WHAT WAS TANTEO?
TANTEO aimed to create space for learning and knowledge sharing, a radical environment to stimulate creativity and the potential political power of art. An approach to education, a tanteo, (an approximation). The project was both an investigation into the nature of arts education and the role of collaboration in learning. An endeavor to force the limits of what constitutes a "School of Art".
Education is in crisis. Universities are becoming businesses, continuing the pervasive march towards a totally privatized experience. Access is being limited and the focus is being shifted away from rigorous and diverse creative research. This is keenly felt within the creative education institutions, the prohibitively expensive university fees directly exclude a high percentage of prospective students, who are being convinced that the value of education is judged by the job opportunities it creates, and that the Arts do not lead to sustainable employment. This is a dangerous narrative that must be challenged. This educational system is unsustainable, inefficient, and is having its creativity squeezed out of it. Therefore we consider it imperative to begin presenting alternatives to reenergize the concept of the "Art School".
TANTEO is divided into two overlapping projects. MilesKm aims to undertake a stringent collaborative research proposal, looking to interrogate the forms that creative education is delivered through, Identify challenges that Art education is set to face and to offer alternative frameworks and structures.
The other dimension of the TANTEO project is the execution of the peripatetic learning space this summer (2015). We will be seeking to facilitate an atmosphere of vibrant, diverse and enriching learning for all involved; creating a sustainable platform of "students" that constitute a borderless network of free trade; informed and interacting with the local community, offering alternatives models of creative education.
Our goal is to have reached a new level of understanding of the conceptual and practical issues surrounding contemporary art education. This will serve as a basis to further evolve the MilesKm project.