All silent but for the buzzing

A new show at the Royal College of Art aims to ‘explore the indistinct spaces which lie between chatter and silence’.

Patrick Hough, An Archaeology of Cinema, 2013. Still from two channel video installation
Patrick Hough, An Archaeology of Cinema, 2013. Still from two channel video installation

Entitled …all silent but for the buzzing…., the exhibition draws its name from playwright Samuel Beckett’s 1972 piece Not I, which is performed in a pitch black space, with a single spotlight fixed on an actress’s mouth above the stage.

Patrick Coyle, She Couldn’t Imagine What It Looked Like
Patrick Coyle, She Couldn’t Imagine What It Looked Like

Taking in installations, collage, sculpture and performance, the RCA says the show as a show will ‘transport the distant whispering of Beckett’s play into the exhibition space’.

As well as viewing the works, visitors can navigate the space using an interactive audio guide that plays the sounds of the site-specific pieces throughout the gallery.

Hassan Meer, Under the Water, 2004 Video installation and pool
Hassan Meer, Under the Water, 2004 Video installation and pool

The audio guide will also feature an integration of sound art and performance by Lina Lapelytė.

Marlene Haring, Solo Show (Face Up), 2012
Marlene Haring, Solo Show (Face Up), 2012

There’s a real focus on interactivity, with artist Marlene Haring’s 2012 piece Solo Show (Face Up), formed from a bar only one guest can visit at one time. John Stezaker , meanwhile, gives a more full-on assault, with a video collage of repetitive images.

John Stezaker, Imposter IV, 2013 Collage

Source: courtesy of The Approach, London Image: FXP Photography

John Stezaker, Imposter IV, 2013 Collage

 For Angolan artist and musician Nástio Mosquito, sound acts as a medium through which to explore ideas of cultural identity; while Patrick Hough takes the sonic as a means to explore how historical objects and their narratives are used in the present.

Jacob Kirkegaard, Labyrinthitis (Installation view), Medicinsk Museion, Copenhagen, 2007
Jacob Kirkegaard, Labyrinthitis (Installation view), Medicinsk Museion, Copenhagen, 2007

…all silent but for the buzzing…run from 6 – 23 March at Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7

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