Tania Bruguera & Anri Sala [2005] Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School), Havana, Cuba.


Bishop: Pedagogical Projects

Monday, 24 July 2017, 19:00–21:00
Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL
Nearest Stations: Bethnal Green / Hoxton
Chaired by Renata Minoldo
Free, please book your place

A special edition of the book club at School of The Damned‘s Common Room, a week-long public programme of free educational workshops, talks and participatory events at Guest Projects (22-29 July 2017). We will be reading an essay on pedagogical partcipatory art projects from Claire Bishop’s book Artifical Hells (2012). This discussion will be chaired by Renata Minoldo from School of the Damned.

DOWNLOAD Claire Bishop (2012). Pedagogical Projects: How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art? In Artificial Hells, Participatory Art and Politics Spectatorship. London: Verso, pp. 241-274.

Tania Bruguera & Anri Sala [2005] Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School), Havana, Cuba.
Tania Bruguera & Anri Sala [2005] Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School), Havana, Cuba.
Artificial Hells, by Claire Bishop is a compendium of Participatory Art as a quite recent contemporary practice. It goes through the history of this medium and analyses from a critical and historical perspective its methodologies, processes and structures. In chapter 9 particularly, titled How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art? she focuses her attention to the most recent Participatory Projects and their main or more iconic examples, questioning the term participation as well and analysing the concept of art education in relation with participatory art, pedagogy and academic capitalism.

As I am currently member of an alternative art school, part of my interests have been focusing more and more into topics related with pedagogy, communities, education, participatory art and so does part of my practice.

How to give value to what is invisible, as the processes occurring on participatory art projects?
What is the relationship between art, education and performance?
What does Foucault mean with his notion of Parrhesia? (citing Irit Rogoff art an education revolve around Foucault’s Pnrreshia or free blatant public speech)
What is the difference in between Humanities and Social Sciences?
What is considered to be an Adornian understanding of art, according to Bishop?
Guattari says that we are on the brink of a new paradigm in which art is no longer beholden to capital. In this ethico-aesthetic paradigm, art should claim a key position of transversality with respect to other universes of value. Transversality for Guattari, denotes a militant, social, undisciplined creativity. Could we expand this concept of transversality according to Guattari?
What is to be considered as Pedagogical Aesthetics?
Bishop makes reference, in more than one occasion about Marxist and Post Marxist writing, Could you recommend bibliography to start approaching Marx for a beginner? And some introduction to Political Philosophy?

Renata Minoldo is an Argentinian based in Hackney, London. She has a BA in Fashion Design and studied Fine Arts at Uni and through going to museums and galleries, doing workshops, talking with friends, practising self education and doing crits. Her background involves visual arts and clothing. She has international working experience as a costume designer including London, New York and Buenos Aires. As a teaching artist she has facilitated art and clothing workshops for adults and children. She is also member of School of the Damned Class 2018 and is currently exploring alternative learning and teaching methods involving interdisciplinary practices.

Suggested further reading

Bourriaud, Nicolas (2002/1998). Relational aesthetics. Trans. Simon Pleasance, Fronza Woods, Mathieu Copeland. Dijon: Les presses du reel.

Freire, Paulo (2005/1968). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum.

Guattari, Felix (1992). Chaosmosis: An Ethno-aesthetic Paradigm. Trans. Paul Bains and Julian Pefanis. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Plant, Sadie (1992). The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International in a postmodern age. London: Routledge.

Rancière, Jacques (1991). The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation. Trans. & Intro. Kristin Ross. Redwood: Stanford University Press.

Kedziorek, Aleksandra and Lukasz Ronduda (2014). Oskar Hansen-opening Modernism: On Open Form Architecture, Art and Didactics (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw – Museum Under Construction). Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art.

Zmijewski, Artur and Oskar Hansen (2013). Open Form Film, Space, Interaction, and the Tradition of Oskar Hansen. New York: Sternberg Press.

Monthly free and open-access reading group for artists, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory. Everyone can propose a text and chair the reading group. Participants are requested to book a place and download the shared document. Please scroll down for more information and an archive of previous events.

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The reading group is free and open to everyone who wants to join as long as they commit to the reading. Please register and arrive early, doors will close when we reach maximum capacity. Don’t forget to download the shared document and bring a hard-copy to the book club. Please consider leaving a small donation to cover our expenses and keep us going. Alternatively, you can donate via this link.

Discussion & decision-making

Texts are selected by group consensus on the basis that they reflect on the relationship between practice and theory. This includes a broad variety of texts, from philosophy to politics and aesthetics to science fiction – there is no limitation.

Chairing the book club

[SYMPOSIUM] is a supportive community of peers who discuss and unpack their research interests. All participants have the opportunity to chair the book club on a text of their choice. If you would like to chair the reading group, you can start preparing right now:

[1] Decide on a text that you want to discuss.

[2] Do some background research and write a short introduction to provide some context, from your own perspective. When was it written? Why was it written? Who wrote it? Was it a response to something else? Why are you interested in the text? How does it relate to, or inform, your practice or your research?

[3] Pace the reading. How long is the text? If it is short, can we discuss the entire text in a 2-hour book club? If the text is long you may need to divide it up between two or more sessions.

[4] Write down some questions that you would like to bring to the discussion. Suggest some further reading and an image or two, with captions.

[5] Download the infosheet and follow the directions to send us your proposal.


#19 Bishop: Pedagogical Projects
Monday, 24 July 2017
Chaired by Renata Minoldo
Part of School of The Damned‘s Common Room

#18 Virno: The Dismeasure of Art
Friday, 9 June 2017
Chaired by Rubén Salgado Perez

#17 Judd: Specific Objects
Friday, 21 April 2017
Chaired by Richard Burger

#16 Deleuze & Guattari: Rhizome
Friday, 10 March 2017
Chaired by Katie Tysoe and Sophia Kosmaoglou

#15 Marx: The Fetishism of the Commodity & its Secret
Friday, 10 February 2017
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou

#14 O’Sullivan: The Aesthetics of Affect
Friday, 13 January 2017
Chaired by Katie Tysoe

#13 Foucault: The Four Similitudes
Friday, 9 December 2016
Chaired by Penelope Kupfer

#12 Foster: Post-Critical?
Friday, 11 November 2016
Chaired by Dasha Loyko

#11 Badiou: Art & Philosophy
Friday, 14 October 2016
Chaired by Kerry W. Purcell

#10 Sontag: Against Interpretation
Friday, 9 September 2016
Chaired by F. D.

#9 Groys: Under the Gaze of Theory
Friday, 8 July 2016
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou, respondent Johanna Kwiat

#8 Rancière: Problems & Transformations of Critical Art
Friday, 10 June 2016
Chaired by Stephen Bennett
Part of Antiuniversity Now!

#7 Sewell: Tate Triennial III
Friday, 13 May 2016
Chaired by Richard Lloyd-Jones

#6 Duchamp: The Creative Act
Friday, 8 April 2016
Chaired by F. D., respondent Penelope Kupfer

#5 Latour: On Actor Network Theory
Friday, 11 March 2016
Chaired by Johanna Kwiat

#4 Barthes: The Death of the Author
Friday, 12 February 2016
Chaired by Henrietta Ross

#3 Owens: The Discourse of Others
Friday, 8 January 2016
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou

#2 Abu-Lughod: Writing against Culture
Friday, 11 December 2015
Chaired by OmarJoseph Nasser-Khoury

#1 Kant: What is Enlightenment?
Friday, 13 November 2015
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou