This programme gives students the flexibility to access Dublin’s richly varied cultural opportunities and to build their practice within the networks and resources of the city, combining professional activity, studio practice or artworld employment and study, while maximising personal and professional development. It offers a uniquely Irish exposure for international students to MAVIS attracts and engages students who seek to explore intersections and tensions between contemporary practices of art-making, criticism and curating.
The programme emphasizes the importance of real-world learning experience and offers a combination of taught lectures and workshops (Visual Cultural Research; Contemporary Art Practices; Curatorial Seminar; Research Methods in Practice) together with tutorials, group critiques and independent study.
Students participate in two international study trips, engage with high profile visiting lecturers and develop work for a biannual symposium and an annual research collaboration event, which opens to the public.
During their time on MAVIS, students extend their practice by examining a range of validating contexts within which their work is understood. A key aim of the programme is to ensure that research becomes an intentional rather than an assumed activity and students are encouraged to contextualize rather than theorize their practice. MAVIS is open to a diverse range of practices, with past and current students working in areas such as public art commissioning, performance, photography, criticism, sculpture, video installation, curating and painting. The programme also provides an opportunity to develop and explore hybrid practices incorporating art-making, writing and curating.
Each student will determine the nature of their own pathway-specific, project work. It is loosely assumed that: A student specialising in the art-making pathway will primarily make artworks and consider how and under what circumstances viewers will be asked to see / experience the work. Art-making is not just understood here as the production of objects and images but will also extend to many other types of activity.
A student specialising in the curation pathway will organise situations where audiences come into contact with artworks of some form or other. Curation is not just the co-ordination and care of exhibits in a gallery and students on this pathway must determine what an appropriate and / or personally relevant curatorial project is.
A student specialising in criticism will primarily create materials (essays, publications, audio recordings, visual essays, documentary projects) that facilitate or promote a relationship between an audience and an artwork or artworks. Criticism is not just the writing of academic texts but can extend to any form of considered mediation | evaluation | education | response to an artwork or an artworld or an art institution.
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