IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING USEFUL
Over 2 days (6th and 7th July), For The Time Being will house a series of discussions on the issues facing education and institutional art making, to begin to form a sense of the hypothesis that could lead toward new approaches to art education.
Are art schools producing Artists?
Are the practices of art students overlooking the socio-political charged foundations of our experience of the world as it is?
Is it possible that art education has moved into a separate sphere that presently is without a public?
In Search Of Something Useful will not only attempt to supply these questions with a public, but in doing so, create a fertile ground for the issues facing arts education to be approached from a breadth of new perspectives.
Do institutions need to change?
Do students need to be directed in new ways?
Recent Coalition reforms have shaped an increasing pressure on arts institutions to respond to the question of production; and the value in producing something socially viable. Here is a criticism that the art institution has yet to be confronted with so directly. It would appear that in order to realise an institution of public importance that is not based upon historical significance, we must understand what the art institution should produce.
Anything at all?
Establishing what the art school is will be essential to understand what it is becoming in this respect.
Our invited speakers will talk about their extensive range of experience with institutional learning, addressing how they feel art education will develop, and the issues facing the formation of new approaches to learning.
This discussion series will be made available via the For The Time Being vimeo site and will be supported by a publication also entitled; In Search Of Something Useful.
Limited copies available.
Artist and Architect Katy Beinart will be speaking in the last instalment of In Search For Somehing Useful. Katy joins us from Bartlett College, University College London, where she is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD across a multitude of disciplines. She brings with her an interest in the re-inactment and alteration of outmoded systems and technologies; further developing our discussion regarding art education in it's current form, as a potentially outmoded technology for learning.
Artist Ian Dawson will be contributing to the first instalment of In Search Of Something Useful. His indirect approach to the subject of the discussion; by his own admissions he is ‘looking for something useless’ through his process led sculpture, will potentially allow for an alternative perspective toward methodologies of learning, and teaching. As Department Leader: Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, his interest in the working methods of artists is absorbed into his own teaching systems.
Marc Hulson is an artist, educator and co-founder of Five Years Gallery, London. He will be speaking throughout the proramme. Marc's involvment in Five Years' Open School this summer at Tate Modern engages with similar attempts to reapproach systems of institutionalisied education, just one perspective that Marc will be discussing in depth during In Search For Something Useful.
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