Seminar 7: Tuesday 23rd- Wednesday

24th, May 2017

Our May session will be a mixed bag: First and foremost, we will discuss and finalise the presentation. The majority of you are still doing face-to-faces with me. If we have time (and continuing on from last month), we will also be watching one or two films on Squatting, one from the beginning of this century dealing with the 1990s in Rotterdam and one recent, from Brussels.
Gabrielle is allotting at least an hour for our presentation on Thursday, but museum visitors might wander in on Wednesday already. People/the work in progress should thus be present in the space during Wednesday. Time on Thursday will also be spent appreciating your peer’s works in the other classes.

Seminar 6: Tuesday 25th- Wednesday

26th, April 2017

In preparation for the DAI Eindhoven moment, we will be returning to our core subject, teaching as a form of art. How can the experiences of the last month help each student articulate clearer her or his practice of teaching as a form of art? Please think this through as individuals and come prepared:  What is your articulation or idea? How can these 13 positions be brought together for an audience? Please imagine a final outcome that will transgress the boundaries of the Salvador groups instead of mimicking or representing these. In Eindhoven, we will have a space to create a show and we can also have a discursive element, but other forms of presentation might also be argued for. 

Roaming Academy, 14-27 March 2017

The Roaming Academy group on Teaching as a Form of Art goes to Salvador da Bahia to work with local artists and local schools on making A Museum in A School. We will encounter at least two realities: social injustice and a dense, deeply spiritual culture of everyday life. Students will be engaged in workshops at Arcervo da Laje in Plataforma, at Olodum in Pelourinho, or at a primary school in Alto das Pombas. We will end with a public symposium about how make sustainable structures in the absense of money at Lina Bo Bardi’s half-abandoned Coaty building.

Seminar 4: Tuesday February 14th- Wednesday

February 15th, 2017

Ruth has invited Marcelo Rezende to be the student’s interlocutor for the March class. Marcelo asks students to read his text regarding some Brazilian experiences concerning its museological institutions. It has already beend distributed. He agreed to the student’s request to work fron Lina, but would also introduce some embedded issues, like Boal and Theater. If there are segments of class, students like to teach or take responsibility for, they should contact Marcelo directly.

Seminar 3: Tuesday January 17th- Wednesday

January 18th, 2017

The January agenda is being set by students, both in terms of content that was derived from last session's discussion and in terms of the scheduling itself. The details of scheduling are still being debated amongs the students who volunteered to do the scheduling, thus this agenda gives an outline only. Ruth, who will not be present in the January and February sessions, has invited Iliana Fokianaki and Antonia Alampi to take on the role of input givers and interlocuter's of what is de facto a student-lead session. Iliana and Antonia will deliver short lectures on their own practice and experience, as they feed into the topic of the class. They will also be there to ask questions, give opinions and be mediators of the student's work during the session. Where the class feels this is helpful, they might also be willing to take on other responsibilities.

Whether the class wants to go to the BAK or not has still not been finalised, as Ruth has received conflicting information from students. Clementine, Hannah and Mirjam will contact Gabrielle to let her know the final decision as soon as possible. In any case, students, Iliana and Antonia will meet punctually at 2 pm on Tuesday 17th at the DAI to either go to the BAK as a group or start with the session.

The evening session from 7:30-9 pm and the session on Wednesday from 9 am -1 pm will take place at the DAI.


- Iliana's/Antonia's lectures

- the class will go through a trial run of making a museum at the DAI in order to come up with some experience on which a discussion of practical implications and implementations of the concept (and its meaning) can be based. Students will bring works for the museum.

- the class will make a blueprint for Bahia

Seminar 2: Tuesday December 13th- Wednesday December 14th, 2016

Our last meeting revealed that our time together is a limited resource. Despite intense work, the main issue (How to practice teaching as a form of art?) was not even broached. This will therefore be the main focus of the December session.

Please be ready to present your own implementation of teaching as a form of art to us. Some of you might not yet have come up with a notion of what that might be. Use the time until the next class to do so. We will only have January class to discuss revisions and refinements, as the February class will be focused on Salvador.

Further points on the agenda are:

- May Adadol Ingawanij, our second tutor, will present herself to the class.

- A discussion about some of the dangers and delights of involving ourselves as researchers/non-researchers into a city unknown to most of us in any physical, experiential sense. This is a discussion prompted by Clementine's statement: "The idea of 'conducting research' itself is complicated and colonial."

Time permitting (!), there are more possibilities: 

- Students may take responsibility for teaching a module of the class. If you are interested in doing so, please let all of us know by the 10th of December via email.

- I have films that I'd like to show you.

On face-to-face meetings:

This year, f-2-f meetings are not required anymore. However, some of you might still want to use this possibility to talk through issues about your work. I can imagine different formats for this:

- a small number (1-4) of individual meeting with May and me, while others are working on something else. The group would have to be ok with allowing this inequality in treatment.

- using one of our two days for people to to f-2-f, but all other students get to sit in.

- we could establish the format of "student-2-student advise". You will probably already be helping each other in an informal way, but in this instance, students would take on the role of teachers/mentors in individual f-2-f sessions.


Please read one of the many novels by Salvador da Bahia's most famous author Jorge Amado.

Addendum: May asks that we abstain from discussing abstractly about research as colonial enterprise, excoticisation or white privilege. Instead, she suggests that each of you come prepared to talk about someone, a work, a something, a piece of writing, which to you is an example of that which has travelled well, in an ethical way, and it an example that you feel we can learn from as we go to places beyond our zone of competence and comprehension. Your assignment is amended thus.
You will not have to read Amado in time for next session (But if you start, you might feel that it is worth reading more than one). You will prepare your presentation on teaching as a form of art. You will come prepared to talk towards May’s assignment.

Seminar 1: Tuesday October 25th- Wednesday October 26th, 2016

As we come together as a group for the first time, much focus will be on getting to know each other. We will review the Roaming Assembly #8. We will be discussing texts sent out to students per email. We will generate a syllabus for the next classes. And we will start defining the topic of class. 


Paulo Freire, Pedagody of the Oppressed

bell hooks, Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy

Russell Crawford, A Pedagogic Trinity – Exploring the Art, Craft and Science of Teaching 

David Thomson, Teaching as Art Form. A review of The Elements of Teaching by J.M.Banner and H.C.Cannon 

Nora Sternfeld, Learning Unlearning



Please prepare to teach us your concept of “FORM” - this concept can be culled from elsewhere, it can be one line or ten pages. Important is: that you can explain it and that you can use it in your own artistic practice. 

Please prepare to teach us your concept of “ART” - again, you need to be able to explain it. It should be short! 

Please be prepared to talk about what content and methods of “Teaching as a Form of Art” might be interesting for you, aside from lecture performance, which is banned from my class.