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Architectures of Education: Conference

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Architectures of Education is a three-day programme with presentations, screenings, keynotes and workshops seeking to reflect on cultures and architectures of education today, and speculate about what futures may lay on the horizons of knowledge production.

Throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century, as pedagogical ideals change, so have their architectural form. The spatial organization of learning is a field of design that includes the positioning of bodies, the texture and colour of surfaces, the proportionality of objects, programmatic offerings, time scheduling, and beyond. Similarly, learning can be seen as a subject of design, as the process of crafting of minds and characters. With the advancement not just of new learning models but new learning technologies, the classroom and education of tomorrow may not look like how it did today.

The event brings together some of the brightest thinkers and practitioners investigating the relationship between architecture and cultures of education today. The conference is complemented by a publication online, both on e-flux Architecture and The Contemporary Journal, the digital strand of the Public Programmes and Research department at Nottingham Contemporary.

Speakers include: Sarah Amsler, Kehinde Andrews, Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler, Sandi Hilal, Tom Holert, Irit Rogoff, ruangrupa (farid rakun), Ho Rui An, Mary Vaughan Johnson, among others.

In collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, Kingston University and e-flux Architecture.


Fri 8 Nov, 2–8.30pm

Learning Structures

2.00 – 3.30pm Panel: Learning beyond Space

3.30 – 5.00pm Panel: Learning Place

6.30 – 8.30pm Keynote


Sat 9 Nov, 12–7pm

Education Otherwise

12 – 1.30pm Panel: Learning Over

1.30 – 2.30pm Break

2.30 – 3.45pm Panel: Learning Futures

3.45 - 4.45pm Screening and Artist Talk

4.45 – 5.00pm Coffee Break

5.00 – 7.00pm Keynote


Workshops

Please note bookings for the workshops are separate. Workshops are two or three days long, please make sure you are available on all of the dates for the workshop you want to attend. More information here.

Workshop: Collectivism in space: Gudskul Ekosistem by ruangrupa

Fri 8 Nov, 10am–1pm; Sat 9 Nov, 10–11am

This workshop will explore and expand from the method from Gudskul, the informal school on collectivism and ecosystem building launched by ruangrupa, together with Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara, in Jakarta (2018). Collectivity becomes the site from where to reinvent situated practices, networks of solidarities, and sustainability, both conceptual and financial. ruangrupa is a contemporary art organization founded in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta. In Indonesian, ruang means “space”, and rupa stands for “visual” or “form”.

Workshop: Educating hope otherwise by Sarah Amsler

Thu 7 Nov, 3–6pm: Fri 8 Nov, 10am–1pm; Sat 9 Nov, 10–11am

This workshop explores the desire for educational futures beyond the norms of contemporary society. What kinds of learning can animate collective capacities to move beyond what is given as possible in contemporary society? How can we devise ways of knowing and being that gesture towards different futures together? In what ways might prevailing modes of hope and utopian practice reproduce unsustainable, unjust and violent relations of power between ourselves, other beings and the earth? Educating Hopes Otherwise creates a space which critically nurture the education of this desire.


Image credit: Concrete Tent. Courtesy of Campus in Camps


Nottingham Contemporary’s public programme is jointly funded by Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

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