StudioRCA at Riverlight is run by the Royal College of Art as a test-bed and exhibition space for collaborating curators and curatorial agencies to engage with public audiences.
Funded by St James, part of the Berkeley Group, the space will support the long-term cultural strategy for the prestigious Riverlight development, animating the public open space, providing the first cultural offer within Nine Elms on the South Bank, and contributing to London's wider cultural offer by drawing in the local community, visitors, residents and workers to the area. The partnership was brokered and developed by cultural consultancy Futurecity.
Displacement Exhibition Series
The series of exhibitions for 2017/18 at StudioRCA Riverlight, curated by A- - -Z, will explore displacement and otherness. The series presents studies of deconstruction of pre-conceived/imperialist knowledge, often through the scope of science fiction, with a selection of solo exhibitions.
This series will alternate with screenings of single works around the themes of simulacra and desire; looking at fascination, devotion, aspiration, lust, love with facsimiles, copies, clones, the counterfeit. The first work presented is a video by Qian Ma, May the Bridge We Burn Light the Way, 2017.
Spill Sections | Erica Scourti
23 February – 18 April 2018
Grounded in Scourti’s recent research into somatisation as bodily ‘speech without consent’, this exhibition explores acts of speaking through a loose knot of human and non-human others – past and current selves necessarily intertwined with friends, lovers, exes, frenemies and colleagues as well as technological interfaces and devices.
Stranger Than Paradise | Vanessa Da Silva
3 October – 17 November 2017
Vanessa Da Silva, using her own lived experiences as a starting point, born and raised in Brazil, and now living in London, she is interested in exploring the space between national traditions and the complicated borders where identities and cultures mix and meet.
Landlessness | Marianne Keating
3 October – 17 November 2017
Marianne Keating’s research implements post-colonial and archival theory to analyse the largely undocumented and unaddressed migration of the Irish diaspora to Jamaica, responding to the cultural legacies of colonialism and the human consequences of imperialism.
Dusk Exhibition Series
2016/17, StudioRCA presents projects relating to the themes of the Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Rise Up & Envision.
From May 2016 to 2017, A- - -Z presents the Dusk Exhibition Series with Evan Ifekoya, Daniel Shanken, Rehana Zaman, Chooc Ly Tan, Question Centre (Maria do Carmo M P de Pontes) Imran Perretta, Johann Arens, Karolina Lebek and Susannah Stark.
The invited artists will be showing newly commissioned videos for a month each, to be experienced from outside the gallery space – fully visible only during the dark hours, and shown for the first time in London.
A performance and/or talk will introduce the project and focus on themes including transgender, sci fi and the post-human.
Alternating with the Dusk Exhibition Series, A- - -Z will invite artists, curators, critics, architects and culture producers to present their practices in relation to current festivals taking place in the Nine Elms area and community.
StudioRCA will host a series of talks and performances for the Chelsea Fringe Festival and the London Festival of Architecture in June 2016.
Unnatural Wealth | Susannah Stark & Karolina Lebek | Dusk #9
27 July – 7 September 2017
Private view: Wednesday 26 July, 6.30–9pm
Performance: Wednesday 9 August, 7–9pm
Susannah Stark and Karolina Lebek present new work exploring empire, language and spam, culminating in a hybrid installation with sound, moving image and live performance, made in various locations in Scotland and London.
surfaces. The eternally reflective world of the toxicity, behind which are brittle bones holding things
together, arthritic structures beyond repair, running on energy extracted by force from deep earth.
We live among them but we are not them.
Johann Arens | Moulding Exclusivities | Dusk #8
21 June – 19 July 2017
Private view: 20 June 2017, 6.30–9pm
Johann Arens uses installation and video to survey the documentary properties of public interiors. By systematically re-editing the hardware of a location he draws up an abstract inventory of the social textures inherent in the site. His work is an enquiry into the role of human interfaces, the desire to touch artefacts and the mechanisms of user behaviour.
Exhibition supported by The Elephant Trust.
Fine Art Talk talk by Sitraka Rakotoniaina
On new cultural fictions
15 June, 7–9pm
Sitraka Rakotoniaina is a London-based artist and designer whose work explores the relationship between people and technology. He crafts narratives through the creation of machines, devices and installations exploring the values and ideas that may pertain to future societies. Recently, in collaboration with Andrew Friend and Jasmin Blasco, he initiated ‘Very Very Far Away’, a public-facing research project focused on democratising future narratives and the dissemination of new cultural fictions.
The talk will be held in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture.
Fine Art Talk by Claire Ratinon
25 May, 7–8.30pm
Claire Ratinon is an urban organic farmer and educator, based in Hackney. She works for the social enterprise, Growing Communities, growing salad on a certified organic site in Stoke Newington. Alongside organic farming, she also runs food growing and gardening workshops in primary schools in East London. Claire passionately believes that seed saving is a political act and that sustainable beekeeping techniques are key to supporting the health and genetic diversity of honeybees.
The talk will be held in conjunction with the Chelsea Fringe Festival.
27 April – 25 May 2017
Private view: 4 May, 7–9pm
With Holly Willats from Art Licks in conversation + guest tbc
For Status Quo, eleven artists made a GIF in relation to a statement they wish to spread – by voicing an opinion or simply making a moving image. This was presented on Art Licks Weekend Digital platform 2016.
StudioRCA will host showreels of the works running 24/7 in the space for a month.
The GIFs are available to share on social media here: statusquoartlicks.tumblr.comClick here for more information
696 by Imran Perretta with Special Guests | Dusk #7
1–27 April 2017
Private view 31 March, 6–10pm + PERFORMANCES
"Is there a particular ethnic group attending? If 'yes', please state group."
– Metropolitan Police Force.
Featuring @FREE.YARD / DORIS DAVENPORT / MONSTER TERRORIST FAG / ORETHA / GOLDEN TEMPLE / STICKY BLACK
Imran Perretta’s work addresses biopower, marginality and the (de)construction of cultural histories. His multi-disciplinary practice encompasses the moving-image, sound, performance and poetry. Recent exhibitions include brother to brother for JVA Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London; it wasn't a crash, in the usual sense, Arcadia Missa, London; Pale News (in collaboration with Milo van der Maaden) commissioned by the Chisenhale Gallery and performed in Victoria Park, London; 5 percent for Copenhagen Art Week, Denmark, and Devotions at MOT International Project Space, London. Perretta is based in south London.
Programmed by A---Z.
Question Centre presents Jack Killick / Gerard Taylor
17 February – 26 March 2017
Private view 16 February, 7–9pm
Question Centre is a nomadic platform of exhibitions that draws on generational bonds among artists, making use of both conventional and unconventional art spaces. It presents fresh works by a contemporary artist alongside a piece by a practitioner from a previous generation (active or historic), conceived the year the younger one was born. This may be an artwork or any other item or event that offers an insight into the year of birth of the invited artist.
The project is developed by Maria do Carmo M P de Pontes. This edition responds to an invitation by A---Z, which has been running StudioRCA at Riverlight since March 2016.
Easy Listening, Heather McCalden, Dusk #6
3 December 2016 –12 January 2017
Private view 2 December, 7–9pm
An outer space experiment; another place; a somehow zero gravity experience.
Heather McCalden presents a night of performances leading to an installation from 3 December to 12 January, part of the Dusk Exhibitions Series.
Easy listening is a genre of music described by some as something to 'hear but not listen to'. It is essentially not unpleasant background noise. Perhaps cheesy, perhaps sentimental. It is the music playing when you stumble into an Uber completely drunk at 3am. The cab, the car, is somehow always dialled to Magic, as if the station existed nowhere else on Earth.
Lucy Cash | Nine Songs for Nine Elms
2–9 November 2016
Private view 3 November, 7–8.30pm
Nine Songs for Nine Elms explores the shifting landscapes of the Nine Elms development area through lyrics and songs dedicated to the land and soil that hold the history of the area. Artist Lucy Cash is working with local residents and community groups including Griffin Primary School and the Doddington Community Roof Garden to uncover local stories that relate to the horticultural history of Battersea and surrounding area.
To join the event please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Do Nothing Club
11–20 November 2016
Private view 11 November, 6.30–9pm
The Do Nothing Club is both a space and desire, a piece that reflects on the politics of wellness and hyper productivity through the construction of an environment in which a particular behaviour is encouraged in the audience. It's the artist's intention to create a network of Do Nothing Clubs, opening them in different busy and fast cities such as Tokyo, New York and Beijing, starting in London. After first being shown at Supernormal Festival 2016, the Do Nothing Club opens its door at Studio RCA at Nine Elms, 11–20 November.
Chooc Ly Tan: Disobey to the Dance of Time, Dusk 5#
15 September – 1 November 2016
Private view 14 September 2016, 6.30–8.30pm
Chooc Ly Tan presents Disobey to the Dance of Time, a video installation combining a colourful music visualizer, known as Akira Phase, moving to a 148 bpm-trance track, Terbium Energy Catalyst by Goch, a 3D representation of Africa hovering in space-time, and the artist dancing to a hidden track coming from deep space.
GIANTESS, Rehana Zaman, Dusk #4
22 July – 9 September 2016
Private view 21 July 2016, 8–10pm
Rehana Zaman presents a new multi screen video work posing as a fragmented B movie where oil shale mines and ice-skating rinks are stirred by the libidinal figure of a giant amorphous woman. Giantess imagines a future undone by unthinkable, abject and unliveable bodies.
Son of Chippy 221, Daniel Shanken, Dusk #3
9 June – 14 July
Private view 8 June 2016, 6.30–9.30pm
Hot dogs and beers will be served during the wait for the darker hours!
Daniel Shanken presents a new work titled Son of Chippy 221. Work to be viewed from outside during dark hours as part of the Dusk exhibition series curated by A- - -Z at StudioRCA Riverlight.
Vtopos at StudioRCA and Embassy Gardens
1 June, 2–9pm
Erola Arcalis / pea proposals / Friche / Future Farm Lab / Edward Brial / John Bertolaso / Gabriel Brückner / Nora Silva
A series of talks about public space-gardens and urban agriculture
* Within the 500 years anniversary of Thomas More‘s book Utopia, we would like to address his critic of enclosed land: the practice of enclosure – the enclosing of common land – and the subsequent poverty and starvation of people who are denied access to land because of sheep farming.
Kathrin Böhm & My Villages present 'Company'
2 June, 6.30-9pm
A presentation of an ongoing project: 'Company' by Kathrin Böhm part of the collective Myvillages.
'Company' links east London’s history of ‘going down to Kent’ with the ambition to set up a community drinks-making enterprise, constructing new collective and productive public realm.
If I Don’t Grow Lettuces, I Can’t Write Poems
4 June, 3–9pm
Part of UP Projects' commission Nine Songs for Nine Elms, by visual artist Lucy Cash, If I Don’t Grow Lettuces, I Can’t Write Poems takes the form of a talk and workshop activity across the two sites. A guided walk between these two spaces will form the bridge between the two parts of the event.
Nine Songs for Nine Elms is a Berkeley Homes commission curated and produced by UP Projects in association with Cultivate, a new programme of creative place-making projects for young people in Nine Elms, funded by A New Direction, Nine Elms developers and Wandsworth Council.
For more information click here.
Okun Song, Evan Ifekoya, Dusk #2
5–31 May 2016
Private View 4 May
A private view event will take place on 4 May 2016 with the artist.
Okun Song functions across mixed realities – Between the Two my Heart is Balance by Lubaina Himid, There must be an angel by the Eutrythmics and the Yoruba myth of the Olokun – god/goddess from the sea.
10 March – 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.
At StudioRCA from Thursday 10 March to Thursday 25 March 2016. To be viewed from outside. Click here for more information.
At RCA Dyson Gallery from Saturday 5 March to Wednesday 23 March 2016. Click here for more information.
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