Sixteen years ago, I would have been astounded to see my name as a presenter on a panel discussing applied research jobs in health and biosciences. Because sixteen years ago, and for a few years thereafter, the most frequent search term in my browser - aside from "caffeine + margin of safety" - was "non-academic jobs + PhD".
Art has provided a means to document social injustice and structural racism in ways otherwise impossible given established socioeconomic and political structures, as well as a powerful means of engaging and mobilizing its audience to take action. In our assignment for this final week of Modern Art and Ideas, we were asked to curate a set of images that explore one of the themes discussed. I chose the last theme, an exploration of art's place in society, and curated a set of five artworks, as I am drawn to art as a means of expression and mode of communication when voices of a group are marginalized and silenced.
Our early art education, and exposure to art through popular culture, has conditioned us to think of art as something particular - a painting, a sculpture.
This is art; this is not art.
Last week’s homework for Modern Art and Ideas asked us to reconsider those learnings entirely, and go play in the "readymade" space.
Personal blog for Bryn Robinson, PhD. All opinions are my own.