Mark Rautenbach

Mark Rautenbach

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This intervention is a scaffolded staging of what could be a Higher Education learning curriculum via an online portal such as Patreon. Each stage would be linked to lectures on YouTube or Soundcloud. Each level has its price tag, increasing in value as one progresses.The intervention parodies this format and possibly introduces the audience to these kind of formats for the first time. The above video is useful in understanding the processes used in the performance Dawning New Narratives, from which material has been produced for the tiers.

DAWNING NEW NARRATIVES
The artist sits slightly raised, crossed legged. Near the figure is a pile of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s books. From the pages of one book in his lap the artist tears a continuous thread creating a paper-yarn. With this thread he develops balls after balls of yarn. The duration of the performance is an hour and a half. Over this time the artist makes a full seated rotation, formally marking movement in time, that things take time to manifest and change. 

In an critical way the work takes an obsolete form [printed encyclopaedia] and endeavors to craft something useful out of it [a ball of yarn].It also shows how different technologies (paper/printing vs spinning/weaving) can co-exist and flow one into the other, as they are both about communication and both can be appropriated as systems of control. The yarn making activity parodies spinning yarns; and asks whether new narratives can be drawn from old structures. If the anachronism of yarn making points to a time before the Industrial Revolution, and has echoes of a Luddite reaction to change/evolution, it also embodies a handmade practice (which possesses the uniqueness of imperfection and the in-the-moment focus of the craftsperson). More important, as the Encyclopaedia becomes raw material, it marks a model of knowledge-production, dissemination of information, and archiving problematically rooted in a class-driven colonial culture. Thus, the performance points to pivotal historical moments of change.

New media and the age of technology mark another dramatic evolution. The commercial industrialisation of qualification seems to place education, and the integrity of teaching as its least concern. Do online accreditation, lectures and scaffolded courses turn the University system into a clumsy galumph from a bygone era? How far will the University make it into the next 100 years? Are these online forms eroding the culture of learning and threatening the vertical transmission of knowledge from professor to pupil? Are they turning Education into a dry functional version or are they opening to horizontal access, providing rich material democratically available to all therefore nimbly dodging the campus admin control and politically correct thought police?
Mark Rautenbach
Tiers
Matric
$1 or more per creation only 24 left
A 22 cm [width of the book] length of yarn torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Higher Certificate
$2 or more per creation only 24 left
A 28 cm [length of the book] length of yarn torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Diploma
$50 or more per creation only 12 left
1 small ball of yarn [15 cm length]  made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.  
Degree
$100 or more per creation only 12 left
1 medium ball of yarn [22 cm length] made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Honours
$250 or more per creation only 6 left
A pack of 5 small balls  of yarn  [each 15 cm length]  made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Masters
$500 or more per creation only 6 left
A pack of 5 medium balls [each 22 cm length] of yarn made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
PHD
$1,000 or more per creation only 1 left
One large ball of yarn [30 cm in length] made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica. This ball of yarn was made during the first performance of Dawning New Narratives, Rhodes Memorial at sunrise 21 June 2017.
This intervention is a scaffolded staging of what could be a Higher Education learning curriculum via an online portal such as Patreon. Each stage would be linked to lectures on YouTube or Soundcloud. Each level has its price tag, increasing in value as one progresses.The intervention parodies this format and possibly introduces the audience to these kind of formats for the first time. The above video is useful in understanding the processes used in the performance Dawning New Narratives, from which material has been produced for the tiers.

DAWNING NEW NARRATIVES
The artist sits slightly raised, crossed legged. Near the figure is a pile of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s books. From the pages of one book in his lap the artist tears a continuous thread creating a paper-yarn. With this thread he develops balls after balls of yarn. The duration of the performance is an hour and a half. Over this time the artist makes a full seated rotation, formally marking movement in time, that things take time to manifest and change. 

In an critical way the work takes an obsolete form [printed encyclopaedia] and endeavors to craft something useful out of it [a ball of yarn].It also shows how different technologies (paper/printing vs spinning/weaving) can co-exist and flow one into the other, as they are both about communication and both can be appropriated as systems of control. The yarn making activity parodies spinning yarns; and asks whether new narratives can be drawn from old structures. If the anachronism of yarn making points to a time before the Industrial Revolution, and has echoes of a Luddite reaction to change/evolution, it also embodies a handmade practice (which possesses the uniqueness of imperfection and the in-the-moment focus of the craftsperson). More important, as the Encyclopaedia becomes raw material, it marks a model of knowledge-production, dissemination of information, and archiving problematically rooted in a class-driven colonial culture. Thus, the performance points to pivotal historical moments of change.

New media and the age of technology mark another dramatic evolution. The commercial industrialisation of qualification seems to place education, and the integrity of teaching as its least concern. Do online accreditation, lectures and scaffolded courses turn the University system into a clumsy galumph from a bygone era? How far will the University make it into the next 100 years? Are these online forms eroding the culture of learning and threatening the vertical transmission of knowledge from professor to pupil? Are they turning Education into a dry functional version or are they opening to horizontal access, providing rich material democratically available to all therefore nimbly dodging the campus admin control and politically correct thought police?
Mark Rautenbach

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Tiers
Matric
$1 or more per creation only 24 left
A 22 cm [width of the book] length of yarn torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Higher Certificate
$2 or more per creation only 24 left
A 28 cm [length of the book] length of yarn torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Diploma
$50 or more per creation only 12 left
1 small ball of yarn [15 cm length]  made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.  
Degree
$100 or more per creation only 12 left
1 medium ball of yarn [22 cm length] made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Honours
$250 or more per creation only 6 left
A pack of 5 small balls  of yarn  [each 15 cm length]  made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica. 
Masters
$500 or more per creation only 6 left
A pack of 5 medium balls [each 22 cm length] of yarn made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
PHD
$1,000 or more per creation only 1 left
One large ball of yarn [30 cm in length] made from a continuous length torn from the Encyclopedia Britannica. This ball of yarn was made during the first performance of Dawning New Narratives, Rhodes Memorial at sunrise 21 June 2017.