Air and Dreams: Proposals on the Imagination of Matter


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

8:00 pm

An exhibition developed by the Interior Design students and students of the PhD Program of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art.

Curated by Ines Weizman and Blanca Valdes.

This project brings together artists, film-makers, interior designers and architectural researchers to imagine and reflect on artistic interiors, sites of refuge and imagination. Working across different generations, practices and media, this group will use the residency apartment on the top floor of the London Goethe-Institut as a site of experimentation. It will discuss conditions of artistic practice in a city with escalating real estate prices, the pleasure of thinking resourcefulness and retreat to oppose bullish art market developments, but also the sense of community and care that folds into the materialities and memories of objects, walls and corridors. At the core of this collaborative work will be the intersection of two histories of artistic discourses and sites in London, one located in the very place of today’s Goethe-Institut, the other in Beck Road in the East End. While research and inspiration has been drawn from visits and conversations with artists in Beck Road, this exhibition will concentrate on ideas to redesign the residence flat of the Goethe Institut.

Exhibition participants:

Alexandra Ellerkamp, Jiaxin Chen, Jiayan Fu, Phoebe Mendel, Panhuili Cheng, Alice Penner, Evgeniya Beruchashvili, Ariel Li, Boya Li, Tongshan Tang, Xinyue Wang, Jiabao Guo, Zijiang Ye, Mingxin Li

Thanks to the staff of the Goethe-Institut, especially: Dr. Katharina von Ruckteschell-Katte, Katrin Sohns, Mario Schruff and Verena Meyer.

A cooperation between the Goethe-Institut London and the Royal College of Art.

The exhibition is part of the Goethe-Institut London’s 60th anniversary.

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