2016 ~ Sunday October 23: ROAMING ASSEMBLY #8 ~ TELL ME YOUR SECRET: Matthijs de Bruijne in conversation with Fatoş Üstek
The symposium calls together a group of artists, art educators and curators, all of whom teach in one way or another, to think with each other about their teaching methods.
Can art be taught? Can it be mediated? How do we teach? What are our tricks and desires in teaching and what makes us tired or angry? Does teaching take away from or add to our practices as artists, curators or educators? Do only those who can't make it otherwise become teachers? Is teaching only a way to supplement one's income? Is it a passion? Is it a social responsibility? How do we relate to the institutional frameworks within which we teach? What kind of political and aesthetic positioning does teaching engender? Can the definitions of art and artistic practice inside of educational institutions ever be brought into congruity with those on the outside?
Of an improvised nature, the symposium will meander between diverse formats of communication and knowledge generation. There will be intimate conversation amongst guests as well as speed-dating with the audience, individual input as well as group discussion.
Several of the guest speakers have never met each other and though they can all be positioned in the field of contemporary art, the main issue will be to see if it even makes sense to share our diverse experiences of and attitudes towards teaching with each other. Only if we explode the false notion that there is one common discourse, a notion that conveniently fits both, an economised art system and an economised higher education system, can we begin to negotiate accross our diverse conditions.
Matthijs de Bruijne will start out with relating to us a text by Leon Ferrari on how to find a language in common and then talk about his work for the Dutch Cleaners Union. A small sector of this union is the Domestic Workers Union. Almost every Domestic Worker organised in the Domestic Workers Union has no papers. Matthijs will also talking about the precarious worker brigade, a UK-based group activists of precarious workers in culture & education, and finally lead us to describe our own precarious situation in the cultural field.
Boris Ondreička will base his contribution on a diagram (figura, skhema, skhola). The sense of it is: to get out of urban city, citizen, identification, mimesis = created of Athens (plural, project of being) to the cave / khora (interval, pause) of rural hill / orchard, people, identity, creatio = born of Athena (singular, process of becoming) to receive critical distance (after aesthetical identification) = to see your normativeness (culture) via carnal normality (nature) = bicameralist permutation, game...
Gila Kolb will introduce us to some of the issues recently debated in radical art education and lead a speed dating session for generating audience questions: "I think that the ability to collectively raise questions can be the first step towards a micro-revolution." Read Gila Kolb's text #SHIFTING #TEACHING #ARTEDUCATION...