10:30am-4pm Sat 8 June
This course is aimed photographers, visual artists, and researchers of all levels.
Using the projects discussed in the previous talk as case studies, this workshop will explore open source research as a method for discovering and developing ideas and stories. It will include discussion of the pros and cons of open source research, discuss techniques for maximising the benefits and minimising the downsides, and review practical techniques and tools for open source research.
Lewis Bush works across media and platforms to visualise forms of contemporary power. Born in London, he studied history, worked as a researcher for the United Nations, and then studied documentary photography before starting to develop his own projects from 2012.
His works explore different forms of contemporary power and in particular is concerned with the ways that they interact. These have included projects on the destructive impact of property speculation and redevelopment on his home city of London, to the systemic inequalities of the art world. Recent projects include Shadows of the State, which examines the democratic deficit of intelligence gathering, and Trading Zones which focuses on offshore finance. Bush’s projects have been shortlisted for commendations including the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 2017, the Luma Rencontres d’Arles Dummy Book Award 2018, 2016 and 2015, the Photo España book award 2016, and the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 and 2014.
Bush has written extensively on photography for a range of print and web titles and between 2011 and 2016 he ran Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture. He has curated numerous exhibitions including Media & Myth (Format Festival, 2015), Very Now (London College of Communication, 2016), and It’s Gonna be Great (Copeland Gallery, 2017). Bush is lecturer on the MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses at London College of Communication, and a visiting tutor at other institutions.
The Critical Academy offers a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.
The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.
The seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.
These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.