“Our Day Will Come” (ODWC) was a month-long alternative art school, or ‘free school’, staged in Tasmania during the spring of 2011 by curatorial-artist Paul O’Neill, in the context of a wider programme of art events entitled “Iteration:Again”. Sited in the forecourt of the Tasmanian School of Art at the University of Tasmania, ODWC was a pedagogical experiment that offered a range of alternative educational experiences to self-selected participants or collaborators. It drew on, and engendered, acts of hospitality. Contributing to the project were nine invited artists from the UK, the US and Ireland, one of whom was Mick Wilson. Mick Wilson’s involvement in the project is the main focus of this paper. Wilson’s primary contributions to the project were his hosting of a series of four potluck meals and facilitating numerous conversations, including those conducted around a purpose-built conversation table designed by US artist Gareth Long. To frame and critique the convivial and dialogical aspects of ODWC, this paper briefly contextualises ODWC against vintage avant-garde experiments with food in art, and draws on Hans-Georg Gadamer’s writings on the hermeneutic requirements of considering the ‘other’ in conversation.
|Keywords:||Free School, Dialogical Art, Collaboration, Participatory Art, Food and Art, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Art and Hospitality|
Research Candidate, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Associate Lecturer, Art and Design Theory, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia