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The Arcade at Bush House re-opens with inaugural installation, World Futures

Posted on 25/10/2017

World Futures – Change is the only constant value

18 September 2017 – 26 January 2018

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The Arcade at Bush House has re-opened as a new engagement space within the university’s Cultural Quarter. The space will showcase imaginative research collaborations and invite artists, cultural partners the public to connect with King's through a varied programme of events, exhibitions and activities. 

Also home to a café and the KCLSU Shop, The Arcade provides a new space on the Strand for conversation, reflection and interaction between staff, students and the wider London community.


Photo credit: Kate Anderson

The first exhibition within The Arcade, World Futures, incorporates historic photographs by Bogdan Frymorgen, former BBC Studio Manager, that document and play testimony to the history of Bush House as the former BBC World Service HQ.

As well as documenting the building’s history, the installation asks visitors to submit their thoughts on how the new space can be best utilised to carry forward the building’s heritage, the values of King’s and continue to serve a global society.


As part of World FuturesBABEL NEWS is a sound-and-vision-scape created by Dr Milena Michalski, a King's artist in the Department of War Studies, which combines abstract moving images with audio material reflecting the BBC World Service, in particular the emergence of the public voice.

The free installation is part of a discrete project, Influencing the world, listening to the world: the emergence of the public voice, involving Prof James Gow, Dr Milena Michalski, Dr Peter Busch, Jayne E. Peake within the Department of War Studies at King's.

It is part of the work associated with the AHRC-funded Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community, a major collaborative project led by Dr Rachel Kerr in the Department of War Studies, with partners at the LSE and University of the Arts. 

Launch events at The Arcade

On Thursday 5 October, King’s Cultural Programming launched the new King's artists residencies, which included presentations from each of the academic and artist teams about their projects.

For the 17/18 programme, six artists will take up 12 month residencies within three different King’s faculties: the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA), Nassia Inglessis and Rebecca Lynch are resident within the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Dr Kai Syng Tan and Teresa Albor in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Gen Doy in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. All six artists will collaborate closely with a lead academic, and the wider academic and student community.

Outcomes from the residencies will be showcased over the upcoming academic year in The Arcade and beyond, as part of the King’s public-facing cultural programme.


Photo credit: Kate Anderson

On Monday 9 October a reception was held to celebrate the opening of World Futures and the launch of King’s Arts & Humanities Festival 2017 that explores the theme World Service.

One of the free events on the opening night of the festival was the panel discussion Language Acts & Worldmaking, which looked at international broadcasting services and how they have influenced the languages in which the BBC World Service is broadcast.


Photo credit: Pippa Gwilliam


World Futures – Change is the only constant value is presented by Cultural Programming at King’s College London in collaboration with Bogdan Frymorgen and Studio Hato. 


World Futures - Change is the only constant value

18 September 2017 – 26 January 2018

Monday – Friday: 10.00 – 17.00

Bush House Arcade, Strand, King's College London

Free entry

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