Lecture Notes

02/10/18 – Aesthetics and Anti-Aesthetics -Beauty is not an absolute value. If you google the word beauty google will immediately point you to the idea of beauty and beauty standards. Design and designers use nature to create beauty for example making cars streamline. Greek Model sculptures – elegant, classical philosophy begins from peoples ego. Kalon – Equivalent of beauty and beautiful. ethical appropriation. Aesthetics is a universal policy? who decides who is beautiful?, art is an expression of beauty. Beauty and the beast shows beauty is feminine sometimes. Dada- anti art, playful/expectations have expired and its a revolt (sense of), art values are defaced, graffiti, pissed off people, Challenge of the ugly, realised wounded society – this is after the first world war. Berlin Dada – is about politics at first, due to being wounded. Beauty is destroyed, violent moments of eruptions. The wounded self-horror films uglyness. The Object, the monstrous, the grotesque, Cindy Sherman, Goya. The Formless- (seen sometimes as a collapse) in-between state, shapeless, find challenging + disgusting(possibly). Convulsive Beauty – Only kind which is worth anything, forces you to rethink your ideas, the eruption of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Kitsch – aesthetic overload ( shunned at first), beauty gone too far, Frivolous, aimed at mass audience, stigmatising peoples view.

11/10/18 – Guest lecture – KLANGHAUS   Their website – The butcher of common sense, Uses Architecture, Bringing the outside in, uses sound, uses video, performance art, uses instruments.

16/10/18 – Production & Reproduction, Labour, Alienation & Utopia, Art & Marxism – Maria Eichhorn – shut a gallery as an art work, Tania Bruguera, Karl Marx, Base + super structure model, Andreas Gursky, Lewis Hine, Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

18/10/18 – Guest Lecture – Johnny Briggs   His Website – his work is in the book 1001 photos you should see before you die, Work including family, mainly photography, Pointed finger- crops up a lot in his work, frame within a frame – sense of containment – constraint – claustrophobic, thinks about presentation – frame close to skin colours, destruction + re-construction, (3d printing) uses 3d imagery/print a lot in his work, Act natural to remember childhood – oxymoron.

08/11/18 – Guest Lecture – Tom Lock   His website – Body Dysfunctional (old MA work) – Angular spaces, architecture + our relationship with architecture, immersive. Breaking Points (old MA work) collaboration (remember to document work well) architecture and landscape merge. Memory theatre shown in a big yellow storage container in London (shown in a show called the responsive eye? response to art in the 60s) quite glitchy. Underwater Empire – Video work, nature, Multiplexing, hired out a cinema to display the work, changes concept by having it in the cinema rather than a gallery (more comfortable, less formal), drawn animation, collaborated with a musician, name came from a song, making work from a drawing rather than digital, he has produced some paintings from animations or painting or drawings to inspire the animations, experimentation is key. Within – (80s)(maximum overdrive)(Dawn by Octavia E. Butler -book trilogy that inspired the work) 4 Large Screens, works travel across the screens, exhibited at White-chapel gallery and southend list?) His work does seem kinda trippy to me, At the White-chapel gallery he worked with choreography and dancers to go with the work.

13/11/18 – The Studio – It’s an experimental/free space, its the core of thinking + making (studio spaces – curating your own space), studios have changed – used to be quite formal and quiet, studio spaces are quite social spaces due to being shared, studio spaces used to be used to show work that were sold or commissioned, complete multilayered spaces, artists- studios- factories- hire staff- turns into an art factory is now no longer a studio space?, studio spaces can become overloaded – drawing on the walls, Francis Bacon – cleaned brushes on the wall. Marcel Duchamp – used to see how to show works in his studio space, but most of his works took at least a decade to end up in a galley, used to try stuff out, chaotic environment.  It has been said whatever you do in the studio is art, the work expands to become its studio space. Kurt Schwitters – extended work into studio space, cathedral of erotic misery. to what extent do artists still need studio spaces – Joseph Beuy’s – believes art students shouldn’t have studio spaces, wants to abandon the studio space. Curation + Display – Untidying the white cube, White Cube – A gallery space that is minimal, neutral – no distraction from the artwork. you can know its art because it is in a gallery space?, cleaned out white spaces become the norm for most galleries.

27/11/18 – Authorship & Collaboration – Collaboration (who made the paper/canvas? who made the paint? who gave you the space to create the work?), Roland Barthes ‘the death of the author’, Micheal Foucault ‘ what is an author?’, Theaster Gates – Dorchester projects why does his name get put on it?, Gilbert and George, artist placement group?, Joseph Beuy’s.

10/01/19 – Guest Lecture – Eleanor Morgan – https://www.eleanormorgan.com/ – She works in multiple mediums, working across borders such as traditional/digital and organic/ inorganic.  Spiders- gossamer days 2016 (a book she wrote) used spiders silk in her work, made her rethink her attitude to working/making. Clay – collaboration with an architect, worked partly with a robot that 3D printed clay, looked at swallows and how they use clay to make their nests. Printers’ symphony – collaborative with a group, everything can be printed. Glass (delusions) grant museum of zoology, glass sponges (main focus) took photos through loops ( the eye glass thing jewelers use), created drawings without looking at the paper, also used photo-grams which allowed her to look through the glass as if it wasn’t there. glass delusions came from a physiological delusion from history where people believed that they were made out of glass. She also tried to create a diamond from the dead things out of the river Thames but it only created a tiny spec of diamond. How to rub a fish – fish rubbing came from Japanese fishermen who used to take prints of fish that they had caught to Chang up in their homes. collaboration with Sam curtis, They used squid ink in the workshops so that they could cook and eat all the materials after. It encourages people to interact with the marine life. She is working on a new book and part of it is looking at techniques of making.

17/01/19 – Guest Lecture – Jonathan Baldock – http://jonathan-baldock.com/ – He studied a Ba in painting and a masters in painting, his work includes sculpture, installation, ceramics, performance art ect, he often will use textiles in his practice as well. Painting informs his work, he worked with salt dough primarily after finishing his BA due to it being cheap. He will often reference art work and artists from art history – plus folk art, his work can look quite abstract. The work that he produces is sometimes about the body and a product of the imprint of the body such as marks in the clay or a stitch in the fabric. He also primarily hand stitches his own work.