Archive for June, 2008

Process of Living Private view and School on Paper activation

Welcome all to the first entry in the School on Paper diary.

City Gallery Meets School on Paper

City Gallery Meets School on Paper


The event has begun and after reeling from the exhaustion and revellry of the opening night we are now settled enough to present some of the highlights of the evening from our perspective.

Our night began with an introduction, an introduction that extended until the evening ended; we commenced with the following words:

my               school

                      school            plan

                   school            of life

new             school

ideal            school

                   school            is cool

is                school            scary?

not just        school

nonsense      school

                   school            for children

                   school            with a view

draw a          school

paint a          school

print a          school

                   school            room

                   school            for thought

                   school            for all

change a       school

free (a)         school

                   school            building 

                   School on Paper


School on Paper is about allowing an individual to interpret learning and school in their way and encouraging each person to place faith in their interests and extend them with imagination, projection, reasoning, and experimentation.



Starting Point

Start with an everyday, throw-away object that is:

easily recognisable,


and typically overlooked or dismissed after its original usage.

Such an object is:

easy to relate to for most people,

there are no worries about spoiling it  or messing it up,

thus no fear of experimentation;


Using an object like this:

encourages one to look at their own environment and at

seemingly trivial objects in a different way;

promotes inquisitiveness.


Phase two

explore the object and its physical characteristics,

see the object as material,

investigate object and the spaces it creates,

manipulate and observe the changes in its qualities

(using overhead projectors, light, shadow, scissors)


respond to the manifestations of the different

spaces the object creates;

react to-interpret-record-process information

object + response= new material

(using tape, paint, camera,)


Phase three

observing new material created

identifying new space-shapes

promoting an understanding of space and

encouraging changing perceptions;

identifying potential objects-material and

re-evaluating their potential

rethink one’ own understanding of space

perceiving an activity as a learning process

what do you want learning to be? what is your idea of learning?


The most important thing to remember is that everything we have used, created and activated will be accessible to everyone using the workshops. The laptop will be a tool to process, create and document activities. The OHP will be used to draw, instigate discussions (about changing one’s perspective of what is seen) and also as a method of transference of object to colour, line or shape. The screen print base will also be used for the same functions as the OHP but being a different process the outcomes will lead to different discussions.


The activity that we carried out was a product of working together as a group and allowing our individual contributions to be seen as part of the character of the final outcome. We wish to create this same balanced working atmosphere within the workshop groups. We intend also to encourage the participants to apply their imagination and interests in order to use what they create as a beginning for exploring ideas of learning that can only be reached by trial, experimentation and playfulness.


In a sense our activity was ceremonial as the activation of materials became an event, but it was also functional. By setting up the space as an activity we were laying open some of the behind the scenes processes that are essential to the project. We also removed the ‘blank canvas’ feel of the space by creating marks and using and testing the equipment that we installed. We had made a start point for the ongoing visual discussion and introduced the intuitive and experimental nature of the project that we hope everyone can tap into. We are interested in participants becoming excited in making their marks without feeling the demand to perfect or conform their actions to pre set rules.



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