Footnotes: Annotating the Future of Arts Education

Commission by School of Commons and FAST45

︎︎︎ Footnotes Documentation 

Footnotes: Annotating the Future of Arts Education was a workshop, conference, and role-play. It took place from August 29 to September 1 at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and was organized by School of Commons and 0ct0p0s. Using LARP methodologies, worlding and exercises for embodied thinking, 0ct0p0s created a livable fiction 23 years into the future over the course of four days.

Participants from different fields jointly worked around seven focus topics surrounding higher arts educational futures: Digital Cultures of Education, Art and Society, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, Knowledge Commons, Institutional Structures and Strategies, Ecological and Social Sustainability, the Institutional vs. the Non-Institutional.

Footnotes is a place for trans-temporal exchange. It recalls various practices that have historically activated the place of the margin be it as a form of resistance found in feminist practices of critical pedagogy, the tradition of black radical thought, as an artistic gesture in the 19th century, and as a form of intervention and conversation between different readers as seen in medieval scriptures. The annotation is mostly used to subvert the Learning Platform and the knowledge body that was enlisted there.

It had found a way to bypass the gate-keeping enforced along the borders of the institutionally validated and canonized corpus. Are these places strictly separated? Of course not. There is a rich and mutual knowledge transfer that is entertained from both sides. Anyways, most people are stood with at least one foot inside the institution. This movement had often been called a dance as writers of Footnotes were swaying and tiptoeing to find exposure and still avoid capture.

The story so far ︎︎︎

29 — 30 AUGUST9:30-17:00
31 AUGUST 9:30-13:00

Over the course of two and a half days, each group engaged in concentrated, in-depth investigations of the respective theme, departing from a pre-recorded video-lecture shown before the workshop as an initial prompt. The different thematic prompts were given by Clara Balaguer, Edwin Ramirez (Criptonite), manuel arturo abreu, Silvia Federici and Jack Hogan, Marta Malo de Molina, Ama
Josephine B. Johnstone
and Omsk Social Club. Their transcripts served as the main body of text, and underwent annotation, explication and extension in the form of footnotes. The workshops were designed to produce these footnotes, through which different scenarios for the future of arts education were fleshed out.

︎︎︎Footnotes Channel
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]

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

The two-day conference unpacked the proposed research themes, discursively collecting all the footnotes and annotating them anew as an appendix. The workshop groups were invited to share their footnotes (workshop proceedings) in conversation with invited speakers: Baruch Gottlieb, School of Intrusions,
Philip Bergmann and Thea Reifer (Shedhalle), Brandy Butler, Lina Dokuzović, Johann Otten and Lena Schubert (Klasse Klima)
and Will Fredo Furtado.

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
+ input by Edwin Ramirez, Criptonite

18:10 - 18:30 BREAK

18:30 - 19:30  DIS/CONTINUITIES: Digital Cultures of Education with Baruch Gottlieb
+ input by Clara Balaguer

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

Day Two

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:30 Footnotes: Intermission, Intro
+ input by Brett Neilson

10:30 - 11:30 PLASTICITY: Institutional vs.Non-Institutional Education with Will Furtado, Contemporary&
+ input by Omsk Social Club

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 Marta Malo de Molina

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  COMMONALITIES: Learning from the Commons with Brandy Butler  
+ input by Silvia Federici and Jack Hogan

17:00 - 17:30 Footnotes: The Epilogue

17:30 - 19:00 BREAK

19:00 - 21:00 Debrief Dinner