How have great genre-pushing artists of the past burst open the parameters of what is regarded as acceptable or standard in their mediums? How does an artist evolve from being a practitioner of a form, being mindful of its limits to express what she or he can, to being an innovator of the form, keen on a specific expression, restructuring and combining mediums to fit a singular vision?
This philosophical masterclass explores the importance of how a creator must, instead of romanticizing previous eras, concentrate on the present to fully grasp its machinations, then conceptualize how to work to push the present forward, via creativity, so that culture itself moves forward. We’ll examine contemporary artists in multiple mediums, from Andy Warhol’s Pop Art movement and music production, to Hunter S. Thompson and New Journalism, to the early adopters of web series, who in the late 1990s realized how to use soon-to-be ubiquitous technology to create and distribute episodic art.
Taught by cultural critic and radio and TV broadcaster Clara Rose Thornton, hailing from Chicago, whose work examines the arts and their intersection with cultural trends and identity politics. In Ireland she features regularly on RTÉ Radio 1’s “Arena”, and is invited to speak at panels and events across Europe and North America. Her cultural criticism is published worldwide, including in the Irish Independent and Irish Times.