of works revolving around notions of displacement. Carry On is a phrase used to address continuation and movement forward. It also refers to a hand luggage that can be carried on board the plane.

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BORDERS___ | 7–11 November 2016 

RCA/ECA Exchange Part One

Private view Friday 11 November, 4pm

S:FUTURE | 5–9 October 2016 | Private view 6 October

S:FUTURE present a group exhibition featuring four RCA researchers from the 2015/16 Research Methods Course Make Sense cluster, convened by Dr Chantal Faust and led by Dr Claire Pajaczkowska. S:FUTURE interweaves the scientific and the material with works by Victoria Geaney, Wayne Binitie, Flora Bowden and Trent Kim. 

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Performing Identities | 29 September – 2 October 2016
Private view Thursday 29 September

Anna Adahl, Steven Aishman, Jeroen van Dooren, Maria Gafarova, Ruidi Mu, Charan Singh, Despina Zacharopoulou 

Performing Identities is an exhibition that brings together RCA research students who participated in the 2015/16 Research Methods Course Performance cluster, convened by Dr Chantal Faust and led by Jeremy Millar. In the context of the exhibition, the knowledge acquired from the Performance Cluster sessions is used by each participant to create their own art piece (performance, object, poster, etc.) on the notion of identity and performativity.

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GenderGeneration: The Creative Process in Art & Design | 8–9 September 2016

While the Motherhood and Creative Practice conference held last year at LSBU addressed hospitality, solidarity and maternal encounters, GenderGeneration addresses subjectivity and places this within the context of evaluation, status and reception of art, design and other cultural practices.

Organisers: Royal College of Art and London Southbank University.

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Archives: 2015/16 Programme

Obsolescence | 9–22 October 2015

Presented by A--Z. : being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.

Obsolescence presents films by Harun Farocki, Martha Rosler and John Smith, looking at the adoption of broadcast media within current art practice and their critical and political impact.

Harun Farocki, War at a Distance, 2003, 55min 06
Martha Rosler, Because This Is Britain, 2012, 3min 
John Smith, Frozen War, (Ireland, October 8th 2001), SD video, 11 min 25

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The Pump | 14–22 November 2015

Curated by Valentinas Klimašauskas and Jennifer Teets.

Beth Collar
Antanas Gerlikas
John Latham
Michael E. Smith
Michael Van den Abeele

The Pump has been made possible by the generous support of the Lithuanian Cultural Council and Flat Time House in collaboration with Arts Catalyst, a future collaborator in the evolution of this exhibit.

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Fiddling While Earth Burns | 28 November – 8 December 2015

An exhibition by the Climate Action Collective composed of artists from across the RCA. This exhibition is aimed at raising awareness of the forthcoming COP21 in Paris this December, where world leaders will meet to discuss and impose legal frameworks for restricting the rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Current trends indicate that the world’s temperature could increase as much as 4.8°C over the next 80 years, which would result in global food shortages and rising sea levels with an ever increasing world population – indicating more concrete plans are needed to avoid world disaster.

In response to this summit, this exhibition’s title reflects the often piecemeal promises made by governments around the world to deal with greenhouse gas emissions. Drawing inspiration from the photomontage style of Peter Kennard, the exhibition includes various designs for protest placards to be used during the Climate Change protest in London on 29 November 2015. In addition, it also includes video, photography, lithographic and sound artworks which aim to address the broader implications of Climate Change on this generation. In doing so, the Climate Action Collective hope to crew a greater public consciousness of COP21, in turn adding pressure on world leaders to resolve some of these pressing issues.

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Karikpo Pipeline (2015)  by Zina Saro-Wiwa | 6 January 2015 – 7 February 2016

Curated by Zoe Whitley, Tate Modern Adjunct Research Curator, supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Karikpo Pipeline is 5-channel video installation made in 2015 in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta by video artist Zina Saro-Wiwa. Karikpo Pipeline gives visual and embodied form to human relationships with environment, teasing out the physical and emotional dynamics that frame cultural value systems for Ogoni land. At once futuristic and primordial, Karikpo Pipeline exposes the pipelines that traverse the land that are visible and invisible. The work asks, what constitutes true custodianship of the land and where does power lie?

The RCA school of Fine Art would like to thank Zina Saro-Wiwa, Tate Film, Artists' Film & Video at Tate Britain and Zoe Whitley for their collaboration on the project. 

Part of the Dusk exhibition series, which presents artworks to be experienced from outside the gallery space – fully visible during the dark hours and shown for the first time in London.

Zina Saro-Wiwa will be screening a selection of her works in conversation with Zoe Whitley on Monday 18 January 2016, 7–9pm at Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium.

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Act Natural by Cradeaux Alexander | 9–18 February 2016, 10 am – 5pm, Monday – Friday

Act Natural utilises the gallery as a reflexive workspace, open studio, dress rehearsal, film set and additive installation. With artists Cradeaux Alexander, Manca Bajec, Nayan Kulkarni and Nicole Vinokur.

Act Natural began as an idea to test how a gallery can function as both a production space and an event space, and by what means such a space can become available for audience engagement.With this in mind four artists and researchers are occupying the Dyson Gallery and exploring its boundaries as a site for developing work in real time, an improvisational method which seeks to create new and dynamic situational responses which will inform and produce new content.

Act Natural will write new work in the gallery and invites participants to join in as performers of text for camera and real time events; please contact Cradeaux Alexander at for more details on how to participate.

Work will be created and added throughout the show, informing its ongoing iterations and development with its collaborative audience and artists

Private View: 18 February, 5.30–8.30pm                                                          Finissage: 22 February, 2–5pm
Closing event including responses, discussions and performances with invited guests.

9 Events | 4–25 March 2016

Tina O'Connell and Neal White in association with Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp

Tina O'Connell and Neal White present 9 Events, a series of experiments and observations, talks and films drawn from their on-going artistic interest in the raw resources that are a key index of wealth in a market based society – from oil to diamonds and gold. The work is made in the context of emerging ideas of environmental and geological change within the flood of unchecked global capital. 

As with other works and projects undertaken by the artists, the space is used as a platform through which temporality can be explored. In this sense, the use of the RCA's Dyson exhibition space and its wider context for the presentation on objects or artefacts is reconfigured through perspectives of energy, action and reaction, collapse and control, via simulation, derivation, extraction and exchange.

The structure of the proposal is based loosely on 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performances held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York in 1966. 9 Evenings is remembered as a pivotal moment in the history of art and science, bringing together artists and engineers who later become involved in Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), including Billy Klüver, David Tudor, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman.

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The Campaign | 5–10 April 2016 

Ben McDonnell | Feifei Yu | Jazbo von Magius Gross | Jinjoon Lee | Josh Leon | Kyle Zeto | Louise Long | Melissa Magnuson | Shigetoshi Furutani | Steven Aishman | Theo Ellison | Tim Sullivan

The Campaign is a new collaboration between the Royal College of Art and galleries Subject Matter and Sedition. All three partners have one goal - to support and develop the artists of the future.

The Campaign is a response to the changing art world. RCA Fine Art students submitted work which addresses contemporary concerns about the artist’s place in a new reality. The exhibition ignites a debate about the space for pure creativity in a world so dominated by the ephemeral.

Every piece in the exhibition is available to purchase in limited editions, some as photographic prints, others as digital artworks. All proceeds will be donated to the RCA’s Fine Art Bursary Fund to support current and future students. 

Click here for further information. | 21 April – 6 May is an exhibition of video works is a collection of artists’ records prior to realisation. Artists are prompted to expose their reminders, drafts and hypotheses. Notes are spontaneous, unprocessed and speculative not-really-works – to persist?

Exhibiting artists include: Adrien Vouillot, Ahaad Alamoudi, Alex Culshaw, Ania Mokrzycka, Anthony Banks, Augustine Carr, Francesca Tamse, George Morris, Hugo López Ayuso, Jae Jo, Jake the Dog, Kyle Zeto, Lotte Leerschool, Luli Perez , Machteld Solinger, Margaux Valengin, Mayra Ganzinotti, Mooni Perry, Neena Percy, Olga Grotova, Qian Ma, Randy Bretzin, Sam Williams, Soo Min Ahn, Sunyoung Hwang, Vanessa da Silva, Yuki Kobayashi, Woody Mellor, Youmee Hwang and Yun-Ling Chen.

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Oracles of Humankind | 12–23 May, 9.30am - 5.30pm 

Private view 11 May, 6.30-8.30pm, including performance by Natalia Skobeeva at 7pm & 7.30pm

For the final show in the Rise Up & Envision Series at the RCA Dyson Gallery, A- - -Z presents Oracles of Humankind with three videos by Natalia Skobeeva and David Blandy.

David Blandy, Hercules: Rough Cut, 2015, 11 minutes 16

Natalia Skobeeva, Lewis Carroll meets Godzilla, 2016, 3minutes 44 seconds

Natalia Skobeeva, The Horrors of Archiving, 2015, 11 minutes 33 seconds

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