University of Incidental Knowledge Staff Show

UNIVERSITY OF INCIDENTAL KNOWLEDGE STAFF SHOW
Wednesday 28th March 2012
Westgate Studios, Wakefield

The University of Incidental Knowledge is a collaboration based on a higher education model, incorporating self-directed and peer-to-peer learning.

Incidental Knowledge is acquired by chance; through the process of doing something else such as a journey, a day job, a holiday, watching a film or overhearing a conversation. It is unexpected, unintentional, extraneous, random, accidental or found, discovered in connection with or resulting from a primary activity.

Chancellor: Alice Bradshaw
Elastic Band (Red) (2011) elastic bands
Elastic Band (Yellow) (2011) elastic bands
Elastic Band (Green) (2011) elastic bands
Elastic Band (Blue) (2011) elastic bands

BA (Hons) Comedy & Bsc Social Media Course Leader: Louise Atkinson
@bigart_jim (2012) acrylic on board
@peepart (2012) acrylic on board
@legalbizzle (2012) acrylic on board

BA (Hons) Avant Garde Course Leader: Debi Holbrook
Buddha Will Understand (2012)
Vietnamese Prisoners Return to the North (2012)
More Snells for the War in Biafra (2012)
pencil/watercolour on paper

BA (Hons) Foreign Language Course Leader: Fundada
Founded (Wolfie & Ron) (2009) mixed media

BA (Hons) Film Course Leader: Vanessa Haley
M C Y (2012) photographic

NVQ Pedantics Course Leader: Duncan Lister
Global Response (2009) mixed media
Untitled (2012) mixed media

Diploma in Artwank & BA (Hons) Cut’n’Paste Course Leader: Bob Milner
Join the British Army (2012) emulsion on wall

MPhil Mistakes Course Leader: Sparrow+Castice
Sparrow+Castice Do Wakefield (2011)*
DVD, 8 minutes looped
*Best of Fundada Artists’ Film Festival 2011 – Gold FAFFTA

Chancellor: Alice Bradshaw & Diploma in Artwank & BA (Hons) Cut’n’Paste Course Leader: Bob Milner
A6 Part 3 (2012) zine

http://universityincidentalknowledge.wordpress.com/

University of Incidental Knowledge Staff Show at Westgate Studios, Wakefield

University of Incidental Knowledge Staff Show

Westgate Studios Project Space, 55 Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1BW, UK

Wakefield Artwalk: Wednesday 28th March 2012, 5-9pm

 

A group exhibition by the University of Incidental Knowledge course leaders:
Louise Atkinson (BA Hons Comedy & Bsc Social Media), Fundada (BA Hons Foreign Language), Vanessa Haley (BA Hons Film), Debi Holbrook (BA Hons Avant Garde), Duncan Lister (NVQ Pedantics), Bob Milner (BA Hons Cut ‘n’ Paste & Diploma in Artwank) and Sparrow+Castice (MPhil Mistakes).

The University of Incidental Knowledge is a collaboration based on a higher education model, incorporating self-directed and peer-to-peer learning. Incidental Knowledge is acquired by chance; through the process of doing something else such as a journey, a day job, a holiday, watching a film or overhearing a conversation. It is unexpected, unintentional, extraneous, random, accidental or found, discovered in connection with or resulting from a primary activity.

http://universityincidentalknowledge.wordpress.com/staff/

http://aliceandbobcurate.wordpress.com/

http://artwalk.org.uk/

Next To Nothing at SWG3 Review

Next to Nothing: On the Price of Nothing and the Value of Everything

November 29, 2012
By Magdalen Chua

Next to Nothing: On the Price of Nothing and the Value of Everything is an exhibition by Black Dogs, an art collective comprising members based primarily in Leeds and London that interrogates the notion of art produced for social transformation and develops platforms for art production and presentation to exist outside and against the values of a capitalistic art system. This approach is apparent both through the issues represented in their projects, as well as their methods of self-organization that emphasize collaboration and not-for-profit motives. Next to Nothing, resulted from a series of collective meetings around notions of value and led to the exhibition in Leeds. This second edition is currently presented at the +44 141 Gallery, SWG3 in Glasgow till 2 December 2011.

Lisa Bristow and Christian Lloyd, Destination Goods; Courtesy of Black Dogs

An exploration of the issue of value through artistic practice in the United Kingdom simmers against surrounding concerns regarding budget cuts in education and culture, with pressing questions raised on the way artistic production and education has become an inextricable part of the demands of a market-driven economic system. On an individual level, artists whose works are produced to circulate outside of the art market face continual questions on allocation of their time and labor based on conflicting criteria of what constitutes value.  Next to Nothing reflects these concerns, with several works pushing to the fore the manner that methods of artistic production and circulation work with, re-shape or present alternatives to economic and social structures.

Mick Welbourn, Text; Courtesy of Black Dogs

Luke Drozd’s Odyssey and Yvonne Carmichael’s Visual Merchandising address ideas of exchange and consumption within a retail environment, drawing on recognizable consumables and advertising to create sculptural forms that could exist comfortably in both art and retail spaces, raising the parallels in ideologies of consumption and transaction that underpin these similar modes of display.

Luke Drozd, Odyssey; Courtesy of Black Dogs

Odyssey comprises two stacks of catalogues from Argos, a large retailer of home products in the United Kingdom whose tome-sized catalogues have become ubiquitous features in many households. The grecian origins of Argos and the title of the work, Odyssey create mythic associations, provoking one to think of the way this form of economic transaction through mass production, storage, and third-party distribution has created its own distinctive set of totems that circulate in contemporary culture.

Yvonne Carmichael, Visual Merchandising; Courtesy of Black Dogs

Carmichael uses the rules acquired during a course on visual merchandising to create display units from a selection of supermarket housebrand products, accompanied by a checklist drawn from these visual merchandising rules with pointers from using a pyramid shape, having no more than three colors, to ensuring that products are “shoppable” from all sides. The act of making explicit these rules that exist in a retail environment, and bringing them into a gallery context, compels one to question presentation modes of artworks, and the way art experiences are created to induce a sense of desire or consumer satisfaction.

Charlotte A. Morgan, (L) Not Only the City #4, billboard support structures; (R) Not Only the City #3, Structure for vacant retail unit, The Light, Leeds; Courtesy of Black Dogs

The relationship between the strategies of art and display is also brought out in Charlotte A. Morgan’s works, in the context of physical structures and social processes that evolve over time. In particular, Not only the city #4, billboard support structures, a photograph that depicts blank billboards next to a railway track, considers what a space represents when its function ceases. While the works were intended to create resonances with the first exhibition site in Leeds, the display of this work at SWG3 and the considerations of time and location take on new meaning. Similar to the photograph, SWG3 sits next to a railway track and uses an old customs warehouse for artist studios and the gallery. In light of an ongoing effort to redevelop the area, one is reminded of the way cultural production restructures spaces, while becoming a tool for larger societal and economic processes that emerge through concepts of decay and regeneration.

Harriet Bevan, Book; Courtesy of Black Dogs

The notion of time within the context of knowledge acquisition and value is the subject of Harriet Bevan’s laborious effort to burn holes in each character of Harmsworth History of the World, a hardcover book published at the turn of the 20th century with beautiful illustrations and images to accompany descriptive historical accounts of geographical regions. The work seems to present a paradox, of seeking to undermine the value of the book as a means for knowledge acquisition. Yet, in the process, across the duration and painstaking labor of boring holes, what emerges is a compelling sense of dedication and commitment in the task at hand – values that have been submerged in a digital economy where knowledge can be easily searched for and rapidly consumed yet without a seeming end.

Bevan’s work is one which strives not just towards a critique of the complicit relationship between art and the economy, but also suggests how the qualities of art as a process and practice, is by itself an alternative to considering what value is and could function, outside a capitalistic order.

Alice Bradshaw, University of Incidental Knowledge; Courtesy of Black Dogs

Another alternative is also envisioned in Alice Bradshaw’s University of Incidental Knowledge, a project devised to encourage learning through unexpected occurrences, accidents and improvisations. Though structured in the guise of a standard educational format with entry requirements and an application process for programs from a BA (Hons) in Cut ‘n’ Paste to an MPhil Mistakes, the project reveals the ironies present within education systems that seek to cultivate ingenuity and creativity yet create a regularized way of considering what art is and ways of producing art.

http://dailyserving.com/2011/11/next-to-nothing-on-the-price-of-nothing-and-the-value-of-everything/

Next To Nothing in Glasgow 11/11/11-02/12/11

Next To Nothing travelled to 0141 in Glasgow, opening 11th November and continues until 2nd December 2011.

Some more photos from the opening:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46952356@N05/6343947560/in/set-72157628000036949

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stickersequalfun/sets/72157628118449182/

Leeds Student Review

From Leeds Student 12 October 2011:

Next to Nothing: An Exhibition on the Price of Nothing and the Value of Everything

“Interested in a ‘Diploma in Artwank’? Or just looking for something anti-commercial? The latest exhibition by Black Dogs, as part of Art in Unusual Spaces, has everything to rival Damien Hirst’s exhibition (without selling out or pickling livestock).

“The focus of ‘Next to Nothing’ is the changing value of money, time and art. It questions the real value of these things, whilst removing the ‘pretentious atmosphere’ between the public and the art industry. Situated at the top floor of The Light shopping centre, the irony of this anti-commercial exhibition is not lost; clever and subversive works play with the idea of value, showing that just about everything, including our own time, can be bought and sold. The range of media is brilliant; from letterpress, lighting, paint and even J-cloth, bringing interest to the otherwise bare, concrete-lined space of a disused shopping unit. The witty and ingenious works of ‘Next to Nothing’ include a display of two $100 bills printed onto two bleached $5 bills, contrasted with a vase full of origami roses made out of the Financial Times.

“It’s not essential to be an art buff or an anarchist to enjoy this exhibition. There’s something for everyone; including a maze of cress, a chance to sign up to The University of Incidental Knowledge and a display of cheap supermarket goods so cunning they actually look edible. Black Dogs prides its art on being accessible and relevant to people’s lives, and succeeds; resonating especially with the current financial catastrophe. This hands-on and friendly exhibition has a relaxed and unpretentious vibe. Some of the pieces are difficult to understand, as none of the work is titled, but the artists are very engaging and helpful. Well worth taking a break from some capitalist spending for!”

Rating 4/5

http://www.leedsstudent.org/2011-10-05/ls2/arts/next-to-nothing-an-exhibition-on-the-price-of-nothing-and-the-value-of-everything

Incidental Knowledge Quiz for This Is Not A School

University of Incidental Knowledge students will be compiling a quiz for This Is Not A School participants from their collective incidental knowledge.

Friday 28th October 2011, 3-4pm

Five Years
Unit 66
Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8 4QN

http://www.fiveyears.org.uk/thisisnotaschool.html

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