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.
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.
The audio guide will also feature an integration of sound art and performance by Lina Lapelytė.
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.
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.
…all silent but for the buzzing…run from 6 – 23 March at Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7