Outside In–The Permeable Art School


Organized by PARADOX, the ELIA sub network for Fine Art

The conference Outside In–The Permeable Art School, aims to explore whether the contemporary Art School remains an institution that reaches out and influences the cultural landscape that surrounds it and the effectiveness of the reciprocity by which society infiltrates and influences the Art School.

Hosted by CIT Crawford College of Art and Design

Keynote Speaker Lewis Biggs, Director of the Liverpool Biennial


The Permeable Urban Fabric – Visual Artists Reclaim the Street.
There’s nothing solid about bricks and mortar. The built environment is simply the expression a conceptual framework. In city centres this tends to be the legal and financial framework of the owner. By contrast, away from centres of population (as the value of real estate falls) the dominant framework tends to be that of the user rather than the owner.

The financial crisis of the last three years has opened up gaping holes in the conceptual no less than in the material fabric of the city: the rentier has become insecure, and it has become possible to question from a creative standpoint even the all-powerful philosophy of consumerism.

Habitual uses and material goods drain out of buildings that are revealed to be replete with meaning. Empty buildings are open to uses other than profit-taking: they can, for instance, express desire, ambition, a political viewpoint, or a sense of wonder.

Lewis Biggs will comment on the regeneration and subversion of the built environment by visual artists, illustrated with commissions by Liverpool Biennial.

Outside In–The Permeable Art School aims to explore how the contemporary Art School is no longer an ‘ivory tower’ but an institution that reaches out and influences the cultural landscape that surrounds it and the means of reciprocity by which society infiltrates and influences the Art School. The conference will be organised around 4 discussion strands.



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