Category Archives: Theory

Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Creative Arts & Social Sciences

2/6/15 I gave two short presentations at the ISRF Workshop: Social Science as Communication #Summerhall #Edinburgh http://t.co/yikqyqNS4i on:

Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Creative Arts & Social Sciences

In recent years, there has been a growing concern with materiality as a field of enquiry across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Not to be confused with the field of ‘material culture studies’, or with ‘historical materialism’, emerging research calls into question the binarism and anthropocentrism of critical theory and the cultural turn. The ‘new materialisms’, in their different ways, speculate on how things are material, singular and/or entangled. They have radically redefined post-human politics, agency, corporeality, criticality, representation, and time. In response to these concerns, a group of colleagues from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences established an Atelier, a network of arts and social sciences scholars and staff from museums and art galleries in Scotland.

Aims:

Our meetings have foregrounded a number of ways in which disciplines within CHSS and our non-HEI partners each have their own protocols and methods for making material available for study in the form of objects. Yet, as we make radically distinct objects from the same material, what remains to be formulated within this multidisciplinary field are the concepts, equipment, and techniques that would generate the truly collaborative ability to fabricate common research objects.

How will the work be carried out?

Atelier members in Social Anthropology (SPS, UoE) and the School of Art (ECA, UoE) recently formalised their research processes, academic and non-academic partnerships in the form of a network project entitled Atelier: Making Research Material Across the Arts and Social Sciences. The aim of the network is to develop models of making phentermine and enquiry that can bring together often separate visual and material research practices within the social sciences and humanities through the creation of an ‘Atelier’. Our Atelier is a commons that allows us to make shared research ‘objects’ through collaborative research practices.  

A series of charrettes – participatory workshops involving interested colleagues across UoE and partners in the museum and gallery sector – will, in turn, focus on a particular object that will facilitate and contrast different methods of material enquiry. By engaging with ’things’ in the custody/field of our non-academic partners the charrettes will enable us to map and improve conditions for cross-disciplinary collaboration, shifting the emphasis away from doing research towards the creation of research objects. 

Juche: Art School State of Mind

Closing Keynote for CHEAD Regional Seminar on The Role of Contextual Studies in Art School Education, The Glasgow School of Art 16/4/2015

I specifically address how the Juche mentality operates internally in art schools. Key to this is the connection between the liberal use of the euphemism ‘integration’ in art schools and how it’s used to manufacture folk devils by opponents of multiculturalism. In this framework, ‘studio’ is implicitly presented as the righteous indigenous territorialised community and ‘context’ as other.

When departmentalism is considered as a community of practice ‘integration’ can be understood as a latent form of monculturalism and assimilationism, one aided by the monotechnic roots of art schools. This is anathema in terms of how knowledge is produced today.

Connected to this is the assumption that the art and design curricula are fine and just need tweaking. In fact, like any exceptionalist Juche-style regime, they are fundamentally flawed and need to be rebuilt from scratch. That can only happen through a radical transformation of the art school’s community of practice so that it is symbiotic with international communities of knowledge production.

Crafting Values: Art and its Economies | Confraternity of Neoflagellants

January 23, 2015

School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh (Hunter Lecture Theatre), 10.00 am

with Hans Abbing, Evangelos Chrysagis, The Confraternity of Neoflaggelants (Norman James Hogg and Neil Mulholland), Angela McClanahan, Georgios Papadopoulos, Stevphen Shukaitis, Marina Vishmidt

Taking its cue from debates surrounding the contested character of value in artistic production, this one-day symposium presents an interdisciplinary take on the issue by bringing together scholarship from the fields of anthropology, art and critical theory, Marxism and economics. Some of the areas that the participants will address include the following:

Aesthetic value and processes of urban regeneration

Speculation and art production

Ethical values and economies of affect

Emotional labour, entrepreneurialism and self-precarization

Technologies of value and digital media

Neo-medievalism and hyper-economies

Borderlands

Borderlands: The Historical and Cultural Significance of the Anglo-Scottish Border

13 December 2013

Gallery North, Northumbria University, Friday December 13th 2013.
Convened by Dr Ysanne Holt (Northumbria University) and Dr Angela McClanahan (Edinburgh College of Art)

This event, the first in the ESRC Seminar Series – ‘Close Friends?’ Assessing the impact of greater Scottish autonomy on the North of England – brings to the fore concerns shared with the AHRC Research Network, ‘Northern Peripheries’

To locate the contemporary relationship between Scotland and the North of England within a wider historical and cultural context, the seminar will consider how the North?s sense of itself as a region has been conditioned by its position in the hinterland of the Scottish Border. Representations and interpretations of ‘place’ are important. Discussions will also engage with recent cultural debates and creative practices concerned with the experience of Northern peripheries and border regions, spaces typically conceived as remote and marginal, but which can be alternatively seen as hybrid and generative spaces where dynamic and diverse networks develop.

Programme for the Day

10.30am – 10.50am Introduction: Professor Keith Shaw, Dr Ysanne Holt and Dr Angela McClanahan, ‘Borders and Borderlands’

11.00am – 11.40am Dr David Welsh (Historian) ‘The Anglo-Scottish Border Line’

11.50am – 12.30pm Professor Neil Mulholland (Edinburgh College of Art), ‘Unbundling the Border: Neomedieval North’

12.45pm – 1.15pm LUNCH

1.20pm – 2.00pm Dr Venda Pollock, Dr Karen Scott and Dr Frances Rowe (Newcastle University), ‘Northumbrian Exchanges: Art and the Rural’

2.00pm – 2.35pm Matt Baker, Artist and Curator of the Environmental Art Festival Scotland held in the Borders in September 2013, with filmmaker John Wallace, creator of the Cinema Sark, multi-screen video installation

3.00pm – 3.30pm TEA BREAK

3.45pm – 4.45pm Clare Money, (Northumbria University, Fine Art PhD), ‘Retrace: Deep mapping Riccarton’ and Professor Chris Dorsett (Northumbria University), ‘Gallery South’

Closing Discussion