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FOOTNOTES



WORKSHOPS
29 — 30 AUGUST 9:30-17:00
31 AUGUST 9:30-13:00
The workshop is divided into seven groups, based on the research themes of Footnotes:

DIS/CONTINUITIES [Digital Cultures of Education]
ORGANOLOGY [Art and Society]
CHAOS/MOSIS [Inter- and Transdisciplinarity]
COMMONALITIES [Knowledge Commons]
RE/PROGRAMMING [Institutional Structures and Strategies]
SYMBIOSIS [Ecological and Social Sustainability]
PLASTICITY [Institutional vs. Non-Institutional Education]


Over the course of two and a half days, each group will engage in concentrated, in-depth investigations of the respective theme, departing from an initial prompt. This prompt will be released as a pre-recorded video-lecture before the start of the workshop. It serves as the main body of text, which will undergo annotation, explication and extension in the form of footnotes. The workshops are designed to produce these footnotes, through which different scenarios for the future of arts education are fleshed out.

CONFERENCE 31 AUGUST 2022
16:00-20:00 01 SEPTEMBER 2022 9:30-19:00

The two-day conference will further unpack the proposed research themes, discursively collecting all the footnotes and annotating them anew as an appendix. The workshop groups are invited to share their footnotes (workshop proceedings) in conversation with invited speakers. Additionally, the speakers will respond based on their own practices and experiences.

Day One

16:00 - 16:30 Welcome Apéro

16:30 - 16:40 Welcome Note

16:40 - 17:10 Footnotes: The Prologue 7

17:10 - 18:10 ORGANOLOGY: Art School and Society with School of Intrusions

18:10 - 18:30 BREAK

18:30 - 19:30 COMMONALITIES: Learning from the Commons with School of Commons
+ input by Silvia Federici and Jack Hogan


19:30 - 20:00 Footnotes: Intermission, Outro


Day Two

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 Footnotes: Intermission, Intro

10:30 - 11:30 DIS/CONTINUITIES: Digital Cultures of Education with Baruch Gottlieb
+ input by Clara Balaguer


11:30 - 12:30 CHAOS/MOSIS: Within and Beyond the Discipline with Thea Reifler & Philipp Bergman, Shedhalle
+ input by manuel arturo abreu


12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH BREAK

13:30 - 14:30 RE/PROGRAMMING: Institutional Structures and Strategies with Lina Dokuzović
+ input by Marina Vishmidt


14:30 - 15:30 SYMBIOSIS: Ecological and Social Sustainability with Klasse Klima
+ input by Ama Josephine Budge


15:30 - 16:00 BREAK

16:00 - 17:00 PLASTICITY: Institutional vs.Non-Institutional Education with Will Furtado, Contemporary&

17:00 - 17:30 Footnotes: The Epilogue

17:30 - 19:00 BREAK

19:00 - 21:00 Debrief Dinner


The story so far...

Finally you have found a quiet spot. You flip open your notebook. It takes you a while to locate the FAST45 Learning Platform hidden between the many tabs lining your browser bar, most of which have been sitting there for days and should probably be closed soon. More out of habit than real interest you check for updates. The drop-down list shows 6 new messages, 4 new links to your projects, 20 new comments and 3 new tasks to be completed. The time is running out on your latest project but you’re still waiting for your next workshop appointment so you can finally finish working on it. You check up on that. Request still pending. Nothing you can do but to navigate to your coursework. Maybe it’s good to use the time instead to get started on your readings.

Like always, you perform a superficial scan to see whether you can even be bothered with “Theories of Sp–” but then you notice something strange is going on in the Footnotes: comments and annotations are mushrooming all over the sidebar…


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76. Since 2030 the tacit agreement of learning institutions around the globe seems to have been to assume the responsibility of rendering art education “more accessible, less resource-intensive and more critical of its own productive capacities”. How could this be used as an excuse to close public school buildings in favor of a neoliberal rent-extraction scheme?

102. Remember when learning was not segmented into isolated slivers of time, but an ongoing process of exchange and experimentation? I spend half of my study time sending applications to appeal to finance committees for resources to fund self-initiated projects.

116. Why does everyone always speak of contributing to societal changes, but never about what kind of change is desirable, or the conditions under which it should manifest?

135. What role does art even play these days? I feel that in our time of economical precarity, art has become either pure luxury or a coping mechanism. The Learning Platform has created a global exchange of knowledge that has been unprecedented, but the tools and techniques that we are building need to be applied to local contexts and communities. It is true that this requires meeting places.

156. I heard that some of the science campuses now offer studios to artists for free! The facilities seem great but I am afraid that my work will become too ‘tied up’. Does anyone have experience with these startups?

175. We are Red Tongues, we organize weekly workshops and sharing sessions in homes and open cantines and hear this is happening in more and more places. If you know of an organization or want to be connected to a group in your city send us a mail: contact@0ct0p0s.net

221. Hey, Good Nerves here, we are formulating demands to revise the platform script. We are also closely linked with a group that is collecting alternative practices of cultural production that have emerged since the 30s.

234. Art surely is a practice of unlearning. But to ‘revise’ does not necessarily imply the total deconstruction of previous knowledge. There surely are parts that can be resurrected. Their order might, however, need to be broken up, reshuffled, reassembled, or molded differently…

331. Hey sorry I couldn’t log in for a while since we were out of electricity last week, but I love how we’re taking over Footnotes. Still need to scroll through some more, but really feel heard with most of what you’ve been chatting about here. Let’s make this a habit, let’s plot and scheme and seep and leech into these bodies of organized scripts.

389. We should do something like Wikipedia Editing Workshops. It’s something they used to do back in the days, to sit together and edit entries together when they felt something was too biased, prejudiced or discriminatory

402. That sounds cool. Maybe we should dedicate some time to do that.

434. I would suggest 29th of August to 1st of September 2022, I know some people who can get us access to the former Campus of Zurich University of the Arts. And we can use the Footnotes here to involve everyone who can’t be there in person.

450. I made a little transcript of everything. There’s also a link so everyone who’s interested can sign up



Mark