Due to the Covid-19 and the following confinement period, staff and students have worked on adapting to the changes that came along. The tutorials and workshops where reshaped into a digital format of online classes with live streaming, thus making it possible to continue lectures, debates and reviews of weekly assignments and individual student projects.
The problem of limitations regarding such things as space and materials provided the opportunity to rethink the approach of teaching, making, sharing and showing art in these (con)temporary circumstances. With suddenly having “the screen as the limit”, the students found ways to work with this new frame for presenting their art – and along this to reconsider questions around spectatorship, participation and the many alternative types of platforms that could be used in their art practice.
While bringing in the variety of video-, web- and photo related art forms for inspiration, we’ve also been looking back in art history as a means to “move forward” – adding to the courses examples from artists who didn’t necessarily use paint and pencils in their work or who realised their pieces in other settings than in a studio.
Less typical materials such as household products, food and beverages was included as possible elements for creating sculpture, installation and painting, while the body as a material in itself was investigated throughout the performance art workshop.