Photo creadit Frederikke Norgard
why I didn’t go to Art School.
In Sydney. It’s raining today and I have neglected this website for a while now. So I thought I would tell you something. Sometimes people ask me if I went to Art School. The answer is always the same. No. But I feel like my whole life as been a school of art in a way. I have been taught by my mom how to use different techniques -I have practiced how to see in order to imitate objects. I have had conversations about philosophy and how we should be treated as humans for as long as I can remember. And I have practiced. Every day.
I have always been thinking a lot. I asked “stupid” questions in school. I’ve questioned things .. I question normality. What is outside the universe if we know it is expanding? When I was younger it was more like, why can’t all birds fly backwards? My mom always told me: “if you want to learn, you have to ask.”. I want to understand. I’ve always wanted to.
But going back to why I didn’t go to Art School. There’s different reasons. First I never wanted to be an artist. I always believed that an artist was someone who was placed on a pedestal in a way. Raised above other people. Because art is such a fine area of study. And the second thing was that I am very critical when it comes to art schools. Any form of school really. Perhaps it’s a fear within me. Everything I say is from my own subjective perspective. I never went to an art school so be critical to what I am about to say.
I’m afraid that an Art School will teach you how to see. I’m afraid that they will teach you how to use different techniques. They will teach you, because they know. They will teach you how to construct meaning from a certain image - and I feel as if they will know the right answer. Even though there will never be a right answer to anything. And in terms of working how can they know what I see and how I should work? The techniques I find inspiring - the stories I want to share? How will they know which direction I should pursue. I am afraid that they will get into my head. Make me average. Align me. That’s the purpose of a school. Teaching multiple people the same curriculum. Create an archive inside your head filled with the same stuff.
so.. I decided to go my own way. I still chose school. But I went in a different direction. First I studied human technology how we as humans are change by the development of technology. After this I took a master with a philosophical perspective on IT, learning and change.
But in the end. What do I even know about that? I never went.