What does sustainability mean today?
How can art practices respond to this ungraspable term?
Sustain Lab, an extra-curricular society at the Royal College of Art, presents a broad range of works by students from across the university.
The selected works show a critique of current attitudes to materials, modes of production and the fundamental relationship that humans have with the natural environment.
Here, sustainability points to time, from the lost landscape of Doggerland to the technological fashions of the future. Works demonstrate the need to acknowledge that production is the start of a chain that involves an afterlife, leading us to re-think our attitudes to materials and waste.
The exhibition is grounded within walls of the Hockney gallery, and provides a space to question the institution in which it sits and asks how the university itself is responding to the issue.
This event is part of Green Week 2020, co-curated by Charlotte dos Santos and Tere Chad of Sustain Lab. A VR experience will run on Saturday 14 March at 1pm.
This article is based on a press release from the Royal College of Art.