Emanuel Almborg: Learning Matter
27 April – 20 August 2017
Swedish artist Emanuel Almborg (b. 1981) presents a new work looking at the role technology plays in our everyday lives. Learning Matter was developed in collaboration with his mother, educator Agneta Almborg, and a group of 7 to 10-year-olds from a local school in east London. The workshops were documented by Agneta, using black and white photography. Learning Matter considers how material conditions and technologies shape social relations.
The commission is shown alongside two of Almborg’s recent films: The Majority Never Has The Right On Its Side (2013), based on a school founded by socialist educator A.S. Neill in the 1920s, and Talking Hands (2016), which uses archival images of a school for deaf-blind children in Moscow.
Looking ahead that we will be asked to think about and carry out a workshop as part of this module I remembered some work I looked at in the Whitechapel Gallery earlier in the MA programme by Emmauel Almborg. It was for the purpose of this post the aspect of presentation that I found most powerful. Simple black and white images were shown in the context of the gallery space that turned what was I initially thought a school class into a piece of work in the gallery exhibition. This placing the viewer almost into the classroom with the workshop group yet, also as an onlooker of the project in the gallery. Simple black and white photography yet incredibly well executed.
Thinking about meh own workshop, although I don't yet know how I am going to execute the workshop, I am pondering upon ideas fo some kind of zine workshop. It would be a good experience but I also realise that there needs to be something I can take away form the workshop setting and not sure just a simple zine workshop would be very beneficial to my practise. Perhaps something around the idea of personal narratives or family albums, continuing on form my surfaces and strategies family album work where I photographed my collaborators whilst discussing their personal archives.