MA Contemporary Art Theory

MA Contemporary Art Theory

Re-imagining the Art School Since 2001

Contemporary Art & Open Learning //// Course Handbook //// Semester 1

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Contemporary Art & Open Learning

Tuesdays, whole class meets in J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston (link to timetable). J.03 (North-East Studio Building) (link to room info)

Thursdays, student basho meet in person in an agreed venue of your own choosing.

All course communications via: MS Teams ‘Contemporary Art & Open Learning’ Channel (link)

Resource List for Contemporary Art & Open Learning | ARTX10064 | Semester 1 | 2021 (link)

Neil Mulholland – In the Open: Opening Access to Artistic Learning (6:20 Pecha Kucha)

Neil Mulholland – In the Open: Opening Access to Artistic Learning PDF 30.11.21

Welcome Week

Edutech Tools (link) – a list of additional educational and learning tools you may find useful

Pre-sessional Learning Module on The Educational Turn

You should use your time this week to complete this short learning module from the Course Handbook on the topic of The Educational Turn.

The Educational Turn Learning Module (link)


Part 1: P2P (Weeks 0-5)

Week 1 | Induction

Tuesday 21st September 2021 | Neil Mulholland | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00-11:00 Open Learning Induction

The first session is mainly an opportunity to ask questions about this Course Handbook.

Please review all of the online induction materials before the first session of the course.

We will work our way through the following two main sections of this Course Handbook.

Audio | Course Induction 2021

Section A: How this course works

  1. Introduction to Contemporary Art & Open Learning (link)
  2. The Rules of the Game (link)
  3. Learning Experiments; Learning Experimentally, Learning to Experiment (link)
  4. Collaborative Inquiry (link)
  5. Peer Support (link)
  6. What are the learning resources for this course? How do we use them? (link)
  7. What are ‘Workshops’ in this course? (link)
  8. What are Crits in this course? (link)

Section B: How we Communicate & Collaborate…

  1. Basho MS Teams Channels, Workshops and Assignments (link)
  2. Studywithme for peer-support; finding PG and Group Study Space (link)
  3. Stand-ups (for when you can’t meet face-to-face) (link)
  4. Miro, a dedicated e-whiteboard for your Basho to collaborate in (link)
  5. Portfolio (link)

You might now wish to watch this short Reflective Practice paper given by Neil Mulholland at #OERxDomains21 organised by the Association for Learning Technology @A_L_T in partnership with Reclaim Hosting’s Domains Conference. The paper examines the 2020 iteration of the Open Learning course. www.neilmulholland.co.uk/drive/contemporary-art-open-learning-2 (link to video 21:23

In Part 1 of this open course, you will do the following:

  • Identify some of the key elements that form your own Learning Environments and lend support to the what you are interested in learning
  • Gain insight and support from your Basho as a learner, enabling you to form a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  • Learn how to design and develop the parameters of group learning in formal and informal Learning Environments
  • Learned how to learn (theories of learning; the educational turn in art)

Tuesday 21st September 2021 | Neil Mulholland | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

11:00-12:30 Build-A-Basho: Create your Basho’s Covenant

We will use this class time start work on this:

Learning Module: Build-A-Basho (link)

Art Assignment: Create your Basho’s Covenant (link)

You will pick up on the assignment with peers in your Basho when you meet again on Thursday to complete it.

Thursday 23rd September 2021 | Independent Meeting in your Basho | Basho meet in venue of your choosing.

10:00-12:30 Art Assignment #1: Create your Basho’s Covenant (link)

This time is set aside for you to meet within your Basho to complete Art Assignment: Create your Basho’s Covenant (link)

When you complete this first Art Assignment, remember to turn in all of the work you’ve done to your individual Portfolio (link).


Week 2 | Para-

Tuesday 28th September 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00-10:45 Group Crit

Each Basho will present their Covenant in turn and discuss the parameters that have been agreed.

More on Updating your Covenant & Research Ethics (link) You can read through this in your own time.

10:45-12:20  Art Assignment: Make Gold

Neil and Jake will run a Shift/Work workshop in J03 called Make Gold. You will each work in your Basho to complete this. As is the case with most of the workshops you will take part in during this course, Make Gold develops forms of experiential learning and forms part of an artistic practice (Shift/Work). The workshop is metacognitive: taking part in it will teach you how to devise and run your own workshops.

You will be given more information specifically on this workshop after you complete it.

12:20-12:30 This week’s Learning Module and Thursday’s Assignment

Before you meet with your peer-group (Basho) this week, make sure you work your way through this week’s Learning Module.

Learning Module : Paragogy and Para-academia (link)

This learning module places the work you did in the Make Gold workshop in an artistic and education context, so it is vital that you complete it before we meet again next Tuesday. In particular, it will introduce you to the politics of education in the present day – knowledge vital to writing your essay. Post any notes on what you find out here in your own Portfolio.

At the end of today, you will each assign yourself to read a chapter of Peeragogy 3.0 (see next section)….

Thursday 30th September 2021 | Swarm Reading of Peeragogy 3.0 in your Basho | Basho meet in venue of your choosing.

On Wednesday 29th September you will have to complete your reading of a chapter from Peeragogy 3.0 in prepration for your group meeting tomorrow (link)

On Thursday 30th September, you must meet with your peer group to complete this week’s assignment Swarm Reading Peeragogy 3.0 in your Basho (link)


Week 3 | Open

 

Tuesday 5th October 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00  AAR: After Action Review of Swarm Reading Peeragogy 3.0

We will use the AAR technique from the Peeragogy Handbook as method to critique the assignment you completed on Thursday 30th September.

11:00 Art Assignment: In the Open

In the Open (link)

Neil and Jake will conduct this workshop in J03. You don’t have to prepare for it.

Before 12:30 Introducing Learning Module on ‘Open & Modding’

Open Learning & Modding : Learning Module (link)

You can finish working your way though this learning module on Wednesday afternoon this week.

ESW Dan Brown, Curator of Research and Debjani Banerjee, Curator for Learning. Debi will run the Artist’s Toolkit workshop.

Thursday 7th October September 2021 | Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop | 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, GB EH6 4JT

10:00-12:00 Artist’s Toolkit

What is a Toolkit? With Images and Video of the Toolkit from ESW 7th October (link)

This workshop – led by the artists Debjani Banerjee and Naomi Garriock – will take place in the Courtyard Studio space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop | 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, GB EH6 4JT Debi Banerjee is Curator for Learning at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Make sure you arrive before 10:00 and make your way downstairs to the seating area outside of the MILK café. Neil and Debjani will meet you there. (You don’t have to prepare for this workshop either).

Participation the workshop is mandatory since it helps you to understand your own workshop design from an experiential and performative perspective. You will witness and experience what does, and does not, work in different learning environments and gain a better sense of how different learners might respond to artistic and educational stimuli.

Thursday 7th October September 2021 | After 1pm

1:1 Tutorial with Beth focusing on your Portfolio Submission (you will have one tutorial; either in Week 3 or Week 4)


Week 4 | (Un)Learning Art Assignments

 

Tuesday 12th October 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00 Art Assignment: Unlearning (Crosstalk)

Neil and Jake will conduct this Unlearning workshop. Make sure you are wearing outdoor clothing (in case it rains). Otherwise, you don’t have to prepare for it.

Unlearning Crosstalk…

We will return to our class to re-work (mod) the Unlearning workshop we just took part in. To do this, we will use some of the techniques that we learned last week during In the Open (link) in ECA and when engaging with The Artists’ Toolkit at ESW.

12:30 Art Assignments & Learning Theories (Intro to Learning Module)

Neil will lead a walk-through this week’s learning module.

Thursday 14th October 2021

Art Assignment: Art Assignments & Learning Theories

Complete the Art Assignments & Learning Theories, follow the link below.

Week 4 | Art Assignments & Learning Theories (link)

You will complete this learning module on your own and post your work to your own Portfolio.

This learning module places the whole process of making and unmaking art assignments in an artistic and scholarly context so it is vital that you complete the work for it before we meet again in Week 6.

Thursday 14th October 2021 | After 1pm

1:1 Tutorial with Beth focusing on your Portfolio Submission (you will have one tutorial; either in Week 3 or Week 4)

Week 4 | Open Learning Tutorials with Beth Dynowski  | (Blue Basho) link


Week 5 | Portfolio Work

Thursday 10am-12pm
Mid-sessional Group Work Module on The Educational Turn

This Thursday you should meet in your Basho to complete this short learning module from the Course Handbook that returns to the opening set-text on The Educational Turn.

Please follow this link to the learning module:

Educational Turn Redux (link)

Whole Week

This rest of this week you will develop your Portfolio.

Your Portfolio is an ongoing account of your learning that documents and clearly presents how you approached each of the short Art Assignments that have taken place over Part 1: P2P (Weeks 1-4) of this course. Your Portfolio should also demonstrate further engagement with at least one of the two themes that you have explored so far.

At the end of this week you present (‘turn-in’) your Portfolio work for peer review.

Peer review – as a form of online swarming – will take place online during Week 6.


Part 2 (Weeks 6-9) Inhabiting Practice: Art & Open Learning Fair 2021

 

In Part 2 of this open course, you will put the knowledge you gained in Part 1 to work in practice.

There are two key things that you will learn in the process of putting your knowledge to work:

  • You will learn what might make a ‘good player’, and, in turn will come to your own understanding of how play supports artistic learning.
  • You will learn how to ‘conduct’ play and develop ludic mechanics, to be ‘composers’ of play.

The first sessions of Part 2 will focus on some of the ways that your Basho can collaborate to combine your individual learning interests (your Personal Learning Environment or ‘PLE’) into a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

The Personal Learning Network you develop will continue to support you as individuals working towards the Art & Open Learning Fair, but, crucially, will develop a focus for your Collaborative Enquiry (link) as a Basho.

This year the Art & Open Learning Fair will modify an open model for artistic learning commissioned by Shift/Work in and first playtested at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop May 7-8th 2018. The model is designed by Tormod W. Anundsen and Helene Illeris who both lecture at the University of Agder, Norway.

The model is called:

Inhabiting Practice


Week 6

Online this week: Peer Review of a Portfolio

This will happen online – details of how to conduct the review appear in the MS Teams Channel and in Miro.

I have set up the board for your to review one of your peers’ Portfolios for Open Learning. Each of you are paired with just one CAT from a different Basho to your own (the Ouroboros feedback model). Here’s the list of who is reviewing who:
 

Reviewer Reviews>

 

Portfolio of :

 

Weixiao Wei Shireen Chen
Shireen Chen Shuwen Chen
Shuwen Chen Peiying Gu
Peiying Gu Rui Shu
Rui Shu Dave Molnar
Dave Molnar Jialing Zou
Jialing Zou Kejing Sun
Kejing Sun Chris Coatham
Chris Coatham Dami Lee
Dami Lee Weixiao Wei

 

You need to access your peer’s Portfolio in WordPress then find their review space in the Miro Board.
The Miro board contains the instructions on what to review and what sort of feedback to try to give (password is in MS Teams) …. https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lndYTgc=/?invite_link_id=3324118262
Please try to do this before the end of next week (Week 7). Don’t spend too long on this – a brief review of what your peer has done with a little bit of constructive feedback is all that’s needed. List of links to the Portfolios for Open Learning is in MS Teams Channel. (NB: you may have to ask for permission to view your peer’s Portfolio; they can let you in using their settings.)

Lectures and Learning Resources | Beth Dynowski

Please ensure that you watch and read the two lectures and related learning resources created by Beth Dynowski this week:

1/ Open Learning in Practice

and

2/ Planning for Learners

The best time to complete this will be Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon this week.

Please read Chapter 1 of Grootenboer, Peter, Christine Edwards-Groves, and Sarojni Choy. Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education: Praxis, Diversity and Contestation. Singapore: Springer Singapore Pte. Limited, 2017. Print. p1-22 (link)


Tuesday 26th October 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Inhabiting Practice: Introduction

Tormod W. Anundsen and Helene Illeris, Inhabiting Practice, Shift/Work at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop May 7-8th 2018.

Christina Kristiansen, Kjetil Lund, Britta Lya Damian Reflections on the project “Art as Education, Education as Art”

https://www.uia.no/studenter-i-forskningsprosjekt/reflections-on-the-project-art-as-education-education-as-art

Short introduction to what’s happening Weeks 6-9. Key themes: im-place (basho), listening, practising, discipline, codifying. Jake and Neil will discuss the original Shift/Work pilot of this workshop at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and outline how it works in practice and theory.

CATs will use this class-time to learn how to notate, document and record ‘routes’ and ‘rhythm’ of a practice they each have.


Decoding using a structured listening exercise

CATs then work in three Bashos using structured listening exercise to help them decode a practice (DtD).

Ouroboros Inhabiting Practice + SECI + DtD Structured Listening Exercise

We will do this by combining elements of Anundsen and Illeris’ Inhabiting Practice model with elements drawn from the SECI and DtD approaches.

You can find out more about SECI and DtD by following the links below:

Decoding Tacit Knowledge with SECI (link)

Decoding the Discipines (DtD) (link)

Ouroboros: Here is a link to the Ouroboros model we are using in Miro (link) >


Thursday 28th October 2021 | Visit to Glasgow / Essay Site Recce

This visit will be led by Beth Dynowski. Beth will escort CATs to galleries in Glasgow City Centre and the Trongate and Calton areas that skirt the High Street (where the city’s largest concentration of studios and galleries have coalesced). The tour will culminate at the Pipe Factory where Beth is currently establishing the open Calton School of the Arts.

The east of Glasgow City Centre and the Pipe Factory / open Calton School of the Arts are the site of your Essay for this course. Visiting and understanding something of the context (basho) in which Calton School of the Arts will operate is vital to informing how you approach your Essay for this course.

Here is a link to some additional background information about the most recent history of The Pipe Factory.

Here is information on the local area.

You will need to make your own way to Glasgow via train. Scotrail run a fast service on the hour and half hour from Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street. Beth will meet you all at Glasgow Queen Street station.

Meet Glasgow Queen Street Station 10.10am Front Entrance (George Square / Queen Street).

Train: 9:17 AM Edinburgh Waverley > Arrival 10:06 AM Glasgow Queen Street 49 min (6 stops) · Platform 14 (£13.70 off peak return ticket; cheaper if you have a Student Railcard) Please make sure you do not use this ticket to return to Edinburgh during the peak travel time!

Itinerary*

10.30 The Pipe Factory

11.10 Good Press

12.00 CCA / Lunch

There will be lots of walking on this trip, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance in booking taxis etc to each venue if this would not suit your requirements for getting around. Each venue is fully wheelchair accessible. The Pipe Factory’s upper levels are not accessible at this time, however, our meeting will take place on the ground floor. The CCA has toilets for public use, however, no other venue on route does, so we will need to rely on cafe facilities and I can assist in accessing the nearest available.

*itinerary subject to change

What might open learning look like in this context?

The Pipe Factory was an artist run space in Calton, Glasgow founded in 2011 and is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. A Community Interest Company called Friends of The Pipe Factory, formed of three companies Inch Architecture, Articulate and Strange Field (formerly The Pipe Factory Ltd.), successfully purchased the building in 2020 and are now putting in a £2 million bid to make the building a home for learning in the arts in Glasgow.

You can read the Friends of The Pipe Factory’s proposed new plan here.

Friends of The Pipe Factory_Business Plan 2020_V3_revC.pdf

You can read about it’s recent history at an artist run space here.

pipe_synop_doc_2014.pdf


Week 7

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

10:00-12:30 Inhabiting Practice: Who are Learners? What do they do?

Workshop facilitated by Neil and Jake

CATs consider how they invite ‘learners’ into their practices.

CATs consider how they co-create practices with ‘learners’.

CATs do more Ouroboros work in their Bashos to “re-codify your practice” into an modifiable ‘Tool/kit’.

CATs will consider the benefits and challenges of ‘reflective’ techniques for facilitating their Tool/kit. (link)

Thursday 4th November 2021 2021 | Site Recce at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

10:00-12:00 Site Recce: Visit to Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

The Courtyard Studio space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop will be the venue for Inhabiting Practice: Art & Open Learning Fair 2021 so it is vital that you attend this recce to start to envisage where and how you will run your own workshop.

We will again meet at the Courtyard Studio space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop | 21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, GB EH6 4JT We will hear about the programmes of artistic learning curated by ESW Dan Brown, Curator of Research and Debjani Banerjee, Curator for Learning.

Make sure you arrive before 10:00 and make your way downstairs to the seating area outside of the MILK café. Neil, Dan and Debjani will meet you there.


Week 8

Tuesday 9th November 2021 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

Workshop facilitated by Neil and Jake:

CATs work in their Basho to Playtest and give Clean Feedback on each of their modifiable Tool/kits.

What is Clean Feedback? (link) Read: Walsh, B. , Nixon, S. , Walker, C. and Doyle, N. (2015) Using a Clean Feedback Model to Facilitate the Learning Process. Creative Education, 6, 953-960. doi: 10.4236/ce.2015.610097.

Presentation and Critique of each modifiable toolkit – Remodelling to fit ESW environment (learners-stakeholders).

Thursday 11th November 2021 | Planning Meeting in your Basho | Basho meet in venue of your choosing.

The Open Framework

Each Basho will meet today  to develop a plan for the distribution of their modifiable Tool/kit for Artistic Learning (e.g. OER based licence).

We highly recommend that you meet in the MILK café at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop since it will give you an opportunity to revisit the site you intend to run you workshop in. Remember to consider the stakeholders of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in your distribution plan.

Considering how to use the ESW site? Implacing yourself in ESW to work this out is, clearly, the best way to do this. To create a virtual version of the site you will work with you may wish to try using either of the following to create virtual gallery/project spaces and install virtual work within them:

Thursday 11th November 2021 | After 1pm

1:1 Tutorial with Beth focusing on Essay Submission (you will have one tutorial; either in Week 8 or Week 9)


Week 9

Tuesday 16th November 2021 | J.03, North-East Studio Building, Lauriston

Workshop facilitated by Jake:

Open Framework: We will spend this time working with both Basho to ensure that FAIR programme is populated for publication.

The programme for each Basho must feature a Tool/kit demo by each CAT. Copy-editing will be started before the end of today’s class. Please complete your own plan within your Blue/Red Basho’s Miro Board to ensure that we have the programme information in place. Here’s how to do that:

Shadow Curating: Final Presentation and Critique of each modifiable toolkit (within your Basho).

To support the Critique of each modifiable toolkit here, you will draw upon an ingenious method developed by Dr Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske called the Shadow Curator: https://www.deveron-projects.com/about/shadow-curator/

Thursday 18th November 2021 | Planning Meeting in your Basho | Basho meet in venue of your choosing.

Basho meet to complete design of their framework and distribution plan.

PUBLISH the programme for your Basho, ensuring that all members are contributing a Tool/kit demo.

We highly recommend that you meet in the MILK café at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop since it will give you an opportunity to revisit the site you intend to run you workshop in.

Thursday 18th November 2021 | After 1pm

1:1 Tutorial with Beth focusing on Essay Submission (you will have one tutorial; either in Week 8 or Week 9)


Part 3 (Weeks 10-12)

Inhabiting Practice: Art & Open Learning Fair 2021

Fair: Inhabiting Practice

Week 10 Fair

Thursday 25th November Inhabiting Practice: Art & Open Learning Fair 2021 takes place in the Courtyard Studio space at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Week 11 Work on your Project Book

This week you will complete a full Project Book to submit for this course. The Project Book consists of two components:

a. A Complete Portfolio that documents and clearly presents how you approached each of the short Class Assignments that have taken place over Weeks 1-5 and that outlines your research for and contribution to Inhabiting Practice: Art & Open Learning Fair 2021. NB: The Portfolio is embedded in the Open Learning LEARN page. You must use this as your Portfolio (link).

b. An Essay [relating to the Calton School of the Arts]. The brief for this essay is set by Beth Dynowski. The Essay will be submitted to LEARN Turnitin.

Essay Brief:

Produce a critically reflective plan for open learning at The Pipe Factory, Calton, Glasgow. This can be in the form of (but is not limited to) a workshop plan, a short course, a project proposal or a design approach for an open learning project on the site.  Your plan should be accompanied by a critically reflective essay 1,000 words in length and should include the following:

  • your personal reflections (autobiographical lens)
  • peer discussions (peers’ lens)
  • consideration and analysis of theoretical perspectives (scholarship lens)

The submission should comprise of two parts and refer to relevant literature throughout.

  1. The brief outline of a plan for open learning at The Pipe Factory which should be included as an appendix to your essay (max 1 side of A4).
  2. A critically reflective essay (1,000 words) on your plan in which you demonstrate insight into the factors contributing to your proposed plan, including the site, organisation, who it is aimed at, learning theory and the wider critical context within the field of art and education (for example your reading on the educational turn). Show how you are making pedagogical/paragogical choices, drawing critically on a range of perspectives, including relevant literature.

Here is a link to some additional background information about the most recent history of The Pipe Factory.

Here is information on the local area (Calton, Glasgow)

Week 12 Summative Submission of Project Book

9th December by 3:00pm

Submit your whole Project Book to LEARN.


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