Specification : Day 09

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What remains of a good idea?

Day 09

14th July 2016

2nd visit to Primary, useful to see SL participants studios and working methodologies. And the bakery.


09.00 disorientated as driven again to Seely Road destination. 11.43 Mezzanine 015.

Procedure 9.01

Assembling a body of material that can be coloured, cut, constructed.

11.43 Reflections on yesterdays performative work and reading through the responses. Last full day in the studio needs to be productive. Collect ceramic forms from bisque firing. Combine with found materials to manufacture small architectural forms. Polished concrete floor, highly reflective, there is something in this, combining the reflective qualities with mixed media structures.

14.39 Reading Akademie X Lessons in Art + Life. Lent to me by SC.

Final tour around lower studios.




What has been achieved?

Simultaneity – build up files and fieldwork. But establishing what is the useful information easy to build up material but hard part is connecting it.


Using the silent questions to collect responses towards creation of a Like scale of comparison  

Textual researches continued

A way to arrange knowledge is to build up a vocabulary, is to write about the same thing in different ways texts as made objects is this a legitimate and useful approach? Could this be applied to revisiting and dematerializing a curriculum?


If our primary access to things is not through looking at things, the floor, the wall, the space; but is instead the relation of things between these things each other and when we move around these things. Then qualities that these objects convey, is more important than the objects themselves.

The material, colour,aesthetic qualities presented as unified objects these – qualities then forge them into further objects, then into a cohesive series. How do the objects interact?

Heidegger references this as the intentional object. Heidegger dualistic taxonomy of material entities as being either objects or things. Leibniz looked at natural objects, Kant at the condition of things. How one object interacts with another to create a condition. But not as binary condition(s) and at what point do the objects change their meaning?

Heidegger, M. (1975) Poetry, Language, Thought London: Harper Perennial; New edition.

How do you view an object that is assembled, were certain features are selected and emphasised, not randomly but selecting certain properties to be more prominent than others and what are these properties? How can the past be viewed now how
can these reassembled pieces be viewed in the context of a different usage, time, period?

Testing Site

It appears as if the art institution has become functionality, it has expediency, yet it is increasingly fulfilling a role that is beyond the pedagogies of art and dictated by political agenda. How can this agenda be questioned/challenged? How can political, social and economic purposes be considered within a curriculum? Look at the transformation of a fine art curriculum through time (what is time clock time mathematical measure or space time = light measurement); artist tutor Carol Bove suggests (2015, p.55), Your time is not a separate thing from you, it is not an instrument. Time is part of you, your made from it. Ways of thinking of time as a continuum through examining activities, qualities, events, presence the past enduring in the present yet the intensity of the experience is lost (in time). Easy to recognise the disconnection of the dialectical of duration. Bachelard 1958

What have been the significant phases of art educational transformation? Why look at these? What are the gaps in between? What is a radical academy? Is it a physical space, place, philosophy or a state of consciousness? Where there is no structure there is no freedom.

How can the narrative be ruptured? Why do this? What an alternative reading? Working through architectures spatiality

Is there an art educational sublime?

Gaines, C & Lind. M. eds. (2015) Akademie X: Lessons + Tutors in Art, London: Phaidon Press Ltd

Bachelard, G. (1992) The Poetics of Space, Boston & London: Beacon Press