Opening with a launch event on Thursday 4 February, three new exhibitions and installations at London College of Communication mark the start of a new public programme based at the College.
Imprint explores the development of the College at its current site in Elephant and Castle from 1964 to the present day.
Using material from the University of the Arts London (UAL) Archives and Special Collections Centre, including magazines, posters and photographs, the exhibition is structured along an informal timeline.
The show highlights the experience of discovering items in the archive as a way of celebrating the heritage of the College, its alumni and presence in local history.
Student magazines from the 1980s report on protesting students disrupting traffic on the Elephant and Castle roundabout. Slides from the 70s and 80s showing students using equipment and images of the College have been digitised and are shown here in public for the first time. Exhibition and degree show posters celebrate the evolution of trends in typography and graphic design.
Weaving Migrations is an audiovisual installation about cultural interactions between the students and staff of LCC and workers and visitors in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.
The installation by Patricia Diaz and Ximena Alarcón showcases three short films, interweaving everyday observations, feelings and memories about both places from members of the two communities. The installation follows the permanent closure of the pedestrian subway which once physically linked the two spaces.
Weaving Migrations will be displayed simultaneously in two spaces: the Upper Gallery at LCC and La Bodeguita restaurant and café in the Shopping Centre.
In an accompanying event before the Private View, speakers from LCC and leaders of the community will talk about the changes that are taking place at the Shopping Centre and the importance of memory, space and place.
Five Hundred Flowers and the Mother Plant, an exhibition by Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic, considers meshes and networks of human beings and plants through texts, photographs, performance and an artwork made from geraniums.
Through the connections between the different components in the exhibition, questions are raised about the plant-growing industry, plants as receptacles for memories and how we might fully understand plants as active agents.
This exhibition is partnered with Five Hundred Flowers and the Mother Plant: Opening the Archive at PARCspace, Room W224, LCC, which runs from 27 January to 26 February. Please check opening times with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future events in the Spring 2016 public programme include interactive walks and workshops, an evening with performance poet John Cooper Clarke, and tours of the University Archives and Special Collections Centre.
LCC Spring 2016 public programme
Launch night: Thursday 4 February 6-9pm
London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SB.
For full exhibition opening times, please check individual event listings.