Foto: Hans Breder with student
Thursday, April 10, 5pm, 2014, KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgate 53
Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek will be talking about the exhibition Anti-Academy, first presented at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton/England, 2013. The show examines the ideas, processes, workshops and legacies of three radical educational models in 1960s Japan, the USA and Denmark. Comprised of three installations, each relating to one of these school’s programmes, Anti-Academy explores life at Bigakko, Tokyo, The Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, and Ex-School, Copenhagen.
Schmidt-Bleek curated the Intermedia section of the exhibition, a program that was established by the German artist Hans Breder in 1968. At Intermedia, students experienced workshops by various visiting artists with an emphasis on exploring ‘the boundaries between media, between artistic and scholarly practices, between genres, between social and political universes, between viewer and artist’. The Iowa program was characterized by an innovative use of media and technology. Key to its early years was the involvement of visiting artists who developed work with student participation, including creations by Robert Wilson and Allan Kaprow amongst others. There was an emphasis on development of a collaborative relationship with the local community and the utilisation of the local landscape as site for the making of student work. Anti-Academy includes works made with students (notably with the year group of students that included Ana Mendieta and Charles Ray) by Elaine Summers, Mary Beth Edelson and Vito Acconci, alongside a broader review of the archive. This program will be the focal point of the talk.
The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.
Anti-Academy is organised in collaboration with Heidi Nicolaisen.