The Praxis and Pedagogy research/seminar group at GradCAM aim to develop an innovative programme of practice and theory that is structured by three related elements. These are the theoretical, the practical and the pedagogical.
Theory articulates models of analysis, interpretation, and conceptualization that express the general conditions of particular objects, relationships or situations. It describes the systems and structures of knowledge, power, symbolic representation and material exchange that operate within a wide range of social, political and cultural fields. Moreover, theory establishes connections between distinct discursive and conceptual fields, allowing for interdisciplinary discussions to emerge around shared ideas and issues.
Practice is the basis from which the possibility of ‘new thinking’ can develop. The notion of ‘praxis’ implies the urgency that theory expands beyond its own history, beyond the perceived understanding of its proper practice, in order to propose new models of critical reflection and change.
To establish ‘praxis’ as the core programme of the group is to prescribe the conditions of openness, uncertainty and risk. Theoretical thinking and new innovative pedagogical models will support the experimental nature of the practice. By aligning our programme with an ethos of experimentation between theory and practice in this way, the group intends to expand not only the range of objects under investigation but also the possibilities of theory itself as practice – as a form of creativity, of creative activity, responsive to developments both internal to its traditional fields, and external in areas of investigation not commonly associated with theory.
Finally, pedagogy insists on the limits of theory: on the structural barriers that condition all acts of predication and interpretation. By linking theory to practice, and practice to pedagogy, the group questions the assumptions and generalizations elaborated by theoretical projects to interrogate what remains undisclosed or unthought in their concepts and practices.
The group is convened by Glenn Loughran, artist, activist, and PhD Scholar at the NCAD and GradCAM. Other members include John Buckley (NCAD/GradCAM), Edia Connole (NCAD/GradCAM), Susan Gill (DIT/GradCAM) and Thomas McGraw-Lewis (DIT/GradCAM).
The group convenes Wednesdays bi-weekly.