What is interdisciplinary?

Lets start the conversation…What is interdisciplinary art?

Wikipedia definition:  “interdisciplinary field crosses traditional boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought, as new needs and professions have emerged.”

Should we be describing “interdisciplinary” as being non-sepcialised? Our art and design course allows us to learn a multitude of disciplines, however we don’t have to use them all to create our art. We are persuaded into practising different methods of art to discover new ways of thinking, we can incorporate practises that we choose to be disciplined in, so we can become specialised.

Words to describe interdisciplinary:


exploration of techniques



manipulation of materials

endless creation

Interdisciplinary thinking started during the Russian Revolution:

“Introduction: Made in Moscow”

“Woven into – and by – this laboratory of a city is constructivism, the most ground-breaking development in the visual arts in the Soviet Union in the decade or so following the October revolution of 1917. Like the ever-shifting terrain of which it develops, Constructivism is similarly driven by a ruling passion for experimentation. Over the course of the early 1920s. it puts on the laboratory table one problem after another – composition, construction, excess, faktura, tectonics, economy, modularity, purpose, structure, function, production, process, the object, and, most fundamentally of all, the artist’s right to exist- as if each of these problems were a metal from which an as-yet-unknown substance could be extracted.”

Gough, M (2005) The Artist As Producer Russian Constructivism in Revolution, University of California Press

Wiki search on “Faktura”:

The concept of faktura (Russian: фактура) is associated with Russian Constructivism. In the period after the Russian Revolution, new definitions of art had to be found, such as the definition of art objects as “laboratory experiments”. “Fakture” was the single most important quality of these art objects, according to the critic Victor Shklovsky, referring to the material aspect of the surface.[1] The surface of the object had to demonstrate how it had been made, exhibiting its own distinct property.

Faktura-The visual demonstration of properties inherent [[to materials.

-Example: Corner Counter Relief – Vladimir Tatlin, 1915

Conversation started by Stephanie Bryant

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1 Response to What is interdisciplinary?

  1. Amy Connor says:

    Thinking about how our course is organised in terms of workshops ect, do they want us to become specialised in everything and create mixed media pieces? or is it more about what drive our own practices our context ect. And is it then our decision which media to use? Therefore if we are doing that possibly we will become specialised in a certain area because of our context and driven thoughts? It also links back to the renaissance period when artists if they were skilled in all the areas they were considered a genius….or am i just mixed up with something else? just looked online about it and leonardo was considered a genius.

    however were renaissance men considered genius because they were at the peak of discovery? In-comparison to us we have a lot of information thats easily accessible.

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