FAST45 Public Lecture III – Shift/Work: A Paragogics for Open Artistic Learning

FAST45 Public Lecture III – Shift/Work: A Paragogics for Open Artistic Learning

Presented by Prof. Neil Mulholland

25 March, 2022

12:00 – 14:00 CET

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In his book, Re-imagining the Art School: Paragogy and Artistic Learning (London: Palgrave, 2009), Prof. Neil Mulholland proposes innovative methods to redefine the art academy. Developing critical case studies of open source and peer-to-peer methods, he asks what happens when artistic learners deliberately engage with emerging educational practices such as the open paradigm (Winn 2015), paragogy (Corneli 2011, 2016) and para-academia (Wardrop 2014).

This lecture explores new visions and ‘paratechnic’ methods to build and imagine the art school of 2045 and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Guest speaker: Prof. Neil Mulholland

Professor Neil Mulholland is Chair of Contemporary Art Practice & Theory in The University of Edinburgh.

He runs the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme in Edinburgh College of Art. In Edinburgh, Neil works with Dan Brown, Jake Watts and Naomi Garriock as Shift/Work, a group of artists who develop workshop models for artistic paragogy, participatory visual methods and open educational resources. Neil recently published a book – Reimagining the Art School (London: Palgrave, 2019) – which develops the paragogics of Shift/Work into a broader manifesto for art school reform and contributed a Shift/Workshop to Leap into Action (Peter Lang, 2019) a reader on performative pedagogies in art education.


The FAST45 Learning Platform Public Lecture Series is brought to you by Technological University Dublin. Visit for more information!

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