School Watch

CCC, TRANS, and WORK.Master at Geneva’s HEAD: Intergenerational MFAs of Non-Formatted Curricula

by Jennifer Teets

Arriving by train in Geneva from Paris, I was welcomed to the Hotel Adriatic, a charming, unassuming hotel where many of the visiting guests and teaching faculty of HEAD, Geneva’s University of Art and Design (Haute École d’art et de design), often meet over the breakfast table when lodging there in the city. One regular is French artist and WORK.Master professor Lili Reynaud-Dewar, who invites students outside of customary studio visits in the daytime to the confines of her own hotel room on weekly evenings—a perfect experiment for an artist preoccupied with the “boundaries of biography.” Gazing into the looking [...] read more

Video School

Melanie Gilligan: Popular Unrest & Other Works

This trailer from Spectacle Theater introduces three video series by artist Melanie Gilligan, Crisis in the Credit System (2008), Self-Capital (2009), and Popular Unrest (2010). Gilligan’s episodic dramas, inspired by the genre conventions of contemporary prime time and cable television, shed light on the visceral abstractions that interact to produce the neoliberal subject—abstractions of the physical body, finance, and science, as well as the social abstractions of affect—maintaining it in precarious tension as ostensibly coherent and autonomous yet fractured and infinitely fissionable. The four-episode series Crisis in the Credit System, released just after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, suggests [...] read more

Michel Foucault: The Culture of the Self, first lecture (part 1 of 5)

In 1983, approximately a year before his death, French philosopher Michel Foucault delivered three lectures in English at the University of California, Berkeley, in which he traced the development of the idea of the self, or the individual subject, in Western culture. In the first of these lectures, “The Culture of the Self” (Reel 61 in the Foucault Archives at Berkeley), Foucault draws on ancient Greco-Roman traditions to consider technologies of the self and how they develop alongside and give rise to particular forms of subjectivity. An excellent question-and-answer session with Foucault, held the day after he delivered this lecture, [...] read more


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Thesis Exhibition 15|16

by Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Every year, a growing number of highly-qualified graduates of all the study programs offered at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, leave school ready to embark on their new career paths and lives. This year’s Thesis Exhibition 15|16 offered a representative overview of the artwork of students at the Academy and shows how these works have significantly contributed to the development of arts-based research. In 2016, there have been 144 graduations in the following study programs: Architecture: Bachelor/Master Fine Arts: Studios: Abstract Painting | Expanded Pictorial Space | Figurative Painting | Graphic Arts and Printmaking Techniques | Contextual Painting | [...] read more