Allan Kaprow described non-art as “whatever has not yet been accepted as art but has caught an artist’s attention with that possibility in mind.” From the readymade onwards, artists have been drawing on non-artistic materials and images to expand the field of art. At the same time, many types of cultural production are excluded from the category of art. This studio considers the boundaries of art and non-art, exploring appropriation as artistic tactic, outsider art, conceptual and immaterial art, anti-art and un-art. It investigates the possibility of working outside the institutions that define the artworld and the mechanisms by which attempts to do this get co-opted and recuperated by the art establishment. To do this, it maps the contexts in which art operates and looks at examples of institutional critique that seek to challenge these.
Through studio discussions, workshops and exhibitions, reading seminars, group crits, gallery visits, screenings and individual tutorials, we will consider the relationship of sites to non-sites and think about the way art operates within and beyond gallery walls. We will introduce key artists and texts and test different methods of making and curating work in light of these practices and ideas.
This multidisciplinary studio welcomes the broadest range of approaches and media. Students may use painting, sculpture, film and video, art writing or performance to ask where art positions itself in relation to non-art, whether that is the larger field of culture that includes film, music and fashion or beyond this to everyday life and other modes of experience and knowledge. The studio will give students a shared frame of reference, but it is there to facilitate independent individual practice in dialogue with tutors and peers.
- Alberro, Alexander and Stimson, Blake [eds.], Institutional Critique: an Anthology of Artists' Writings, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011
- Danilova, Alexandra and Lyakhovich, Elena Kuprina [eds.], Field of Action. The Moscow Conceptualist School in Context 1970s-1980s, Moscow: Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, 2010
- De Duve, Thierry, Kant After Duchamp, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998
- Evans, David, Appropriation, Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2009
- Kaprow, Allan, Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life [Jeff Kelley], Berkley, CA: University of California Press, 2003
- Kelley, Mike, Mike Kelley: Minor Histories – statements, Conversations, Proposals, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004
- Knabb, Ken, Situationist International Anthology, Berkley, CA: Bureau of Public Secrets, 2007
- Lippard, Lucy, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972, University of California Press: Berkeley, 1997
- Osborne, Peter, Conceptual Art, London: Phaidon, 2002
- Rhodes, Colin, Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, London: Thames and Hudson, 2000
Image: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, God, 1917 / Portrait of the Artist
Studio Art 01: We, the Contemporary
Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Karen David
What is ‘Contemporary’ about painting? That's a question this 2D studio tackles from multiple directions.
Studio Art 02: Art and Non-Art
Galia Kollectiv and Joseph Noonan-Ganley
Allan Kaprow described non-art as “whatever has not yet been accepted as art but has caught an artist’s attention with that possibility in mind”.
Studio Art 03: The Black Box
Patrick Ward and Dr Jonathan Whitehall
Increasingly artists are confronted with technologies and systems whose internal operation appears mysterious to its users.
Studio Art 04: The Thingy World
Rosemarie McGoldrick, Olga Koroleva and Jessie Flood-Paddock
The critic Viktor Shklovsky's striking words a few months before the Russian revolution over 100 years ago were against the attrition of routine.
Studio Photo 05: UN/staging the UN/staged
Heather McDonough and James Cant
UN/staging the UN/staged considers image making through a critical lens of the constructed and unconstructed image. It sets out to challenge the binary distinction between photographic works that are considered staged and those works that are considered unstaged.
Studio Photo 06: Disrupting Borders: the Personal to the Universal
Ania Dabrowska and Yiannis Katsaris
Disrupting Borders: the Personal to the Universal, responds to timely contemporary issues supporting students in making works that embrace speculative visions, deconstruct cultural and political myth-making and forecast new contemporary photographic subjectivities.
Studio Photo 07: Shifting Glances
Paola Leonardi and Lee Brodhurst Hooper
A fleeting stream of images passes on our screens: everyone has a camera, we snap photos on our phones, we upload them to the cloud, we like them on Instagram, we search them on online platforms, we send them to friends, we snapchat them to strangers.