REMEMBER A FUTURE PAST Exhibition Press Release 7 – 12 December 2007 Hockney Gallery, Stevens Building, Royal College of Art

Remember a Future Past brings together the work of Katie Paterson, Jack Strange, John Timberlake and Marie Velardi. Working in a variety of media, these emerging artists all deal with visualisations and imaginings of outer space and distant or unattainable times to come. For Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon) (2007) Katie Paterson has translated Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata into Morse code, which is then reflected off the moon and re-coded as a new musical score. Data lost in the craters of the irregular lunar surface produce glitches and omissions to create a new, fragmented composition. The work was originally performed by a computer-controlled grand piano and this recording was pressed onto a vinyl record, which will play in the exhibition. Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art Department Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU Info 020 7590 4494 cca@rca.ac.uk

Jack Strange’s crude assemblage, Believe (2006) consists of an upturned monitor playing a fast-paced slide show of low-resolution spacescapes. A limited edition ‘Believe’ Mars Bar, produced on the occasion of the 2006 World Cup, is placed in the centre of the screen. Strange explains that the work acts as a ‘cheap trick, like the special effects of 1950s sci-fi’, paling in comparison to the inter-galactic forces to which it alludes. John Timberlake has described his Russian Paintings II and III (2004) as ‘traditional painterly astronomical illustrations based on verbal scientific instructions, rather than the artist’s own observation.’ He appropriates texts and images produced in the early days of the Soviet Space Program, but removes all the empirical and scientific data which has become obsolete with the passing of time, thus focusing on the illustrations’ artistic qualities.

Future Perfect, 21st Century (2006) by Marie Velardi is a 5-meter paper scroll, a prophetic chart of utopian and dystopian predictions for the 21st century, drawn from popular culture and the literature of science-fiction. These visions of our imagined future range from the eerily familiar to the fantastically absurd.
Remember a Future Past is selected from work presented at Zoo Art Fair 2007. The exhibition is organised by the 1st year MA Curating Contemporary Art students at the RCA. Editors Notes Ma Curating Contemporary Art at The Royal College of Art The MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art was set up in 1992 and was the first postgraduate programme in Britain to specialise in curatorial practice relating to contemporary art. The course is designed to offer both a vocational training in and an academic study of curatorial practice, underpinned by an understanding of the wider cultural and critical context. The course provides an introduction to the ways in which the contemporary visual arts are funded, presented, interpreted and managed in Britain and internationally. Students gain practical skills in curating exhibitions and managing art commissions and meet a wide range of professional curators, critics, artists and administrators. The programme provides a professional preparation for curators, exhibition organisers, critics, arts administrators and those who wish to work with artists to present art outside a gallery setting. The Department is developing research in curatorial history and practice and also offers MPhil and PhD courses in this area. The course is co-funded by the Royal College of Art and Arts Council England. The Royal College of Art The Royal College of Art is the world’s only wholly postgraduate university of art and design, specialising in teaching and research and offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 900 masters and doctoral students and more than a hundred professionals interacting with them – including scholars, leading art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisors and distinguished visitors.

Private View Thursday 6 December 2007 6 - 8pm After Party from 8pm RCA ArtBar Drinks Provided by Firefly Artists’ Talk Tuesday 11 December 6:30pm Lecture Theatre 2, Darwin Building Katie Paterson & John Timberlake Opening Times Friday 7 - Wednesday 12 December 2007 Open by appoinment until 5pm Closed Sunday Press Images and Appointments Available from Wang Shang shang.wang@students.rca.ac.uk or (0)77 76001907 With thanks to the Zabludowicz Collection