There is always a great sense of anticipation at the beginning of the Low Residency times. First and second year students join together, mixing online from across the world join with all the students based in London what could possibly go wrong!
Before we had even started I realised that the White Building in East London had moved their planned showcase and panel discussion on ‘self versioning’ in art to the end of March so the afternoon and evening plans for day 1 had to be changed.
We started with an opportunity for some students to present their work, all of which produced some lively and useful discussion.
Our hastily rearranged afternoon started with a visit to the South London Gallery to see their latest exhibition by Isabelle Cornaro. We then planned to visit Beaconsfield Gallery only to realise on the bus travelling there that it was closed! So we stayed on the bus to visit Tate Britain to explore part of their ‘walk through British art’ taking in a election of work from the 1940s to 1990s. Rounded off with a drink and fascinating discussions in a local pub. Hopefully no more sudden date changes or closures!
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.
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.