Pilots: Navigating New Models of Design Education at the Stanley Picker Gallery

An exciting series of interactive events is just about to start at the Stanley Picker Gallery….

Curated by El Ultimo Grito and David Falkner

23 April-25 May 2013

The Internet has an insatiable capacity to disseminate new knowledge far beyond the realms of traditional academia. With seemingly limitless expertise readily available to consume via the web, how can such knowledge be effectively appropriated/applied by disciplines that develop by exploiting the dynamics of group-based learning, making through physical interaction and practical collaboration?

Pilots will convert the Stanley Picker Gallery into a testing station for a series of experiments in design education, that seek to combine diverse web-based expertise from worldwide educational institutions – whether scientific, political, philosophical, creative, medical etc – with collaborative group activity based within the physical space of the gallery. Pilots will demonstrate, through direct application, the ways in which group activity might respond and adapt to an increasing culture of web-based learning; navigating varying combinations of subject expertise (“Content”), physical scenario (“Context”) and practical guidance (“Control”). Each week a group of project participants will collaborate to create work (a graphic, an object, an action and a text) in direct response to a subject expertise presented to them via a web-based lecture or demonstration.

Gallery visitors are invited to observe the activities, bearing witness to each of the live scenarios as they unfold over the course of the programme, and directly interact with the teams of Pilots participants by messaging through social media networks. A presentation of the ongoing documentation of the programme will be available to view daily alongside the selected web-content and other material, whilst a concluding roundtable event will serve to consider the comparative merits of the Pilots models explored.

Find out more here http://www.stanleypickergallery.org/exhibitions/pilots-navigating-next-models-of-design-education/