The ‘Sex, Suicide, Socialism, Spirit and Stereotypes’ exhibition at the Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art and the 3rd Parallax Forum ‘Stereotypes and Storytelling: Research Strategies for Art Education’ will form the basis of the 2nd Parallax Publication.
Following on from the exhibition’s premise, the publication aims to discuss aspects of national identity within the context of far right isolationist policy, which include the rise of the ultranationalist parties like Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski in Poland, the populist right-wing Sweden Democrats and Brexit. Through examples of work in the Kronika exhibition and developed papers from workshops, discussions or presentations at the forum the publication will explore how art and fine art education may respond or relate to notions of national identity in a fractured Europe.
In keeping with the ethos that drives the Parallax network, which is to promote Dialogue through Doing, the publication seeks to both document the activity that has taken place and, in itself, represent a dialogue. Reflecting the nature and range of activities and artworks, the publication offers a space to further explore the theme and encourages experimental contributions as well as critical reflection.
The book is expected by the end of 2020
The first Parallax book is published. In keeping with the spirit of dialogue that the Parallax project embraces, the book sets up a discourse.
With this publication, created within the Parallax project, we discuss issues concerning the role of the art academy and the educational processes it involves itself in. We cannot deny that the Academy changes according to the same rhythm of change as does our world, society, city, house and street. This rhythm also governs the transformation of the artist and art itself. There will be no ready-made answers, as the issues we have been discussing in principle belong to the domain of natural sciences, and are consequently subject to empirical observation and statistical analysis which can lend only limited credence to our conclusions. (…)
In keeping with the spirit of dialogue that the Parallax project embraces, this book sets up a discourse. As well as documenting the two exhibitions, at AFA Katowice in 2015 and Chelsea College of Arts in 2016, the 10 essays in this book are themselves a kind of conversation. Each essay, in one way or another, represents a responseto the previous text. And each one is also designed to provoke a retort. Like the radically varying artworks which made up the exhibitions in Katowice and London, the discourses that the texts explore at times stay within a familiar form and, at others, jolt from historical fact to fantastical fiction. But running through each of the texts are a thread of fundamental questions about points of view, institutional change, social transformation and political upheaval.
Edited by Pawel Mendrek & Martin Newth
Essays: Dave Beech, Andrew Chesher, Ben Fitton, Katrine Hjelde, Dominika Kowynia, Roman Lewandowski, Maciej Linttner, Martin Newth, Malgorzata Szandala, Andrzej Tobis
Photos: Ben Fitton, Barbara Kubska, Pawel Mendrek, Martin Newth
Graphic design and typesetting by Katarzyna Wolny
Reviewers: Wojciech Pukocz & Wojciech Wlodarczyk
Translation by Lukasz Kansy
Published by Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice & Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London
ISBN 978-83-65825-08-7 (PL)
ISBN 978-1-5272-1680-8 (UK)
Printed by PETIT Sklad-Druk-Oprawa Wojciech Guz & Wspólnicy, Lublin
Book online: PARALLAX 2015-2017
Photo: Barbara Kubska