Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art 2015 Exhibition

by Goldsmiths, University of London

The MFA Fine Art program at Goldsmiths helps students acquire a critical understanding of the creation and reception of contemporary art. Theory and practice are fully integrated with a strong emphasis on open discussion, peer-to-peer learning and the potential of each student to develop their abilities to the fullest. The MFA Fine Art inhabits a spacious studio complex in a converted Edwardian swimming baths at the centre of the Goldsmiths campus. Students set their own objectives and goals for their MFA, with a view to developing a coherent and sustainable individual practice. The program is built around one-to-one tutorials and [...] read more

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Saving the Maker, Cultivating the Thinker: Painting at RISD’s MFA Program

by Anne Prentnieks

When I was an undergrad in RISD’s painting program in 2006, my TA, a second-year MFA student, insisted that she would never begin a painting until she had applied, sanded, more finely sanded, and reapplied her ground at least fifteen times if not twenty or more, each time sanding the thickening layers of gesso or rabbit skin glue with finer and finer sandpaper until her canvas surface resembled a shellacked whiteboard. She told us she would prepare several canvases at a time, assembly-line style, sanding and gessoing one after the next, again and again. My classmates (class of 2009) and [...] read more

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Silvia Federici: Future Transformations of the Subject

Feminist scholar and activist Silvia Federici (Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University) was invited by Triple Canopy in July 2013 to speak at Speculations (“The future is ____ ”), a program of lectures and discussions for EXPO 1: New York, on the topic of an ideal future. In her talk, Federici considers how we might go about reappropriating the commons and creating a new society centered around the common good rather than on the accumulation of privately held wealth. She argues that such a project would entail reconceiving of what it means to a human [...] read more

Nina Power: The Wound of Work

In her 2010 lecture “The Wound of Work,” Nina Power considers transformations of work, labor, and consumerism in relation to feminism, the body, and art. Drawing in part on her 2009 book One-Dimensional Woman, she discusses the collapse of the distinction between work and leisure, the feminization of labor, the informatization of work, and the implications of these developments for us as flexible, precarious, increasingly “professionalized” post-Fordist subjects. While Power speaks here to conditions that (as she has recently noted) are by many measures worse today than when she wrote One-Dimensional Woman, her descriptions of the subject who is constantly [...] read more