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A film exploring the role and value of art education today through the history of the seminal California Institute of the Arts.

WALK-THROUGH revisits the history of pioneering Los Angeles art school, the California Institute of the Arts, to explore wider questions about the purpose and value of education today.

This newly commissioned film by artist filmmaker Redmond Entwistle will premier at Tramway for the Glasgow International Festival on 20th April. It will then tour to Cubitt Gallery, London, and International Project Space, Birmingham, reaching a wide audience through out the UK, with plans to tour further in the US and Europe.

Walk-Through, Redmond Entwistle, 16mm to HD, 2012

At the center of the film WALK-THROUGH is a fictional recreation of influential artist and teacher Michael Asher’s legendary ‘Post-Studio’ class. The ‘Post-Studio’ class exemplified CalArt’s mission to “haul the teacher from the podium” and activate the student in the learning process. It took the form of extended group discussions - sometimes lasting over 12 hours - in which students critiqued each other's work. Subsequently the group critique has become the primary model of teaching in arts schools today. 

WALK-THROUGH is devised as a tour of the campus, which guides us through CalArts’ history and the life of the school, from archive images of its design and construction in the late 1960’s to the present day. The film analysis the school's mission, its place in art history, and its flexible architecture, which was designed to facilitate its democratic philosophy.

Walk-Through, Redmond Entwistle, 16mm to HD, 2012

Slowly the tour starts to shift, as we see students gathering in a classroom to attend a fictional recreation of the ‘Post-Studio’ class. Instead of analyzing each others work, a critique of the ‘Post-Studio’ class itself starts to evolve. The students discuss the power-relations at play in the class, the kinds of language used, genuine discourse versus rhetoric, the teacher-student relationship, and the financial and personal value of education. However the conversation is disjointed; some students are able to speak and others can’t. When they do speak, disconnected, structural information about the costing and building of CalArts blurts out as if they have become mouthpieces for the institution’s memory. As the discussion progresses, it becomes clear that it is the institution and the class itself as a democratic space in which to speak and learn which is in question.

WALK-THROUGH examines the legacy of CalArts as one of the first art schools in which language and student-led discussion became the focus of the learning process. Despite the democratic drives behind CalArts, the film asks whether new hierarchies and exclusions are produced when linguistic skills are prioritized in visual art education, and how this reflects a broader shift towards a more information based society. The film also questions the financial cost and personal value of education at a time when the marketisation of higher education is taking place worldwide. 

Walk-Through, Redmond Entwistle, 16mm to HD, 2012

WALK-THROUGH makes up a diptych of films with Redmond's previous work MONUMENTS. Both films consider the relationship between the language of contemporary art, it's mythologies, and the production of space, in particular of North America and the changes that it has undergone through globalization. WALK-THROUGH takes the questions of reproduction from MONUMENTS into the heart of social reproduction, and for contemporary art that is the art school.

We have successfully raised the majority of the film's budget, however we still need to raise funds for the final stages of post-production. You're support would make all the difference in the realization of this work that is so close to completion.

The film has been co-commissioned by Tramway for Glasgow International Festival, Cubitt Gallery in London and International Project Space in Birmingham.

Walk-Through, Redmond Entwistle, 16mm to HD, 2012

Limited Edition Print

On the Death of Hangman (in the East Room of Tate Modern)
4 Colour screenprint
Image size: 25cm x 25cm
Paper size: 40cm x 50cm
Edition 50 + 5

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Walk-Through storyboard selection:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/redmondentwistle/sets/72157629277036044/show/

Monuments Artist's Book:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redmondentwistle/6859700556/lightbox/

Monuments Trailer

https://vimeo.com/user364945/videos

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