Recoding Shakespeare

2 August 2012

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design:
Recoding Shakespeare
PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
8 August - 23 September 2012
Private View, 5.30pm-7pm, Wednesday 8 August 2012
Admission Free

Students from London's internationally renowned Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design are exhibiting specially commissioned work for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in the PACCAR Room of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 23 September 2012.

Combining art and new technologies, the Recoding Shakespeare exhibition provides a 21st century perspective on Shakespeare and offers a dramatic visual representation of his work. Recoding Shakespeare is an offshoot of the myShakespeare online platform which was launched in April 2012 as part of the World Shakespeare Festival (WSF), the biggest ever celebration of Shakespeare, produced by the RSC for the London 2012 Festival.

myShakespeare is a creative digital space dedicated to Shakespeare and artists from across the world have been commissioned to create new work for the project. For the Recoding Shakespeare exhibition MA Communication Design students from Central Saint Martins have produced installations which dramatically illustrate the thoughts, moods and emotions that Shakespeare's work conveys.
Recoding Shakespeare includes:

• Ophelia's Skull by Owen Woonyung Lee - a symbolic reflection of life and death combining visuals, sounds, textures, scripts and materials, this model skull is decorated with graceful sentences from the scene of Ophelia's death and contains a 20-note hand-crank musical box.
• Talking Dots by Hanna Bischof – a collection of prints plotting the dramatic course of three of Shakespeare's tragedies through the use of colour-coded dots which signify positive, negative or neutral feelings of the respective characters.
• Coloured Water by Konstantinos Mouzakis - an installation which charts the relationships of characters in Twelfth Night through the use of coloured water controlled through a system of motorized syringes.

Geraldine Collinge, RSC Director of Events and Exhibitions said:
'The RSC is delighted to be working with students and tutors from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, showcasing their work both online and in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The students have looked at Shakespeare in a totally fresh way and their work has brought a new perspective to texts we know very well.'

Peter Anderson, MA Communication Design Tutor said:
'Recoding Shakespeare addresses the iPad generation using a wonderful variety of visual language to challenge and expand our understanding of Shakespeare.'

Staff and students from Central Saint Martins will be discussing the projects at a Private View of Recoding Shakespeare at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 August 2012. To attend the Private View please RSVP Sarah Ellis  

Further information
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Notes to Editors:

Listings details for Recoding Shakespeare:
8 August – 23 September 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB
Tel: 0844 800 1110
Exhibitions open daily from 10am–10pm, and from 10am-5pm on Sundays

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
Central Saint Martins is internationally renowned for the creative energy of its students, staff and graduates with an outstanding reputation for educating foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. The College's shows, exhibitions, events, and research outputs make CSM a major force and a resource offering collaboration with industry across all sectors – creative, financial, scientific.
Alumni include Alan Aldridge, Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Matthew Collings, Terence Conran, James Dyson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Gilbert and George, Anthony Gormley, Tom Hardy, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Sandy Powell, Raquib Shaw, Yinka Shonibare, Joe Wright.

CSM is part of University of the Arts London, an international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.

The World Shakespeare Festival
The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world's playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations. It runs until November and forms part of the London 2012 Festival which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival in the summer of 2012.

The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by BP, as Founding Presenting Partner, and by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Arts Council England.
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Find out more about myShakespeare at:  

Information about the Recoding Shakespeare projects can be viewed at:
RSC Exhibitions
The programme aims to create imaginative opportunities and fresh perspectives that explore and explode the work of the RSC. The new strand of work engages audiences outside of their experience of watching a production on stage, opening up the creative process and encouraging new ways to participate. RSC exhibitions take place in two dedicated spaces in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Room and the PACCAR Room, and appear as interventions around the building.

Issue date: 2 August 2012


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