PROVA is an annual RCA Arts & Humanities Research Journal, bringing together a collection of writing and artwork by research students and staff in the School of Arts & Humanities (SoAH) at the Royal College of Art.
Now in its fifth edition, PROVA is an annual publication that began in the School of Humanities. The words ‘trial’, ‘attempt’ and ‘rehearsal’ are all definitions of the Italian word prova. In the tradition of bespoke shoemaking, a prova is used to test whether or not the shoe fits. Shaped around the basic model of a human foot that is referred to as a last, this pilot footwear enables a trial of the compatibility between flesh and material. With the prova, initial design sketches that may have been fashioned in leather or suede, heeled-up or laced-down, are taken for a walk, in order to feel out their form in function. Born from the last, the prova is a first. Stemming from an Italian word meaning to try and test, evidence and proof: prova feels like a good fit to describe the conversations, speculations and encounters that have taken place over the past year in SoAH Research.