International Art Education Conference
as part of the Students’ Biennale 2018
Dates: March 21-22, 2019, Biennale Pavilion, Cabral Yard, Kochi

Speakers include
Mick Wilson | Kausik Mukhopadhayay | Dr Sarada Natarajan | Santhosh Sadanandan | BV Suresh | Rangoato Hlasane | Sanathanan Thamotharampillai | Shukla Sawant | Sanchayan Ghosh | Krishnapriya CP | Kate Daw | David Sequeira | Nicole Marroquin | Bhooma Padmanabhan | Vidya Shivadas | Bose Krishnamachari | Anita Dube

Kochi Biennale Foundation and Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art are very pleased to invite you to an international conference titled Pedagogical In-Flux and the Art of Education to be held on March 21-22, 2019 at the Pavilion, Cabral Yard, Kochi.

Organised in conjunction with the Students’ Biennale 2018, the conference will explore the systemic shifts within the larger frameworks of (art) education in a global context that is redefining the roles and significance of art schools as one of the primary spaces of learning and knowledge production. The conference with Indian and international speakers will extend key questions that have emerged from SB’s Expanded Education Programme, focusing on learner-centric and artist/educator-led pedagogy, technologies of teaching, new materialism and processes of making, and the significance of locations/site in artistic practices. Even as we think of newer pedagogic models to replace the traditional art school studio/classroom, it becomes inevitable to re-excavate and expand the potential of the art school as ‘laboratories for thinking’ by diversification and intensification of learning environments.  A learner-centric approach, which cultivates and nurtures the possibilities of the coexistence of multiple frameworks for conception, production and ‘transmission’ of artistic knowledge may provide a way beyond the dichotomous structure of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. While the school itself will be the first point of entry in our re-thinking of pedagogies of art education, through the Students Biennale Expanded Education Programme workshops there has also emerged some recurring fields/realms of investigation, each feeding into our understanding of how art practice can be taught with a renewed energy and rigour.

The two-day session will provide an overview of the SB Education platforms’ engaging with art college students across India, address questions about the state of education today that institutions need to ask, and allow for the formation of new frameworks in teaching that are emerging through developments in art practice.

Speakers Profiles

1. Kausik Mukhopadhayay, Artist and Assistant Professor, Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies

2. Dr Sarada Natarajan, Art Historian and Principal, College of Fine Arts (Evening),  Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

3. Santhosh Sadanandan, Assistant Professor, School of Cultures and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi

4. BV Suresh, Artist and Professor, Fine Arts Department, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad

5. Rangoato Hlasane (South Africa), artist, project manager and scholar based in Johannesburg, lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand

6. Sanathanan Thamotharampillai (Sri Lanka), Artist, art educator and co-founder of the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design (SLAAD)

    1. Shukla Sawant, Professor, School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi and Curator, Students’ Biennale 20188. Sanchayan Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and Curator, Students’ Biennale 2018

      9. Krishnapriya CP, artist, educator and Curator, Students’ Biennale 2018

      10. Kate Daw, Head of Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

11. Mick Wilson, artist, educator and researcher, Head of the Valand Academy of Arts, Gothenburg University (2012-); member of European Artistic Research Network (2005-); formerly chair of SHARE (2010-13); founder Dean of the GradCAM, Ireland (2008-2012); and first Head of Research, NCAD, Ireland (2005-7)

12. Nicole Marroquin, artist and Associate Professor, Art Education, School of Art Institute of Chicago

13. Bhooma Padmanabhan, a visual arts professional with experience in curation, programming, research, and art education and Researcher, Students’ Biennale 2018

14. Vidya Shivadas, Curator and Director, FICA

15. Deepika Sorabjee, Head of Media, Arts and Crafts, Tata Trusts

16. Bose Krishnamachari, Artist, & Co-founder, Director, Kochi Biennale Foundation

17. Anita Dube, Curator, Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018

18. David Sequeira, Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA

19. The conference participants will also be interacting with the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn who is in Kochi from 4 to 28 March 2019 to conduct a critical workshop with audiences there titled Energy: Yes! Quality: No!