Juche: Art School State of Mind

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Abstract / Description of output

I specifically address how the Juche mentality operates internally in art schools. Key to this is the connection between the liberal use of the euphemism ‘integration’ in art schools and how it’s used to manufacture folk devils by opponents of multiculturalism. In this framework, 'studio' is implicitly presented as the righteous indigenous territorialised community and 'context' as other.

When departmentalism is considered as a community of practice ‘integration’ can be understood as a latent form of monculturalism and assimilationism, one aided by the monotechnic roots of art schools. This is anathema in terms of how knowledge is produced today.

Connected to this is the assumption that the art and design curricula are fine and just need tweaking. In fact, like any exceptionalist Juche-style regime, they are fundamentally flawed and need to be rebuilt from scratch. That can only happen through a radical transformation of the art school’s community of practice so that it is symbiotic with international communities of knowledge production.


‘The Role of Critical and Contextual Studies in Art School Education’

The Glasgow School of Art
CHEAD Regional Seminar
Thursday 16th April 2015


12:00pm Registration and lunch (venue TBA)

1:00pm Welcome and Introduction (Venue TBA)
Dr Sarah Smith, Joint Acting Head of The Forum for Critical Inquiry (GSA)

1:15pm: Opening Keynote (20-mins): 'Theory and Practice: Objective and Subjective?'
Dr Annebella Pollen, Director of Historical and Critical Studies, Faculty of Art, University of Brighton

1:35pm Case-Study Presentations: Part 1 (20-mins presentations)

1. Dr Anna Notaro and Dr Euan McArthur, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee

2. Dr Angela McClanahan and Dr Jonny Murray, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

Facilitated Discussion (20-mins)

2:35pm: Coffee/Tea (Venue TBA)

3:10pm: Case-Study Presentations: Part 2 (20-mins presentation)
3. Andrea Peach and Iain Irving, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

4. Dr Sarah Smith and Nicholas Oddy, The Glasgow School of Art
Facilitated Discussion (20-mins)

4:10pm: Closing Keynote (20-mins): Juche: Arts School State of Mind
Professor Neil Mulholland, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

4:30pm: Wine Reception (Venue TBA)

5:30pm: Close
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2015
EventCHEAD Regional Seminar: ‘The Role of Critical and Contextual Studies in Art School Education in Scotland’ - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 201516 Apr 2015


ConferenceCHEAD Regional Seminar: ‘The Role of Critical and Contextual Studies in Art School Education in Scotland’
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Visual Culture
  • Art Theory
  • Art & Design Education
  • Pedagogy


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