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Yixuan Xu, Windows, digital commission for Hear The Light project, 2021 - Image courtesy of the artist.

Hear the Light brings together work by artists Chibuzor Adiele, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Anat Ben-David and Chen Zhe, to explore how the concept of ‘awakening’ could be seen as a metaphor capable of introducing new possibilities and raising awareness, restructuring our futures while shaping brighter, thicker presents. Starting from the conviction that the internet is a luxury, the exhibition is an invitation to think together meaningfully about our time, as a moment full of inheritances, repetitions and comings, while questioning the notion of accessibility.

Hear the Light also considers accessibility and the internet, and in turn wants to challenge not only what an exhibition is but who it is for. The exhibition will adopt a hybrid mode of delivery including new works made for a digital platform and a USB containing art works that can be downloaded offline. 

Hear the Light takes place from 11 to 17 May 2021 online and offline. The exhibition is curated by Ludovica Bulciolu, David Lisbon, Hyeona Shin, Haoyang Wang, Shiying Wang, Kechun Qin, Duruo Zheng from the MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme as part of the Graduate Projects 2021, Royal College of Art in partnership with Gasworks.

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Public Programme

May 11 -  As Microcosm, So Macrocosm, opening guided meditation and workshop with Rieko Whitfield (6 - 7pm BST)
Japanese-American multidisciplinary artist Rieko Whitfield will conduct a participatory workshop and guided meditation using sound, colour, and reiki healing. Her live performance As Microcosm, So Macrocosm is the opening event of “Hear the Light”. Whitfield is a final year student in the MA Contemporary Art Practice course at the Royal College of Art, with previous education from Central Saint Martins and the American University of Paris. She has worked with institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo, the Saatchi Gallery, the Wellcome Collection, and NN Contemporary. 

May 13 - Artists in conversation: Have you woke yet? Chibuzor Adiele, Anat Ben-David, Simnikiwe Buhlungu (6 - 7 pm BST)
Hear the Light 's artists will be in conversation with the curators, discussing how ‘awakening’ has shaped their contribution to the exhibition, bringing in references from their respective awakening journey.

May 17 - Closing performative meditation, with Anat Ben-David (6 - 7 pm BST)
Anat Ben-David is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the Human-Machine, as a complex data of moving body and mind. One of artists exhibiting in Hear the Light, Anat will guide us towards the end of the show, inviting us to inter-connect together, with her, through a guided, performative meditation.

These events will not be recorded.


Artist Biographies

Chibuzor Adiele 
Chibuzor Adiele, also known as @dj_dji, has been honing his skills in aerial photography for the past several months. Originally a sound designer, he blends his cinematography skills with sound design experience. The result brings forth a perfect marriage of his two passions.

The new commission 'Aerial  Memories' seeks to convey the feeling of exploring earth from a spirits point of view. Sliding in and out of the realm, tuning through the frequencies of this reality, like you do with a radio.

Simnikiwe Buhlungu                                  
Simnikiwe Buhlungu (1995) is an artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Interested in knowledge production, how it is produced - and by whom - it’s dissemination and it’s nuances as a commonplace ecology, she uses her practice to wrestle between these questions and their inexhaustible potential answers. Currently at the Rijksakademie Academy (Amsterdam), recent engagements include Collective Intimacies - Notes to Self: Intimate 1 at The Showroom, London (2019) and Small World Real World, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2020-2021). 

Anat Ben-David
Anat Ben-David, works within different art forms and musical genres, pioneering video and digital performance video installation where music is at the centre of her work.  Through a process she named OpeRaart, Ben-David composes, directs, orchestrates and performs in her videos. During lookdown Anat has increased her improvisation telematic events with collaborators AWNJS and Corona Improv at Ars Electronica 2020. As a lecturer, Anat is leading performance-improvisation at various universities across the UK and abroad, she is also an associate lecturer at the RCA and Central Saint Martins (London, UK) .

Chen Zhe
Chen Zhe (b.1989, Beijing) received her BFA in Photography and Imaging from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. At the core of Chen Zhe’s practice is research and exploration often tempered by a psychological inquiry of self and surroundings. Her works have been featured in exhibitions at the Yokohama Triennale, Japan; The 11th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai; The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. She is the recipient of the Foam Talent (2018).