Research Methods in Social Practice: VPA428/528
This course consisted of five students
Topher Alexander (MFA)
Art Collectives As Research Topic
Together, we focused on the history, practice, and strategies of Art Collectives. Art Collectives are a group of artists self-organized and working together towards shared aims. This shared group approach to a creative practice is different than the individual “do it alone” structure created by most educational frameworks. Students were immediately curious about thinking about art as a group endeavor and socially engaged practice.
Lunch Break: The Collective
After researching contemporary and historically significant Art Collectives, the five students became a collective themselves. First, they needed to find a shared aim and something highly valued by all of them. In their case, self-care, community and connection became key values. They identified these as three important values not being supported by the scheduling of School.
The students created Lunch Break, a collective that provides free lunch for students and faculty once a week during class time. Emphasizing the importance of taking a lunch break as a form or resistance, restoration, and self-care. Importantly, the Lunch Breaks happened during class time to emphasize the act of “taking a lunch break within institutional frameworks that do not allow it.”