Curricularising the Turner Prize 2015

Curricularising the Turner Prize 2015

The focus is on the notion that contemporary art raises contemporary and critical issues for society (including education) and we ‘trouble’ this concept.

Diarmuid McAuliffe

The following are my responses to different artist which where nominated for the Turner Prize.

On Bonnie Camplin

in Regards to Patterns (Vimeo.com, 2015)

Camplin was quoted saying ‘The proposition is that I am open to the truth of these testimonies. Does that mean I’m mad? I’m not trying to get a message across. It’s about a dialogue. I don’t see art as a mouthpiece for my opinions’ (Wainwright et al., 2015).  However, she was also quoted arguing ‘making laws is a demand for certainty. In nature there are no laws, only habits. The demand for certainty gives us a calcified reality’ (Wainwright et al., 2015). So, it would seem that Ms. Camplin does have an opinion on her subject matter.  As I cannot experience the installation personally I must interact with the installation as a multi-media project. My understanding and experience is limited to the podcast and interviews with Ms. Camplin.  Is the critical issue to be troubled here the acceptance of fostering critical thinking via qualitative research? Sullivan brings up the question ‘can visual arts practice be accepted as a form of research?’ (pg. 74, 2005) however, from another perspective lets pose the question if research can be art? Eisner wrote, ‘simply exploring materials without encouraging attention to aesthetic matters renders them void of their artistic potential. Such practice results in integration without art’ (pg. 154, 2002). Eisner, E. (2002). The arts and the creation of mind. New Haven: Yale University Press. Sullivan, G. (2005). Art practice as research. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. Vimeo.com, (2015). UWS student teachers curricularise Turner Prize 2015 on Vimeo. [online] Available at: https://vimeo.com/channels/uwsturner2015 [Accessed 13 Nov. 2015]. Wainwright, O., Fox, I., Sample, I. and Service, T. (2015). Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader. [online] the Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/28/turner-
 

On Assemble

in Regards to Grandby Workshop (Vimeo.com, 2015)

From watching the podcast and reading their interview the concept of environment seems to surface and take hold of my attention. An environment conducive to creativity appears important to Assemble as well as an environment conducive to play, touching and making mistakes. How important is our teaching environment in arts education? ‘Classroom life in the arts does not usually resemble life in academic classrooms … the interacting forces create a cognitive culture’ resulting in the ability ‘to create satisfying and expressive relationships’ (Eisner, pg.74-75, 2002). What role does the studio play in educating using arts based research techniques? Eisner, E. (2002). The arts and the creation of mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.prize-2015-artist-interviews-assemble-nicole-wermers-bonnie-camplin-janice-kerbel [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015]. Vimeo.com, (2015). Assemble - Turner Prize 2015 in UWS student teachers curricularise Turner Prize 2015 on Vimeo. [online] Available at: https://vimeo.com/channels/uwsturner2015/141847592 [Accessed 13 Nov. 2015].

On Janice Kerbel 

in Regards to Doug (Vimeo.com, 2015)

  Kerbel argues, “the work is entirely about how it sounds” (Wainwright et al., 2015).  From the podcast it is not possible for one to experience Kerbel`s sounds. The performance is also not available via YouTube. So who is this piece for, a selected audience only? This brings the question to mind as to how we can use contemporary art to raise contemporary and critical issues in society and education when access to the art piece is limited? When the piece is a performance piece does the reproduction of the piece change its meaning or message? Does Kerbel`s Doug question that “the ear world is a world of simultaneous relationships” (MacLuhan, 2005, pg. 111) and there is no control over how another will experience a message? MacLuhan, M. (2005). The medium is the message. Corte Madera: Gingko Pr. Vimeo.com, (2015). Janice Kerbel - Turner Prize 2015 in UWS student teachers curricularise Turner Prize 2015 on Vimeo. [online] Available at: https://vimeo.com/channels/uwsturner2015/141833303 [Accessed 13 Nov. 2015]. Wainwright, O., Fox, I., Sample, I. and Service, T. (2015). Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader. [online] the Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/28/turner-prize-2015-artist-interviews-assemble-nicole-wermers-bonnie-camplin-janice-kerbel [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015].  

On  Nicole Wermers

in Regards to Untitled Chair Installation (Vimeo.com, 2015)

Wermers was quoted ‘I wanted to take a fleeting observation that anyone can make every day in a restaurant – people put their jacket on the back of a chair in order to claim them, to turn public property into their own private space’ (Wainwright et al., 2015). Ex-FBI agent Navarro (2008) would seem to agree as he suggests the ‘nonverbal communication’ (pg. 4) of placing your jacket on a chair allows one to mark ownership of territory. It seems Wermer`s installation does raise issues for society to ‘trouble’. Why is the jacket sewn to the chair and what does she want us to question about claiming public property as our own? She said ‘the point isn’t just to mimic the gesture but to turn it into something else’ (Wainwright et al., 2015). What is she turning it into? Is the critical issue raised one of caring? Noddings argues that in order to stay in control we rely on ‘situational rules’ to protect ourselves. These rules are often ‘external rules’ which allow us to become “detached from the very heart of morality: the sensibility that calls forth caring’. She continues to argue “the caring person… dreads the proximate stranger’ (pg. 47, 1984). Does Wermer`s installation challenge one’s  ability to care for strangers? Navarro, J. and Karlins, M. (2008). What every BODY is saying. Pymble, NSW: HarperCollins e-books. Noddings, N. (1984). Caring, a feminine approach to ethics & moral education. Berkeley: University of California Press. Vimeo.com, (2015). Nicole Wermers part 1- Turner Prize 2015 in UWS student teachers curricularise Turner Prize 2015 on Vimeo. [online] Available at: https://vimeo.com/channels/uwsturner2015/141842055 [Accessed 13 Nov. 2015]. Wainwright, O., Fox, I., Sample, I. and Service, T. (2015). Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader. [online] the Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/28/turner-prize-2015-artist-interviews-assemble-nicole-wermers-bonnie-camplin-janice-kerbel [Accessed 23 Oct. 2015].

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