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Royal College of Art: Outset Visual Cultures Lecture Series



Lucy and Jorge Orta, Refuge Wear Intervention London East End, 1998. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: John Akehurst.

Outset Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2012/2013

Royal College of Art
“Current Modes of Artistic Production”
Royal College of Art
School of Fine Art
Dyson Building
1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AS

www.rca.ac.uk

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The RCA School of Fine Art is pleased to announce the forthcoming Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2012/2013 organised by the Dean of the School of Fine Art, Professor Ute Meta Bauer with the support of the Outset Contemporary Art Fund. Under the title “Current Modes of Artistic Production,” invited artists will investigate various aspects that contribute to the production, circulation and reception of their work. Through in-depth focus on a specific project by each guest speaker, the series aims to give an insight into the complex fabric of artistic production and explore what it means to work as an artist today. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Yinka Shonibare MBE on 23 October and focused on the artist’s public art commissions: Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (2010) and Globe Head Ballerina (2012). Shonibare is known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonial debates within the contemporary context of globalisation through a range of classical artistic media.

All lectures begin at 6:30pm and are free admission; places are limited so early arrival is advised.

Forthcoming lectures in the series include:

Lucy Orta
: 27 November 2012
Lucy Orta is an artist and professor of Art Fashion and the Environment at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her installations sit between art, fashion and architecture drawing upon ecological and social sustainability issues. Emblematic projects in collaboration with Jorge Orta include Refuge Wear and Body Architecture: portable minimum habitats that bridge architecture and dress responding to urban emergencies and natural catastrophes.

Willie Doherty
: 4 December 2012
Willie Doherty is a renowned Irish photographer, video artist and installation artist. Often rooted in the politics and geographical landscape of Northern Ireland and contesting the journalistic medium, his works undermine the boundaries between perception and memory, truth and fiction. Doherty participated this year at dOCUMENTA (13) with Secretion (2012), his latest video work, engaging with the Kassel landscape as a repository of past and lost narratives.

Elmgreen and Dragset

: 15 January 2013
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have worked together as an artist duo since 1995. Drawing from disciplines as institutional critique, performance and architecture, in their sculptures and installations they reconfigure the familiar and prompt a re-thinking of the status quo. Their winning commission for the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth, Powerless Structures, Fig. 101—depicting a child astride his rocking horse, a commentary on traditional sculptures and public monuments—is currently on view in London.

Sissel Tolaas
: 19 February 2013
Having originally studied mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual arts, Sissel Tolaas’s work concentrates on the topics of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE – COMMUNICATON. Alongside collaborations with various established institutions, Tolaas conducted a smell-mapping research in major cities creating olfactory maps of urban landscape and exploring the potential of smell as source of information and narration.

Tomás Saraceno
: 
12 March 2013
Over the past decade, Tomás Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. His most recent installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (part of the series Cloud Cities/Air Port City) continues the artist’s ongoing fascination with astronomical constellations and utopian theories suggesting alternative models for living, interaction and social exchange.

RCA School of Fine Art
The School of Fine Art comprises four MA programmes defined by subject: Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture with an additional focus on critical spatial practice, and moving image and performance under the umbrella of the existing programmes. Research is a key area in the School of Fine Art, with MPhil and PhD programmes committed to the pursuit of independent research.

Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Outset Contemporary Art Fund was founded in 2003 as a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art.

For further information please contact Anca Rujoiu, Curatorial Associate for the Lecture Series: anca.rujoiu@rca.ac.uk

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