Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor: pedagogical provocations
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Symposium date: 24th March 2017
Exhibition date: 23rd March – 13th April 2017
Hosted jointly by NAFAE and Coventry University
Venue: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Graham Sutherland
Building, Lanchester Research Gallery & Lecture Theatre G22, Coventry University, UK
Conveners: Jane Ball, Dr. Andrea Hannon, David Martin, Professor Jill Journeaux
‘Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor’ aimed to explore and reflect on the implications of connected modes of practice for Fine Art pedagogy and curriculum design. Artists frequently operate within a web of networks or ‘meshworks’, navigating complex situations and events, in creative (ex)-change. How are these ways of operating impacting on curriculum and pedagogy of Fine Art at FE and HE level? What are the key points of critical reflection? Where are the innovative models/case studies and examples of best practice?
Key words: cultural ecology, exchange, conversation, network, meshwork
‘Creativity comes from being at a point of exchange’ Robert Hewison, Cultural Historian
In 2015 John Holden, proposed that we consider the interconnectedness of the various parts of the cultural world. In his report titled The Ecology of Culture, commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their Cultural Value Project he suggests that we apply the metaphors of emergence, growth, evolution, complex interdependencies, systemic fragility, life cycles and webs to the worlds of culture and that rather than consider the cultural arena through the lens of economy it would be more helpful to examine it in terms of an ecology – a messy dynamic system of interconnecting strands.
This analogy could be broadened to consider the strands of interconnectivity that exist between the cultural arena and a diverse range of other fields too, including the scientific, economic, political, educational and social, bringing into relation a rich diversity of multidisciplinary activity. Frequently artists operate within such networks or ‘meshworks’ navigating such complex situations and events, creating lines of movement, growth and creative (ex)-change, becoming sort of ‘superconnectors’ or ‘superconductors’
The NAFAE 2017 symposium investigated how artists engage in collaborative activities and shared investigations within this arena., encouraging debate on how Fine Art courses are working with cultural, commercial, social, public and private organisations to provide innovative learning opportunities for Fine Art students.
9.00 – 9.30 am Arrival, registration and coffee in the Lanchester Gallery, on the ground floor of the Graham Sutherland Building, Coventry University.
9.30 – 10.30 am Annual General Meeting in GSG22
10.30 – 10.45 am coffee (registration continues)
|Conference- Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor: pedagogical provocations,
Chairs: Jill Journeaux, Jane Ball
|Welcome from John Devane, Head of School of Art and Design Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Coventry University
Key Note Speaker: Sarah Shalgosky, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
|11.15 – 11.35
|Jenny Walden, University of Portsmouth
‘All good dreamers pass this way some day’-(Joni Mitchell 1971)
|11.35 – 11.55
|David Haley, Visiting Prof. Zhongyuan University
Steps Towards an Ecology of Pedagogy: The Art of ‘Capable Futures’
Short comfort break
|12 noon – 12.20
|Marsha Bradfield, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London
Authorship and/as ‘Riding the Hyphen’: The Sensibility of the ‘Artist and’ in Economies and Ecologies of Collaborative Cultural Production based on the examples of #Transacting: A Market of Values
|12.20 – 12.40||Louise Atkinson and Jessica Bradley, University of Leeds
Meaning making and collaborative ethnography in transdisciplinary arts
|12.40 – 1pm||Questions/comments led by Linden Reilly|
1pm – 2.20pm Lunch at Drapers and an opportunity to view the exhibition in the gallery
|2.20pm – 3.10pm Parallel sessions|
|Session A: GSG22
|Session B: Lanchester Gallery
|Session C: GSG11
Chair: Paul Haywood
|Tracy Mackenna, University of Dundee||John Hammersley– independent artists educator||Judy Thomas, Northumbria University|
|Katrine Hjelde, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
|Terri Newman & Stephanie Cantwell, Goldsmiths, University of London, Bacons College and Alexandra Park School|
3.10-3.30 Coffee break
|3.30 – 4.30 pm Parallel sessions|
|Session D: GSG22
Chair: David Haley
|Session E: Lanchester Gallery||Session F: GSG11
Chair- Maggie Ayliffe
|Martin Newth and Patricia Ellis, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL||The Precarious University
Participatory workshop chaired by @.ac
|Ian Hartshorne, Manchester School of Art, MMU
|Paul Jones & Adam Cooke, Wrexham Glyndwr University||Judy Thomas, Northumbria University and Susan Coles, Independent Creativity and Education Consultant|
4.30pm Reconvene in GSG22 Final Thoughts – Paul Haywood, NAFAE Chair
The conference Artist as Superconnector/Superconductor includes artworks in an accompanying exhibition in the Lanchester Research Gallery, Graham Sutherland Building.
The Private View of the exhibition will take place on the evening of 23rd March 6-8pm – all welcome
The exhibition includes artwork by:-
Joe Woodhouse, University of Sunderland: Foundation Press,
John Hammersley, Independent artist educator: Conduct and Connectivity
Jane Ball, Coventry University: Carousel: Ruination and Reconnection
@.ac: The Precarious University
Alongside this exhibition is A Stranger in Space, an aligned showcase of work by current students and alumni from the BA Fine Art and the MA Contemporary Arts courses at Coventry University. It explores experiences of dislocation and disconnection through a networked response to the work of artist Yoon Suok Won. A Stranger in Space is curated by David Martin, a doctoral researcher in the Visual Arts Research Group, who is researching The Impact of British Media Artists on Visual Arts Higher Education in the UK, between 1980 and 2005.
Both the exhibitions will run from 23rd March – 7th April.
Titles of presentations in the Parallel Sessions
- Prof. Tracy Mackenna, University of Dundee: The People’s Story and Making Museums: dynamic co-devised projects
- Dr. Katrine Hjelde, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: Collaboration and collective engagement: developing practice through Praxis
- John Hammersley– independent artists educator: Conduct and Connectivity in Socially Engaged Art
- Dr Judy Thomas, Northumbria University: Collaborative Dialogue: Connecting, Conducting..
- Terri Newman & Stephanie Cantwell, Goldsmiths, University of London, Bacons Col. and Alexandra Park School: Inter-Institutional Collaboration in Arts Education
- Martin Newth, and Patricia Ellis, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: Studiomakers, Is a new approach to the fine art curriculum required?
- Dr. Dan Pryde-Jarman, Hereford College of Arts: The Fine Art Student-Run Space
- Paul Jones & Adam Cooke, Wrexham Glyndwr University: Urgent and Emergent Practices: Establishing Connections and Feedback Loops
- @.ac: The Precarious University
- Prof. Catrin Webster, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David: Contemporary Dialogues
- Ian Hartshorne, Manchester School of Art, MMU: Teaching Painting; a collaborative network
- Judy Thomas, Northumbria University and Susan Coles, Independent Creativity and Education Consultant: How do we change the system?