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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Miranda Florence Hill


Focusing on the notion of community in relation to multilingualism in the urban context of London, the project explores different ways of communicating that transcend linguistic barriers among those for whom English is not a first language. How can we stimulate critical thinking to reimagine inclusive forms of communication that operate beyond conventional linguistic modalities? 

The project proposal – developed from an initial response to a brief from Chisenhale Gallery – explores multilingualism through the notion of ‘pidgin’ in the context of an English-speaking art school, where the use of language is highly complex. Pidgin, a term born out of the gap that often occurs in translation, presents a situation in which a way of communicating emerges organically among people speaking different languages. Challenging the predominantly monolingual culture within the Royal College of Art, Pidgin offers a way to think and speak about art critically while foregrounding the cultural diversity of the community that inhabits this international institution. How can we pidginise and decentre International Art English, and multilingualise the art school? 

Artists and creative practitioners including Yu-Ting Chung and Divya Sharma are invited to explore this question with us through printed matter and ephemera, quintessential forms of visual communication. Comprising a zine-making workshop and a public-facing display, the project questions how multilingualism can be activated in the current system of art education, and how linguistic barriers can be transcended to envision a linguistically diverse community of students.

Pidgin was co-curated by students from the Royal College of Art MA Curating Contemporary Art, Annabel Miller, Kun Sun, Michela Prencipe, Miranda Hill, Yizhi Zhang, Wenxi Liao.

In collaboration with Yu-Ting Chung, Beatrix Pang and Divya Sharma.

picture of Miranda

Miranda is an independent curator, artist and researcher working at the intersection of contemporary art, politics and ecology. Her approach embraces the curatorial as a performative practice that opens up and centres the process. This facilitates spaces for collective, experiential learning and creates tensions to push new ideas forward.

Miranda's practice is grounded in feminist theory and focuses on the relationship between natural ecologies and decolonial thinking. Her curatorial approach is an open collaborative process that aims to create space for reconceptualising dualities such as the relationship between humans and the natural world. Miranda’s interest in the mediation and construction of publics is further explored through the notion of site and materiality (such as water). She prioritises a transdisciplinary approach, paying particular attention to the live arts, architecture and science. 

Her final project - Ecologies of Care: Rethinking Wetlands - proposes a visionary installation in Walthamstow Wetlands for situated learning, transdisciplinary exchange and a space to rethink our relationship towards natural ecologies.

The project is developed over time and will merge curatorial processes with cultural production with the aim to decolonise attitudes towards the non-human world and to reconceive our relation to one of the most precious ecosystems in the world. The proposal is part of a wider interest in activating spaces within urban contexts for knowledge production and to reimagine and redefine how we care in society.

The project consists of three phases: a collaborative exploration of ideas, design of structure and joint decision-making process, construction of a site-specific installation, and a subsequent programme of events including workshops, performances, collective making and dialogues - all situated within the wetlands. Throughout the process, a series of small events and festivals will shape the proposal and programme around the needs of the audience. 

By engaging the public in the design, build and programme of events, Miranda addresses our relationship to the ecologies that form the site of this project. She encourages people to reclaim these ecologies, to care and to form communities that include all ecologies.

A painted map of Walthamstow wetlands
A bird's eye view of Walthamstow Wetlands, Image Courtesy of Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Marsh marigold and water detail in Walthamstow wetlands
Ecology observation: Marsh Marigold (Caltha Palustris) in Walthamstow Wetlands, Image: Miranda Hill
A mood board with photographs of wetlands and images of practitioner's work who have inspired the project
Mood board, Image: Miranda Hill