Artist Talk | Neil Mulholland

WHEN: Tuesday, October 10 from 1 until 2 p.m.

WHERE: Room 371, ACAD

Professor Neil Mulholland is the Chair of Contemporary Art Practice + Theory, Edinburgh College of Art and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, The University of Edinburgh.  With Dan Brown, Neil directs Shift/Work, a studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) that composes scores designed to encourage players to reflect upon and recalibrate artistic learning. Key to this is an open engagement with practice (work) as a means of both generating and transferring new knowledge (shift). Shift/Work is an iterative process, a rolling workshop that can be continually re-performed like a musical score.

Neil will outline the genesis and aims of Shift/Work in relation to the rise of paragogy and para-academia (the ‘undercommons’ of contemporary art and knowledge). He will then focus on Shift/Work’s development of Speculations, a participatory workshop collectively composed at ESW to be performed as part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (March 2017) and at Teateret, Kristiansand, Norway (August 2017). He will demonstrate how to perform Speculations and provide copies of its score as an open educational resource for artists to adapt and practice.