Text by CLOT Magazine
As construction begins on the RCA’s new flagship campus in Battersea (South London), designed by Herzog & de Meuron, a group of artists and designers, students and alumni from the RCA are collectively exploring the process through an artistic research laboratory called Future Archive.
The concept of the Future Archive, directed by Rut Blees Luxemburg, RCA Senior Research Fellow and artist, uses the construction site in Battersea as a location for field study to create paintings, photographs, texts, performances and experimental responses. It brings to the fore unexpected and under-represented visual narratives related to themes of physical labour and masculinity, technology and materiality.
The exhibition is curated by Agata Kik, and some of the highlights include works from Diego Valente, Claire Felicity Miller, David Barreiro, Sam Creasey, and Claire Felicity Miller, among others. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication called An Inventory of Gaps, which brings together text by Lucy Holt and photographs by David Barreiro.
Future Archive will be displayed at a public exhibition at the RCA Battersea from September 17 to October 1.