Performances start: 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm.
(Location: Unit 7, Next to Herman Ze German, White City Place)
Monday 11th March – Friday 15th March
11am–3pm, every day.
Finisage Event and Publication Launch:
14th March 6pm–9pm
Performances start at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Adam J B Walker
At the time of writing the UK has just set a new record for the two consecutively hottest days in February which has sparked equal amounts of delight and concern. Although the hot weather is probably not, or at least only in part an effect of the increase in the atmosphere’s overall temperature, the concerns are real and justified. Hang fire disasters and solutions on ice. The trigger has been pulled and while we wait to see when the projectile of our dreams and aspirations will (back)fire, we root around for a mobilizing narrative with the potential of bringing us together, even on some basic level, around caring for our immediate and future livelihoods. With recent environmentalist projects taking a turn away from preservation towards construction in acknowledgment of our already-constructed images of nature and the natural, there is a need for thinking creatively about the terms of this construction without grabbing for the myopic universalisms of the past. If modernity’s ignorance and optimism brought us into this sticky mess then information and complexity don’t quite seem to be unsticking us. Questions about the environment we inhabit become mirrors held up to humanity; fields for battles fought over definitions of humanness and ethical concerns whose complexities and intensities are multiplying by a factor equal to the number of emerging technologies proposing to solve the problems we are facing. Questions of identity have become inextricably entangled with questions of environment. Is it the best idea; the ‘how do we preserve?’ or its origin; the ‘who is (p)reserving what and for whom?’ that we should be referring to as our first navigational instrument? The line of questioning in the present exhibition of artworks and texts highlights the importance of continually interrogating our nature/culture construction, be they assemblages of plants, words, hardwares or softwares.
The exhibition which, following an open-call, has been curated in collaboration with The Westworks, the Royal College of Art and the RCA Students’ Union is presented in one of the yet unoccupied shopfront spaces of White City Place; neighbour to the RCA’s temporary campus building in White City. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication comprised of four texts written by researchers (staff and students) from the Royal College of Art in response to a double article by Iranian Philosopher Reza Negarestani, published in e-flux in 2014: “The Labor of the Inhuman, Part I: Human” and “The Labor of the Inhuman, Part II: The Inhuman”. The launch and exhibition takes place during ‘Know Your Home’-week and as part of the Students’ Unions’ ongoing SU Research Series whose purpose is to create opportunities for researchers to present their work and strengthen the research community by creating connections with other communities within and outside of the RCA. This year, the SU Research Series focuses on questions around Class, Sustainability and Self-care.