17 Sep 2012 – 18 Sep 2012

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£25 per day (students £15)


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Royal College of Art Sculpture School

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 19, 49, 239, 319, 345.
  • Tube: Sloane Square, then 319
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METAFLUX : A Knowledge Exchange Platform


METAFLUX is two days of fine art casting related talks, discussions, events and actions. This long awaited gathering of practitioners, historians, educators, artists, founders and students comes in advance of the Royal Academy of Arts landmark exhibition Bronze featuring 150 works across 6,000 years. DAY ONE : Monday, September 17th The two-day event will begin with a private preview of the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Afterwards we will proceed to the Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art at Battersea where there will be in-depth responses to the exhibition and related topics by key-note speakers including; Dr. Francesca Bewer (Harvard), Peta Motture (V&A) and Dr. Trish Lyons (RCA). We will finish off the day with a glass of wine or two at the opening of the ‘Pop Up' METAFLUX exhibition in a gallery at the RCA. This will be a chance to see work produced by attendees of METAFLUX (all welcome to contribute a piece of work, details below). There will also be a screening of Tarkovsky's masterpiece Andrei Rublev. DAY TWO : Tuesday, September 18th The morning session of the second day is a series of exploratory presentations and discussions around foundry practice. Topics to be discussed include: The Horse and the Pineapple — affecting techniques: anxiety and ambition in foundry works, Dark Materials — research methods in foundry practice research; followed by, Japanese Managata Casting - Ed Allington will talk about his current research into Japanese Managata casting — a traditional form of sand casting. Marking the formation of the Art School Foundry Association (ASFA) the three afternoon round table discussions will consider the role of art school foundries in Education and Commerce, followed by, Chains of Knowledge: history, present and future of the art school foundry. Finally the round table, with Peta Motture: Transubstantial, Direct ‘Burn Out' Moulds - a case study for art historians, curators and founders will open out a foundry knowledge transfer and exchange.. The whole event ends with a reception at the Livery Hall at The Worshipful Company of Founders. Tracing its existence back to 1365, The Worshipful Company of Founders is one of the oldest Livery Companies of the City of London. ~ ~ ~ METAFLUX serves as a knowledge exchange platform. We welcome art foundry practitioners, artists, scholars and researchers. We invite attendees to bring a work for the pop-up exhibition. For details on the pop-up, full METAFLUX programme, or any other queries contact rebecca.whitmore@network.rca.ac.uk Dates: Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th September 2012 Venue: Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art, Battersea, London Cost: £25 per day (Students £15) Visit our website http://foundry.rca.ac.uk to register

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