Hazel imagines the near future

17 11 2009

I read the below statement on Hazel Dooney‘s blog, among her possible visions for the world over the next ten years. I think it’s acute and yet wonderful, and must be shared with many others – let the future come, it sounds exciting!

Due to the loss of rudimentary artisan skills, a tragic by-product of a thirty year emphasis on post-modern theory rather than traditional, centuries-old practice, art schools will become irrelevant and be replaced by free, widely distributed, web-based, autonomous learning resources. Artists will re-learn 15th century skills and techniques through [gasp!] experimentation, practise, online research, and by viewing work by fellow artists.

Hazel’s main site is here, her blog is here and the original post here.

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3 responses

19 11 2009
Kevin Murray

I’m certainly with Hazel on that. We have to fight against the conceptualist elitism towards craft skills It’s time to take the ‘evil’ out of Medieval. But I would caution against a complete abandonment of ‘art theory’. Good critical writing has the potential place work in a broader context – what the work might have to say for others, perhaps those not even alive yet. Can making and thinking complement each other? See – http://www.thetwohandsproject.net

20 11 2009

Thank you for the thoughts and link Kevin – some reading and thinking for me to do over the weekend…
Also, did you read Hazel’s other ideas? The ones about Damien Hirst may turn out to be visionary!

22 11 2009
Kevin Murray

I guess becoming a reliquary is as close as you can get to being immortal. Our grandchildren might be visiting national gallery to see Damien Hirst’s toenail clipping. But who clipped it? That’s what I want to know.

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