Today visual artist Jay Koh gives a presentation of his work along with a workshop, and subsequent one to one sessions with the residents, these mentoring sessions are grounded on the concept of sharing experience in a form of non judgemental peer to peer exchange as conversation and dialogue. Jay uses past projects of public and participative art to contextualise the following issues and references:
Create situations through conversation processes to initiate relationships that can lead to collaborative partnerships. Here conversations and dialogues act as mediating process for the translation of information and in the initial phase acts to reduce uncertainty in socialisation processes.
Working with local context and specificities to create conducive situation to initiate collaborative and participative activities.
Create possible conditions, processes and structures? for sustainability and to allow generated knowledge to remain on site.
Followed by groups discussions with the following suggested topics:
– How do you use “resources”? (Resources can be divided into various kinds such as material, site, language (articulation, text, etc.), relationships, human, history, etc). A term I would use to describe the prevalent contemporary practice of reference of artist seeing their environment, do you think this is correct?
– Why and HOW do you choose these “resources?
– How do you use authorship to examine the process of production and the form and structure of the work?
– What kind of relationships do you have with the “resources”?
– What is your position in these relationships (power – are you part of the dominant narratives? Social and cultural structures – gender? ethnicity?)
These would require you to understand how you construct the/your “self” in relationship to the “other”
Your communication with different audiences in these spaces – public, community, elitist (gallery, museum) – during the production and the showcasing of the work.
Your awareness of projections, transmissions and translations of meanings through verbal and non verbal (textual, visual, through 3rd or more parties, etc.) dialogue/ encounter (from the author’s perspectives)