Paradox Conference September 2009
Transition and Progression in Fine Art Education and Research
hosted by Accademia di Belle Arti Palermo, Sicily
Over a hundred delegates from all over Europe attended this Conference.
Break Out Groups:
- Curriculum Development
- Exchange and Collaboration
- Professional Practice and External Connections
- Research and Doctoral Level study within Fine Art
Reports of the 4 breakout groups:
Curriculum Development: chaired by Sean Cummins and Maia Mancuso
Exchange and Collaboration: chaired by Andres WieCheRink
Professional Practice, External Connections: chaired by Emilia Telese
Research and Doctoral Level study in Fine Art: chaired by Kevin Atherton
Sharing differences and considering them a resource has been one of the aims and challenges of Palermo conference, putting on the table the ‘hot’ issues of this particular moment of ‘transition and progression in Fine Art education and research’ in Europe and establishing specific working groups. The reports from the strands indicate the complexity of the discussion, where participants shared experiences, recommendations or simply their vision. Rather than give solutions, the reports introduce us to open perspectives and this can be considered part of the richness of the work in itself, that’s why most of the reports use an interrogative form:
How do we maintain traditional skills and improve in the same time non-traditional knowledge?
How do we help students be self-directed and responsible for their own learning?
What are the strengths of current practice in your institution?
How is art practice and research related? Is the research of an artist ‘untranslatable’?
How can we evaluate and ‘measure’ artistic knowledge?
How do we teach art as research (Research and Doctoral Level)?
How does academic study and research relate to the art ecosystems?
What are the attitudes of art graduates to society?
Is it possible to have different forms of exchange within or without the Erasmus programme?
How might we make student exchange more focused in a social and foreign environment?
How do we implement staff exchange and interaction (Exchange and Collaboration)?
In publishing the Palermo conference proceedings, PARADOX aims to show a possible path for shared action of the European network of art professionals, researchers and educators in Fine Art.
Download Full Report (Word Document 1.7MB)
Student residency workshop: Urban Fabric Palermo
A project by students from some of different participating colleges ran as a adjunct to the conference coordinated by Andres WieChiRink from Utrecht Utrecht School of the Arts, Fine Art Department. Delegates were able to see the students work and watch a film of the students’ experience.
Urban Fabric Project was as a way of linking students to the Biennial Conference.
- UF Project facilitates the artistic intervention of students in the urban tissue of the Paradox hosting city. Students are chosen by their institutions and represent the institutions participating in the Paradox Biennial Conference.
- The international group of students meet with local students some 10 days before the Bienniale Conference to work with the lead artists throughout the city and the proposed locations (galleries, open spaces, buildings, etc.)
- Local students host international students, while the university offers some spaces, labs and technical aid to develop their artwork. Origin universities and institutions pay for their students’ trip expenses.
- Artworks developed during the days before the conference opens and are presented by the students during the conference through audio-visual along with in-site guided visits through all the locations.
Urban Fabric Student Project is a parallel event to the Paradox Biennial Conference that has proved very popular at previous conferences, highlighting the most important part of a Higher Education in Fine Arts the students, tracing a line the creation of art and research in Fine Art.