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November 29, 2010

Learning Machines. Art Education and Alternative Production of Knowledge

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
an international project “Learning Machines. Art Education and alternative production of knowledge”

The project “Learning Machines. Art Education and alternative production of knowledge” intends to become a meeting point and confrontation platform in order to discuss these and other urgent issues that regard artistic education on a global scale. The title “Learning Machines”, derives from Fluxus movement and in particular from a series of works by George Maciunas.

LEARNING MACHINES. DISCOURSES” is an international symposium and a working meeting that aims to address and discuss the present and future scenarios of the art, design and media education. The transdisciplinary seminar will bring together leading international artists, designers, theorists like: Graeme Arendse, Koen Brams, Andrea Branzi, Dante Donegani, Clementine Deliss, Anselm Franke, Pascal Gielen, Joseph Grima, Alessandro Guerriero, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jakob Jakobsen, John Palmesino, Gianni Pettena, Gerald Raunig, Tim Rollins, Italo Rota, Florian Schneider, Pelin Tan, Gediminas Urbonas, Françoise Vergès and Eyal Weizman.

The exhibition project “LEARNING MACHINES. FIGURES” will focus on the subject of artistic education. Through a specially created display it will trace a chronology of experimental educational practices from the last century until now, giving an extensive overview on the various spatial and pedagogical models used and reflecting upon the idea of the community of scholars. Works by: 16th Beaver Group, Atelier Populaire, Roy Ascott, Black Mountain College, Bauhaus Schule, Erick Beltràn, Joseph Beuys, R. Buckminster Fuller, Chimurenga, Chto Delat?, Contrafilè, Copehhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Giancarlo de Carlo, Guy Debord, Paola Di Bello, Aldo van Eyck, Charles & Ray Eames, Harun Farocki, Luca Frei, Future Academy, Dmitry Gutov (KMSEL), Group ABS, Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Ganahl, Huit Facettes, Isidore Isou, Francesco Jodice, Maxim Karakulov, Maurice Lemaître, Chris Marker, George Maciunas, Ulrike Meinhof, Jonas Mekas, D.A. Pennebaker, Cedric Price, Paoula Roush, Radek Community, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Alison &Peter Smithson, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Frederick Wiseman, Eyal Sivan, Jean-Marie Straub and Daniéle Huillet, Basil Wright, Darcy Lange, Jean Vigo, Stephen Willats.

Temporary Library – Reading Room. READING MACHINE is a project by designer Alessandro Guerriero in which a wide selection of publications, catalogues, videos will be available to the public, representing the works of artists and designers that have collaborated with or influenced the philosophy of NABA from 1980 till today.

A publication “THE MANUAL. AN ACADEMY IN 100 WORDS” will collect 100 words selected and drafted by teachers and visiting professors of NABA who, over the last thirty years, have contributed to the introduction of an alternative to the classical Academic model within the Italian realm.

The project is curated by Marco Scotini in collaboration with Alessandro Guerriero

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