MA Contemporary Art Theory

MA Contemporary Art Theory

Re-imagining the Art School Since 2001

Week 5 | Atelier #1: Creating Research Objects

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Introduction

Today’s session will be an Atelier. This will take the form of a charrette. A charrette is an intensive participatory group research activity that engages a common enquiry.

Our Materials: University of Edinburgh Art Collections

In this Atelier, we will be working with the University of Edinburgh Art Collections. The UoE Art Collections Curators Julie-Ann Delaney and Liv Laumenech in the Centre for Research Collections (Main Library, George Square) have kindly helped us to identify objects in the Collection through which we might play with different methods of visual and material enquiry.

We will work with four different artefacts rom the UoE Art Collections, (our common ‘materials’).

By the end of the Atelier, each artefact will have been considered from at least one Artistic perspective, and at least one Anthropological perspective.

Each artefact will have its own ‘zone’ within which you will work before moving on to the next artefact.

A different method to apply will be presented at the start of each ‘turn’ for you to consider in relation to your artefact.

Why are we doing this?

The disciplines of art and anthropology each have their own protocols and methods for making visual and material culture available for study in the form of objects.

To experience this in action, we are working with the same materials and subjecting them to the different gazes of art and anthropological methods with the aim of making distinct objects from the same materials.

The aim here is to ‘fork’ each artefact into distinct research objects; creating eight ‘research objects’ from four ‘materials’.


Artefact B

Francis Rogers – A Zine: Passive Solar Greenhouse Project PDF A4 zine, April 10, 2020.

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Artefact B

Artefact B – Atelier Board


Artefact C

Unknown Artist – Title Unknown, public sculpture, materials and dimensions unspecified. George Square Gardens.

Artefact C – Atelier Board

Unknown Artist - Title Unknown, public sculpture, materials and dimensions unspecified. George Square Gardens.

Unknown Artist – Title Unknown, public sculpture, materials and dimensions unspecified. George Square Gardens.


Artefact D

Artefact D – Atelier Board


Method One

Kopytoff, I. (1986). The Cultural Biography of Things: Commoditization as Process. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. A. Appadurai. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 64-91. https://discovered.ed.ac.uk/permalink/44UOE_INST/1viuo5v/cdi_cambridge_cbo_9780511819582_xml_CBO9780511819582A010

Method Two

Bleeker, M., ‘The Mise en Scène of Post-Human Thinking’, PARSE Issue 12, Autumn 2020 https://parsejournal.com/article/the-mise-en-scene-of-post-human-thinking/
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