Workshop on Workshops with Mark Allen
Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Workshop on Workshops is a two hour session on the creation, planning and production of educational programs as a form of experimental curation. The process begins with an intensive brainstorming exercise where each participant comes up with 50 topics they have some minimal knowledge of (crochet, escaping from handcuffs, satellite design, napping, etc). From there we will take selections from the topics and develop them into workshops which are satisfying, surprising, and welcoming to the public.
Ideas to be discussed will include what are the different forms of workshops and why people participate in them, how to deal with different styles and speeds of learning, the role of empathy in design, and why workshops are an interesting form to work in as an artist, curator, or organizer.
Mark Allen is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a non-profit performance and installation space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food in a disheveled storefront in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Beyond their storefront space, Machine Project operates as an informal group of artists producing shows at locations ranging from beaches to museums to parking lots. Under his direction Machine Project has produced over a thousand events, workshops, and installations.
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Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education Seminar
This seminar series brings together artists, educators, and scholars to both discuss the history and praxis of experiments in extra-institutional education and also explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom. We are sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.