... all silent but for the buzzing ...

6 Mar 2014 – 23 Mar 2014

Event times

11am'6pm daily

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Free admisson

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Royal College of Art

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus 9,10,52
  • South Kensington/High Street Kensington
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Graduating RCA Curating Contemporary Art students present an international group exhibition that explores the indistinct spaces which lie between chatter and silence. Taking its title from Samuel Beckett's 'Not I' (1972), … all silent but for the buzzing … aims to transport the distant whispering of Beckett's play into the exhibition space. Viewers are invited to experience a variety of mediums, scales and spectra of sounds through artists' installations, sculptures, collages and performances.

Distant whispering becomes overwhelming chatter as John Stezaker's charged video collage creates a sensory bombardment of repetitive images. Omani artist Hassan Meer's video installation immerses the viewer in a contemplative experience of both physical and psychological suppression. Patrick Hough investigates the construction and representation of historical objects and their narratives in the present, while the provocative videos of Angolan artist and musician Nastio Mosquito creates an audiovisual cacophony to question stereotypes of communication and cultural identity. Liz Magic Laser further emphasises the performative and political strategies of media rhetoric.

In more intimate moments, viewers can participate in Marlene Haring's Solo Show (Face Up) (2012), a bar for one guest at a time. The internal and personal experience of sound defines Jacob Kirkegaard's installation Labyrinthitis (2007), as well as an interactive audio guide, including Turner Prize winning artist Laure Prouvost's Pink Cloud (2013). The audio guide will also feature an integration of sound art and performance by Lina Lapelyte, whom Brian Eno recognises as 'working right at the edge of what popular music could become'.

… all silent but for the buzzing … includes a programme of events with workshops, talks and performances on 15 and 16 March. Full details can be found on the website or follow @buzzingRCA on Twitter.


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