MA Studio 7: Blood & Oil

Show overview

Inscribing the self and/ into the city

'Blood and Oil' is the title of the sixth chapter of Ian Sinclair's book 'London Orbital' (2003). Sinclair is a very well established scribe of and for London. As a modern day psychogeographer, Sinclair writes both himself and the city, the contemporary and the historical, the concrete and the material and the remembered or disappeared. In borrowing this title, the studio 'Blood and Oil' engaged with the city of London, through our own subjective belonging(s) in the city to create and construct a portfolio of visual and textual narratives and identities for and in the city.
We have sought to draw upon our subjective immersion in the city and everyday experiences, as well as objective research, such as the complex of historical and contemporary texts, images (still and moving), sounds and experiences about/ of and in London. 

Briefs during the year

A-B: Diarising and narrating our 24 hour city experience

Alternative Souvenirs: An alternative souvenir can take any form, but unlike conventional mass-produced souvenirs of London, an alternative relates and refers directly to specific experiences of mediating the city, in terms of both place andexperience, an alternative might offer a critique normative souvenirs, of the commercialised urban experience. 

Night Haunts: This brief required London place and night specific projects exploring and narrating/ imaging the nocturnal life of the city, for the Museum of London. 

The Royal Academy. Seats of Learning: Ever since it opened in 1870, 6 Burlington Gardens (behind the RA) has been described as a ‘seat of learning’. Seen in this light, the very materiality of 6 Burlington Gardens communicates very specific ideas about academia, hinting at the close relationship between education and institutional power. This brief developed an educational project, or one that deals with the idea of education. This is a key in terms of identity and praxis for the RA.

Royal Academy Senate Room, Ceiling

Exhibition Details

P.V. Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm
Opens Wed 11th - Sat 21st June
Venue Central House (4th floor)
Studio Studio 2: The New Hybrids
Course Graphic Design BA (Hons)
Illustration BA (Hons)


 Royal Academy Senate Room

By Hanieh Shojaeibaghini 

 Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, vaulted Ceiling

By Hanieh Shojaeibaghini 


By Sally Finning 

 Daily Diary

By Sally Finning 


By Sally Finning 

 Royal Academy Senate Room Window: Venus of Hohle Fels

By Sally Finning 

 London Cafe

By Catia Jesus 

Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6pm-10pm

Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Central House (4th floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)

Haley Doolittle
Sally Finning
Catia Jesus
Sofia Neves
Hanieh Shojaeibaghini