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Sofia Akram

MA work

Echo Chamber

Echo Chamber is a sanctuary. In 2055, as resources and materials became scarce, a meeting of world powers made the solemn decree that no more art was to be produced.

In 2125, Echo Chamber is the gathering place of a small resistance movement, a transient space for art to temporarily exist, a place where ideas reverberate, but can never leak into the outside world.

Echo Chamber is an exhibition-as-fiction, set in an art space of an alternate reality with different rules and possibilities. Using a strategy of collective authorship, four curators write the beginnings of a script that can only be completed through the responses of artists. To set the scene, a stage designer is invited to make this fiction a temporary reality. The questions and challenges that the space poses are played out through what takes place in the space, where artists are invited as characters and their contributions are documented as part of the continuous script.

Echo Chamber is a commission by acclaimed theatre designer Chloe Lamford. The project is a unique collaboration with Lamford, reframing relationships between contemporary art and theatre. The audience is invited into a dystopic future world, a theatrical set where a programme of artists’ interventions, performances and screenings unfold over the course of the exhibition. Artists include: The ARKA Group (UK), Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet (FR), Chloe Lamford (UK), the editors of Living in the Future (UK), Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson (FR), Bedwyr Williams (UK) and Mark Aerial Waller (UK).

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2015

  • An interest in the use of narratives, documentation and the relationship to experiencing an exhibition is currently at the core of my curatorial practice and academic research.

    Further to this, I am continuing to develop my own design practice and skills, which informs my curatorial practice and seeks to interrogate the exhibitionary form and its connection to documentation and the use of archives. 

    My MA dissertation '"A different kind of respite from all that": Contemporary Art Interventions' explored the relationship between contemporary art practices, curatorial agencies and historic house museums. Considering the house as a container of meaning and an archive in its own right, the focus of my research investigated the house as a site and imaginative space. The creation of multiple narratives and inhabiting a space was essential to Echo Chamber (2015), an exhibition I co-curated, which considered the process of collective and collaborative authorship and theatricality.

    Through my curatorial and academic practice, I would like to develop my own research into the medium of the exhibition space, both in physical and written form, alongside the memory of an exhibition. This will aid my academic research, which I seek to pursue, allowing me to address the act of contemporary art interventions within historic houses and the public persona of a historic figure.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Design & Visual Communication, Glasgow School of Art, 2011; Foundation Studies in Art & Design, Graphic Design Pathway, London College of Communication, 2008
  • Experience

  • Co-organiser, DELVE, London, 2014; Exhibition graphic identity and website designer, DELVE, London, 2014; Artist shadow and backstage liaison, Serpentine Galleries, London, 2013; Festival assistant, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012, Glasgow, 2012; Deptford X exhibition assistant, Hatch Space, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • Echo Chamber, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; DELVE, Acme Project Space, London, 2014
  • Awards

  • First prize, Ede and Ravenscroft Academic Award, 2009
  • Conferences

  • 'The artist's house as heritage site', The Archive and Domestic or Private Space, Royal College of Art, 2014
  • Publications

  • Notebook, London: Royal College of Art, 2015