Name, the branch of knowledge, subject
Joseph Hughes, tutor and coordinator at the Drawing Station.
What inspires you?
In my autonomous work (which directly feeds into my commissioned work and teaching) I search for the absurd in the logic of common languages and objects. Inspiration comes to me in subtle changes in the norm, in perspective, from the smallest details of occurrences. I guess just looking at things sideways and questioning how they are represented before any ‘awe’ inspiring visions...
What is your USP as a tutor?
With students coming through the Drawing Station my focus is on ideology and visual communication. That is the science of ideas; the study of their origin and nature, rather than their common association within economic or political theory or policies. I’m not really selling myself ;-) I’m a pretty holistic and haptic thinker and maker, that dynamism I bring to everything I do here in the Academy.
What is your dream/goal as a tutor?
My goal posts are always shifting, however, generally speaking: to apply myself in a way that translates my experiences and knowledge to the highest advantages of others.
Name one item from your bucket list?
Name a true pioneer.
I have come across so many in my formative years. Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, John Berger, Philip K. Dick, Michael Majerus, Joseph Beuys, Brian Eno, blah blah blah... If I had to pick just one then I guess it would have to be: Buckminster Fuller. The less I say about him the better, so here’s a quote:
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.