The course offers an introduction to the specifics of a public performance in the work-talk genre, which means a brief conversation with museum visitors based around a single artwork.
The meaning concealed in an artwork manifests itself through its creative form, which includes the technique, materials, composition, colors as well as other tools used by the artist. How can we describe the experience of visual communication with the work? What allows us to form a personal opinion about it? What new options does the introduction of a wider context, for example the historical one, open up for our understanding of the piece? These and similar questions will be discussed by the course participants.
The work-talk format facilitates the implementation of the skills acquired during the discussion. The participants will share their individual impressions from the chosen artwork and will find it a place in the conceptual framework of the show. A twenty-minute summary accompanied by questions to the public is an alternative format challenging the commonly spread vertical relationship between the presenter and the audience.
About the lecturer
Nastya Volynova is a graduate of the Russian Art History Department of the History Faculty of Moscow State University, student of the Contemporary Theory program at Goldsmiths University London. Graduate of the inaugural Garage Teens Team and tutor at its second iteration.