Manifesta 8, Collaborative Project: As the Academy Turns

Manifesta 8, Collaborative Project: As the Academy Turns


Still from As the Academy Turns
© Tiong Ang, 2010

September 22, 2010
Manifesta 8, Collaborative Project: As the Academy Turns

EARN (European Artistic Research Network)
Cendeac, Murcia, Spain

Research Statements, Soap Opera
October 9 – January 9

Symposium: December 2-4

As the Academy Turnssymposium

Their presentations will be critically addressed by a number of high-profile authorities such as Alvaro de los Angelos (Valencia), Gertrud Sandqvist (Malmo), Hito Steyerl (Berlin), Jan Kaila (Helsinki), Jan Svenungsson (Berlin), Juergen Bock (Lisboa), Marquard Smith (London), Mick Wilson (Dublin), Mika Hannula (Gothenburg), Sarat Maharaj (Malmo), Tom Holert (Vienna) and Tuomas Nevanlinna (Helsinki).

In addition, a special infolab presentation in Cendeac including research statements provided by the twelve researchers will delve further into their research trajectories and practices.

The presentation of the soap opera As the Academy Turns, a commissioned project developed and realized by artist Tiong Ang, will also take place in Cendeac. The setting of the soap is the contemporary art academy where the characters – the art academy population of teaching staff and students – act within a situation of transformation where the current master-pupil oriented educational system moves towards a seminar-based form of education with artists as scholars and researchers in an academic community.

The soap As the Academy Turns brings together two diverging poles. On the one hand, it addresses contemporary artistic practice, autonomous artistic research and production as outcomes of art education. On the other hand, it presents the art academy “remodeled” as a product of the entertainment industry in the context of popular daytime television serving a mainstream, neo-liberal, consumerist ideology. Elements of critique and of hoax are brought together through the soap opera form so that the genre’s exaggerated dramatic style subverts and deconstructs popular views on graduate art education.


Artistic Research Statements and presentation soap As the Academy Turns: Cendeac, basement. Centro Parraga, Pabellon 5, Antiguo Cuartel de Artilleria C, Murcia. October 9, 2010 – January 9, 2011.

International Symposium: Cendeac, Centro Parraga, Murcia. December 2-4, 2010.
Information and reservations: [email protected]

The project As the Academy Turns is developed by EARN and the Professorship Artistic Research (Henk Slager, maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design) in collaboration with Manifesta 8, Murcia University and Cendeac.

As the Academy Turns is made possible by the financial support of Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture), Amsterdam. Tiong Ang’s soap production is also generously supported by SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.

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