Education in Context

Since 2007 I have been committed to delivering self initiated project briefs and training modules in art colleges and universities across Scotland and now more permanently as full time lecturer at Norwich University college of the Arts. Throughout my academic practice I focus on creating a methodology that incorporates ‘The practice of everyday life’, as I believe a key element of showing strong design practice is to ground a personal approach within discovery and understanding through everyday social interaction.

This is a methodology that I first became aware of through the works of Michel De Certeau and Iain Borden’s book “Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body”

Toby Paterson, Cluster Relief I, acrylic on aluminium, 2009 (detail). Courtesy The Modern Institute, Glasgow

As a lecturer my aim is to encourage students to describe and rethink the penetration of their designs within the urban landscape and to offer a more interdisciplinary approach to the studying of art & design practice and its relationship to social encounters & emerging technologies.

Professionally I work in the field of realtime graphical processes, performance & digital media and I have academic experience covering the study and practice of this alongside undergraduate and postgraduate students of media art, fine art, graphics design and architecture.

Immaterials: light painting wifi by timo arnall + jorn knutsen + einar sneve martinussen

From a design practice point of view, I believe digital media opens up incredible opportunities for students to create and share in new forms of communication and to connect with others in so many different ways. One of the key motives I follow as a lecturer is to ensure my academy recognizes the impact emerging technologies has on contemporary art & design practice and to ensure my students are familiar with this and agile in designing forms of social engagement via the tools it has to offer.

SO what do I expect from attending this course ?

I am here to build on existing expertise and best practice. I am keen to learn more about the UK professional standards framework and how it can help my own practice. I have taken time to identify the common learning framework that NUCA uses and I am interested to hear about current research, developments and innovations in art, design and media –  teaching and learning.

AND where does this type of collaborative practice lead us?

To the notion of an integrated 21st century school of art which encourages students to see themselves as impassioned artists and designers no longer working in isolation mode but within vibrant institutes alongside staff very much involved with the needs of the individual, and aware of the social changes that need to be made to help Shift boundaries between academic learning environments and the creative industries students will enter into.