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Disruption at the RCA

In today’s uncertain world, students at the Royal College of Art have chosen disturbance and subversion as the subject of their new exhibition.

RCA Disrupted Logo

RCA Disrupted Logo

The Disruption showcase will present the work of 28 students from research programmes at the RCA, exploring the idea of disturbance, subversion and irritation in art and design practise.

Draped over the college frontage in Kensington, critical writing PhD student Bill Balaskas has erected a 23-metre banner with the phrase ‘The market will save us’. The artist says he wants ‘to provoke debate about the financial markets’ dominance and remind viewers about government funding cuts to the arts and education.’

Bill Balaskas, The Market Will Save Us

Bill Balaskas, The Market Will Save Us

Sue Bradburn, spokesperson for the RCA, says the theme of the exhibition is ‘mainly to provoke a bit of debate, partly because art and design research isn’t as well researched as science’.

Sun Ae Kim, MPhil Ceramics and Glass Ale Bench (Disruptive Drinking Event)

Sun Ae Kim, MPhil Ceramics and GlassAle Bench (Disruptive Drinking Event)

A series of free public events runs in conjunction with the exhibition, including a ‘disruptive drinking event’ where people will be invited to share experiences of drinking from a new collection of ceramic drinking vessels.

Antigoni Pasidi, Construction Sites

Antigoni Pasidi, Construction Sites

Around 170 students study research programmes at the RCA in disciplines including Design, Architecture, Fine Art, Humanities and Materials. Students had to submit proposals and exhibited works were selected by a curatorial panel of their peers.

Shelley James, Convergence (after Hughes)

Shelley James, Convergence (after Hughes)

Nils Jean and Claire Jamieson, PhD students and curatorial team members, say the purpose of the exhibition is also to ‘draw attention to the cutting edge of art and design research and how the RCA is leading in this particular academic field’.

The 2013 RCA Research Biennial Exhibtion runs from 21 - 27 January at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7

Edith Marie Pasquier – PhD Photography The Fable of the Golden Bunting and 10,000 Feathers

Edith Marie Pasquier – PhD PhotographyThe Fable of the Golden Bunting and 10,000 FeathersPasquier’s sound installation includes a series of empty bird cages filled with the birdsong of the Golden Bunting, a rare and near extinct species.

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