The Metacademy or The Artist The Thinker is the title of my research. Here I created a model that facilitates the commonly unspoken exploration of the connections between the institutions involved in the art world (the museum, the government, the media, the art school, etc.). The model aim is to empower the artist: “These relationships are discussed within the art institution, but in a space exempt from the constraints of the organisation, in a spirit of a counter-culture”. It draws from ideas based on Institutional Critique with authors such as Andrea Fraser, and Relational Aesthetics with Nicholas Bourriaud.
I showed The Meta Academy to lecturer Hester Reeve and she spoke to me about her experience with Bohmian Dialogue. Months later, after interesting conversations about both of our research, and looking into how would they both fit together, we implemented Dialogue, an experimental module for art education, at Sheffield Hallam University, Art Department. We have been holding Dialogue sessions since 2008 — opening up a space for thinking outside the constraints of the organisation. The sessions were first funded by CETL The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
I began with Dialogue session for Sheffield University Hispanic Studies, Department for Lifelong Learning, in 2014. There I explore with English students advanced in Spanish language, the possibilities of thinking collectively in a second language.
As part of the Metacademy research, I drew also a series of political cartoons called The Artist The Thinker. One was featured in Art Monthly, in the article The Economy of Art by Professor Michael Corris. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Corris
My political drawing Portrait Of The Artist based on the Metacademy model was referenced in the book Creating Cultural Capital (2015) ed. Eburon Academic Publishers, Netherlands. Series Pioneering Minds Worldwide. http://www.eburon.nl/creating_cultural_capital