Another academic year ends and another round of degree shows have been installed, visited and removed – all in a matter of weeks. It seems like a good juncture to reflect on the role these exhibitions play in shaping our experiences of higher education (whether as student or as audience).
Supposedly the culmination of years of study, the degree show symbolises not only your past and current educational achievements but also your speculative Real World Future(s). Solitary and competitive, collaborative and public, they can be a costly affair, both financially and emotionally. They have become a site for industry and institutional judgement, but do they have potential to be a space of disruption, occupation, agitation and protest?
Over the course of the evening, we hope to unpack some of these dualities with our invited speakers and attendees. Students/graduates/teachers are welcome: maybe you never attended Art School but Degree Shows are your only entry to the campus – all opinions are valid and welcome!
Organised and facilitated by:
ALL THIS GOOD THOUGHT (Kingston University)
Image: Protest banner 'Stop the Elephant Development' dropped at Chelsea Degree Show