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Ariadne Project

23 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018


Royal College of Art



As work begins on creating its new flagship campus, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Royal College of Art (RCA) presents the Ariadne Project, a group exhibition open from Saturday 22 – Thursday 27 September as part of Open House London.

Visitors will be able to explore how recent RCA alumni are charting the evolution of the RCA Battersea campus through newly commissioned artworks. These emerging artists use photography, moving image, performance and zines to reflect on the RCA’s most significant development of its campus since 1961.

The Ariadne Project emphasises the potential of the building as a site for creativity. The artworks centre on ideas of memory and transition, materiality, labour and sensuality, and give the recent architectural past a continuous presence.

Exhibition highlights include The Last Performance by Carlos Jimenez, a video artwork that traces the history of the moving image studio that was founded on site in 2009 by artist and filmmaker Stuart Croft. Simone Mudde utilises the 19th century technique of colour separation to create coloured images from black and white negatives that capture passing time and latency of change. Zines by Stewart Ross Hardie explore the College’s transformation at night and Martim Ramos captures the poetic possibilities of the construction site during its daily changes.


23 Sep 2018
27 Sep 2018
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