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Maria Fusco | Make an Icon out of Popcorn Workshop, 2009

Make an Icon out of Popcorn is an experimental one-day publishing project devised by Maria Fusco, in collaboration with APFEL A Practice for Everyday Life, Art Quarters Press and Matt’s Gallery, London on Friday 27 March 2009.

The participants – compact working groups of students and lecturers – debated and created around a selection of Paul Thek’s teaching notes for his undergraduate seminar on ‘4-Dimensional Design’ at Cooper Union School of the Arts in New York from 1978 to 1981.

A selection of materials including clay, paper, string was provided and specific questions from the teaching notes were ear-marked for discussion.

As the workshops progressed and responses to the teaching notes were created, a book was formed documenting the work, which was published at the end of the day.

Participants in the project included Amy Botfield, Patrick Coyle, Ben Craze, Daniel Fogarty, Maria Fusco, Peter Gladwin, Chris Healy, Susan Kelly, Robin Klassnik, Janice Mathews, Jo Melvin, Hayley Newman, Ana Noble, David Osbaldeston, Islamiya Scarr, Lawrence Sullivan, Luke Pendrell, together with APFEL and Matt’s Gallery.

Maria Fusco is a Belfast-born writer based in London. She is Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, and the founder editor of The Happy Hypocrite, a new journal for and about experimental art writing. She is the inaugural Writer-in-Residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery this year.

Photography by Ashleigh Pearson

What is an abstration?

What would it be like if you behaved with absolute power?

Make a scatological object, or use scatolgical words.

Design something to put above your bed when you make love.

What is an icon?

What is ‘service’?

Make a piece of psychological art.

Can you suggest a project, for yourself or for a group, or for any number, which might deepen your sensitivity to time?

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