Over the last two days the Tanteo group have been very busy.
The main bulk of our time has been spent going through the various research project proposals of each of our participants. This has taken the format of verbal presentations of the ideas, formats, and aims of proposals and workshops by the participants in a roundtable format. These presentations served as an opportunity for discussion between the group around each outlined research proposal. The conversations where lively and rigorous, probing questions were asked of each participant and many constructive suggestions were made. A potential improvement would have been to extend the amount of time we dedicate to this process. Due to wanting to make the most of the time we have at Turf Projects, and to put on a schedule of public events, we have had to fit these series of conversations into a shorter time span. Potentially we could have used more time, to mix up the group sizes and offered our core participants the opportunity to have more one on one conversations. It is quite likely, and we have witnessed this happening on some occasions, that these one on one conversations have happened in the unscheduled, informal moments. We hope to get some feedback on this part of the process from the participants and our host institution.
On Thursday evening we visited the MayDay Rooms to attend the first day of a series of open sessions centred around discussing the Schooling & Culture Journal. The Schooling & Culture Working Group have been discussing what a new issue of the journal would look like, what would it be about, who would be involved and who would it be for.
To focus and extend from these initial discussions, the S&C Working Group are hosting a week of workshops, collective readings, meetings and a public event to open up the discussion, socialise and further activate the archive. The ambition of these meetings is to explore the possibilities of producing a new issue in 2016. We had the chance to discuss the the S&C Working Groups work to reactive the MayDay Rooms archive of the Schooling and Culture Journal, a fascinating project that seems incredibly valuable. We had a chance to talk about our project and research and it was very pleasing to find a lot of common ground with this exciting venue of radical activity and the important work being undertaken by the S&C Working Group. We also had a chance to look at some of the archived journals and pamphlets that the MayDay Rooms have made available for the week of events.
On Friday morning some of the core participants visited the Croydon Museum. An unusual museum in the way that it frames the objects in its collection, however we greatly enjoyed the narratives it illustrated and the stories it told.
The end of our day this Friday involved us hosting our Fourth Tanteo Research Roundtable at Turf Projects. Click here to listen to the audio from this event.
The discussion centred around the role of Research in the arts and the role of Research in artistic educational institutions. The event was started with a short prepared reading by myself, Warren Andrews, and lead into a rigorous and exciting discussion. It is our intention to ask some of those involved in to respond to the discussion, these responses will be posted on this page of the MilesKm website. If after listening to the audio track of the roundtable, you would like to submit a response or material that you feel is relevant to this and any of the previous roundtable discussions please contact us via the contact page of the website or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The roundtable was followed by a meal that was prepared during the discussion.