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No Academy. From limbo to freedom

No Academy. From limbo to freedom

Can there be such a thing as no academy? In other words, can there be no academy and nevertheless a situation of learning and teaching, of education? What would happen if the institutional boundaries of the art academy dissolve or if its system is overtaken?

‘The relation of the academy to the field of art production is difficult to assess. First of all the academy is defined by the symbolic boundary that designates the inside of the institution as a place of education by distinguishing it from the outside world of uneducated amateurs and mature professionals. Is there any sense in guarding this symbolic boundary today or is it high time to abolish it?'*
Can there be such a thing as no academy? In other words, can there be no academy and nevertheless a situation of learning and teaching, of education? What would happen if the institutional boundaries of the art academy dissolve or if its system is overtaken? Nowadays these questions seem very significant, as there are more and more initiatives and collaborations with artists working with one another as well as with non-artists according to scenarios that exceed conventional art environments and art contexts. The real world, after all, presents more urgent surroundings for interdisciplinary practises, interventions and forms of activism. At th same time the traditional hierarchy of the academy is challenged within the academy itself by alternative notions of learning or training, leading us to reconsider the potential of the academy within society and enabling new forms of interaction. The current neo liberal colonization of the educational sector is not taken for granted by everyone! In this lecture series artists, theorists and curators will demonstrate and explore forms of self-organization and autonomy in knowledge production and education, possible paths for autonomous educational initiatives and institutions, and new politics of education.

* Critic Jan Verwoert, in the essay 'School's out!-?'

No Academy is also the name of a laboratory for social design, where starting artists and designers are working on a practical job for nine months, involving social, urban issues, initiated by Kirsten Algera, Ruud Lanfermeijer and Paul Gofferjé.
See: www.noacademy.org

Annette Krauss' artistic practise addresses the intersection of art, politics and society, in terms of participatory practises, performativity, and investigations in educational structures. She is particularly interested in how norms and values control our perceptions and practises in everyday life, and how this contributes towards the development of human relations within specific social contexts. Krauss participated in exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; IASPIS, Stockholm; Casco, Utrecht and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. She was part of the conception team of the first youth program of 'Documenta 12'.

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