Yesterday we welcomed our new cohort of Reading Scholars; 26 year 12 students travelling from across the UK to be part of a year long programme of taster lectures workshops and mentoring on studying at University and applying to HE. The Scholars were accompanied by their student mentors, students from Art and Graphics, many who had been scholars themselves a year or two ago. Half the group joined ArtLab in the Art Department to explore three stations; wrapping and body sculpture inspired by the research of Tina O’Connell, 3d scanning, and green screen layering and portals with 3d models using the apps Green Screen by Do Ink and Sketchfab. Working collaboratively in groups of 3 or 4 students brought these ingredients together in three films:
The workshop was part of our preparation for Tate Exchange & Reading Assembly. The scholars kicked off our library of videos and shared resources inspired by open source culture, considering how the end of one persons making maybe the beginning of another and inspired by Hito Steyerl’s How Not to be Seen, currently on show at Tate Modern. In January the group will work as co-researchers at Tate, delivering the workshop to their Scholar cohort and working with members of the public to explore potential ways to work with the digital afterlives of 3d models and digitised artworks.