Experimental Art Projects
The Rogue Academy has been involved in a number of social and participatory art projects that unfolded over time. They involved the collaboration of national and international artists, curators, writers and other cultural producers who explored a number of different forms of experimental pedagogy . Here are just a few:
Our Day Will Come – a cooperative art project initiated by Paul O’Neill and Fiona Lee, a month-long free- school in Tasmania. The school took place in the central courtyard of the University of Tasmania School of Art in Hobart and is housed within a converted HCC labourer’s tearoom. It was a school within a school as much as a school of schools. It employs the free-school as a construct under interrogation and as an engine of production. Each week artists took up residence within the school and contributed towards the school’s programme with performances, screenings, broadcasts, and objects engaging diverse ‘publics’.
We (Bec Stevens and Amanda Shone) approached this project engaging with one of the initiating queries of The PlimsolI Inquiry – Why don’t people visit the Plimsoll Gallery?’ It’s on the waterfront where visitors pass by, it shows high calibre artists & it’s part of the art school? As past students, we had both exhibited our honours submissions in this space, but had otherwise limited engagement. After spending time in the gallery discussing the space we reflected on how obscure, uninviting and hostile the galley felt. We contacted the architect, Gary Forward, and met to discuss the building plans and original design intentions. This led to engaging and collaborating with a Feng Shui expert Vicki Sauvage who conducted readings of the space, and suggested alterations that would improve the galleries negative readings. Our work resulted in a series of re-imagined interventions that responded to both Gary and Vicki’s insights
The Plimsoll Inquiry examined what a traditional art gallery been in its past, what is it now and more importantly, what could it be in the future. The inquiry involved over 80 participants that formed a ‘ ‘Community of Inquiry’, ranging from artists, members of the public, academics, curators, writers, poets, musicians, students, cooks, and philosophers. It was an autonomous platform for thinking, creating and presenting—and it was entirely collaborative.
Head to the Resources Page for a list of sites that cover public art, socially-engaged practice and a list of interesting practitioners
The Rogue Academy is located in Geelong and Melbourne but we work nationally and internationally
We work toward alternative pedagogies through activating public spaces and developing bespoke professional development opportunities which take place at various partner venues.
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