THOMPSON, Jon

The Pneumatic Legacy from Alfred Jarry to Piero Manzoni

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Date: Friday 27 February 1998
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Running time: 67 mins

Analyzing the work of Alfred Jarry, Marcel Duchamp, and Piero Manzoni, Jon Thompson discusses the abstraction of measurement and the idea of pneumatic speculation. Jon Thompson is an artist, curator and academic. By enabling students to move freely between departments when he was Head of Fine Art at Goldsmith College in the 1980s he was instrumental in changing the way the art school system in the UK worked. In 1988 he was involved in the curation of the now legendary Freeze warehouse exhibition. He also curated the acclaimed exhibitions Gravity and Grace and Falls the Shadow at the Hayward Gallery. After several years as Head of Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, Jon Thompson became head of the MA Fine Art course at Middlesex University's School of Art.



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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