RCA at White City Place:
Week Four's Mini-Festival Finale
Originality, authenticity, ownership: do these words mean the same thing now that copying is as easy as clicking? For four weeks, Royal College of Art students have been in White City Place creating works inspired by the ever-changing questions posed by artistic practice in the digital age. Think 3D-printing pre-historic weapons, digitally-embalmed arms and music made from rocks. It's been an eclectic mix.
On Friday, a mini-festival celebrated the end of the month's work. These were our highlights.
1. Lending an arm.
The Right Arm offer embalming services for, you guessed it, right arms only. This team of artists make digital scans of the limbs of willing participants, incorporating the volunteers into a performance that's part sensual ritual, part VR experience. After your arm's been scanned, massaged with essential oils and symbolically wrapped in gold ribbon, its digital ghost will be displayed for ever in a virtual gallery.
2. Wall-to-wall competitive publishing.
Publishing can feel like a gladiatorial contest sometimes, every journalist knows that. But it's not often you have five people on separate laptops editing the same A4 document simultaneously. During their three-hour battle for design supremacy, Visual Communication students threw every font style and object at the page as they vied to document White City. The resulting mish-mash of stolen, invented and distorted imagery was printed out every five minutes, dramatising the project's themes of copying and ownership in the form of a makeshift mural.
3. Cardboard box duet.
Other performances: Over 40 countries have built borders since 2016. Helen Mair's installation, Open Skies, visualised the shared sky and fractured connections of crossing points.
Print.Cut.Shake was a workshop inspired by the Dadaist poetry methods of Tristan Tzara, and led by Seo Hye Lee, Sarah Sajid and Anna Dakin.
Jen Haugan performed with her Doppler Machine, which uses microphone feedback to create surreal soundscapes. Haugan likes to turn simple sonic phenomena like the Doppler Effect into tangible experiences with sonic objects.
And finally a performance with crystal amplifiers made in an earlier workshop with electronic noise artist Ryan Jordan.
See the other work from the RCA at White City Place, and watch this space when the art school moves into the neighbourhood in September 2017.
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