David Blamey (Ed.)
It is widely assumed that everyone is ‘interdisciplinary’ nowadays, that we all work at the intersections of conventional disciplines. But if being flexible, multi-skilled and polymathic are the prerequisites of survival in today’s world, why do educators and art marketeers still find it imperative to maintain conditions of production that advocate specialist outcomes? The aim of this new anthology in the Occasional Table series is to critically reflect upon the role of specialism in art and society and to understand better how the claim of those who seek to transcend the parameters of specialisation contrasts to that of others who maintain that deep levels of achievement can only be attained within highly focused methods and forms.
Irit Rogoff & Ruth Sonderegger
Chris Watson & Jon Wozencroft
London: Open Editions, 2016
Royal College of Art
University of Brighton
"Should the artist aspire to be the Universal Man or Woman of the Italian Renaissance, or bow to the division of labor like those painters of the Dutch Golden age who specialised in cows, or peeled lemons, or crafty swindlers picking pockets? But then if everyone is an artist, as Joseph Beuys liked to say, then isn’t it an impudent usurpation to lay particular claim to the label ‘artist' at all? No definitive answers are in the cards, but the clash of opinions is lively in this eye-opening set of essays and conversations by a broad range of art makers, writers, academics and other interested parties. By the time you’ve read all of them you may find yourself both more expert and more of a generalist, which is why I recommend reading this book with one of my favorite records playing softly in the background—the 2005 comeback album by the great Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles".
FHK Henrion (1914–1990): The Rational Idealist
Design for Museum Learning: Visitor-Constructed Trails Using Mobile Technologies
Dr Kevin Walker
Behind the Curtain
Digital Public Space and the Creative Exchange: a Human-centred Approach to the Common Good
Professor Neville Brody