Monday, September 17, 2007

Art student corner

To examine the power dynamics of a student photography class session, American artist Andrew Schroeder retained two attorneys to represent his intellectual interests in a round-table discussion. The attorneys spoke on his behalf during the class always referring to him in the third-person as "my client".

This reminded us of Boyd Webb’s final submission for Honours at the Ilam School of Fine Arts. Webb hired a secretary to represent him when examiners came to assess his final work. The secretary fielded all the examiners’ questions. In response to any questions about the work she would reach into a filing cabinet to retrieve examples (photographic depictions of his sculptures and performances). Occasionally Webb would phone the secretary from another location to check on progress.
Image: frame from Andrew Schroeder's DVD of the event