Category Archives: How we learn

James Russel Cant Part 4

Earlier this year Belfast Exposed hosted a number of events as part of the How We Learn exhibition. Artist James Russel Cant gave a talk about his work in the How We Learn exhibition and about his practice and influences.

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James Russel Cant Part 3

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Earlier this year Belfast Exposed hosted a number of events as part of the How We Learn exhibition. Artist James Russel Cant gave a talk about his work in the How We Learn exhibition and about his practice and influences.

James Russel Cant Part 2


Earlier this year Belfast Exposed hosted a number of events as part of the How We Learn exhibition. Artist James Russel Cant gave a talk about his work in the How We Learn exhibition and about his practice and influences.

James Russel Cant Part 1


Earlier this year Belfast Exposed hosted a number of events as part of the How We Learn exhibition. Artist James Russel Cant gave a talk about his work in the How We Learn exhibition and about his practice and influences.

HOW WE LEARN Symposium Part 4

 

HOW WE LEARN Symposium in partnership with VAI on Wednesday 30 April from 2pm to 4pm. Speakers: Artist Marysa Dowling (London), Annie Bicknall (TATE, London), Mobile Art School (Dublin), Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (Dublin).

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HOW WE LEARN Symposium Part 3

 

HOW WE LEARN Symposium in partnership with VAI on Wednesday 30 April from 2pm to 4pm. Speakers: Artist Marysa Dowling (London), Annie Bicknall (TATE, London), Mobile Art School (Dublin), Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (Dublin).

 

 

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HOW WE LEARN Symposium Part 2

HOW WE LEARN Symposium in partnership with VAI on Wednesday 30 April from 2pm to 4pm. Speakers: Artist Marysa Dowling (London), Annie Bicknall (TATE, London), Mobile Art School (Dublin), Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (Dublin).

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HOW WE LEARN Symposium Part 1

HOW WE LEARN Symposium in partnership with VAI on Wednesday 30 April from 2pm to 4pm. Speakers: Artist Marysa Dowling (London), Annie Bicknall (TATE, London), Mobile Art School (Dublin), Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (Dublin). – See more at: http://mailout.co/belfast-exposed-how-we-learn-exhibition.

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PART 5 TALK WITH ARTIST WENDY MCMURDO

24 April 6pm | Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme includingIn a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny’ was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, includingUnheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland,Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing,curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

PART 4 TALK WITH ARTIST WENDY MCMURDO

24 April 6pm | Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme includingIn a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny’ was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, includingUnheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland,Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing,curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

PART 3 TALK WITH ARTIST WENDY MCMURDO

 

24 April 6pm | Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme includingIn a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny’ was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, includingUnheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland,Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing,curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

PART 2 TALK WITH ARTIST WENDY MCMURDO

24 April 6pm | Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme includingIn a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny’ was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, includingUnheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland,Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing,curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

Part 1 Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

 

24 April 6pm | Talk with artist Wendy McMurdo

Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme includingIn a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny’ was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, includingUnheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland,Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing,curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

How We Learn Tour

During the How We Learn Exhibition Gallery Manager & Curator Ciara Hickey gave a number of tours for schools, families and the general public.

For more information on future tours of current exhibitions contact ciara@belfastexposed.org or +44 (0)28 9023 0965

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Installation Photograph from How We Learn

Installation Photographs from How We Learn

Wendy McMurdo gave an artist talk in the gallery about her outstanding work, again this will be uploaded shortly. For anyone who missed the talk it is worth a watch, and was very insightful.

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Wendy McMurdo specialises in photography and digital media. She attended Edinburgh College of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work centres around the relationship between technology and identity and she has produced several influential bodies of work which explore this theme including In a Shaded Place – the digital and the uncanny was followed by an exhibition at the Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca in 1998. This resulted in the publication of the first monograph on her work. She has been included in numerous group shows, including Unheimlich at the Fotomuseum Winterhur in Switzerland, Scanner at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, California, The Anagrammatical Body – The Body and its Photographic Condition at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria, and Only Make Believe – Ways of Playing, curated by Marina Warner at Compton Verney, UK.

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Gallery Manager & Curator Ciara Hickey gives a speech on the opening night of How We Learn. Ciara kindly gave me a tour of the exhibition which will be uploaded as a short video on the blog.
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I followed Artist Marysa Dowling as she worked with children in the Sacred Heart Primary School. Marysa talks about her working methods and the new work she created for the How We Learn Exhibition shown in Belfast Exposed – 3 APRIL TO 24 MAY 2014.

Belfast Exposed commissioned a collaborative project between artist Marysa Dowling and four partner schools in Belfast; St Malachy’s Primary School, Meadowbridge Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Loughshore Educational Resource Centre.

Marysa Dowling’s participatory practice is rooted within portraiture and concerned with human behaviour. Crucial to her practice is the role that photography plays in daily life as a means of expression and representation. Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico and Lebanon. Exhibitions include Tate Modern (2012) Courtauld Institute (2011), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (2009) The Photographers Gallery (2007) The Whitechapel Gallery (2006) John Kobal Portraiture Award, The National Portrait Gallery (1999)

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Marysa Dowling, Sacred Heart Primary School

Marysa Dowling, Sacred Heart Primary School
Artist Marysa Dowling working at the Sacred Heart Primary School developing a collaborative project between four partner schools in Belfast; St Malachy’s Primary School, Meadowbridge Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Loughshore Educational Resource Centre. I spent the day with Marysa as she worked with the children to develop their ideas through photography.

London based artist Marysa arrives at the school but the children already seem to know her, Marysa contacts the children via email and postal exchange in advance of her short stays in Belfast. Marysa sends pictures about her life to the children; and the students responded sending Marysa pictures.

By the time she arrives on site the children feel like they know her on a personal level, Marysa uses this simple yet sophisticated method to develop trust with the children. The children viewed Marysa as a teacher and friend. This allowed Marysa to direct the children to complete learning tasks while allowing them to remain expressive.

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The children worked with a number of cameras including small point and shoot digital cameras, DSLR cameras and Medium format film formats.

Above Marysa works with each student using a Macro lens (Macro lenses allow close-up photography of very small subjects, revealing details in light and texture) on a medium format analogue camera. The photographs reveal details in the hands.

Each student, in advance thinks about the gestures they might do for the photograph, Marysa explains in detail how the camera is focused solely on their hands. Again the concepts Marysa explains are complex but the students seem to understand, or at least they are curious enough to go along with it. As Marysa reloads the film one student asks ‘What is that‘? Marysa explains: ‘It is camera film, the negative film registers an exposure which then needs to be processed into a positive to reveal a picture.’ The student paused, you could see his mind working away processing this concept, he replied ‘you mean like tracing paper?’ While the students are clearly embedded in the digital age of photography they quickly find rationale in Marysas processesa testament to the artists ability to engage with the children through photography.

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Students worked in small groups, developing a number of short overlapping tasks. The students are constantly engaged, thinking about gestures, self expression and the idea of translating this into the format of a drawing, mind map or photograph.

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Marysa entrusts the children with the cameras and studio lights, they respond by working hard, developing skills and even directing each other. Above Marysa guides the student while he takes a studio portrait of his classmate. This is a skilled task that involves technical know-how, communication, directional skills and self confidence.

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The children worked in pairs, Marysa explained: ‘The students go from messing about doing silly expressions in front of the camera towards developing ever more elaborate responses’. I was surprised by the content in quality and quantity.

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Play is an important aspect of the work, Marysa asked the children to work in pairs outside of the classroom and think about how they use their hands when they are playing.

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The work used portraiture as an introduction to the idea of gesture and how we communicate and learn with our hands. The project challenges the students to think about how they interact, communicate and socialise with their hands.  Starting with portraiture gave the children and familiar starting point to think about self expression, a testing ground to think about how they look, react and communicate through photography.

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HOW WE LEARN 3 APRIL TO 24 MAY 2014

 

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WENDY EWALD, JULIAN GERMAIN, WENDY MCMURDO, JAMES RUSSELL CANT, MARYSA DOWLING AND BELFAST SCHOOLS – 3 APRIL TO 24 MAY 2014

How We Learn explores the contexts in which children learn, and the psychological and physiological transformations that take place through different methods of learning. The exhibition includes work by leading artists working in the field of collaborative practice with children including Wendy Ewald and Julian Germain. The exhibition also represents a significant body of research into a child’s psychological and emotional development through photographic practice in the portraits by James Russell Cant and Wendy McMurdo. The exhibition will include new work produced in a collaborative project between artist Marysa Dowling and four partner schools in Belfast; St Malachy’s Primary School, Meadowbridge Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary School and Loughshore Educational Resource Centre.

Over the past month Belfast Exposed has delivered a number of events including, artist talks, tours for schools and families and Symposium with speakers: Artist Marysa Dowling, Annie Bicknall (TATE, London), Mobile Art School (Dublin), Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership (Dublin).