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Making Meaning

Teaching period: 3 – 7 April, 2018
Teacher: Margery Amdur
ECTS: 1.5
Number of available places for KUNO students: 5
Level:  BA and MA

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

How to apply: Write a short motivation why you would like to participate in workshop, your full name, contacts, name of home school and study level.  Please add the subject title: KUNO express and send to

Course description: “An image doesn’t necessarily explain an emotion, but it wraps it in something intelligible and graspable.”  Thomas Moore

This workshop is a non-media specific workshop. Students will be responsible for selecting materials that will challenge their sense of how and why they make art in the manner that they do. The context of the exploration will center on visual dialogues, issues of lineage and inheritance, mapping, objects as metaphors, paradise lost and regained.

The emphasis of this workshop will be placed on creative risk taking. Most often in the creative process to manifest the unexpected and to find ways to visually translate and generate new ideas it takes suspending the need to find quick solutions. How do we create work that embodies “healthy tensions”?  Many times when experimenting with new materials language and linear thinking are not the most effective means to understand the lens from which we perceive.

My hope is that each student uncovers an unexpected fresh idea, way of working, or new material that they had not considered as part of their previous repertoire. In addition, the “nature” of the group will assist to determine the evolution of the week’s explorations.

Students will be required to keep a daily journal. Short readings may be assigned. Work outside of the workshop will be encouraged.

Additional information: Margery Amdur originally from Pittsburgh received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions, she has been reviewed in many national and international publications. For over twenty years, Margery has been actively creating site-specific, temporary, and permanent art installations. She is known for her innovative use of everyday materials as well as her unconventional studio practice. Many times it involves students, outside community members. It has been said that part of her practice is akin to a quilting bee or barn raising.