Mai Abu ElDahab
It is often assumed that the art school, in whatever form it takes, should act as a bastion of freedom where artists can experiment free from the logic of the market-place. So it is unsurprising that reformulated notions of the art school have been geared towards imagining a form of idealised public space. Yet what sense does this premise make in Britain in 2006 where tertiary education is no longer free? It seems naïve to imagine the art school as a privileged form of public space when admission is dependent on paying tuition fees. To this end, STORE proposes an exhibition that re-examines the art school. The exhibition will explore the issues of knowledge production, circulation and ownership; the regime of the art school and the career of the artist. We want to situate the art school experience pragmatically within, or alternatively both within and against, the logic of capital.
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