As part of the Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab, The Mechanics Institute are running a series of workshops that allow participants to examine the values placed not only on market trade but on the trade of knowledge.
Workshop with: Kym Maxwell
Cultural Capital and the contact
Taking Alan Kaprow’s ‘Yard’ (1961) as inspiration, this workshop invites participants to play with selected ‘building’ materials in the small space of the Trade School. The workshop questions the ‘role’ of participation or - and the photographic afterlife - of socially engaged projects, and questions how ‘value’ can be inscribed into an essentially immaterial practice. With imagery from projects throughout the ages from Kaprow, Nielsen, and Shaw in the 60’s and more recently, Hirshhorn — utilising charcoal dust and ink, together we will collaboratively map out a response.
Participants please meet at the Biennial Lab Hub, 145 Victoria St, Melbourne you will then be taken to the workshop location within the Market.