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AGAIN FOR TOMORROW is an exhibition, a series of events, and a catalogue, presenting artists who turn to the past to re-imagine the future. Evocation, re-enactment, nostalgic recollection, re-examination, prediction are just some of the methods used to explore different histories. Aleister Crowley’s experimental drug community in Sicily is the subject of Joachim Koester’s Morning of the Magicians; Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh combine storytelling, art history, biography, and autobiography as they present their findings and recordings of séance interviews with the American artist, Joseph Cornell, while Christoph Keller’s Cloudbuster Project re-enacts Wilhelm Reich’s wildly futuristic invention to make the clouds burst into rain.

Many of the works in AGAIN FOR TOMORROW invite the viewer into a process of active reflection. Lia Perjovschi’s Centre for Art Analysis (CAA), established in her Bucharest studio in the early nineties, will travel to the UK for the first time. TRAMA, an artists’ network from Argentina, has invited Graciela Carnevale to present her archive of the activities of the Grupo de Arte Vanguardia in Rosario in the late sixties. Missingbooks, the first phase of a new collaborative project by Maria Barnas, Maxine Kopsa and Germaine Kruip, involves the facsimile publication of A Dark Day of Justice, a novel by Rodolfo Walsh, the radical Argentine intellectual who went missing in 1977.

Other artists in the show revisit mislaid pasts – personal, political, scientific or art- historical. Adrian Paci’s film Klodi (2005) is a gripping monologue relating one Albanian man’s persistent attempts to find a new future across an array of international locations. Parreno and Tiravanija’s Stories are Propaganda (2005) is a sardonically humorous video reminiscence of the not-so-old good old days, and David Maljkovic’s video installation Scenes for a New Heritage II – Second Coming shows a heritage-seeker visiting a Croatian World War II monument in the year 2063. AGAIN FOR TOMORROW offers the viewer a range of environments – theatrical, cinematic, investigative, conversational – transforming the galleries of the Royal College of Art into a space of exploration and potential.

Artists in the exhibition include Martin Boyce (Scotland), Ulla von Brandenburg (Germany), Gorka Eizagirre (Spain), Christoph Keller (Germany), Joachim Koester (Denmark), Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh (US), Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), David Maljkovic (Croatia), Missingbooks (Netherlands), Alex Morrison (Canada), Adrian Paci (Albania/Italy), Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija (France/Thailand) Lia Perjovschi (Romania), Mai-Thu Perret (Switzerland), Trama (Argentina).

The events programme is an integral part of the exhibition, presented in a purpose-built arena within the gallery space. Events on Wednesday and Friday evenings (late night opening until 9pm) involve artists exhibiting in AGAIN FOR TOMORROW. Weekend events explore new formats and media. Full details are given on the exhibition website http://www.cca.rca.ac.uk/againfortomorrow.

Participants as follows: Christoph Keller lecture; Roger Buergel conversation; Joachim Koester and Anders Kreuger discussion; Manon De Boer screening; Adrian Paci and Michele Robecchi screening and discussion; James Woudhuysen and Julika Rudelius screening and discussion; Lia Perjovschi, Graciela Carnevale, and TRAMA: discussion; Lucas Bambozzi, Cao Guimarães, and Beto Magalhães screening; Alex Morrison and Lars Bang Larsen screening and discussion; Dan Perjovschi and Richard Thomas slideshow and music performance; Tomislav Gotovac screening; Lia Perjovschi and Dr. David Berman presentation and discussion; Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh (ARCHIVE) radio broadcast; Aurélien Froment live-streamed performance from De Appel, Amsterdam; Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh (ARCHIVE) performance; Erkki Kurenniemi and Mika Taanila screening; Axel Stockburger presentation, Man From Uranus music performance; Ralph Pflugfelder and Noam Andrews music performance; Patrick Keiller and Mark Nash presentation and discussion.

The 176-page catalogue includes a text by Jan Verwoert, as well artists’ contributions, and a section with conversations between the artists.

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AGAIN FOR TOMORROW
Curated by graduating students on the MA Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art
Ort: Royal College of Art Galleries

KünstlerInnen: Martin Boyce, Ulla von Brandenburg, Gorka Eizagirre, Christoph Keller, Joachim Koester, Chris Kubick / Anne Walsh, Matts Leiderstam, David Maljkovic, Missingbooks, Alex Morrison, Adrian Paci, Philippe Parreno / Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lia Perjovschi, Mai-Thu Perret, Trama 

Events-Teilnehmer: Christoph Keller, Roger M. Buergel, Joachim Koester / Anders Kreuger, Manon De Boer, Adrian Paci / Michele Robecchi, James Woudhuysen / Julika Rudelius, Lia Perjovschi, Graciela Carnevale, TRAMA, Lucas Bambozzi, Cao Guimarães, Beto Magalhaes, Alex Morrison / Lars Bang Larsen, Dan Perjovschi / Richard Thomas, Tomislav Gotovac, Lia Perjovschi / David Berman, Chris Kubick / Anne Walsh, Aurelien Froment, Erkki Kurenniemi / Mika Taanila, Axel Stockburger, Man From Uranus, Ralph Pflugfelder / Noam Andrews, Patrick Keiller / Mark Nash