Situation Unit mima commisions

Situation Unit

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This project focuses on producing a space that has the ability to reclaim learning as a strategic tactic to influence the commodity aspects of knowledge exchange.
It will instramentalise art practice to produce a site that focuses solely on the ability to exchange and unlearn preconceptions of social and political forms through artistic tools. The space will be a site to demonstrate labor as well as hold artistic interventions that reconfigure the financial hierarchy and issues with accelarationist policy in attempting to reclaim time to learn and to streak time.

The site will turned into a multi-functional installation creating spaces of use and no-use.
Renegotiating the territory of aesthetics and its relation to the ethical. A post-conceptual artist’s lead archive. Follow the commissions here

Artist commissions Include

John Reardon May 2015

Commissioned by mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), the Alternative Art College and curator, Paul Stewart, Untitled (TWOC) puts the life (movement, mediation, networks, learning, etc) of the curator at the centre of the work and in the process of it’s making and un-making.

Part performance, event, object and installation, Untitled (TWOC) consists of 31 specially designed baseball caps (worn on consecutive days by the curator) and 31 wall pegs (installed in mima for caps to hang on). Each cap comes in its own individually dated boxes and once worn by the curator for a single day is deposited at the end of that day on one of the 31 wall pegs in mima (beginning with first peg, top left).

TWOC moves between performance, event, object and installation, between Middlesbrough and mima and between ‘outside’ and ‘inside’, taking on a growing visibility and materiality as it does so.

Each day of the month, the work ‘begins’ again with curator Paul Stewart, following his movements as it slowly, inevitably finds its way to mima.

TWOC begins Friday May 1st and ‘ends’ Sunday May 31st

Harold Offeh June 2015 TBA

Hannah Kemp Welch July 2015 TBA

A threat to universities?

not-sure-if-school-or-money-sucking-corporation-here-to-ruin-art-students-dreamshttp://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/21/alternative-art-schools-threaten-universities

Emily Pringle, Tate’s head of learning practice and research policy, says “it would not be a great leap” for the museum to provide something akin to an art school programme. “It is really troubling to us who’s in a position to be studying art,” she says. “There’s a question whether big cultural organisations like Tate or the Barbican could themselves provide a space where [emerging artists] could come together in the way that Open School East works.”

The Guardian p38 today have talked about the threat of ‘Alternatives’ towards HE institutions. their main example was the Open School East which the Alternative Art College has recently written a segment on:  https://alternativeartcollege.co.uk/2013/09/27/open-school-east-a-radical-curriculum/

I think the AAC is very aware that the space was creating a radical curriculum but not quite a radical pedagogy, It is important to point out that the former library space, the Open School East occupies, is commissioned and funded by the Barbican and Create London. The project is also supported by the Legacy Trust UK and the London Borough of Hackney.  Take that as you will.

OSE is a great example of a space that can emerge from the system as well as mirror the system, is it a threat to universities? Is it even an ‘alternative’? recuperation at its most affluent maybe the answer.