Equal Voices in the Room?

Thames Studio, Top Floor, Dyson Building, Battersea Campus

8th November 5.30 – 8 pm

Soup and wine provided

Feel like academia is driven by hegemony and consensus? That every conversation stays on trodden paths, led by the usual few expressive people of a group? Ever wish to hear what other people have to say instead of the usual orators?

This workshop will explore why and how shared spaces are dominated by a minority of voices and methods and tactics that could be used to disrupt this.


We’ll be strategising and trying out techniques for communicating, interrupting, affirming and supporting each other. We’ll be doing this by drawing on people’s existing knowledge and experiences from the RCA and beyond, as well as trying out a range of practical techniques borrowed from practices such as consensus decision making, body centred methods of working together, and practicing recognising and articulating power dynamics, influenced by Jo Freeman’s The Tyranny of Structurelessness.

We are two second year students – Cicilia and Alex from the Public Sphere pathway in Contemporary Art Practice, interested in creating a community of people in the RCA that want to break down hierarchies and power relations within the institution. We welcome anyone from the RCA to join us in the workshop, whether you are a student, administrator, tutor, or lecturer. To keep the workshop focused there is limited space for participants. Please email if you would like to join us – alexandra.parry@network.rca.ac.uk




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