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September 11 - October 23, 20098:00am - 5:00pm

The Plum Academy

An Institute for Situated Practices

Bbob Drake (Cleveland, OH), Tom Orange (Cleveland, OH), Sarah Paul (Cleveland, OH), Lucy Raven (New York, NY), Kristin Rogers (Cleveland, OH), Maria Samuelson (Lakewood, OH), Deborah Stratman (Chicago, IL), Peter Tabor (Cleveland, OH)

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The Plum Academy
installation view (detail)

installation view (detail)  

The Plum Academy
The Plum Academy
The Plum Academy
The Plum Academy
The Plum Academy

Throw away the canvas. Let the brushes dry out. Grab a #2 pencil (but you may not need it). This fall, SPACES will be host to The Plum Academy: An Institute for Situated Practices, an experimental school. Rather than house a traditional exhibition of objects, SPACES is choosing to organize a school-as-exhibition. Concepts and ideas will take the forefront, rather than materials, styles and conventional aesthetics. Specially selected facilitators from the regional community and beyond will lead forums that approach topics obliquely, find unique entry points to ideas and challenge the established structures of education. (To assist in taking a different look at education, we use the terms "forum" and "facilitator" rather than "class" and "teacher", respectively.)

Forum subjects will be unexpected. The student-teacher relationship will be questioned and the school itself will function as a large, collaborative performance.

Forum subjects will be unexpected. The student-teacher relationship will be questioned and the school itself will function as a large, collaborative performance.

This is not an "art school" per se. We are not offering art classes. We do offer a variety of forums that tackle contemporary thought on a number of topics and disciplines-that challenge traditional educational systems, are out-of-the-ordinary, outrageous, educational and entertaining. Forums will be solo presentations, workshops, open discussions, field trips, etc.

About the Artists

Bbob Drake

bbob drake has been creating experimental music and audio in Cleveland for the last 45 years. From a start as a guitarist, his current focus is on electro-acoustic improvisation in both solo and group settings. His solo work spans a range from "lowercase" or "onkyokei" aesthetics (quiet, minimalist, abstract), to... go to artist page

Tom Orange

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Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul is a musical artist and a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has been writing and performing experimental music since 1989. go to artist page

Lucy Raven

Lucy Raven is an artist based in New York. Her work has been exhibited at art and film spaces internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Overgaden, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Recent work, including her... go to artist page

Kristin Rogers

As an artist, curator, and musician, his projects are driven by interdisciplinary intentions, and frequently involve multi-media approaches. Labor, sympathy for the proletariat mindset, and accessibility are common threads that imbue his diverse scope of art production. Although his content is, at times, compound and intricate, he avoids the clandestine... go to artist page

Maria Samuelson

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Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems - and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Many of her films point to the relationships... go to artist page

Peter Tabor

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