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    Sam Thorne

    Art School Confidential / 05.08.2016 19:15
    Location: Künstlerhaus
    Venue: Hellbrunner Straße 3, 5020 Salzburg
    Language: English

    Over the past 15 years or so, dozens of artists and curators all over the world have established their own art schools.These have taken all kinds of forms – reading groups, studio crits, lecture series, residencies, road trips, study programmes – but many specifically frame themselves as schools, universities and academies. Some are in cities with plenty of well-established MFA programmes, such as London and Los Angeles, while others are in locations – Vilnius, Alexandria, Ramallah, St. Petersburg – where arts education remains relatively limited. Typically smallscale and self-organized, these initiatives have often been diagnosed as symptoms of a broader crisis. In place of slow-paced bureaucracy, they are light and flexible. They are small and often nomadic rather than monolithic and standardized; site-specific rather than homogeneous. Instead of further indebting students, almost all are free to attend.

    Drawing on material from his forthcoming book, School: Conversations on Art and Self-Organized Education, this lecture seeks to give an overview of some of these artist-run initiatives, via a range of case studies, including schools established by Tania Bruguera, Ahmet Öğüt, Chto Delat and Wael Shawky. At a moment when the institutions of art education are both more numerous and more contested than ever before, might these experiments in learning provide a range of proposals as to what the 1future of the art school might look like? How has the art school changed, and what might it become?'

    Sam Thorne, director of Nottingham Contemporary, co-founded Open School East 2012, a free-to-attend study programme in East London. He is also a contributing editor and columnist at frieze magazine, and his book, School: Conversations on Art and Self-Organized Education, is published by Sternberg Press 2016. Forthcoming exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary include solo shows by Otobong Nkanga, Lara Favaretto and Wu Tsang, as well as a survey of the Black Arts Movement.

    Biography: Sam Thorne