This six-week course explores the potential excitements, challenges and dangers that being on the edge entails ? in art and life. The course itself moves across conventional boundaries to encompass discussion of modern and contemporary art, cinema, cities, literature and a diverse range of cultural theorists. Topics of discussion include precariousness, migration, imbalance and cultural innovation, which are examined through the work of artists, film-makers and writers such as Andrea Fraser, Tania Bruguera, John Akomfrah, and Adam Phillips. The course includes visits to the collection displays and the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition, featuring works marked by their sharp and colourful edges, a screening of the acclaimed British film Fish Tank, and class discussions within a supportive and dynamic environment.
No prior knowledge of these artists is required, though participants are encouraged to discuss various works and texts within the group. Ultimately, the course considers where cultural innovation takes place today ? on the edge or at the centre?
Richard Martin is Collection Research Coordinator at Tate. He gained his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, and has taught literature, film and critical theory at Birkbeck and Middlesex University. His first book, The Architecture of David Lynch, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014.
Lucy Scholes has a PhD in English Literature from Birkbeck, University of London, and used to teach in the English Department at Goldsmiths. She is now a freelance literary critic, writing for a variety of publications including Critical Quarterly, Untitled Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Beast, The National, The Independent and The Observer. She is also a contributing editor at the literary website and online magazine Bookanista.
Richard and Lucy previously taught the Tate courses Projecting Desire: Sex, Psychoanalysis and Cinema, Hidden, and The Apathy Complex, while Lucy also taught The Critical I and The Art of Storytelling.