Parque Lage International Seminar: The Role Of Art Schools and Universities (Day One)

Pink ariel against a pink wall

01 Apr 2016

5pm to 9pm

Organised by EAV Parque Lage in partnership with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
April 1, 2016, from 5pm to 9pm
April 2, 2016, from 11am to 7:30pm
This seminar, designed by the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage (Rio de Janeiro), is the first of a series of initiatives aimed at questioning and improving art schools, their different curricula and their approaches to teaching and learning.
The purpose of the seminar is to raise possibilities and to propose changes that seek to address the homogenizing trends that characterize the global landscape of the 21st century.
Whilst many formulas exist to create market products, there is no single way to ensure the visibility and legitimacy of young artists. Art Experts and educators, as well as artists and students, are seriously questioning what can be expected from a formal learning experience in an era of creative industries and digital technology.
In this sense, few artists today would align with Joseph Beuys, who considered his activity as a professor in the art academy of Dusseldorf as his greatest work. Is it then possible to teach art and what are the ideal qualifications and requirements now needed? It is implicitly understood that this question should be continually addressed to keep up with a contemporary art world in continuous flux.

Day 1: Friday 1 April

4pm to 5pm - 
Registration and collection of equipment for simultaneous translation

5pm to 7pm  - Table: Beyond Art Schools

Mediation: Daniel Jablonski, EAV Parque Lage
What importance and value do residency programmes in different countries or states have in the training of artists and curators? In debate: Despina/ Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Residência Artística São João, Rio de Janeiro; Instituto Sacatar, Itaparica, Bahia, Lugar a Dudas, Cali (Colombia).

Participants: Beatrice Vermeir, Carlotta Novella, Helena de Pulford and Sarah Crew, graduates of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London | Odaraya Mello (PAC I - 2015, EAV Parque Lage) and Ulisses Carrilho (PAC II - 2015, EAV Parque Lage)

7pm to 7:30 pm - Interval

7:30pm to 9pm - Table: Two models of art and design education: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Mediation: Franz Manata, EAV Parque Lage
How do we define an art education that is compatible with the contemporary world? How do art schools and universities offer alternatives to programmes that are often unaffordable to the majority? Against this background, what is the role of an art and design university and a free school in enabling the transition of young artists into practice and raising their visibility, while still acting against the pressures of an institutionalized artistic system?

Participants: Deborah Cook and John Seth, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London | Lisette Lagnado, EAV Parque Lage


Speaker biographies

Cadu a doctorate in Visual Arts from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), professor of the Institute of Arts of the University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), professor at PUC -Rio and the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage. Artist represented by Galeria Vermelho (SP).

Daniel Jablonski is an artist and independent researcher and professor at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, where is also a member of the teaching committee. Achieved a master 's degree in Contemporary Philosophy ( Sorbonne - Panthéon ) and History of Art / Museum and Patrymony’s (Institut National d' Histoire de l' Art / Columbia University). He is part of the curatorial team of the artistic residency São João, mountain region, Rio de Janeiro.

Deborah Cook is an internationally recognised designer and academic, who has taught extensively at postgraduate level for 25 years. She researches the benefits and effects of structured, interdisciplinary group learning in postgraduate art and design.  Her current work on collaborative learning investigates a climate in teaching where the role of authority, the expertise and the creation of knowledge are lodged in conversation.

Franz Manata is an artist, curator and teacher. Graduated in art, sociology and economics with master’s degree in visual arts, he acts as art consultant for public institutions, private and corporate collections. Since 1998, works in collaboration with Saulo Laudares.

John Seth is an artist and academic. His art practice includes working with video, performance, drawing, sculpture, photography and writing.  He is concerned with the relationship between the aleatoric, indeterminacy, improvisation and structure. Central to his research is sustained engagement with critical theory, including the constitutive politics of improvisation and the formation of subjectivity.

Lisette Lagnado is an art critic and curator, PhD in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo (USP). She was chief curator of the 27th Biannual of São Paulo (Como viver junto, 2006). Since 2014 directs the School of Visual Arts (EAV) Parque Lage.

Graduates of EAV Parque Lage: Odaraya Mello | Ulisses Carrilho

Graduates of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London: Beatrice Vermeier | Carlotta Novella | Helena de Pulford | Sarah Crew

EAV Parque Lage