WS10: London – 6 Mar 2015

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Where: Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London
When: 20.02.2015
Participants: 12
Contributions by: Valeria Graziano, Constance Laisné/AltGen, Franek Wardynski, Yifan Zhang

 

EXPLORING DIVERSE MODES OF PRACTICE

 

Contribution by Franek Wardynski


 

Contribution by Constance Laisné from AltGen


 

During the discussions of the presentations, the following points of importance emerged:
• gaining a sense of security from knowing that you have skills that allow you to make a basic living, while combining this with a bigger plan
• starting your practice now and not putting it off until you find financial stability or the ideal situation; rather find ways to incorporate your situation into your practice
• challenging and expanding more conventional briefs and trying to build longer term collaborations with clients
• spending time on developing work that is experimental
• keeping conversation, learning and support also amongst those not immediately “successful”
• continuing to foster non-productive moments
• creating communal structures that gather people around a subject
• maintaining relations with people working in different disciplines
• keeping the bigger goal in sight
• creating a way to navigate with your moral/value compass without sacrificing yourself
• creating solidarity with other sectors and groups
• creating a position from which to be able to say “no”
 

Questions raised and discussed during the two workshops (#9 & #10)


 

Discussion around documentation and dissemination
• What form of documentation and dissemination can galvanise students to create supportive structures for after graduation?
• What tactics and clues can provoke transformative conversations and actions?
• How to deal with the fact that on the spot people have many proposals for collaborations but then are too busy to make them reality?
• What prompts people to do stuff? To commit?
• Could we also gather students from other institutions in London given that we are all dealing with the same systemic issues?
• Why is it so difficult to create structures of mutual support that allow to break with the perpetuation of precarious working conditions?