coventry university’s ma in contemporary art at blink, thursday, 11.3.10

March 21, 2010

It’s not magic, it’s work…

As part of the Professional Context module, lecturers and practitioners, George Saxon and Mitra Memarzia brought their MA students to blink gallery.  Students interacted with the current exhibition, which was followed by a talk delivered by blink’s Laura Dean and Nicky Connor.

The talk was framed within the context of postgraduate research and projects, and highlighted how such spaces as ours offer the opportunity to look at where their practice sits in a wider context.  We talked of how working with a new space demands that the artist tackle new challenges that span between the highly creative and the most practical of decisions.  We unpacked the idea that work is only ever an imagined space until it’s actually tried out, and how externalising it practically is useful in getting to know and develop practice.

We emphasised the importance of practitioners taking responsibility for, and nurturing their careers, and the necessity to be familiar with contemporary art critique. We also highlighted the use of open and ongoing dialogue between practitioners, and how working with creatives from other disciplines can urge unusual ways of working and may enrich and inform practice.  Throughout, there was valuable input from George Saxon and Mitra Memarzia.

This contextualised a previous talk given by blink’s Bob Meddings in late 2009, which set out how the 3 of us came together and how blink came to be.

Laura Dean


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