Global Art Forum: Schools And Factories


Rabindranath Tagore (seated, to left of man at blackboard) at an open-air classroom, Shantiniketan, West Bengal


Associate Curator KW Berlin Tirdad Zolghadr

The global expansion of today’s art-educational panorama is high-speed, to say the least, but also surprisingly methodical and tidy. At first glance, the explosion of BFAs, MFAs, artist PhDs, semi-formal setups and auto-didactic experiments may seem like sheer chaos. But in truth, it is persistently invested in the expansion of a singular discourse, market, and infrastructure we call “Contemporary Art”. In other words, we already have a factory on our hands. The only question is how to make use of it. If you prefer to turn back the clock, back to something more small-scale and personal, then you must smash the machines immediately. On the other hand, if you are happy (more or less) with reproducing the artworld, one generation at a time, then you can kick back and relax. It’s looking good. Finally, if you wish to tackle the agenda of art altogether, and harness it for more important ends, even then, the factory model has much to offer. Even then, the efficiency, depersonalization, automation, scalability and disenchantment of a factory floor can be a promising blueprint for education today.

Time: 7:30-8pm

Location: Art Dubai Talks, Mina A’Salam