Ritual without Myth

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The White Team (Satan), 2009 © Courtesy of Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague/Berlin.
March 9th, 2012 - March 25th, 2012
Opening: March 8th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme, Royal College of Art
mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, sculpture


Exhibition featuring international artists who consider the potential of ritual as a catalyst for transformative experience, presented by final-year MA Curating Contemporary Art students. Includes newly commissioned and existing contemporary works, as well as documentation of works that have taken place outside a gallery environment. A programme of public talks, performances and screenings will accompany the exhibition. For further information

Open 11am – 7pm daily

Ritual without Myth is an exhibition that considers the potential of ritual as a catalyst for transformative experience. Curated by final year MA Curating Contemporary Art students at the Royal College of Art. The exhibition features the work of an innovative group of international artists, many of whom are currently emerging to wide critical acclaim.

Several artists are exhibiting work in London and the UK for the first time, including a newly commissioned, large-scale floor installation by Erick Beltrán, which will consist of variations on notated court dances and distorted Baroque choreographies, which can be performed by the exhibition audience; a major new installation by Danai Anesiadou, who works with symbols from her Greek heritage, combined with props of icons from classical and pop culture; and the UK premiere of works by the late Ioana Nemes, which consist of the transformation of materials associated with Romanian folklore, Eastern European modernism and mass culture.

The exhibition will also offer the first opportunity for UK audiences to see two iconic 16mm films by Joachim Koester, which resonate with the notion of a ritual emptied of mythological significance. The exhibition will present Spanish artist Ocaña for the first time in the UK, who was a revolutionary presence in Barcelona’s underground scene through his festive appearances and counter-cultural political activism. Chilean artists Yeguas del Apocalipsis are being shown for the first time in Europe having gained notoriety for their performative interventions in the Chilean socio-political scene during the transition to democracy after the dictatorship.

The title of the exhibition is taken from the idea of “rituals without myth”, a term used by the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark to describe her work, in particular Structuring the Self (1976-1988), a therapeutic practice that explored the affective potential of her tactile objects through the mind and body of participants.

The artists share a concern for engaging the viewer as a participant through direct experience, formulating and confronting visual languages, which they use to upend or reconfigure ideologies and existing iconographies.

9 to 25 March 2012

Open daily, 11am to 7pm

Free admission


Royal College of Art Galleries 

Kensington Gore (entrance opposite Royal Albert Hall) 

London SW7 2EU


Join us for a series of free screenings, performance and discussions with visiting artists and curators as part of Ritual without Myth.


Opening Night

Thursday 8 March 2012

7 to 9pm


Artists and invited curators in conversation: Amalia Pica and Julieta González, Patrizio Di Massimo and Anders Kreuger

Saturday 10 March 2012

2 to 4pm

An evening of screenings of work by Danai Anesiadou and Sophie Nys, Patrizio Di Massimo and Amalia Pica, culminating in a performative lecture by Erick Beltrán with musician Greg Gilg

Wednesday 14 March 2012

7 to 9:30pm

Places limited for this event, please RSVP to

Ritual Tour with artist Jeremy Millar and CCA curators

Saturday 24 March 2012

2 to 4pm