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4717 is a ten day exhibition that invites four artists to create new commissions in response to a work from the LUX collection. 4717 considers how the exhibition can be as much a site of active production as of display and seeks to question how a collection can be reanimated in a digital age. The changing exhibition space and the activities it will host will be broadcast via a video live-stream. The link to this live-stream has been acquired by LUX as their 4717th work, making it the first live moving image work in their collection. After 4717 concludes, the link will lie dormant alongside a set of instructions until it is reactivated by other parties interested in producing further iterations of the project.

The commissioned works will be produced and viewed alongside Ursula Mayer’s Gonda (2012), a rich and multilayered moving image from the LUX collection that delves into concepts of the individual, collectivity, narrative, and subjectivity. A film of multiple voices – it is this collaborative and interdisciplinary approach that 4717 celebrates. Gonda becomes a catalyst for artistic commissions that explore notions of dispersion, collection, and transformation across multiple forms of practice.

The exhibition, operating as studio and platform, will also host a programme of performances and discussions that will explore topics including the life and dispersion of a collection, reanimation and liveness through creative exchange and the relationship of the individual to the collective.

Artists: Anne de Boer, Inés Cámara Leret, Libita Clayton, Ursula Mayer, Jade Montserrat

4717 is curated by Olivia Aherne,
Lizzie Cottrell, Emily Davis, Evie Gurney, Nilz Källgren,
Helene Remmel and Alistair Small as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art.