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Federico Campagna @ RCAfe, May 25

24 May 2016

Existential philosopher and author Federico Campagna is giving a talk at RCAFE in London on May 25.

Campagna will be presenting research on the theory, practice and current relevance of esoteric knowledge, as developed in the Muslim Shi’a, Greek-Pagan, Hermetic and Italian Renaissance traditions. He will use the metaphor and structure of a Renaissance Italian garden to think about circles, inner circles, initiation and secrets ways in to things.

The Italian-born London-based writer who has published works like The Last Night: Anti-Work, Atheism, Adventure and has written extensively on forests, radical individualism and anarchism also founded writing platform Through Europe. He has collaborated previously with artists and thinkers such as Jesse Darling and Huw Lemmey in talk events and readings at exhibition openings.

The event is a part of a small festival called ‘Diaspore’ which takes place on the green of the West London Royal College Art school during May and June.

See the FB event page for more details.**

Federico Campagna, The Last Night (book cover). 2013. Courtesy Zero Books and Federico Campagna
Federico Campagna, ‘The Last Night’ (book cover). 2013. Courtesy Zero Books and Federico Campagna.


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Next Brave New World @ Arebyte Gallery, Aug 20 – Sep 16

15 August 2014

Arebyte Gallery is hosting the Next Brave New World group exhibition at their East London space from August 20 to September 16.

The exhibition, featuring a selection of projects from five Royal College of Art graduates, explores how technology impacts culture and society through the lens of speculative design. Kathryn Fleming‘s ‘Endless Forms/Endless Species’ looks to an imagined future with an ecological prototype, while Zoe Hough‘s film and installation Smile, The Fiction Has Already Begun examines the pursuit of happiness within the structures of social and government control.

Also part of the exhibition is an installation by Henrik Nieratschker titled ‘The Boltham Legacy’ exploring the challenges of long-term thinking in technological developments, Adam Peacock‘s ‘The Validation Junky’ and its imaged “Post Industrial Brain”, as well as Alexa Pollmann‘s graphic novel, Indivicracy

 See the Arebyte Gallery exhibition page for details. **


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Kapital Architecture: “Commodity” @ LSE, Jun 19

16 June 2014

The third installment of the Kapital Architecture series, titled “Commodity”, is taking place at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on June 19.

The four-part debate series – hosted by LSE Cities in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, and organized by the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art and When We Build Again – explores the relationship between architecture and capital through four key concepts spread over four debate installments.

June 19th’s “Commodity” installment investigates the commodification of architectural materials, processes, and techniques, looking at the history of the architectural form through a moderated debate with Katie Lloyd-Thomas (Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University) and Alex de Rijke (Dean of the School of Architecture at Royal College of Art and founding Director of the architectural practice dRMM). 

The last segment of the series, titled “Accumulation”, will take place at Legion TV on June 25.

See the When We Build Again site for details on all four installments. **


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‘No one lives here’ @ RCA reviewed

No One Lives Here. Planetarity
21 March 2013

At the entrance of No one lives here, the latest exhibition by MA Curating students from the Royal College of Art, is a research display focused on the Pionen White Mountain Data Centre based near Stockholm, Sweden. Three-dimensional renderings, alongside a short film, show how unique this converted bunker space appears, juxtaposed as it is with plants, geometric glass offices and whirring computer servers. It’s everything a James Bond villain could wish for and as the architect Albert France-Lanord explains in an interview, deliberately so.  Its over-sized doors made to look secure, its sci-fi aesthetic designed to draw clients in closer to a vision of the future.

Pionen White Mountain Data Centre. Image courtesy of Albert France-Lanord Architects. Photo by Åke E-son Lindman.
Pionen White Mountain Data Centre. Image courtesy of Albert France-Lanord Architects. Photo by Åke E-son Lindman.

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Catlin Art Prize 2013 shortlist announced.

Catlin Art Prize 2013.
5 March 2013

It goes without saying that emerging artists and their practices are the voice of the future. So with an eye toward progress, aqnb is very excited about the announcement of the nine artists shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize 2013. Showing at London’s Londonewcastle Project Space from Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 26 and selected from the Catlin Guide 2013, the prize seeks to promote the work of exceptional art graduates, in their first year since finishing, from across the UK.

Fatma Bucak, 'Omne Meum, Nihil Meum II' (2012).
Fatma Bucak, ‘Omne Meum, Nihil Meum II’ (2012).

Out of the nine artists selected, The Royal Academy of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art dominate, with three and two representatives appearing on the list, respectively. The accompanying exhibition will feature works from Nick Deeley’s marathon performance piece to David Ogle’s light sculpture (the latter of whom, incidentally, showed at the recent Kinetica Art Fair) while the winner will be awarded the £5000 prize in a private ceremony on May 22.  See the Catlin website for more information.**

Header Image: David Ogle, ‘08011’ (2012).



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26 July 2012

Having a funny tummy can sometimes been problematic, that’s why a good diet is always recommended or alternatively.. Julia Pott’s trick.

We’ve been waiting since last September for Julia to upload Belly, and after the obligatory festival world tour which has provided her with a few more awards (France, States, UK…) Julia has finally made it available for all of us…

Belly is Julia’s own vision of growing up and experiencing that critical moment when you’re forced to leave something behind, it could be a toy, could be your pet… or even your imaginary friend, but we’ve all experienced it at some point, with the help of our older brothers. And you certainly can feel it in your stomach for quite a while.

Belly animated short still
Belly animated short still

What have you prepared for us next Julia?

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