Low Residency 2014 day 2

1 to 1 tutorials with visiting artists can be a scary experience. You have a short time to present some of your ideas and then engage is a deep discussion about your work. Today the students had tutorials with people they did not know and who knew nothing of their work. This creates a challenging but fascinating experience. The fresh perspective on your work can open up rich veins of investigation.

Lecture
In the afternoon there was the latest in the current MA lecture series at Camberwell, this talk given by Helen Douglas who has been making artists’ books since the 1970s, check out weproductions for more details, images and a their digital productions including a book called The Pond and Deuchar.

Finally a visit to Peckham Platform a small gallery with a big impact. Situated in the centre of Peckham (very close to Camberwell College of Arts) this gallery is all about connecting art, people and place. It’s engagement with socially engaged art practice has seen it work with many different groups within the local community and under the leadership of Emily Druff it is a beacon of what is possible when you attempt to make these connections. An example, today the gallery staff acted as expected in being friendly, helpful and willing to have a dialogue about the work and the gallery’s vision. Thank you.

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Low Residency 2014 day 1

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most but not quite all of the students

First day and lots of introductions as people who have only met online meet face to face for the first time. The London based students have been working on curating the Lumen Art Prize exhibition later in March so that took some of our initial focus. This project has helped raised some great issues for the students from the practical considerations of presenting work that uses a range of technology alongside more traditional work. As hoped there has also been a wider debate around important concerns including curatorial narrative for a show, is this a show simply to showcase winners or something to help explore questions, alongside issues like immateriality or time and space and do any themes emerge for a selection like this.

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In the afternoon many students presented recent work which lead to much discussion, debate a funny one liner. One student was talking about their struggle with oil paint in a particular painting and another student who uses oil a lot instantly responded, ‘oil is a bitch’!

We concluded a long first day with a meal together at Course Leader Jonathan’s home.

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Low Residency 2014 intro

MA Fine Art Digital is unique in having students based both in London and online living anywhere in the world.

After 10 years of hugely successful delivery in this unusual way we are now enhancing the model with a ‘Low Residency’ 2 week intensive time in London for all students to attend if they choose.

A ‘Low Residency’ masters in fine art has a long and successful tradition in North America but our offer is a first for the UK.

With a simple and highly effective way of building a ‘community of practice’ for both London and online based students, adding the Low Residency element provides an exciting and challenging strand.

We will blog about the various activities over the next 10 days which will include discussions, tutorials, an interim exhibition, lectures, hacking workshops and a 2 day collaborative making project.

As we start here is some great advice from a recent talk by curator Lucy Day:

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