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.’
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’.
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.
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.
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