Post - conference

::a mobile platform for sharing knowledge::

  • :: How? ::

    The organisation of a Post-conference takes place at the end of an “open class” period of minimum two weeks titled “Art is Knowledge”. In this open class, members from our collective merge together with the students/ participants into:

    A) a research period of translating and interpreting theoretical texts/philosophical concepts around the idea of emancipation as a tool in creating different approach to education

    B) listening, choosing and editing sound material from different periods of conversations with Rancière on topic of:
    B . a) movement of art and thought vs immobility (Post-conference, December 2014, Academy of Fine arts, Brussels)
    B . b) new material specially conceived for every new creation.


    Starting from hypothesis that art is knowledge and that it could become an eligible practice not only in art-schools but in education in general, together with the participants we look for points in common between the artistic and the scientific process. With a focus on the emancipatory discourse of Jacques Rancière (but also using examples of other artists and thinkers on the topic of emancipation) searching, gathering and developing material throughout the open class period enables to collectively create a score/structure of the contents for the Post-conference event.


    The event itself becomes a kind of a public exposition of the open class process. The proposed score by the participants will serve as a guideline but is not meant to be presented as a fixed product in neither time, nor in its following of events. Instead it is agile to intervention, interruption by anybody at any moment. By interventions we mean any form of re-reading, re-listening a text, to an instant outburst of creativity as a movement, a mathematical formula, a sound, a question towards a participant. By interruptions we mean any sort of reflection, reaction and intervention. Depending on the stamina of the participants, the time frame of a Post- conference may vary, which is also why we insist on the liberty to decide by each individual to leave, take a pause or re-join at any moment. Even if we as a collective cannot predict the exact outcome of the Post- conference experience, we can't resist our desire that it lasts throughout the whole night, making it a real Phd in one night temporality.

    In the usual coordinates of the contemporary liberal world, scientific (expert) knowledge is strictly separated from the artistic one. Moreover, art is not seen as knowledge but rather as a subjective profession of an extreme choice that most parents would not recommend to their children since it is not included as a “lucrative” profession on the promising list of the labor market (featured, like a hypnotic pendulum, in the current Bologna educational reform).

    As opposed to the capitalist approach to knowledge and education which correlates with the market and has preferential treatment to commercial professions as its final consequence, in the countries that previously experienced state and/or self-government socialism (from where several members of this research come from) the attitude to art and artistic work/knowledge was the same as the attitude to any egalitarian work/knowledge: the artist was someone who worked in the sphere of culture, which was, in turn, part of the universal transformation of social conditions: towards a society of emancipation and equality.

    Our research strives to bring back artistic knowledge on this path.