EARN @ Manifesta 8 – ‘As The Academy Turns’
December 2-4, 2010
EARN website: www.artresearch.eu
‘As the Academy Turns’ – the EARN Winter School during Manifesta 8 Murcia (December 2-4, 2010) – is an experiment at the intersection of artistic research, contemporary art, and the new art academy practices that have emerged across Europe in the last decade. ‘As the Academy Turns’ is a multilayered project exploring the potentials and the tensions in the growth of artistic research and the current ‘academization’ of art education. This ‘ academization’ of art is increasingly marked by the strong expectation of research trajectories and how these will be shaped within the changing institutional framework of art education. In that context, the present possibilities of PhD research within visual art are particularly at the center of attention and debate.
What do those challenges mean for the art academy as such? Will novel forms of academic elitism pop up or will research induce a novel form of intellectual conscience in the art academy? How will research and artistic practice be intertwined? Will they produce redefinitions in both domains or is research rather doomed to be a fringe phenomenon at the art academy? And the ultimate question, how will research be conducted within art academies? These themes will be tackled in three different dissemination platforms: a three day international symposium, an infolab presentation and an artwork in the form of a soap opera set in an art academy.
In addition, a special infolab presentation in Cendeac including research statements provided by the twelve researchers will delve further into their research trajectories and practices.
The presentation of the soap ‘As the Academy Turns’, a commissioned project developed and realized by artist Tiong Ang, will also take place in CENDEAC. The setting of the soap is the contemporary art academy where the characters – the art academy population of teaching staff and students – act within a situation of transformation where the current master-pupil oriented educational system moves towards a seminar-based form of education with artists as scholars and researchers in an academic community.
The soap ‘As the Academy Turns’ brings together two diverging poles. On the one hand, it addresses contemporary artistic practice, and autonomous artistic research and production as outcomes of art education. On the other hand, it presents the art academy “remodeled” as a product of the entertainment industry in the context of popular daytime television serving a mainstream, hedonistic, neo-liberal, consumerist ideology. Elements of critique and of hoax are brought together through the soap opera form so that the genre’s exaggerated dramatic style subverts and deconstructs popular views on higher art education.
Artistic Research Statements and presentation soap As the Academy Turns: CENDEAC, basement. During the duration of Manifesta 8.
International Symposium: CENDEAC. December 2-4, 2010.
‘As the Academy Turns’ is developed by EARN (European Artistic Research Network) in collaboration with Manifesta 8,Murcia University and CENDEAC.
‘As the Academy Turns’ is also made possible by the financial support of Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam.
Tiong Ang’s soap production is generously supported by SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.
10:15 – Opening: Manifesta and EARN
Chair: Henk Slager (Dean maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, Utrecht)
10:30 – Matts Leiderstam (Researcher Malmo Art Academy).
Supervisor: Sarat Maharaj (Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems, Malmo Art Academy).
Critical opponent: Juergen Bock (Director Maumaus, Centro de Contaminacao Visual, Lisboa).
1pm – Irene Kopelman (Researcher maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, Utrecht).
Critical opponent: Jan Svenungson (Berlin)
Chair: Milica Tomic (Belgrade/Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)
4pm – Maija Timonen (Researcher Slade School of Art, London).
Critical opponent: Hito Steyerl (Berlin)
5pm – Screening Tiong Ang: As the Academy Turns (maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, Utrecht)
6pm – Drinks and Food
Chair: Roger Palmer (Professor, CePRA, Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts, Leeds)
10:15 – Denise Ziegler (Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki),
Supervisor: Tuomas Nevanlinna (Professor Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki).
Critical opponent: Sarat Maharaj (Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems, Malmo School of Art)
1pm – Frans Jacobi. (Researcher Malmo School of Art).
Critical opponent: Jan Kaila (Professor, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)
Chair: Silja Rantanen (Professor, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)
4pm – Georgina Jackson. (Researcher, GradCAM, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media Research, Dublin).
Critical opponent: Alvaro de los Angeles (Professor,Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Chair: Clodagh Emoe (Researcher, GradCAM, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media Research, Dublin)
5pm – Giulio Squillacciotti (Researcher Universita IUAV di Venezia).
Critical opponent: Isidro Lopez-Aparicio (Professor Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Granada)
Chair: Renate Lorenz (Professor Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
10:15 – Magnus Bärtås (Researcher Gothenburg University).
Critical opponent: Tom Holert (Professor Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
1pm – Dolores Piqueras (Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)
Critical Opponent: Gertrud Sandqvist (Professor Malmo School of Art)
Chair: Michael Baers (Researcher Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
4pm – Katja Tukiainen. (Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki).
Critical opponent: Marquard Smith (Professor, University of Westminster, London)
Chair: Lauren O’ Neal (Boston/Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki)
5pm – Janis Rafailidou (Researcher CePRA, Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts, Leeds).
Critical opponent: Mick Wilson (Dean GradCAM, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media Research, Dublin)
Matts Leiderstam | After the Dissertation
20.10.2010, 8 p.m.
M13a, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Lecture held in english language, presented in cooperation with the PhD in Practice, introduced and moderated by Tom Holert
Matts Leiderstam, Von hier aus gesehen (Seen from here) 2010, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
In 2006 Leiderstam was one of the first artists to obtain a PhD in Fine Arts under Sarat Maharaj at Malmö Art Academy. In his lecture Leiderstam will present some of his work. He will also talk about his doctoral research, the process and what implications it had on his artistic practice in some of his later projects. He will also give some of his thoughts about artistic research as such and what it may mean for the art education.
Matts Leiderstam (born in 1956) has repeatedly developed new perspectives on historical picture motifs and compositions in his installations. Two of his installations for Attitude and Canon refer directly to the works of Count Anton Lamberg-Sprinzenstein’s (1740-1822) collection presented in the Gallery of Paintings.
In the context of the exhibition Attitude and Canon
Cecilia Pavón | Poetry Is Not a Project
06.10.2010, 7 p.m.
M13a, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna