Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden, Charles Harrison)
Visting Professors Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.
Art & Language were amongst the originators of the Conceptual art movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. The name now designates the practical artistic work of Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden who are joined by Charles Harrison for literary and theoretical projects.
Their works are widely exhibited and collected in Europe and the USA. International exhibitions include Documenta of 1972, 1982 and 1997 as well as major retrospectives at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (1993), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (1999), Musée d'Art Moderne, Lille (2002) and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (2004). Recent publications include Art & Language: Homes from Homes II (Zurich, 2006), Art & Language, Writings (Madrid and London, 2005, 2007).
Art & Language have also contributed to a number of journals and periodicals including Radical Philosophy and Critical Inquiry. An exhibition of recent work is currently on show at Distrito 4, Madrid.
They have collaborated with the London Metropolitan University on the project ‘What Work Does the Artwork Do?’
Lecturer on MA by Project, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.
Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University, London, Edinburgh College of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
Neil Ferguson's research interests include: structuring personal “art systems” that employ rules and strategies to track small thoughts and imagining; exploring connections and experience in reflexive and reflective actions; promoting systems of thinking and making that highlight “internal detail” in situations and objects; using extensive series of images to display the versatility of image production; serialising projects to display the obsessive nature of capturing experiences through image; placing importance on “almost nothings” and “wee thoughts”, as the moments of extreme clarity that sustain art practice and its theoretical development in the composition of art events, art projects and essayistic approaches to art production; promotion of drawing and painting, not simply as skills, but as thinking tools.
Principal Lecturer, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media, and Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.
Chris Smith is Convenor of the Visual Arts Practice Research Group and editor of the Journal of Visual Art Practice.
His research interests lie in the field of art and design philosophy, particularly the connection between theory and practice, and a concern with praxis in art and design. He collaborates with others from the Visual Arts Practice Research Group in projects related to the relationship of imagination and image, and with Art & Language on the question of ‘What work does the artwork do?’ This has led to various national and international symposia and exhibitions.
Chris supervises a range of doctoral students drawn from art and design as well as the crafts. He has run a number of workshops in collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, on supervision of Masters and Doctoral students. He also sits on the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design AHRC working group, examining issues related to practice-led research.
Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media, and Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.
Annie Spinster is a recent graduate from Sir John Cass Dept. of Art, Media and Design. Her research interests include genetics, ecosystems and artificial life; phonemes, graphemes and meme theory; complexity theory and emergent properties of systems; the ways in which different parts of an open system interact with each other and with parts of neighbouring systems.
She is currently employed as digital media coordinator for Sir John Cass and is also working on product design for Myrl - a Creative Commons project in Second Life.