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Language Beyond Words and History Beyond Text | Anagha Bhat

After completing my graduation in sculpture, when I joined the Masters course in archaeology, everyone asked me two seemingly simple questions:  “Why archaeology after sculpture? What is the connection between the two?” When I thought about it then I really had no answer. Today, when I look back at the same question after spending almost eight years in the field of archaeology, I have an answer. These two subjects are nothing but two sides of the same coin called ‘culture’. Archaeology, in particular, is a discipline that studies culture through its material manifestations. It provides tools to understand the past through various objects left behind by ancient people.Although these objects are often called ‘art’ by modern people because of their decorative motifs, their original purpose was to be used as ornaments or toys, as modes of transaction or for rituals and so on. These objects tell us about the thought processes that went into creating them and also how the ancient people … Read Full Article

 

Making New Ideas | Jeff Redman

Our second January series here on ALT/space was inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors. Completely independent of each other, four of our writers sent in a … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

An Opinion & Some Questions | Nick Jaffe

Art making and art learning should be in all schools because all students should have the right to learn to make their art, and make it better, and because one can learn and teach many things in depth through art making. This is the same reason that dynamic, interesting and in-depth work in math, science, history, literature, and athletic and shop and auto mechanics classes should be in schools…

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]

Places We Work

ALT/space has now been online for a year and a half!  It’s incredible to realize that in this short time thirty-one teaching artists have contributed 171 diverse stories about all aspects of their teaching practice.  As we grow over time, we hope the stories collected here will represent as wide and detailed a picture as […]

Happy Half-Birthday, ALT/space!

ALT/space online is six months old!  During this time we have been diligently producing monthly posts and, here at the half-year mark, I am noticing an interesting shift.  All along I knew we were working hard, but still I am surprised how quickly we have moved into new, interesting, thought provoking and generative terrain.  What’s exciting […]

“But I’m not a writer!” | Malke Rosenfeld

This fall I’ve had two fabulous opportunities to run workshops for artists; in our sessions we’ve been working on building an understanding about what it means to write about teaching practice and how to get started.  After three years of curating and editing ALT/space online (now with a new design and eminently more searchable) the collective […]

On Having A Split Personality -or- Being A Teaching Artist | Chio Flores

Going back and forth between these two roles of artist and art teacher, oftentimes in the same day seems like having a split personality; I am not thinking of the obsolete medical term but rather of my dual practice which involves inhabiting two worlds that fight constantly within me…