Artist's book published in conjunction with show held March 22 - April 9, 1977. Includes introduction by Guy Brett. Publication tracks and documents Darcy Lange's work studies of schools in Oxforshire and the resulting video works based on his observations and interviews.
"Studies have been made of four schools in Oxfordshire and a consistent methodology has been used for each. The guidelines I have used in undertaking this work are broadly as follows.
1. to investigate teaching as work.
3. to illustrate the process of teaching and learning in the classroom.
4. to illustrate the social breakdown with each class.
5. I am particularly concerned to prevent what I make, whether it be photograph or video from becoming an end in itself -- not dissimilar to the loved art art object.
There is no world for art in the Polynesian language, and the Polynesians attempt to do everything as creatively as they can. Creativity in schools is not necessarily confined to the art class. The choice of recording history, art and science classes in schools shows this.
Art is important because of its observations of material life. Creativity when applied through music, poetry, art, to life and work can become a protection against object worship, beyond functionalism. It might help recreate involvement and creativity within manual work or build non-object recreational expression.
In some of the discussions I have recorded, art itself seems to be difficult to define. It appears as research in both the unknown and known. History in contrast to this has been evidently valuable role in assessing and researching the past, the know. It is however, interpreted according to society's needs.
The logicality in itself of many of the science subjects appears to inspire confidence in people, yet its methods of teaching do not have some correspondence with those of history and art as they all entail research into and observation of a given fact.
The process of education seems to me to be subtly but totally political. It is concerned with the establishment of values and parameters of behavior; its criteria of success are mostly orientated towards middle class academic aspirations."
-- Darcy Lange.