Cult artist Arca commissioned for New Year on Piccadilly Lights
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Cult artist Arca commissioned for New Year on Piccadilly Lights
CIRCA Presents Arca, London, Piccadilly Lights © CIRCA.

LONDON.- The ground-breaking experimental artist, Arca invites audiences to enter into a sci-fi playground for Untitled, CIRCA’s new commission which will premiere on Piccadilly Lights in London and on a global network of screens in Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, New York, Seoul and Tokyo on New Year’s Day and throughout January 2022 daily at 20:22.

Blurring the line between art and technology, Arca trained an algorithm with 31 images of her mixed media paintings, allowing these material real-world artworks to transcend the physical realm to debut her emergence as a visual artist on the global stage.

Arca said: “I hope you are compelled by these interpolated paintings of mine to take a moment and let the visual ASMR produce pleasure, allow for a moment of respite and solace, the experience of warped beauty.”

Alejandra Ghersi Rodríguez, known professionally as Arca, is one of the most prolific and visionary artists of her generation. She has released eight studio albums, including Arca (2017), and the Kick quintet, starting with Kick (2020). She has contributed production work to artists such as Björk, Kanye West, FKA twigs and Kelela. Arca’s fluency in different media is defined by the limitless growth of her practice from a musician, producer and performer to a truly multi-disciplinary artist.

Her commission launches the CIRCA 2022 programme:


Comprising twelve revolutionary acts of imagination, CIRCA 2022 draws inspiration from the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler and the theory of bells hooks, and a new history of humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow to imagine new realities that remind us all of our collective potential to remake the world we inhabit.

Josef O’Connor, Artistic Director, CIRCA, comments: “Arca's constant forward momentum has resulted in some of the decade’s most progressive and culturally significant work. A true polymath, I am moved by her courage and honoured to present this collaboration fusing art with technology to generate new possibilities and launch the beginning of CIRCA 2022 - a year of world-building.”

This January, Arca has created five prints in support of the #CIRCAECONOMY:

• Untitled | Hand-signed limited edition of 22 silkscreen print | £1,000 | CIRCA.ART

• Untitled | Four time-limited, hand-signed edition prints. Available until midnight 31st January 2022, A4 | £122 | Untitled 1, Untitled 2, Untitled 3, Untitled 4

Available to purchase exclusively on the CIRCA.ART website, proceeds from both sales will support the #CIRCAECONOMY - a circular model that funds our free public art programme and creates life-changing opportunities for the art & culture community. This January, a partnership between CIRCA and Goldsmiths University will be announced, providing two scholarships worth £15,000 each for UK students to study on their MA Curatorial and MA Art and Ecology courses.

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