RED TAPE – Validation Beyond the Gallery

  • Ailsa Sinclair
Red Tape is a student lead platform at the Royal College of Art that explores the social, political and economic issues that underpin art and design practice. In 2016, I created an event in response to Assemble winning the Turner Prize the previous December. This was the first time a group of architects had won. I wanted to question how practitioners working outside the traditional gallery system gained and maintained validation.
To subvert the traditional lecture format I held a live radio broadcast on ResonanceFM and interviewed Anthony from Assemble (Turner Prize winner), Mark Titchner (Turner Prize nominee) and artist/critic Mel Jordan. The live broadcast was streamed at the RCA, accompanied by a series of films and projections of evocative images and statements relating to the topic. Students could experience the immersive environment whilst listening to the broadcast. There was also a publication to give further reading and context to the project.