Today, we work through three `acts ́ to produce and create new spaces, relations and experiences at the Royal Academy. We start at the external borders of the building, move towards the central corridor and end in the center of the RA. This exercise tests the internal and external boundaries of the public and private domains. During these three acts we transform and reconfigure our own formation in response to the temporal and spatial conditions of the site.
ACT 1: A CHOREOGRAPHED ARRANGEMENT
from 11:00 to 12:30
At either entrance of the building a series of postcards direct and inform dispersed activations and performances across the RA and aim to reveal, recognise and reprogramme specific spaces.
ACT 2: ANOTHER ISLAND IS POSSIBLE
from 12:30 to 13:00
In movement along the central corridor towards the center of the RA, we perform a procession in celebration of our own collectivity. Through a spoken manifesto we navigate the space in an attempt to reveal and understand what unites and divides us.
ACT 3: DON’T WASH YOUR DIRTY LAUNDRY IN PUBLIC
from 13:00 to 14:00
Our final act exposes an internal discussion conducted between the team in the private setting of the Lovelace courtyard, to be viewed through the overlooking window. This action questions our own position and privilege to be here and aims to reveal and reflect upon the distance between artists and the public within the cultural institution.
The CRITICAL RESEARCH SERVICE! is comprised of students from MA Situated Practice at the Bartlett, UCL. We work collectively across disciplines and locations. Through critical spatial practice we question the role of the public practitioner and create work which is situated physically and engages with contemporary social, cultural, economic, environmental and political conditions. The CRITICAL RESEARCH SERVICE! is in the process of becoming - as we test how to work together as a collective.