Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education System
Every year Nomas Foundation invite a guest curator to look at the situation in Italy. This year Mike Watson proposed a project with an international scope after looking at the social and artistic situations in Italy and in the UK and comparing them to the global situation.
In 2012-2013 Mike Watson theorist and writer is curating a project as curator in residence at Nomas as the beginning of a wider project in which a global free education system will be run from a network of art institutions. Initially, a committee will be set up to discuss what education is and to shape the project in its initial phase.
Hypothesis: Freedom in an unfree society can only be feigned. Such a feigning is by definition an artistic act. In a post-political age art bears a social responsibility.
‘Joan of Art: Towards a Conceptual Militancy’ is currently being written by Mike Watson (PhD in Philosophy, Goldsmiths College, MA Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy) for UK publisher ZerO Books (Mark Fisher, Nina Power, et al.). The book proposes that we evade the unfreedom of the societal whole by establishing a network of social initiatives delivered from galleries and art institutions.
The aim of the project ‘Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education System’ is to deliver a free education system, starting from the very basis of what education is: The sharing of information. In the first stages the very notion of education will be explored so that a new system can be delivered which recognises the value of sharing knowledge between peers and across disciplines. Finally a free accredited system will be set up in such a way that it can be delivered from anywhere in the world, growing and changing organically as it disperses via accessible communication platforms.
An initial research period will bring together artists, academics, activists, lawyers and a range of professionals working across diverse disciplines in order to examine the very roots of our education system. By retaining some areas of the system we have all grown with, and changing others, new technologies will be employed in order to deliver a mode of learning which equips the user with the ability to ask relevant questions.
The passing of the political age suggests that politics was not the only way of managing the world. By setting up an education system as ‘art’ we seek new possibilities that are as yet unimagined.
Call for Participation – Committee, Rome Autumn 2012
A committee is being formed to discuss this project in the Autumn of 2013.
A committee meeting will be held in November to discuss what education is and what it ought to be. The committee seeks artists, academics and activists with experience in the areas of social art, political art, education to put forward one page to be discussed with a view to shaping the above project. Travel to Rome, accommodation and a stipend will be paid for a period of 2-3 nights.
The committee currently comprises:
Alain Ayers (http://alainayers.wordpress.com/)
David Blacker (The Illegitimacy of Student Debt)
Vincenzo Latronico (www.vincenzolatronico.it)
Silvia de Fanti (http://www.teatrovalleoccupato.it/)
Valerio Rocco Orlando (www.valerioroccoorlando.com)
Maria Rosa Sossai (www.alagroup.org)