Exhibition opening reception and book launch – Saturday 18 April

18.00–20.00, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN

With exhibiting researchers from across fine art, design, humanities, materials and communication, the Why Would I Lie? exhibition provides contemporary reflections on questions of ethics, truth and fiction and the role of the researcher-practitioner. The opening reception will feature performances from selected artists.

Serving as an extension of the exhibition space on the printed page, the Why Would I Lie? publication takes the form of an illustrated stand-alone book, printed by ArtQuarters Press. The book contains newly commissioned works which present a wide range of approaches to art and design research practice, from photo essay to formal academic paper, from interview transcript to experimental narrative.

Why Would I Lie? is an interdisciplinary research biennial organised by researchers enrolled at the Royal College of Art, aimed at broadly exploring ethics and aesthetics in contemporary research practices connected to art and design. The biennial comprises exhibited works, discursive presentations, a film programme, publication, and a major conference. It takes place at the RCA’s Dyson Building in Battersea on 18–25 April with the two-day conference on the opening weekend (18–19 April). The exhibition opening reception and book launch on 18 April follows the first day of the conference – all are welcome.

Cradeaux Alexander, Manon Awst Walther, Manca Bajec, Helena Bonett, Anja Borowicz, Gayle Chong Kwan, Annabelle Craven-Jones, Ben Dalton, Izabela Dziepak, Jules Findley, Austin Houldsworth, Thomas Howey, Kyung Hwa Shon, Adam Knight, Benjamin Koslowski, Nayan Kulkarni, Janina Lange, Peter Le Couteur, Ruth Maclennan, Christina Mamakos, Carol Mancke, Finlay McInally, Brigid McLeer, Ronit Mirsky, Gentil Porto Filho, Steven Scott, Mark Selby, Natalja Vikulina.

Exhibition opening hours: 18–25 April, open daily 12.00–18.00 (Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN)

Book contributors
Elisa Adami, Cradeaux Alexander, Manca Bajec, Kevin Biderman, Helena Bonett, Anja Borowicz, Gayle Chong Kwan, Miranda Clow, Sam Cottrell, Jules Findley, Susannah Haslam, Tom Howey, Adam Knight, Benjamin Koslowski, Peter Le Couteur, Annie Leist, Ruth Maclennan, Carol Mancke, Finlay McInally, Brigid McLeer, Ronit Mirsky, Amélie Mourgue d’Algue, Mark Selby, Kyuha Shim.

With invited contributions from writer Lucy Britton and artist-researcher Michael Schwab.