Project Statement: The Slump Test is a social practice research project examining the effects of online learning on Concordia Fine Arts students during the COVID-19 pandemic. By inviting participation, students share Desk-Self-Portraits, answer survey questions and are interviewed. This process is inspired by sociological research methods, yet takes an artful approach in gathering and analyzing data through a playful and metaphorical way. The work is not guided by a hypothesis and is instead guided by uncovering the aesthetic and emotional qualities of students’ current situations, working in isolation.
Bio: Christine White is completing her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Intermedia with a minor in Sociology. Her practice explores how social science and art can merge to challenge dominant knowledge systems. With a curiosity towards the social world combined with a passion for sustainability, her desire to connect with others and use recycled materials comes through in her work. Currently she is an intern for the CARE Project at Concordia where she is researching alongside team members to explore the ways the Fine Arts Department engages with sustainable materials and practices. Bio Photo by Chris Dingo.