CLEMENTINE DELISS: FUTURE ACADEMY 2005
Archived text and images from original Metasenta website (2008 – 2012)
With the assistance of RMIT School of Art and the VCA Centre for Ideas, MetaSenta brought Clementine Deliss to Melbourne in 2005 (and later in 2006) to present “Metronome” publishing and speak on “Future Academy”.
Deliss founded “Metronome” in Dakar in May 1996 and since then has researched and published seven issues moving each time to a different location to live and work. This she has done in Dakar, Berlin, Basel, Frankfurt, Vienna, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, London, and Paris. Editions of “Metronome” have been supported by and presented at the Kunsthalle Basel, the DAAD, Berlin, and the 100 Days of Documenta X. In 2002, she showed “Metronome” at the Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris. Through “Metronome” she has nurtured new productions with leading international artists (Rebecca Horn, Christopher Williams, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emmett Williams, Peter Kogler, Bjarne Melgaard, Kendell Geers, Susan Hiller) as well as including younger artists and students in each issue. “Metronome” usually contains several languages and features writers such as Slavoj Zizek, Edouard Glissant, Issa Samb, and Ina Blom. It circulates informally between artists and is quasi non-commercial. Its influence is nevertheless widespread and it was recently elected one of the most significant publications for artists today in a survey conducted by documenta 12.
“Future Academy” is an international art laboratory, which investigates the global future of independent art production and research within the art college. It involves students directly in this forecasting process and questions how art academies will develop in the future. Key issues include the architecture of future spaces for art colleges, and whether these should be mobile and trans-national or urban and iconic; what economic models might help to instigate new forms of institutional autonomy; what disciplines may collaborate in the future and how; and finally how to account for the globalisation issue within art education. “Future Academy” has been hosted by Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, the Media Centre of Dakar, the Ecole Nationale des Arts de Dakar, Senegal, and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. It is currently based at Edinburgh College of Art and is developing a new collaboration, the “Studio-Lab” together with the School of Informatics and the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.