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King's Artists – New Thinking, New Making

The Arcade at Bush House, 30 Aldwych, King's College London, WC2B 4PJ
23 October – 15 December 2018
Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00

Artist-academic collaborations interrogate our collective futures

An interactive sculpture providing an immersive experience of Disobedient AI and experimental knitwear featuring sensor-embedded yarns are some of the academic-artist collaborations on display as part of a new exhibition, King’s Artists – New Thinking, New Making, at King’s this October.

Six contemporary artists have collaborated with leading King’s academics over the last year as part of King’s Artists, an innovative project which enables artists to develop their practice in parallel with academic research. An exhibition of creative responses to these collaborations will open on Tuesday 23 October at the Arcade in King’s iconic Bush House.

An events programme also runs alongside the exhibition, featuring film screenings, talks and performances. Details of the events can be found below.


Artist Gen Doy has been resident in the Department of Classics, working in collaboration with Professor Michael Trapp, Professor of Greek Literature & Thought. Together they have explored the history of Strand Lane ‘Roman’ bath and cultural mythology from its origins as a 17th Century cistern to its reinvention as ‘Roman’ through colourful urban myths.

Creative-writer-in-residence, Rebecca Lynch worked with Professor Elizabeth Sklar, Head of the Centre for Robotics Research at King’s to develop experimental short films imagining technological futures for human-robot societies. The artwork was inspired by King’s state-of-the-art robotics research and explores the design, development and testing of future robotic technologies. 

Artist, curator and researcher Dr Kai Syng Tan worked with Professor Philip Asherson in the Department of Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry. Together they created a tapestry, titled We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet, which weaves together research, narratives and questions about mind-wandering.

Design engineer Nassia Inglessis – whose work was displayed in the central courtyard at Somerset House during the London Design Biennale 2018 – has been resident in King’s Department of Informatics, working in collaboration with Dr Richard Overill, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science. Examining what happens when artificial intelligence behaves unpredictably, Nassia’s immersive interactive sculpture, Disobedient AI, explores inversions of the future where human and artificial entities coexist.

Multidisciplinary artist Teresa Albor worked with Professor Sir John Strang and Dr Sally Marlow in King’s Department of Addictions. The sound/video/visual installation created for the exhibition is based on conversations with heroin users and the scientists and individuals who work with users and their families. The piece aims to give voice to the emotions of the people in close relation to heroin users.

The Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA) and Dr Matthew Howard, Department of Informatics, explored digital knitwear design and ‘wearable’ smart textiles that sense, actuate and capture human behavioural data through embedded sensors.  


6 November, 18.00 – 19.00: Teresa Albor and Dr Sally Marlow Unconditional film screening and discussion with Danielle Imara. Book tickets here.

19 November, details TBC: BRIA TECHStyler talk. Tickets to be released soon.

26 November, 17.30 – 19.00: Gen Doy and Professor Michael Trapp Shades of the 'Roman' Bath in the Strand Lane 'Roman' Bath. Book tickets here.

4 December, 18.00 – 20.00: Dr Kai Syng Tan and Professor Philip Asherson Brisk / Risks open mic event. Book tickets here.

11 December, details TBC: Rebecca Lynch and Professor Elizabeth Sklar event. Tickets to be released soon.


The Arcade at Bush House is part of the Cultural Quarter at King’s College London and is home to a diverse programme of events, installations and exhibitions, offering a forum where students, the academic community and the public can engage with each other, as well as with artists and cultural partners. Home to a welcoming café and the KCLSU Shop, the Arcade offers a direct connection with research and collaborative activity taking place across the university, and provides a new space on the Strand for conversation, reflection and engagement.

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