How Theory is Made: GSA-LNAA Twinning Project Postgraduate Research Masterclass

вівторок, 23. 05. 2023

Practice Research! How Theory is Made: GSA-LNAA Twinning Project Postgraduate Research Masterclass, Tuesday 23 May, 10am-12pm, BST (12pm-2pm EST)

This postgraduate research masterclass is part of the UK-Ukraine Twinning Project "Developing and Promoting Sustainable Heritage in Disaster Contexts". The workshop, led by Dr Nicky Coutts (Research Lead, School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art) and Dr Laura Guy (PhD Coordinator, School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art), will focus on the practical, theoretical, and imaginative potential of the archive as a repository for practice research methodologies.

How have artists approached the archive in or through practice research? This masterclass will explore the paradoxical character of the archive through a series of confrontations. Introducing a range of methodologies employed by artists, Coutts and Guy will counter certainty with doubt, paranoia with reparation, and hunch with not knowing. Participants will then be invited to consider their own approaches to working with, and/or constructing, archives within their own research.

The masterclass is open to all postgraduate researchers currently studying at Glasgow School of Art and Lviv National Academy of the Arts; please register to take part in the session by emailing the PhD admin team:  

The session will take place on Zoom

Participants will need to bring the following to the session:

- a sheet of A4 paper

- a broad marker pen or similar writing implement

- a single word associated with your current research

- an object that you feel symbolises an aspect of your current research

Schedule (10am-12pm, BST; 12pm-2pm EST) 

10.00 – 10.10    Introductions

10.10 – 10.40    Talk: Practising Research, how theory is made

10.40 – 10.50    Short exercise in pairs

10.50 – 11.00    Comfort break

11.00 – 11.10    Whole group exercise

11.10 – 11.40    Small group activity: Making archives

11.40 – 12.00    Whole group discussion and concluding remarks

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