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[RPG]#2-2018-04-26_thumb[RADICALPEDAGOGY] RESEARCH & READING GROUP
Pedagogy of the Oppressed pt. 1
Friday, 26 April 2019, 7-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Markus Lüpertz [1965] Schuhabdruck—dithyrambisch (Shoe print—Dithyrambic). Ströher Collection, Darmstadt, Germany_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy

Friday, 12 April 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Nat Pimlott
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

artcrawl#14_thumb[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Mayfair to Fitzrovia: Joy, Dance, Magic – Three Artist Films
Saturday, 30 March 2019, 13:45 – 17:00
Meet 13:45 at Lévy Gorvy, 22 Old Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 4PY
Curated by Eva Ruschkowski
Free, booking via Eventbrite

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned(1)_thumb400_1[RADICALPEDAGOGY] RESEARCH & READING GROUP
What is alternative art education?
Sunday, 24 March 2019, 2-4pm
Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL
Alternative Art School Weekender (22-24 March)
All welcome

ART&CRITIQUE [2017] Art Skool Co-op Poster.[ART&CRITIQUE] WORKSHOP
How To Start Your Own Art School
Saturday, 23 March 2019, 12-4pm
Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL
Alternative Art School Weekender (22-24 March)
All welcome

[SYMPOSIUM]#34 Jared Diamond Collapse. Flyer by Tere Chad.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Jared Diamond: Collapse. How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

Friday, 8 March 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Alter Us
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned.[RADICALPEDAGOGY] RESEARCH & READING GROUP
Radical Pedagogy Reading Group Launch
Friday, 22 Feb 2019, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis [2001] The Battle of Orgreave.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Claire Bishop: Artificial Hells
Friday, 8 February, 7pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Eva Ruschkowski
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Photo by Eva Ruschkowski, 2015.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Call for Book Club 2019
Friday, 11 January 2019, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Dee Vora, John Fortnum and Eva Ruschkowski
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

[SYMPOSIUM]#31 Eagleton & Zizek Idea of Communism. Flyer by Neil Lamont_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Eagleton & Zizek: The Idea of Communism
Friday, 14 December 2018, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Neil Lamont
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

[SYMPOSIUM]#31 Fisher Capitalist Realism Pt.3[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism Pt.3
Friday, 9 November 2018, 6:30pm – 9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Silvia Bombardini & Elliot C. Mason
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Open Meeting[ART&CRITIQUE] MEETING
Quarterly Meeting
Friday, 26 October 2018, 18:30-20:30
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
All welcome

Jenny Holzer [1993] Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries. Marquees series.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Debord: The Culmination of Separation
Friday, 12 October 2018, 18:30–21:00
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Penelope Kupfer & Darshana Vora
Suggested donation £2, booking link coming soon

Patrick Mimran [2004] Billboard Project, New York. Photo Sophia Kosmaoglou. Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice [ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
Mondays, 8 Oct–3 Dec 2018, 6:30pm-9pm & Sat 27 Oct, 2:30pm-5pm
Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via Eventbrite

[ARTCRAWL] #15-Deptford[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk Pt.2
Saturday, 29 September 2018, 13:00 -18:00
Meet 1pm inside Deptford Railway Station, London SE8 3NU
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou and Paul Clayton
All welcome, booking not required

Robert Mapplethorpe, Sepia Orchid_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Deutsch: Why are flowers beautiful?
Friday, 14 September 2018, 18:30–21:00
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by John Fortnum
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

ART&CRITIQUE workshop, First Alternative Education Open-Day 2017. Photo School of the Damned.[ART&CRITIQUE] WORKSHOP
What is Alternative Art Education?
Friday, 20 July 2018, 10am-8pm
5th floor, Tate Modern, London SE1 9TG
UK Commons Assembly @School for Civic Action
All welcome, booking via Eventbrite

Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Photo by William Kilburn.[ART&CRITIQUE] OPEN MEETING
General Meeting
13 July 2018, 18:30-20:30
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Closest stations: Whitechapel / Aldgate East
All welcome

[SYMPOSIUM]#27 Fisher Capitalist Realism Pt 2. Flyer by Sophia Kosmaoglou_thumb[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism Pt.2
Saturday, 9 June 2018, 14:30–17:30
Yurt Café, St. Katharine’s Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Part of Antinuiversity Now 2018
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

[ARTCRAWL] #14-flyer-thumb[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Deptford Art & Gentrification Walk
Saturday 26 May 2018, 12:00 -19:00
Meet 12pm at Deptford Railway Station, London SE8 3NU
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
All welcome, booking not required

#27 Derrida Signature Event Context_signature[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Derrida: Signature Event Context
Friday, 11 May 2018, 18:30–21:00
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Nat Pimlott and Sophia Kosmaoglou
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

critical theory in contemporary art practice[ART&CRITIQUE] COURSE
Critical Theory in Contemporary Art Practice
19 April – 14 June 2018, 6:30pm–9pm + 5 May 2018, 2:30pm-5pm
KUPFER Arch 213, Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU
Tutor Sophia Kosmaoglou
Booking via Eventbrite

[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Derrida: Structure, Sign and Play
Friday, 13 April 2018, 6:30pm–9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Gerhard Richter [1963] Party. Oil, nails, cord on canvas and newspaper, 150 x 182 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism Pt.1
Friday, 9 March 2018, 6:30pm-9pm
The Field, 385 Queen’s Rd, London SE14 5HD
Facilitated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Enrico Baj [1972] The Funeral of the Anarchist Pinelli. Textured offset colour print, 75 x 68 cm. Edition 200.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Cohn: Representation and Critique
Friday, 9 February 2018, 6:30pm-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by
Aris Nikolaidis
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

Neil Lamont [2006] Apple billboard on Paris metro. Digital photograph.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Adam Curtis: HyperNormalisation
Friday, 12 January 2018, 6:30pm-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by
Neil Lamont
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

J.R. Eyerman [1952] Audience at the opening-night screening of Bwana Devil, the first full-length colour 3-D movie. Paramount Theatre, Hollywood, 26 Nov 1952.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Debord: Negation & Consumption in Culture
Friday, 8 December 2017, 6:30pm-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Aristotelis Nikolaidis
Suggested donation £2, booking via Eventbrite

[SYMPOSIUM] #21 Adorno Commitment. Flyer by Nat Pimlott.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Adorno: Commitment
Friday, 10 November 2017, 6:30pm-9pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Facilitated by Nat Pimlott
Suggested donation £2

[SYMPOSIUM]#20. Flyer by Dasha Loyko.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Foucault: Of Other Spaces
Sunday, 15 October 2017, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Yurt Café, St. Katharine’s Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
Facilitated by Dasha Loyko
Free, booking via Eventbrite

FIRST 100% OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION OPEN-DAY[ART&CRITIQUE] WORKSHOP
School of the Damned’s
FIRST OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION OPEN-DAY
Sunday, 1 October 2017, 1pm—6pm
Set Space, 76-89 Alscot Road, London SE1 3AW
Booking via Eventbrite

[ARTCRAWL]#13. Flyer by Mandy Wong.[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Marylebone to South Kensington

Saturday, 30 September 2017, 1:45pm—5pm
Meet 1:45pm at Lisson Gallery 27 Bell Street London NW15BY
Curated by Anca Baciu and Mandy Wong

All welcome, booking not required

Tania Bruguera & Anri Sala [2005] Cátedra Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art School), Havana, Cuba.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Bishop: Pedagogical Projects
Monday, 24 July 2017, 19:00–21:00
Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL
Chaired by Renata Minoldo
Part of School of The Damned‘s Common Room
Free, please book your place

The Other MA (TOMA)[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Visit to TOMA in Southend-on-Sea
Sunday, 23 July 2017, 12:20-18:00
Meet 12:20pm at Southend Central Station, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AB
Curated by Emma Edmondson

All welcome, please book your place

OPEN MEETING[ART&CRITIQUE] OPEN MEETING
Self-organisation
14 July 2017
18:30-20:30
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
All welcome, no need to book

[ARTCRAWL] #11[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Hampstead to Finsbury Park (via Mayfair)
Saturday, 24 June 2017, 14:00 -17:00
Starts 2pm at Freud Museum 20 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SX
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required

Kinki Club, Bologna. Photo courtesy Graziella Ronchi for Spaghetti Disco - Creare Spazio Alle Memorie 1975-85, Red Gallery, London, Oct 2016, curated by Lorenzo Cibrario[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Virno: The Dismeasure of Art
Friday, 9 June 2017, 18:00 – 20:00
Tropics Café, Grow Elephant, New Kent Road, London SE17 1SL
Chaired by Rubén Salgado Perez
Free, please book your place

Chartist Meeting on Kennington Common, 10 April 1848. Photo by William Kilburn[ART&CRITIQUE] OPEN MEETING
Alternative Art Education & Co-operation
Friday, 12 May 2017
18:30 – 20:30
Kupfer, Arch 213, Ponsford Street, London E9 6JU
Free, booking not required

Claes Oldenburg [1964] Soft Light Switches. Vinyl filled with Dacron and canvas, 119.4 x 119.4 x 9.1 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Judd: Specific Objects
Friday, 21 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Chaired by Richard Burger
Free, please book your place

Richard Giblett [2008] Mycelium Rhizome. Graphite on paper, 120 x 240 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Deleuze & Guattari: Rhizome
Friday, 10 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Chaired by Katie Tysoe and Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, fully booked

Piero Manzoni [1961] Artist's Shit (Merda d'artista). 90 tin cans, each filled with 30 grams faeces, 4.8 x 6.5 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Marx: The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret
Friday, 10 February 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
Wimbledon Art Studios, 10 Riverside Rd, London SW17 0BB
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, please book your place

[ARTCRAWL]#10web[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Mayfair to Fitzrovia
Saturday, 28 January 2017
14:00 -17:00
Curated by Cristina Sousa Martínez
Free, booking not required

Wassily Kandinsky [1923] Circles in a Circle. Oil on canvas, 98.7 x 96.6 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
O’Sullivan: The Aesthetics of Affect
Friday, 13 January 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
Louise House, Dartmouth Rd, London SE23 3HZ
Chaired by Katie Tysoe
Free, please book your place

Penelope Kupfer [2015] Moth (detail). Ink on paper, 1654mm x 2054mm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Foucault: The Four Similitudes
Friday, 9 December 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH
Chaired by Penelope Kupfer
Free, please book your place

Johanna Kwiat [2016] Untitled. Digital image.[ART&CRITIQUE] STUDIO CRIT
Johanna Kwiat: Tampering
Saturday, 3 December 2016
14:00 – 1600
Studio, 19 Farquhar Road, London SE19 1SS
Free, please book your place

[ARTCRAWL] #9web[ART&CRITIQUE] ART CRAWL
Hampstead to Camden Town
Saturday, 26 November 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Katy Green
Free, booking not required

Josef Albers Preliminary class group critique. Bauhaus Dessau, 1928-29. Photo by Otto Umbehr.[ART&CRITIQUE] WORKSHOP
Critiquing the Crit
Saturday, 19 November 2016, 13:00 – 16:00
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Led by Sophie Barr
£5, please book your place

Isa Genzken [1991] X-Ray. Gelatin silver print, 100 x 80 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Foster: Post-Critical?
Friday, 11 November 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Chaired by Dasha Loyko
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYCRAWL] #8[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY CRAWL
Camberwell to Peckham
Saturday, 29 October 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required

Dasha Loyko [2016] Tips For Designing Your Dream Bathroom (maquette of central fragment).[ART&CRITIQUE] STUDIO CRIT
Dasha Loyko: Autonomy and Critique
Saturday, 15 October 2016
15:00 – 17:00
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Free, please book your place

Alain Badiou and Kerry W. Purcell have lunch in 2015.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Badiou: Art & Philosophy
Friday, 14 October 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Chaired by Kerry W. Purcell
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYCRAWL] #7web[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY CRAWL
Mayfair to St James (via Soho)
Saturday, 24 September 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required

Last Year at Marienbad [1961] Dir. Alain Resnais. France-Italy, black & white, 94min.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Sontag: Against Interpretation
Friday, 9 September 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Chaired by F. D.
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYCRAWL] #6[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY CRAWL
Mayfair to Fitzrovia
Saturday, 30 July 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required.

Jo Wolf [2016] DATA.0, 3/8. Acrylic on canvas, 5 x 5 inches.[ART&CRITIQUE] STUDIO CRIT
Jo Wolf: DATA
Saturday, 9 July 2016, 14:00 – 16:00
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14 5HD
Free, please book your place

Paul Klee [1920] Angelus Novus. Oil transfer and watercolor on paper, 31.8 × 24.2 cm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Groys: Under the Gaze of Theory
Friday, 8 July 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou, Respondent Johanna Kwiat
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYCRAWL] #5 webflyer[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY CRAWL
Hackney to Shoreditch
Saturday, 25 June 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Dasha Loyko
Free, booking not required

Juno Ludovisi plaster cast. Junozimmer, Goethe Haus, Weimar. Photo NFG Library and KG Beyer, Weimar 1975, plate 8.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Rancière: Problems & Transformations of Critical Art
Friday, 10 June 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Stephen Bennett
Part of Antiuniversity Now!
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYTOUR] #4 webflyer[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY WALK
Hackney to Shoreditch
Saturday, 4 June 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Penelope Kupfer
Free, booking not required

[GALLERYTOUR] #3 webflyer[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY TOUR
Hyde Park to Shadwell
Saturday, 14 May 2016
14:00 – 18:00
Curated by Penelope Kupfer
Free, booking not required

Raoul Hausmann [1919-20] The Art Critic. Lithograph and photographic collage on paper, 318 x 254mm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Sewell: Tate Triennial III
Friday, 13 May 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Richard Lloyd-Jones
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYTOUR] #2 web-flier[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY TOUR
Whitechapel to Liverpool Street
Saturday, 30 April 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required

Marcel Duchamp [1942] Behind Mile of String. First Papers of Surrealism, New York. Photo by Arnold Newman.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Duchamp: The Creative Act
Friday, 8 April 2016, 18:00 – 20:30
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by F. D., Respondent Penelope Kupfer
Free, please book your place

Maria Christoforatou [2015-ongoing] Dislocated series. Collage on paper, 21 x 14.8cm.[ART&CRITIQUE] STUDIO CRIT
Maria Christoforatou: Displacement
Sunday, 20 March 2016
14:00 – 16:00
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Free, please book your place

[GALLERYTOUR] #1 web-flier[ART&CRITIQUE] GALLERY TOUR
Hoxton to Mile End
Saturday, 19 March 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Curated by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, booking not required

Lloyd, John Uri & Curtis Gates Lloyd [1884] Plate XXIII. A fresh rhizome of Cimicifuga racemosa. In Drugs and Medicines of North America. Cincinnati: Lloyd & Lloyd.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Latour: On Actor Network Theory
Friday, 11 March 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Johanna Kwiat
Free, please book your place

[BOOKCLUB] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author Friday, 12 February 2016, 6:00-8:30pm.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Barthes: The Death of the Author
Friday, 12 February 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Henrietta Ross
Free, please book your place

Sherrie Levine [1980] Untitled (After Edward Weston). Gelatin silver print.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Owens: The Discourse of Others
Friday, 8 January 2016, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, please book your place

Omar Joseph Nasser Khoury [2011] Silk Thread Martyrs. Ccollection of 22 garments, each unique. Embroidered, fabric, coloured and dyed by hand using natural materials (indigo, tea).[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Abu-Lughod: Writing against Culture
Friday, 11 December 2015, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by OmarJoseph Nasser-Khoury
Free, please book your place

First page of An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment by Immanuel Kant, Berlinische Monatsschrift. Dec 1784, pp. 481-494.[SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB
Kant: What is Enlightenment?
Friday, 13 November 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Field, 385 Queens Road, London SE14
Chaired by Sophia Kosmaoglou
Free, please book your place

Curating Contemporary Art

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Course Description

This five-day course is a chance to develop a critical understanding and approach to contemporary curating. The course explores the histories, theories, practices and critiques of curating, enabling students to establish their own approach to curating and contemporary art practice.

We’ll get the course off to a start by giving you an overview of the history of curating and 21st century curatorial developments. We will survey the main trends, institutions and concerns of contemporary curatorial practices. We will also visit exhibitions in London, from DIY project spaces to established museums. The course will provide you with important practical information about funding, promotion, installation and other professional aspects of curating. Then we’ll move you on to building your practical skills by encouraging you to devise exhibition themes and proposals. As you prepare your final presentation, you’ll consider everything from funding to PR. This is an opportunity to gain practical insights into curating contemporary art in both gallery and alternative spaces. Please note that you’ll be expected to complete reading and research in your own time during the course.

Course Outcomes

You will gain vital understanding of professional standards of practice in curating, knowledge of structures and institutions of the art world in London and beyond and have the tools to write an exhibition proposal, organise a show and apply for funding. It could mean moving on to curatorial projects, assistantships, partnerships or internships in the future.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in curating exhibitions of contemporary art. You may be looking to make proposals to venues, apply for gallery internships, follow a career in arts administration or apply for a BA or MA degree in Curating. The course could also provide anyone with a non-professional interest in contemporary art with new insights into the structures and concepts that underpin the field.

For more information on the course, including the schedule, lectures and reading please download the Course Outline.
Upcoming Course Dates

Click on the dates below for more info and to book.

1—5 July 2019, MonFri, 10am4pm for 5 days @Chelsea College of Arts UAL

This course runs from Monday, 1 July to Friday, 5 July 2019, from 10am to 4pm for one week. The course will take place at Chelsea College of Arts UAL, located at 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU. If you have any questions please contact us or the Chelsea Short Course Team +44 (0) 20 7514 6311

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Monday,
1 Jul 2019
Friday,
5Jul 2019
10:00–16:00 Five days
(25 hours)
Chelsea College of Arts UAL
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU
£ 665 BOOK
Tutor

Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, curator and founder of [ART&CRITIQUE], an alternative art education network based in London. Her current practice blurs the boundaries between art, activism and education to question the ontology of art and its social and institutional functions. She has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and her research interests include institutional critique and the relationship between art and politics, institutions and independent organisations and collective practices. She has previously taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on BA Fine Art Practice and Joint Honours courses at Goldsmiths and is currently a Visiting Tutor at Chelsea College of Arts. For more information please see https://videomole.tv

Reviews

The course was brilliant – a great mixture of text-based theoretical discussions, lots of emphasis on practical issues and how to solve them, exhibition visits and continuous thinking throughout the week about one’s own exhibition proposal – which has benefited a lot from the course. The course and working on my proposal has been truly inspiring, and I have pursued the idea further since. The course felt like a launchpad – and a lot of the credit goes to the course teacher Sophia!! Anon

I decided on this particular course as felt it would help me understand more about how curating exhibitions can help one better appreciate works of art, art movements, artists and art history. Alan Roe

Very intensive course with good readings and gallery visits. It is a very good starting point to explore curating. Anon

Reading and/or Looking

UPDATE ON [SYMPOSIUM] #04 BARTHES: THE DEATH OF THE AUTHOR

[SYMPOSIUM] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author, flier.In February’s [SYMPOSIUM] we discussed Roland Barthes’ influential essay The Death of the Author (1977). Many thanks to everyone for their contributions to a very productive event. It was great to see everyone again and to welcome some new faces. A special thanks to Henrietta Ross for leading, chairing and summarising the discussion.

Henrietta got us off to a great start by suggesting three broad thematic approaches with the questions: What is an author? What is a text? and What is a reader? She also suggested that we address the question: What does the text mean? Adding that we might want to contest the terms of this question in light of Barthes’ own resistance to fixed meaning. And finally, she suggested that we might want to discuss the roles of the critic, of ideology and of literature.

We addressed all of these issues, maintaining some consistency with each term but also skipping back and forth between them. We questioned the difference between an author, a writer and a scriptor in Barthes’ terms, and came to the conclusion that beyond the “authority” of the Author, and the “performance” of the narrator, there was ambiguity around these terms. We also briefly alluded to the “author function”, which Barthes introduces in Authors and Writers (1960) and Foucault takes up in What is an Author? (1969). We adhered to a structuralist definition of a text as any cultural artefact that can be “read” and interpreted, we therefore discussed artworks as texts and stopped to ponder whether a scientific article could also be considered a text in this light, or whether Barthes was only referring to literary texts. We discussed Barthes’ premise that readers bring the text to life by reading it “here and now” as Johanna pointed out, thereby interpreting the text in a multitude and variety of different ways, and we were left with the vivid image of tiny reader-maggots feasting on the Author’s dead body. We didn’t address the question of how we construct meaning per se, and we might want to come back to this in the future. We also discussed the role of the maligned critic, who fixes or determines the meaning of a text authoritatively in public forums, referring to exhibition display texts as examples. We will have a chance to return to this subject when we discuss Brian Sewell’s review Tate Triennial 3 (2006), which will be led by Richard Lloyd-Jones in May.

[SYMPOSIUM] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author, 12 February 2016 at The Field. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
[SYMPOSIUM] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author, 12 February 2016 at The Field. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
We briefly addressed the question of ideology by considering the question of whether there is a need for a determinate meaning, and why, despite the influence and verity of Barthes’ premise that meaning is constructed subjectively and constantly shifting, there is nevertheless a general consensus on the meaning of texts? We posited peer pressure and the natural social tendency we have for consensus or sameness.

Henrietta summed up the discussion elegantly with a prescient observation on the topic of ideology, in her own words:

“…while I found the discussion of the role of the author in the production of texts such as works of art interesting, for me what is most engaging about Barthes’, and wider post-structuralist ideas, is their implications for ideologies. And the possibility of considering ideologies, alongside ‘image, music, [art]’ etc, as ‘texts’. In Mythologies Barthes discussed a wide range of activities: from drinking wine to wrestling, as cultural texts which have a role in creating ideologies. The ideas he discusses with regard to authorship in The death of the author suggest that the reader might not just be key to the understanding or the creation of meaning in writing (for example) but also ideologies. This suggests a concept of ideologies or hegemonies not as top-down, one-way or imposed narratives, but something that a wide variety of actors are involved and complicit in establishing and sustaining. While this might be a concept that is discussed or suggested by a variety of social theorists or philosophers I think the way in which Barthes and other post-structuralists come to this position through the consideration of linguistic theory and semiotics is interesting.” (Ross, 2016)

[SYMPOSIUM] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author, 12 Feb 2016 at The Field. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
[SYMPOSIUM] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author, 12 Feb 2016 at The Field. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
The jury is out on whether we would like to come back to the subject of ideology in the future. We could approach it via Louis Althusser’s “state apparatuses”, Antonio Gramsci’s “cultural hegemony” or a range of other approaches.

A feature by Dave Beech titled On Critique in the February 2016 issue of Art Monthly is relevant to the discussion we had about whether artworks can in fact be “read” and creates a link between Barthes and the texts by Marcel Duchamp and Brian Sewell that we will be discussing in April and May.

Beech begins by addressing his early critical writing and goes on to discuss the tension between looking at and reading about art. Beech shares the discomfort that many artists have with the idea of “reading” artworks, he sees it as a “misreading of CS Pierce or a misapplication of Ferdinand Saussure’s linguistics to non-linguistic material” (Beech, 2016, p. 7). I am similarly resistant to the idea that an artwork can be broken down to a code or a set of rules, like a language. Language is not merely a series of words that must be deciphered, language is governed by syntactical and grammatical rules. Although poets might play around with these rules, artists’ materials are not primarily linguistic. Artists may indeed think in linguistic terms about their work but they also think in terms of images, shapes, colours, pressures, textures, qualities, quantities, equivalences, oppositions and so on. All these values are governed by diverse and conflicting rules once we free them from narrowly aesthetic definitions. Do artists always think in narrowly aesthetic or art-historical categories? Do viewers approach art from narrowly aesthetic or art-historical perspectives? Artists, viewers and critics bring all kinds of other approaches and discourses into their engagement with art (personal experience, science, mysticism, critical theory, etc).

Wittgenstein claimed that we cannot conceive of something that we do not have the language to describe:

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” (Wittgenstein, 1922, p. 74)

This is true to an extent; the structure of our language (its ideology) limits the kinds of thoughts we can have – to come full circle to what Henrietta said about ideology. When Derrida refers to language as a structure that both makes possible and limits play (Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences, 1966), he is talking about language as ideology. The concept of ideology in Marxist thought articulates the relation between culture and political economy. Ideology is a naturalised framework of assumptions about the world that we internalise. In Althusser’s words, ideology does not constitute “the system of the real relations which govern the existence of individuals”, it constitutes the “imaginary relation of those individuals to the real relations in which they live” (Althusser, 1971, p. 165). For Althusser, ideological state apparatuses are the material manifestations of ideology in practices and institutions. Language is arguably the primary social institution, it makes possible but limits the freedom of the agents who use it.

But I disagree with Wittgenstein, on the basis that if we could express everything that we conceive, perceive and feel in words, then we would have no need for art. Wittgenstein’s assertion also suggests that we can think of nothing that someone else has not thought of and named already. But we evidently can and do have original and unique thoughts and we don’t use language for all of them (how we articulate them and whether we reject them out of habit are different questions, Arthur Koestler goes into this in The Act of Creation, 1964).

I am reluctant to admit that artworks follow rules but, apart from rare exceptions, they generally do and this has grave consequences for my argument against Wittgenstein above and my faith in the liberating power of art. Wittgenstein says that if we change the rules of a game, we change the game (Wittgenstein, 1968). When an artist breaks the rules, art is redefined in the process. But evidently that doesn’t happen very often, instead there’s a fashionable shift now and then in the general sameness that is paraded in galleries and museums all over the world, until the next novelty comes along to spread the sameness.

The other reason that Beech offers for taking issue with “reading” artworks involves what he calls a “process of prolonged looking”, which he finds “inadequate for the works that engaged [him] the most” (Beech, 2016, p. 7). He finds that thinking and reading about these artworks in their absence is a better way to understand them. This is the main crux of his argument and I thought it might be interesting to debate it because looking and observing is generally considered a cornerstone in visual arts education – even in art schools that shun the discipline of drawing – and what about photography and film-making? I reckon that thinking and reading about artworks in their absence is certainly a good way of learning new things and generating ideas of your own – which brings us back full circle to the death of the author. Beech uses artworks as an inspiration and starting point for his own writing – so maybe this article is about how to generate critique and not about how to look at art after all, something he admits in his introduction:

“When I began writing, reviewing exhibitions in London in the 1990s, I was immediately struck by the contrast between my initial impressions of an exhibition and what I came to say about the work. Not always, but often enough to cause concern, in the time it took me to write about art my response shifted from enjoyment to disapproval. The practice of writing turned me from a consumer into a judge.” (Beech, 2016, p. 5)

Bibliography

Althusser, Louis (1971). Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses. In Lenin and Philosophy. New York: Monthly Review Press, pp. 128-194.

Barthes, Roland (1977). The Death of the Author. In Image Music Text, trans. Stephen Heath. London: Fontana, pp. 142-148.

Barthes, Roland (1993). Authors and Writers. In A Barthes Reader, Susan Sontag ed. New York: Vintage, pp. 185-193.

Beech, Dave (2016). On Critique. Art Monthly, February 2016, pp. 5-8.

Derrida, Jacques (2005/1996). Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences. In Writing and Difference. London: Routlege, pp. 353-354.

Foucault, Michel (1977). What is an Author? In Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, Donald F. Bouchard ed. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, pp. 113-138.

Koestler, Arthur (1975). The Act of Creation. London: Picador.

Ross, Henrietta (2016). Personal communication, 16 Feb 2016.

Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1922). Tractatus Logico Philosophicus. London: Kegan.

Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1968). Philosophical Investigations. Oxford: Blackwell.

Food for Thought

UPDATE ON THE [SYMPOSIUM] BOOK CLUB & RELATED ACTIVITIES

First page of An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment by Immanuel Kant, Berlinische Monatsschrift. Dec 1784, pp. 481-494.
First page of An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment by Immanuel Kant, Berlinische Monatsschrift. Dec 1784, pp. 481-494.
[SYMPOSIUM] was launched on 13 November 2015 with a discussion of Immanuel Kant’s 1784 essay An Answer to the Question What Is Enlightenment? We considered Kant’s early modernist utopian ideas, recognising that they are built into the fabric of our everyday lives; from the institution of free speech, the conventions of professional practice and public discussion, to the role of critique and the responsibilities of the individual in society. Using Kant’s criteria, we addressed the question: Do we live in an Enlightened society? Considering the wars, atrocities and escalating violence since 1784, we asked whether Enlightenment ideals have had a regressive effect on modern individuals and social structures, a question that Adorno and Horkheimer take up in Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944). We skirted a question regarding the consequences of Kant’s thesis for art education, and we might want to come back to this question later.

Also in our first meeting, we began a discussion about how the group will function and we made a number of decisions. We found a name for the club and we decided that we would meet on every second Friday of each month from 6pm – 8:30pm. We also selected the text for our next meeting.

Omar Joseph Nasser Khoury [2011] Silk Thread Martyrs. Ccollection of 22 garments, each unique. Embroidered, fabric, coloured and dyed by hand using natural materials (indigo, tea).
Omar Joseph Nasser Khoury [2011] Silk Thread Martyrs. Ccollection of 22 garments, each unique. Embroidered, fabric, coloured and dyed by hand using natural materials (indigo, tea).

[SYMPOSIUM] #2 took place on 11 December 2015 with Writing against Culture (1991) by feminist anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod. This discussion was led by designer Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury who is currently studying for an MA in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths. Abu-Lughod couples feminism with post-colonialism to address the pitfalls of anthropological methods of research and analysis, which often construct generalised and over-simplified assumptions based on cultural difference. Abu-Lughod proposes strategies of “writing against culture” to counter ethnographic accounts which present culture as something that is static, discrete, homogeneous and coherent, ignoring the cross-over between societies, social and cultural change, subjectivity and everyday contradictions. Omar provided an introduction to the text and a context for us to think through these ideas by discussing his collaboration with a group of Palestinian refugee embroiderers at INAASH, Beirut. Despite (or because) of this grounding, the text proved quite challenging due to the sheer breadth, complexity and slipperiness of the concepts that Abu-Lughod extracts and skilfully connects. Once again we came to the conclusion that what we agree on in theory is very difficult to apply in practice, and that we have a long way to go before we can align intentions and outcomes – largely due to broader social, economic and political circumstances. In this case, it might be helpful to consider the recent surge of projects that privilege cooperative ways of working, alternative economies, and ethical sourcing of raw materials or energy (Transition Network, Remakery, Institute of Network Cultures). Socially-engaged or participatory projects initiated by artists and collectives such as Suzanne Lacy, Ellie Harrison, Wochenklausur and Assemble have also developed collaborative models for social change. Grant Kester’s Conversation Pieces: The Role of Dialogue in Socially-Engaged Art (2005) provides a theoretical perspective on this together with a discussion of case studies. There are also various forms of institutional support and funding for these projects (Situations, Robin Hood Coop and Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund, which will generate funding for activist art through renewable energy).

Sherrie Levine [1980] Untitled (After Edward Weston). Gelatin silver print.
Sherrie Levine [1980] Untitled (After Edward Weston). Gelatin silver print.
Continuing with with similar themes, [SYMPOSIUM] #3 took place on 8 January 2016 with The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism (1983) by Craig Owens. Owens explores the intersection of the feminist critique of patriarchy and the postmodernist critique of representation, in search for a way to conceive difference without opposition. His starting point is a definition of postmodernism as a crisis of the cultural hegemony of the west. For Owens postmodern cultural production is characterised by pluralism and indifference, with consequences for our sense of cultural identity. Owens considers the absence of discussions of sexual difference from postmodern texts alongside corresponding feminist and artistic critiques of representation. From the outset we encountered in practice what Craig Owens means by The Discourse of Others, as our situated identities informed our nuanced interpretations of the text. We read some passages closely, stopping to discuss definitions and examples of the various concepts that Owens weaves into his argument (postmodernsim, pluralism). We focused on his insistence that critics ought to address (sexual) difference, and we evaluated the dilemmas he sets up in the reading and interpretation of art. We examined the possibility that if we consider the artists’ (sexual, ethnic, class) identity as a defining element in our reading of the work, this may produce another kind of master discourse or essentialist reading of the work. We came to the conclusion that all these different perspectives can coexist simultaneously, sometimes giving way to others as subsequent experiences modify our viewpoint.

[BOOKCLUB] #4 Barthes: The Death of the Author Friday, 12 February 2016, 6:00-8:30pm.This sets us up for The Death of the Author (1977) by Roland Barthes at [SYMPOSIUM] #04 on 12 February 2016. Led by Henrietta Ross, this session will consider the reader, context, authority and authenticity, focusing on the essays’ influence on a contemporary understanding of cultural production and the role of the individual with in it. For more details please visit the [SYMPOSIUM] page.

There were no new proposals, which is a relief as we already have 7 pages of them and we ran out of time before we could discuss Studio Crits and Gallery Tours. We will address these topics and select texts for April-June at next month’s meeting.

THE FIELD KITCHEN

Ratatouille and pasta with wine at the Field Kitchen, 20 Jan 2016. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.
Ratatouille and pasta with wine at the Field Kitchen, 20 Jan 2016. Photo by Maria Christoforatou.

In December 2015 and January 2016 we helped out at the Field Kitchen, a collaborative meal prepared every Wednesday evening at The Field. Richard cooked a delicious ratatouille with pasta. Highlights included Toby’s squash and apricot tagine with pomegranate seeds, Florence’s red veggie curry with rose shortcake for dessert, Dales’ fiery bean and sweet potato chili and Isobel’s subtle squash curry with aromatic rice.

If you’re free and hungry on a Wednesday evening pop into The Field for a home-cooked meal and good company. Food is served at 7:30pm, it’s pay what you can and the income goes towards expenses for the running and maintenance of the Field. If you would like to help out, setup is from 6pm and there’s always something to do until everything is cleared up at the end of the evening. You can also volunteer to cook by adding your name to the list on the wall.