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Instant Highway: Outdoors

Instant Highway: Outdoors
Czech Embassy Railings

Zone 3

Vitrínka Gallery, Kensington Palace Gardens, London, UK



24 /7 until 30 June


An exhibition collaboration between RCA & Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design.

Outdoor Czech Embassy
26 Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QY
Till 30 June 2023

Following Josef Pleskot's reflection on city highways as scars or hardened arteries of the urban organism, the collaborative exhibition project Highway Mindway challenges us to think differently about public spaces: how the highway as an architectural paradigm invites us to find new ways of understanding cities and communication alike. As urban motorway, that literally and figuratively divides the city, while inviting new connectivities, the highway can become a pedestrian zone with views of landmarks, a space for cultural and leisure activities. As a mindway - shared by students from the Graduate Diploma in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art in London and from Photography 2 studio at Prague's Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design - it brings together approaches to thinking about how we connect in cities and through digital highways in the Vitrínka Gallery of the Czech Centre in London and in form of a public installation in front of the Czech Embassy next door.

Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, the student exchange brings experiences from their respective international hometowns together with visual interactions and different modes of communication, initially online and later in person. Explored through technology-driven metaphorical approaches, the exhibition consists of photographs, drawings, objects and moving image - explored through installations, projections, fragrances and sound.

Project led by: Wiebke Leister, Gary Clough (RCA); Alena Kotzmannová, Tomáš Souček, Alex Bykov (UMPRUM) and curator Michal Nanoru.

Organised by the Czech Centre London, the Royal College of Arts and Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Supported by the Czech Embassy.

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