Alan Boldon, ‘Learning from Place’

Lecture, Noon September 23rd

University of New Mexico Art Museum

Popejoy Hall

Alan Boldon is an artist, curator and academic. He has worked at senior levels in the arts and academia and has exhibited, lectured and worked as a consultant to organizations and cities internationally. He is currently Head of Research and Deputy Head of the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Brighton, UK.

Alan will present a range of examples of his practice including work with the renowned Schumacher College; the Royal Society of Arts; TATE and Arnolfini galleries as well as cities, organizations and Universities throughout the UK and Europe. He will also look at the shift in artistic practice from the studio – to engaging with site/context – to complex ecologies, and ask what artists bring to interdisciplinary enquiry, innovation and research that aims to resolve grand challenges.

‘In my work I have developed a range of project and curatorial approaches that focus on places and set a range of research processes in motion that result in the collaborators being confronted with their own ways of knowing, disciplinary habits and prejudices as well as those of the ‘other’. In the re-grouping that follows this we aim to forge hybrid approaches to understanding complex systems without separating out economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns’.