Flourish: Johnny Rodger & Irene McAra McWilliams
Memory, Will and Understanding II
Re-imagining the Art School
Thursday 24th January 2019 5.30-7pm
Bourdon Lecture Theatre
Glasgow School of Art
Re-imagining the Art School assesses the organisational development of the humanist ‘idea of the art school’ from the post-rationalist perspectives of constructivist and connectivist educational learning theory. It examines how recent internal (‘porous’) and external (‘para’) reforms have transformed the production of subjectivity in art schooling and pioneers the application of theories and methods of para-academia and paragogy in art education. It is the first book to be published on the future of the art school to develop an open access paragogy for artistic learning and research.
Reimagining the Art School will be published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan
Bourdon Lecture Theatre , Glasgow School of Art, Bourdon Building
Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
Shift/Work: Composing and Playing Artistic Workshops
Neil Mulholland & Jake Watts
March 22nd & 23rd 2017
Kochi-Muziris Biennale www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org
Biennale Office, Fort Kochi, Kochi, India
Workshop-Workshop / H-Frame
Wed 22nd March 2017, 10 am to 1 pm
Wed 22nd March 2017, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Thurs 23rd March 2017 10 am to 1 pm
Thurs 23rd March 2017 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
The two day sessions are open to art professionals, art teachers, curators and art students. Participants do not require any prior skills or knowledge and do not need to prepare.
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.