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Lecture Series – Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic

Lecture Series – Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic

Master Education in Arts proudly presents the lecture series Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic. The series is developed by Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, course tutor of the Seminar Critical Pedagogy, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes as part of her solo exhibition at TENT Rotterdam.

Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Entrance to the lectures is free, please reserve via info@tentrotterdam.nl

Friday, May 22, 20:00–22:00
What Are We Up Against and What Are the Possibilities?
With Adelita Husni-Bey and Ine Gevers

Thursday, June 4, 20:00–22:00
Strategies of Empowerment
With Ane Hjort Guttu

Thursday, June 18, 20:00–22:00
Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
With Joost de Bloois

Since the 19th Century the political and the artistic avant-gardes have been thinking about the role of art in education in relation to societal circumstances and change, predominantly with the goal of emancipation. This dynamic however, depended on a national educational system that concerned all layers of society. Now that both private and public modes of education are at hand, and most adolescents spend more time on gaming and social media than on school work, it would be foolish not to consider this investment in a fundamentally pedagogical way. To address such issues, the lecture series proposes to explore the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’. The aim is to use both the collective intelligence and practices of the students, guest speakers and theories to visualize the force field that actors are in when wanting to operate pedagogically. The lectures and seminars are constructed around the idea of ‘liquid logic’; a more open, networked and fluid way of approaching the otherwise structured and compartmentalized educational models.

The lectures will take place in and respond to Priscila Fernandes’ exhibition Those bastards in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory (TENT, May 1 through July 5). Part of the exhibition space is set up as an informal classroom, functioning as an installation for joint production, reflection and debate. Among other work, Priscila Fernandes will present her recently published The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, inspired by the radical ideas of the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona (1901-1906). Although aesthetic education wasn’t officially part of the curriculum, the school published several articles on the implementation of artistic activities in the learning process. In her book, Fernandes investigates what the role of art could have been had the Catalan pedagogue Francesco Ferrer i Guarda been able to further develop his project.


Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 1
Friday, May 22 20:00-22:00
What Are We Up Against and What Are the Possibilities?
With Adelita Husni-Bey and Ine Gevers
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdamunnamed

High tech systems are interconnected on a global scale. The Internet of Things, for instance, is extending rapidly and gaining more power everyday, to such an extent that we lose overview. The internal mechanisms of institutions start to lead their own life more and more: services are automated, data are the new currency, efficiency has become the norm and is identified with everyone’s proper adjustment to machines. Technology’s promise of the quick fix is changing power structures everywhere and the appeal of solutionism is stronger than ever. How can we look for alternative ways? How could citizens take charge and reclaim their environment? And how to keep our relations ‘human’; or should we reconsider the very notion of humanity in education?

Biographies
Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy, 1985) is an artist and a researcher whose practice involves the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on re-thinking radical pedagogical models within the framework of anarco-collectivist studies. Solo shows include: White Paper: The Land, Beirut (in Cairo), 2014, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012, The Green Mountain, ViaFarini/DOCVA, 2010. She has participated in Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014, Jens, Hordeland Kunstsenter, 2013, Meeting Points 7, MuKHA, 2013,  Mental Furniture Industry, Flattime House, 2013, TRACK, S.M.A.K museum, 2012, Right to Refusal, 2012, Kunstverein Bregenz. She has recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and will be presenting chapter II of ‘White Paper’, a project based on the analysis of the changing face of legislation in relationship to private ownership, at Casco (Office for Design Art and Theory), in the spring of 2015. 

Ine Gevers is curator, writer and activist. In 2007 she started Foundation Niet Normaal with the purpose of mounting art exhibitions and artistic campaigns concerning socially relevant themes for broad audiences. The organization has its roots in 1994, when Ine Gevers curated Ik + de Ander. Art and the Human Condition. In 2009/ 2010 she curated the exhibition and publication Niet Normaal · Difference on Display. The visual art manifestation, Yes Naturally · how art saves the world organized in collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, researches how a non-anthropocentric perspective enables us to become more ecologically intelligent. Yes Naturally embraces artistic proposals for co-creation between human and nonhuman agents. Currently Ine Gevers is preparing the large scale research and art event Hacking Habitat, Utrecht.


Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 2
Thursday, June 4 20:00-22:00
Strategies of Empowerment
With Ane Hjort Guttu
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

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Cartographies are supposed to map out where things are, so we can get a better idea of where we are, or ‘how’ and ‘where’ we can become. Yet there were others, obviously, who use cartographies to shape environments as well, which redefine the very space we live in and which we, consequently, have to chart by following the fabrications of others. As an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo, Ane Hjort Guttu has been working with issues of power, empowerment and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state, through video works, picture collections, sculpture and photography. Guttu also writes analytical as well as poetical texts, and several of her projects discuss art and not just the history of architecture but also its modes of empowering people, or blocking their very potential of becoming.

Biography
Ane Hjort Guttu, b. 1971, is an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo. Latest projects and exhibitions include: Where Angels Fear To Thread, Sydney Biennial, Australia, 2014, Urbanisme Unitaire, Le Quartier, Centre d´Art Contemporain de Quimper, 2014 and This Place is Every Place, Tensta konsthall, Sweden, 2014. Forthcoming projects: Future Light, Vienna Biennial, Austria; Europe – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; and two solo shows in Bergen Kunsthall Norway and South London Gallery, Great Britain. An extensive publication on Guttu’s work is being published in 2015 by Bergen Kunsthall/Sternberg Press. 


 

Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 3
Thursday, June 18 20:00-22:00
Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
With Joost de Bloois
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

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Biography
Joost de Bloois is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, departments of Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature. He has published on the nexus between art and politics in a.o. Rethinking Marxism, Volume and Historical Materialism. Recently, he has published an introduction into the work of Alain Badiou. He is currently working on two projects: ‘Cultures of Precarity in Europe’ and ‘New Communisms’.