Communication material - Royal College of ArtEmily Davis on Noor Abuarafeh's residency in London."Conditions of Entry" is a collaborative research project between Royal College of Art students on the Curating Contemporary Art programme.Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture is part of an enormously ambitious, painstaking, ongoing project titled "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist". A call from Poland for increased support for artists and art during Covid-19, and a reflection on their importance in countering fascist narratives and threats to democracy. With thanks to the author, London and Warsaw-based curator Kuba Szreder, and to L’internationale where this article was published. Audio recordings from "This Is No Longer That Place: A Public Discussion" - March 2019.
This Is No Longer That Place: A Public Discussion
This two-day workshop events asks to what extent art can affect change when addressing issues of migration, displacement, and access.A view from the UK where “the simplifiers, the oligarchs, the enemies of freedom” are making their presence felt, just as they are across Europe. A snapshot of work by Kader Attia, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Kathrin Böhm who provide a counter to the narrow and angry face of prejudice.The project State of Unsettlement is set up as a design-research platform to explore and discuss the political climate and the impact of design in times of Brexit. Reflections following a week at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation for the exhibition ‘Errata’ and associated events.
'Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell, ‘1984') Video recordings from "This Is No Longer That Place: A Public Discussion" - March 2019.A personal blog from the UK in recognition of the value of art online at this time of extreme anxiety and economic hardship. Thank you to all the artists, and here’s to the flourishing of conflict-defying and border-flouting friendships, and to art across the digital cosmos. For the UK residency, the Royal College of Art has partnered with Delfina Foundation to provide an opportunity for an artist who is interested in working with people in the context of cultural intolerance and those who feel marginalised in London. The aim is to facilitate a close interaction with communities and audiences who are not usually engaged with the existing cultural offer and do not have a voice in it. A group of Royal College of Art students created a temporary research studio at Gasworks exploring what it means to be a resident in both the global art world and with respect to the wider geopolitical context of borders and restricted mobility.Gasworks presents a major new film commission by Brooklyn-based filmmakers Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer. Acclaimed for Empty Metal (2018), a science-fiction political thriller set against a backdrop of police brutality and mass surveillance, their films delve into contemporary indigenous experience and minority survival with a fiercely subcultural attitude.