A small group of MA students from across Graphic Communication Design, Fine Art and Illustration took part in an action research project called “The Piece Maybe Fabricated”. The project was awarded a grant from the PostGraduate Communities Project Scheme.
The title “The Piece Maybe Fabricated” originates from American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, who wrote the following in his Declaration of Intent 1968:
1. The artist may construct the piece.
2. The piece may be fabricated.
3. The piece need not be built.
Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist. The decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership
In addition to the above the project asked the following: Have new technologies given rise to alternative interpretations of formlessness but remain physical? What happens if we engage the audience with the process of our works rather than a object? How could we interpret ‘fabrication’ conceptually and within the opportunities of our subject specialisms?
The one week project included a presentation by Chelsea Special Collections manager, Gustavo Grandal Montero who was able to show a wide range of original books, drawings, objects and photographs by Lawrence Weiner.
During the week the students engaged in discussions, ideation and final making with a small exhibition, which included interactive works, participatory design, silk screen prints.