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Pecha Kucha pitch for how the education programme could be structured for the Ma Contemporary Art theory exhibition in June 2010.

Pecha Kucha pitch for how the education programme could be structured for the Ma Contemporary Art theory exhibition in June 2010.


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  • We don’t need no education Yes we do Why? What is education? “ Education in its broadest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual.” Exactly what we’re doing with the show. Transmitting knowledge, communicating.
  • Talbot Rice is an educational Space, it’s part of Edinburgh University Who is our show for? Who is our audience? How do we want our audience to understand our ‘show’? Education is a powerful tool. We can use it to let people in (or keep people out) We will be using education to find the theme to our show, education could be the theme.
  • Who are we trying to educate? Just as important to see education for US as well as the audience Lets use education as a tool for us and them James Elkins quotes in his book Why Art Cannot be Taught: it’s not the audience that need to be educated, it’s the artists
  • I would like education element of our show to be Integral and integrated into the show/performance/forum etc I want it to be a constantly evolving, breathing, live process: Not an add on Like all the sections of our exhibition- education needs to be woven into the process
  • Now going to suggest a couple of methods: Focusing on education as a tool to collaborate, interact and participate with the audience and as a way to help us
  • I’m interested in keeping an open process and educating the audience along the way To do this: use - CVCS blog to document our process Show people how we’re doing it, let people comment, let years below see for next year Lets really make OUR BLOG
  • So we could show… Process (minutes from particularly interesting meeting between Steven and smooth Bobby re. installation) Promotion (of the show and upcoming events) Picture and People, us , our interests, a way to get ourselves there… Also… a way to store contacts, feedback and our method to access later on in our career…
  • Another idea… What is artachat? Project I set up after graduating, due to a lack of shared critical dialogue amongst my peers Environment for discussion, a place to share and gather research Held in a café, not an institution, relaxed environment Hospitality vs criticality
  • Invite an artist / speaker to speak either about their work or a subject concerning their practice Speaker gives a short presentation which leads to ‘in conversation…’ Which leads to multi way dialogue between audience and speaker Benefits are as much for audience as they are for the artist
  • Example… Last artachat… Scottish artist Neville Rae raised concern over the levels of ownership he had in community projects He gained knowledge from the audience, he shared knowledge and the audience gave their opinion and feedback All info is then displayed online, including a podcast (this is a slide from website)
  • Use artachat (or a similar format) as an education tool for the show and time leading up to show Use the environment already created to raise issues regarding the show, gain knowledge, feedback Use the audience of artachat to generate an audience for the show Use artachat as a way to keep our process open, to educate the audience into what we’re doing
  • Series of sessions over five month period… Could do this by covering the jobs we have been allocated…
  • Example of a session: Maria gives presentation on her work so far… Maria asks: How to finance exhibitions? Raise a discussion: Current issues with finance and student exhibitions.
  • Advice Feedback from live audience
  • Knowledge Interact with audience now!
  • Could… transplant that atmosphere into the gallery We’d get: Feedback on the show An active way in for the audience Could be done by: Presentations from artist… Presentations from us… Presentations from non artists… A performance leading to a discussion…
  • Where else does education integrate itself? The catalogue A tool for further debate, conversations and dialogue Conversations that continue after the ‘show’ comes down It aint over til the fat lady sings…
  • Talbot Rice is an educational Space, it’s part of Edinburgh University- lets think about who we want our audience to be Education can be seen as a tool to collaborate, interact and participate with the audience Education is for Us and Them I believe its Integral ot the show and must be integrated throughout How? Process open (blog, artachat)
  • Once the show is over it’s not really the end, the end of our careers This isn’t just a one off exhibition Lets use education for our education and for our future!
  • Transcript

    • 1. We Don’t Need No Education (yes we do)
    • 2. Context
      • Talbot rice gallery: an educational space
      Jane and Louise Wilson at Talbot Rice Gallery. Summer 2009
    • 3. Us and Them
    • 4. Integral, Integrated, Important
    • 5. How?
    • 6. Open Process
    • 7. Our blog
    • 8. artachat
    • 9. How it works
    • 10. Neville Rae
    • 11. What we can get from it
    • 12. How to use it
      • Finance
      • Curating
      • Education
      • Installation
      • Writing
    • 13. Financing Student Exhibitions. In Conversation with Maria
    • 14. Maria gets back…
    • 15. Maria Gives…
    • 16. We get…
      • Audience for show
      • Knowledge
      • Advice
      • A network / community of support
    • 17. During Exhibition
    • 18.
      • Catalogue…
      • A place for further debate
      After Exhibition…
    • 19. Recap
    • 20. Final Image (NOT)