A monstrous beetle spirit crawls around NTU Fine Art dept, disrupting talks, sabotaging studious creative endeavour, corrupting curatorial programmes and evading weirdo people counters.
'T H E N O S H O E S C R E W' is an anonymous band of ne'er do wells who disrupted my very well intended and prepared two day workshop about Kitchen Sink dramas, creeping off behind my back to perform this trashy, irreverent, anarchic act, that to me only seemed to deride the stiff, well planned, formulaic, careerist ideas about art-making that I had been trying so hard to impress upon them, and which they'll definitely need as tools if they want to survive 'out there', as creative practitoners in a highly competitive field of visual art practitioners.
Indeed, my concern is that the S H O E S might continue down a visionary path of making live work that leaves no marketable trace of technical or conceptual endeavour, nor showcases any definable skill. I suggest that other students try to ignore them and carry on engaging in dialogue, shaping inert materials into pictures and forms, and keeping well clear of identifying themselves as a living presence at the heart of their own practice. You know what's best for you!
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