Andrew Pierre Hart
in residence from 18 February 2021 with guests

Serena Huang \ Shabaka Hutchings \ Kanika Carr \ Tic Zogson

1:1 exchange w/Andrew Hart is an improvisatory alternative Art School for the moment.

Beaconsfield’s site, the former Ragged School, sets the scene … a space open to us to go in without restriction … space allowing us to be facilitated …  allowing us to trust ourselves – a safe space. The residency boosted our health, improved our communication skills … coming to the space with our stuff … just being together. Andrew Pierre Hart reflecting on his B_T3 residency 13.4.21

Utilising the decolonising techniques he has been developing as teaching methodology, Andrew Hart’s workshop programme will discuss institutional structures through improvisatory ideas of cross-modality with 1:1 tutors/students Serena Huang, Shabaka Hutchings, Kanika Carr and Tic Zogson.

Celebrating the visceral qualities of Painting and Sound as core mediums for cross-modal idea generation, Hart’s offer is one of ‘ongoing rhythmic research, play, experimentation and improvisation ad infinitum: an improvisation of improvisation’. The ambition is to combine engagement with video, performance, found object and image, text and photography, in a counter-hegemonic reconstruction of art languages.

In the context of Andrew Hart’s proposal, Beaconsfield understands decolonisation as a wider process that we are part of. As an artist-led entity, we are inspired by the idea of this process as an idealistic project rooted in praxis: a decolonising vision originally conjured by Frantz Fanon ‘… about reshaping, turning human beings once again into craftsman and craftswomen, who in reshaping matters and forms needed not look at the pre-existing models and needed not use them as paradigms.’[1]

1:1 exchange w/Andrew Hart is commissioned as the third  in the series Beacon_Transitions: a lockdown experiment wherein a virtual portal is opened by Beaconsfield for artists to explore in conjunction with the physical site. Supported by DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund.

Video Reports here

Visual Diary here

About Andrew Pierre Hart here

About Beacon_Transitions here

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[1] Mbembe Achille, “Decolonising Knowledge and the Question of the Archive,” in Decolonising the Curriculum, the Museum and the Mind, ed. Marquard Smith, (Vilnius Academy of the Arts Press: Vilnius 2020), 60.