Straight to video: A body in part

LING, Yuen Fong (2010). Straight to video: A body in part. In: Art Schools: Inventions, Invectives and Radical Possibilities, UCL Chadwick Lecture Theatre, 11-12 June 2010. (Unpublished)

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This performance-workshop draws a parallel with the conventional life drawing room and Jeremy Bentham’s architectural concept of the “Panopticon” in 1785, evoking Michael Foucault’s analysis in “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison” published in 1975. The performance-workshop will apply a systematic structure of artistic mass-production and display to the life class, in order to challenge the presence of video camera surveillance and question whether the life drawing can be a radical form to disrupt the authority of live documentation?

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Additional Information: Performance workshop presented as part of “Art Schools: Inventions, Invectives and Radical Possibilities” Conference at University College London. The performance workshop explores 1) the relationships formed by the artist with participants towards a specially designed outcome of life class, combining conventions of life drawing practice from the life model and aspects of performance and participatory art practice, 2) the possibility of a live performance document made in ‘real-time’ using digital streaming video technology, and 3) the relationship between the results of the drawing activity and the strategies of the video cameras in an attempt to disrupt the documented reality of the unfolding narrative. The performance workshop is part of a practice-led PhD research project based at University of Lincoln. Entitled “A Body of Relations: Reconfiguring the Life Class” the research explores the problem of participatory art practice, between personal and political intention and how these are communicated through forms, medium and presentation of documentation. The research develops the argument in a parallel discussion between participatory practice’s tendency to adopt educational frameworks and the reconfiguration of the conventional life class using performance and participatory practice. In doing so the potential of a ‘reconfigured life class’ begins to a) question the constructed reality in participatory documentation, b) re-appraise the role and status of the life model and life drawing, and c) present new critical approaches to teaching drawing in the contemporary life class.
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Depositing User: Yuen Fong Ling
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 15:59
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