Our Day Will Come
18th September to 15th October 2011.
University of Tasmania, School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania
A free-school art project by Paul O'Neill with Fiona Lee, Mick Wilson, Sarah Pierce, Annie Fletcher, Garrett Phelan, Jem Noble, Rhona Byrne, Gareth Long, Liam Gillick, David Blamey and others.
Our Day Will Come: Death of a Discourse Dancer was a school disco like no other. Taking place throughout a nightclub venue during its normal working hours, it brought together two 'publics' to experience a simultaneous symposium and disco—all at once and at the same time—where overlapping zones of discursivity co-exist and interrupt each other. Two rooms of self-organized discourse co-mingle, with DJs playing disco in one, and school participants and guests providing formal lectures and presentations in the other.
Death of a Discourse Dancer was the final event of the project Our Day Will Come—a co-operative art project initiated by Paul O'Neill, a month-long free school in Tasmania. The school took place in the central courtyard of the University of Tasmania School of Art in Hobart and was housed within a converted labourer's tearoom. It was a school within a school as much as a school of schools. It employed the free-school as a construct under interrogation and as an engine of production. Each week artists took up residence within the school and contributed towards the school's programme with performances, screenings, broadcasts, and objects engaging diverse 'publics'.
Over the space of a month, the project looked at four questions:
1. What is a School?, 2. What is Remoteness?, 3. What is Autonomy? and 4. What is Usefulness?
Each week the school began with a question and closed with the publication of an issue of the school zine, its contents formed from contributions by school members during that week. Under the conceptual and curatorial frame of Iteration:Again, the project explored the conviviality of emergent and iterative practice and the nature and value of extant educational formulas.
Our Day Will Come explored the implications of encroaching upon educational, academic and other formal structures, by intervening within them and re-framing them: from class to curriculum; from workshop to school dinner; from zine to school radio; from formal lecture to the end-of-year school disco. These are some of the discursive spaces that are being rethought and reconfigured as a means of enabling and supporting emergent forms of co-operative production.
Adapted from the press release