THE ACADEMY STRIKES BACK
Clodagh Emoe, GradCAM Research Scholar
This workshop responds to aims of the Transmedia Programme at Sint-Lucas and aims to elicit methods that engage with and explore ways in which encounters beyond the utilitarian world of representation can be initiated. This workshop operates within the context of contemporary art practice using the ancient Greek term kairos as a point of departure. The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time in between, a moment of undetermined period of time in which something special happens. To explain kairos, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben, looks at the unpredictable and exceptional situation in time and space. This moment in time unique in its’ potential, is “not another time, but a contracted and abridged chronos” (Agamben, 2005, p.69).
The Transmedia Programme focus on research is instrumentalised within the workshop and students are required to engage in both practical and theoretical research to explore strategies that enable a consideration of this term. Through a critical and practical investigation, the implications surrounding this term and the issues it raises are examined. This workshop explores ways in which a specific term can be, in a sense, made manifest.
The workshop will culminate in a live public event that the students collaboratively realise. This workshop aims to enable students to develop their research skills, expand their own individual practice and experience working collaboratively on a large-scale project. The workshop has been constructed to allow enough latitude that the project is rooted within the students’ concerns while ensuring that students have the opportunity to engage with a range of experimentation practices.
The date of this outcome is scheduled to take place midday Thursday 6th May, allowing sufficient time for preliminary research. This event will be documented by the students and following the workshop, students are required to carry out post-production of the documentation in preparation for the exhibition.
There are a number of possibilities for this workshops outcome within the final exhibition scheduled to take place in June. The first option uses the documentation from the event organized during the workshop in May, another alternative is a live event, developed from the original event that takes place during the exhibition such as a reenactment or a mixture of both documentation and live event. This will be worked out on the final day of the workshop.
TUESDAY 4th MAY 2010 – 10am till 5pm
WEDNESDAY 5th MAY 2010 – 10am till 5pm
THURSDAY 6th MAY EVENT 2010 – 10am till 5pm