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Education
10 Nov 2009
Belgium, Brussels
"THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is not accredited, it does not give out degrees, and it has no affiliation with the public school system. It is a framework that supports autodidactic activities, operating under the assumption that everything is in everything.

The Public School (Brussels) is set up by Komplot at Nadine, from November 2009 until April 2010 and later in other venues in the city. Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles) initiated The Public School, an art school “with no curriculum.” It now also exists in Philadelphia and Chicago with new schools opening this Autumn, in New York at Common Room, in Paris at Bétonsalon and in Brussels at Komplot."

Education / Organizations
25 Oct 2009
US, Bloomington
"The Society for a Re-Natural Environment, or SRNE, is a multi-faceted, re-environmental organization dedicated to identifying, protecting, and occasionally enhancing elements of wild, non-human nature that exist or have re-inserted themselves into human dominated habitats. The SRNE is dedicated to disseminating information regarding often overlooked, everyday experiences of this aspect of nature."

Education / Organizations / Sustainability
19 Apr 2009
US, New York
The wonderful and active Christopher Kennedy just helped to launch: Artiscycle– a project of the Institute for Applied Aesthetics, exploring alternative models of art, design and education that help form authentic communities. The idea is to develop an appendix of best practices from collaborative artists and educators at the forefront of interdisciplinary practice and to incubate a re-imagined community learning space that will house the Institute.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education
19 Dec 2008
US, New York
We have just occupied New School University.

We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us, for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France and Spain.

This occupation begins as a response to specific conditions at the New School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of education in general. However, it is not just this university but also New York City that is in crisis: in the next several months, thousands of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets.

Education / Free / Urban/City
27 Nov 2008
Various
The Mobile Academy has been on tour for seven years. It continually changes location, time, theme and form: a large-scale MA gathered 180 people together for 4 weeks for a temporally limited international imagined community (Bochum 1999/Berlin 2004), while the smallest version brought together two people - the artist and the client - for private lessons lasting one hour at public places in the city. For knowledge transfer, it can assume the character of a camp, an installation, a blind date or a marketplace.

MA's most recent manifestation is Black Market Archive.

Education / Exhibitions / Public Projects
15 Sep 2008
For nearly 40 years professor in geography: David Harvey has been doing a much talked about course consisting of a close chapter to chapter reading of Karl Marx's Capital. The whole course is now online as 13 videos to be viewed in your browser or downloaded as sound or video.

Books / Education / Free
05 Jul 2008
Various
A series of seminars, lectures, screenings, syllabii and literature on the notion of the political in postmarxist theory developed by Katja Diefenbach, Advising Researcher Theory Department, Jan-van-Eyck-Akademie Maastricht

2008 the seminars focus on the analysis of labor power, immaterial work, and the notion of common.

Art + Activism / Education
03 Jun 2008
US, San José
Time for some self promotion!

On June 5,6 and 7, we will present a bus tour, an outdoor film/video festival and an on-site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California.

This tour takes inspiration from the spirit of counter cultural activities prevalent in this region in the late 1960’s, namely the activities of the Mid-Peninsula Free University, Homebrew Computer Club,draft-resisters and the back-to-landers.

The local landscape will provide a campus for our roaming classroom. The bus will traverse the Santa Clara Valley using public facilities, nature preserves and back alleys to host projects by a wide range of practitioners. We will use this free campus to explore, discover and generate critical responses to the pressing issues that affect not only ourselves, but our whole round planet.

A Free Soil reader will be published alongside this project that looks at various forms of education as cultural production and creative resistance.

Reports will follow. Stay tuned.!

Art + Activism / Education / Events / Social Practice
24 Apr 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Bains::Connective is an artistic working and presentation space located in the ancient swimmingpool of Vorst|Forest, in Brussels.

In the context of Some Political Art, B::C invited Jakob Jakobsen to talk about self-organization and autonomy in knowledge production and education. He will use his own concrete experiences with the Copenhagen Free University and the Free Class as examples of self-education, leading to a discussion about possible paths for autonomous educational initiatives and institutions in the shadow of the current neo-liberal colonisation of the educational sector.

The lecture is on Monday april 28, 2008 and is free.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
04 Apr 2008
Critical Spacial Tour
US, San Diego
Los Angeles to Tijuana 2008 Mobile Conference
Saturday, May 3, 2008

A one day train, trolley ride that explores local and regional issues in Southern/Baja California region. Discussions on Track will focus on four topic areas: transportation, social issues, the natural and built environment impacting the region. Projects visited include: the LA River, Hobart Rail Yards, 710 Expansion, Great Park, San Gabriel River, Casa Familiar, Tijuana River and many others.

Art + Activism / Education / Urban/City
22 Mar 2008
Mojave, US
We recently met artists and educators Deena Capparelli and Claude Willey who are behind the project MOISTURE. Two deeply inspired folks...

MOISTURE is an experimental research project undertaken by a Los Angeles-based artist collective. Focused on developing location-sensitive structures for the collection, retention, and use/re-use of water in the Mojave Desert, the collective are invested in creating microclimates within one of the driest desert regions on the planet.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Sustainability
11 Mar 2008
Anywhere
RadicalMath is a resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic injustice into their math classes and curriculum. On this website you will find links to access and download over 700 lesson plans, articles, charts, graphs, data sets, maps, books, and websites to help you bring these issues into your classroom.

Don't forget to take a look at the ...
"Guide for Integrating Issues of Social and Economic Justice into Math Curriculum".

Education / Free / Social Practice
04 Mar 2008
US, Los Angeles
"A school with no curriculum, located underneath TELIC Arts Exchange, a non-profit organization that provides a place for multiple publics to engage with contemporary forms of media, art and architecture. For four years the space has been a platform for exhibitions, performances, screenings, lectures and discussions. TELIC’s program emphasizes social exchange, interactivity and public participation to produce a critical engagement with new media and culture.

The Public School operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach that); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school will find a teacher and offer the class to those who signed up."

Artists / Education / Organizations / Social Practice
29 Feb 2008
US, New York
Updated website for Night School:
Night School is an artist commission in the form of a temporary school. The yearlong program uses the Museum as a site to engage the public. Seminars, workshops, screenings, and lectures explore thematic components addressed from the perspective of ongoing research and production, and constitute the core structure of the School. Night School draws upon a group of local and international artists, writers, and theorists to conceptualize and conduct the program, including Boris Groys, Martha Rosler, Liam Gillick, Walid Raad and Jalal Toufic, Okwui Enwezor, Hu Fang and Zhang Wei, Paul Chan, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Maria Lind, and Raqs Media Collective. Lectures, screenings, and conversations take place in the New Museum's theater and fifth-floor Museum as Hub space, as well as informal locations throughout the neighborhood.

Education / Exhibitions
24 Feb 2008
Various
The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist-led, not-for -profit public art project that seeks to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions, performances, screenings, and short-term and long-term collaborations between organizations and individuals. Its main component will be a nomadic forum or think-tank that will cross the hemisphere by land, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. This hybrid project included a collapsible and movable architectural structure in the form of a schoolhouse, as well as a video collection component.

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education / Social Practice
22 Feb 2008
A journey through the history + currents of free education, counter-institutional movements + the economy of information in Silicon Valley + beyond.
San Francisco
Free Soil is organizing a bus tour, outdoor film/video festival and on-site exchange, in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California June 5-7, 2008

We are seeking submissions to include in this project. Please visit the links below to learn more about the projects and submission guidelines.

Call for Projects:
Onsite Learning Exchange / Teach-ins
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2008
Stipends Available
http://www.futurefarmers.com/tour2/exchangecall.html

Call for Submissions:
Free Soil Reader: Free/Radical/Counter Institutional Reader
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2008
Stipends Available
http://www.futurefarmers.com/tour2/readercall.html


Call for Flm/Video/Performance:
Outdoor Film/Video Screening
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2008
Stipends Available
http://www.futurefarmers.com/tour2/screeningcall.html

Art + Activism / Calls / Education / Social Practice
12 Feb 2008
Portland, Oregon
Plotting the City is an architectural design studio at the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. From January 2008 a group of sixteen architecture students are investigating the myths of the city of Portland, Oregon, USA. The studio explores the city not as a single definition or absolute, but as a multitude of tales embedded in the topography, built entities and unfolding human drama of everyday life. As if the city were a complex, layered script awaiting interpretation, animation and projection through continued acts of involvement and concern, the students tread streets, read signals, and tell tales about the settings and human situations they encounter. Students are engaged in a story-telling enterprise, translating experience into plot, mythologizing the city inspired by the content and detail of landscapes encountered through successive acts of walking.

Architecture / Education / Urban/City
07 Jan 2008
UK
Call for Workshop Convenors:
4th-6th SEPT, 2008 (Confirmed)
Department of Politics, IR and European Studies, Loughborough University, UK

The Anarchist Studies Network is an official Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association (UK). The principal aims of this network are to coordinate and promote the re-investigation of anarchism as a political ideology.

Calls / Education
11 Dec 2007
Malmø
MFK is a gender separatist art and educational space by and for persons who identify as women. It's an ongoing public art project aiming to create a place were art, politics and feminism are brought together, opened and combined. Their blog is in Swedish but you can also see this interview by Jeuno JE Kim.

Art + Activism / Blogs / Education / Organizations
01 Dec 2007
Australia
Two city kids quit their jobs, pull up stumps and journey to a remote, empty, block of land to start an ultra low impact lifestyle from scratch.

DIY / Homebrew / Education / Sustainability
13 Nov 2007
US, San Diego
The Political Equator Conferences were launched in June 2006 with an investigation into the theme of Urbanities of Labor and Surveillance. Political Equator ll stages an exploration of the intersection between sociopolitical and natural domains, foregrounding the notion of a collective territory, but also a territory of collaboration that transgresses hemispheric boundaries.

The field of operations represented by the collectives of architects and urbanists brought together for Political Equator ll traces an invisible trajectory across the political equator. This time the axis runs south to north, along which emergent Latin American practices of intervention simultaneously engage the politics of the environment and policies that are shaping contemporary cities. The Political Equator re-emerges in 2007 as a collaboration with Tránsito(ry) Público / Public(o) Transit(orio), following an event-based itinerary that travels from Los Angeles to San Diego to Tijuana, and back again. This provocative series of events and interventions will be hosted by major cultural institutions, neighborhood-based NGOs, and independent alternative spaces, eventually crossing over into the no man’s land of the border zone itself, where the Tijuana River symbolizes the conflicts these collaborative practices seek to expose and engage.

Art + Activism / Education / Events
12 Nov 2007
U.S.
Project Compost is a student-run, student-funded unit of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD). Four student staff members, many interns, and even more wonderful volunteers cooperatively manage Project Compost.

There are 2 parts to Project Compost: Education and Action
The Education portion means we offer free composting workshops through the Experimental College, make presentations to clubs and classrooms, as well as make home compost consulatations and construct compost bins to give away.

The Action portion of the program consists of compost pickups. Each and everyday we collect over 1,000 pounds of food matter from the Dining Commons (Tercero, Segundo, Oxford Circle, and Castilian), ASUCD Coffee House, Coffee Kiosks on campus, the Pomology Department, the Greenhouse, and several labs on campus. This organic matter is composted by Project Compost on the Student Farm in windrows.

Education / Organizations / Social Practice / Sustainability
10 Nov 2007
Montreal
The Imaginary Border Academy (L’Académie de la frontière imaginaire) was initiated at the Artivistic gathering in Montreal , 25-27 October, 2007;

It is our aim to provide copyleft pedagogical resources for engaging all forms of borders.

As was agreed with the clink of two Caribs by an incomplete decision making body, the academy is within the tradition of Autonomous Education, Free Universities, Community Education and Free Skools.

The Academy strives to cultivate a non-hierarchical pedagogical approach to understanding, subverting and undermining borders.

Art + Activism / Education
07 Nov 2007
U.S.
The ‘Cultures of Economies Research Group’ is a forum at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools to engage with critical debates about the role of culture, space, and economy. The Research Group seeks to contribute to inter-disciplinary dialogues about the practices of economy in everyday life through regular faculty and graduate student workshops, research paper presentations, reading groups, and an annual symposium.

Education / Social Practice
31 Oct 2007
US, San Francisco
In relation to BioTechnique, curator Phil Ross is organizing 'Technebiotics' :
"Part science fair, part county fair, this interactive afternoon event will feature multiple live demonstrations and do-it-yourself workshops on a wide range of biological techniques and processes. Artists, scientists and educators will demonstrate how to spool DNA, extract and cultivate stem cells, construct a home distiller or a hyrdoponic garden, hybridize plants, and more. See cutting edge laboratory equipment alongside traditional horticultural methods and enjoy hands-on interaction with each display. Technebiotics promotes the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology in a “DIY” atmosphere, and will bring together expert knowledge and playful experimentation in this afternoon of technical flora and fauna."

Artists / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Events / Exhibitions
05 Oct 2007
A weekend gathering for collaborative + creative reflection on art + politics
North West, England
Technology / Authorship / Ways of Living / Art Market
5th - 7th October, 2007
Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, North West England.

The Knowledge Lab is an attempt to provide a collective space for anti-capitalist reflection. It is located at the margin of the university, an institution essentially geared towards the production of knowledge as a resource for corporate interest and as justification for particular constellations of power relations. The Knowledge Lab is hence also an attempt to claim back some of the university's space, resources and know-how from the military-industrial complex and make them available for people concerned about and working against the status quo of unceasing commodification, exploitation, war, and biospherical destruction.

Art + Activism / DIY / Homebrew / Education / Events

02 Oct 2007
Berlin
A seminar and exhibition organized by Ulrike Solbrig, Åsa Sonjasdotter and Nis Rømer, in Sparwasser, Berlin, August 2007.

Text by Nis Rømer

Guattari's book "the three ecologies" was published in 1989 but not translated into English until 2000. In it, Guattari argues that the definition of ecology needs to be expanded to encompass social relations, human subjectivity and environmental issues. Addressing this point of view we titled the seminar accordingly.

We invited practitioners who work with an awareness of how the shaping of livelihoods reflects political, economical and cultural power structures, as well as those working with modes of self-empowerment and sustainability.

It seemed to us that much of the debate on climate change misses out on anything other than the technological fix to the current environmental crises. It has therefore become more important to connect contemporary artists who work with other dimension of the environment and to contribute to the creation of discourse around this. The question of “How can we cultivate and experiment with other ways of living and organizing our selves?” was constant in organizing the seminar.

Here is a rundown of the presentations:

Laor Paphonsak and Nuntasakun Tepparit represented The Land Foundation from Thailand. It was surprising to me that The Land was not just about star artists going and building a house and then leaving again (sorry my prejudice). Paphonsak and Tepparit spoke about the One Year Project which takes place as a school and proposes a whole way of living. The school is divided into 4 parts: The first three months is for meditation and includes not talking for the whole period. Other parts of the One Year Project include learning how to live from the land and only the final part evolved around art making. The approach is non-dogmatic. A question was raised about self-sufficiency, to the extent of denying themselves beer. The answer was that they still needed to be on good terms with the neighbours and thus a beer together was necessary from time to time.

Sørfinnset Skole - the Nordland by Søssa Jørgensen and Geir Tore Holm(NO) is inspired by The Land, yet they couldn't be more different. They are based in Scandinavia, North of the polar circle, which means summer without nights and winter without light. Its there one finds their School. Tore has Sami roots and together with Søssa explores this in the building and construction of the Nordland. At the same time direct exchange is made between The Land in Thailand and the Nordland. Recently a traditional Thai house was built and modified to the sometimes harsh Scandinavian climate. The location also works as a type of community centre for the small village and its surrounding, with café, community radio and talks on a variety of topics around culture, food and nature.

EcosXchange / Siraj Izhar presented a project to introduce an alternative economy in Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Rezé, Nantes. The building with its Iconic status and size, (around 1000 people live there) provides a good context for testing alternative economies to improve the place in terms of both sociability and environmental impact.

Ingrid Book & Carina Hedén presented an example of social housing in Angered, in the municipality of Göteborg, Sweden. Angered is a community of 40.000 inhabitants with a 90 % immigrant population and high rates of unemployment and crime. Millions of € have been spent to improve the situation but has resulted in little apparent improvement to public life in the area. Their talk was formulated as a question and a series of images from the area: How can artists work in meaningful ways in a context like this?, what would need to be done if anything? They opened it up to the other participants for suggestions.

Amy Plant presented lifeisland.org which is a support website for Manor Gardening Society Allotments in Hackney Wick, London. The allotment gardens are threatened by eviction because of the building of the Olympic City. The presentation showed how artists can contribute to making campaigns highly successful in terms of media coverage and air time, and also added reflection on what kind of city is created, for whom and in which aesthetics. It was obvious that the planning for the site by the Olympics planners had more to do with creating a kind of marketable identity resembling slick commercials, rather than making a place where life is lived and people take part in the formation of their environment.

Workstation ideenwerkstatt Berlin e. V was similar in some ways in terms of their cultural activism and interest in gardening. Frauke Heel presented the Worksstation's practice of working. On the one hand it was self reflective and open to what is work and how it is valued. On the other it was directly activist, such as the Rosa Rosa and other Intercultural gardens in Berlin (See the documentation part of the website for images)

The question of “What is a livelihood and how do artist connect to a local context?” was asked by the Sandarbh Artists Workshops represented by Sakshi Gupta and Chintan Upadhyay, India. They work mainly in semi-rural areas. The setup is that artists are “thrown” into a specific area and work ad -hoc in a highly experimental manner as a response to the local situation and people they meet. One example was a local museum with farming tools that represented local identity and farming habits, but also worked actively as a kind of tool lending library.

From an entirely different angle Anna Barth talked about the Butho tradition - a dance that connects to soil and to death and to what is traditionally thought of as ugly. One Japanese Butho master owned a nightclub and in this setting removed from "high art" many things were tested and developed. Another Butho master stressed the importance of learning to farm in order to know how to dance Butho.

The organisers presented their individual and group works. Ulrike Solbrig explained and demonstrated the working method of UN-Wetter taking the shape of discursive picnics shared events in the city where everyone is at the same time a host and a guest, and research into for example the patenting of crops.
Åsa Sonjasdotter discussed her project Potato Perspective and distributed her A-Z on how to breed potatos, and the amazing biodiversity you can have in potatoes when finding other ways of breeding than what the marked allows for.
Nis Rømer and Andrea Creutz working together in Fieldwork presented their works in Swopshop and Free Soil, with discussions on participatory research, alternative economies and localized research.

The afternoons of the seminar were for urban explorations in Berlin. We were guided by in many cases Ulrike Solbrig to see self organized community gardens, children's farms and other places both some that have been around for years and more recently initiated project. One of the projects that showed a lot of potential were the "Intercultural Garden" movement. These are communal gardens that work for intercultural dialogue and exchange trough gardening together. In only a few years there have sprung up between 60-80 gardens in Germany alone and the number is growing rapidly. See reports from the excursions and the many places visited on the website under the menu: Documents

One overall and encouraging tendency was that so many artists and activists work with practices that are sustainable in more ways than one. By way of example and lived experiences it was shown how art, culture and activism is important for creating new ways of living, defined not by a capitalist machine but by a lust for life.

The seminar was accompanied by an exhibition in Sparwasser also documented on the website: www.socialmentalenvironmental.net

Education / Sustainability
18 Aug 2007
England
A new and innovative research centre brings together architects, urbanists, filmmakers, curators and other cultural practitioners from around the world to work on expanded notions of architecture that engage with questions of culture, politics, conflict and human rights.

Architecture / Education / Urban/City
10 Aug 2007
Venezuela
The University of Momboy in Venezuela has started a project using mules to spread the advantages of reading to remote villages. The mobile libraries take books into isolated communities and have helped encourage people to read. James Ingham shows in his BBC article the great success of this community-based initiative.

via Book Patrol

Books / Education / Public Projects
25 Jul 2007
Delhi, India
Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, one of India’s leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia. They are a coalition of researchers and practitioners with a commitment towards developing a model of research-practice that is public and creative, in which multiple voices express and render themselves in a variety of forms.


Education / Organizations / Urban/City / Virtual Soil
04 Jul 2007
Budapest
Kitchen Budapest, opening in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.

Education / Organizations / Urban/City / Virtual Soil
05 Jun 2007
Anywhere
The Bank of Common Knowledge is organized as an open source model of knowledge transfer, a laboratory for inventing and trying out new forms of production, education, organization and distribution, involving new roles for producers and receivers, experts and amateurs, teachers and students, as well as new relationships between the production of image, text, and audio material and their subsequent diffusion in the public space.

Education / Free
03 Jun 2007
Italy
UNIDEE in Residence is an international residence program open to students and graduates of various university faculties, to artists and to professionals from any country in the world.

The growing interest in researching and developing ideas in all sectors of society is not interpreted by UNIDEE in generic terms but as the need for a creative contribution to transformation in all areas of activity. Work is grounded in an imaginative and research-oriented practice that operates within each discipline and is directed towards the responsible transformation of society.

UNIDEE residents live and work on the Cittadellarte site, a pleasing example of industrial archaeology, and participate in courses, workshops, public meetings and exhibitions.

The residents work individually or in groups to develop ideas and projects, working along creative lines pertinent to the following fields: Art, Communication, Ecology, Economics, Education, Work, Nutrition, Politics, Production, Science, Spirituality.

Programs are directed by Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Education / Residencies
22 May 2007
Slovenia
RAD. EDU is a multiuser weblog system designed to facilitate the communication, collaboration and exchange between participants. A good collections of texts, articles and interviews!

In conjunction:
Exhibition, workshops, discussions in Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 2008.
Concept developed by Bojana Piškur & Marjetica Potr?
Adviser: Marta Gregor?i?

Education / Virtual Soil
20 May 2007
Slovenia
The World of Art is an educational program introduced in 1997. It was developed out of a need for theoretical and practical education in the field of contemporary visual art which no university program in Slovenia offered. It includes writing, curatorial studies and art practice led by a series of public lectures.

Education
03 May 2007
London, UK
University of the Arts London Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design. The MA, which is run by the Research Centre, will focus on questioning the nature of culture, tradition and authenticity with regard to relationships between the local and the global.


Education
02 May 2007
India
"The Barefoot College is a place of learning and unlearning. It's a place where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher. It's a place where NO degrees and certificates are given because in development there are no experts-only resource persons. It's a place where people are encouraged to make mistakes so that they can learn humility, curiosity, the courage to take risks, to innovate, to improvise and to constantly experiment. It's a place where all are treated as equals and there is no hierarchy."

Education / Organizations
26 Apr 2007
Anywhere
infed is an open, independent and not-for-profit site put together by a small group of educators with the aim to provide a space for people to explore A-Z theory and practice of informal education and lifelong learning. They encourage educators to develop ways of working and being that foster association, conversation and relationship.

Education / Social Practice / Virtual Soil
17 Apr 2007
Non Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture
Berlin
May 24 to 28
The debates around education are shifting.
The crisis in education offers potential modes of critical engagement: drawing on activist practices and processes of participation which circulate in the wider culture, it allows us to claim the power to shape and define the terms of the debate.
SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as so called "intellectual property".



Art + Activism / Education / Events
20 Mar 2007
London, UK
A campaign to stop the transfer of control over the majority of Iraq’s oil over to multinational companies like BP and Shell.
It opposes any foreign exploitation of Iraq's oil reserves that rips off the Iraqi people. Members include Corporate Watch, Iraq Occupation Focus, Jubilee Iraq, Naftana, PLATFORM, Voices UK, and War on Want.

Education / Organizations / Social Practice
20 Mar 2007
Non-aligned Initiatived in Education Culture
Berlin
Berlin, May 24-28 2007

There are principles within learning and teaching that extend far beyond the years spent within the institutions of education. What models are emerging for an understanding of both an expanded duration of education as well as for our need to redefine what needs to be know within a contemporary civic landscape?

SUMMIT is a proposal to change the terms of the debate away from a purely bureaucratic engagement with quantitative and administrative demands and from the ongoing tendency to privatize knowledge as socalled "intellectual property". Instead of concerns with its purely organisational dimensions we would hope to steer it towards some of the important questions faced by our cultures today.

Art + Activism / Calls / Education
02 Mar 2007
10 Open Education Resources
Global
"The phrase ‘open education resources’ encompasses several different types of resources, including learning content, tools and implementation resources; and iCommons has developed a short list that contains the major Open Education Resources on the internet.

Incubated by Creative Commons, iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world."

Education / Free / Organizations / Virtual Soil
10 Feb 2007
A Visual Guide to Where Your Federal Tax Dollars Go.
U.S.
“Death and Taxes” is a representational graph of US federal discretionary budget. The poster shows the amount of money that is spent by Congress and aims to generate questions about why US taxes are being used that way.

Education / Virtual Soil
06 Feb 2007
The pollution information site
U.S.
Environmental Defense, a national nonprofit environmental advocacy group founded in 1967, launched Scorecard in 1998 as a free resource. It now contains information from over 400 scientific and governmental databases about pollution problems and toxic chemicals. Scorecard allows US citizens to find out about the pollution problems in their community and learn who is responsible.

Education / Free
28 Jan 2007
US, Los Angeles
An exhibition and book, "Inventing Kindergarten" at Art Center College of Design.

"...kindergarten was based around a system of abstract exercises that aimed to instill in young children an understanding of the mathematically generated logic underlying the ebb and flow of creation. This revolutionary system was developed by the German scientist Friedrich Froebel whose vision of childhood education changed the course of our culture laying the grounds for modernist art, architecture and design."

Books / Education / Exhibitions / Social Practice
30 Dec 2006
US, San Diego
"A visual encyclopedia that documents manufacturing processes, labor conditions and environmental impacts involved in the production of contemporary products.

As an independent, academic, wiki-based publication, HSIM reconsiders engineering and design education as fundamentally connected to the social and political constraints, organizational innovations and global context that inform manufacturing decisions."

Education / Free
17 Dec 2006
U.S. Boston
The Center for Advanced Visual Studies is a community for contemporary art in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is a fellowship program that commissions and produces new artworks and artistic research within the context of MIT. A laboratory for interdisciplinary art practice, the Center facilitates exchange between internationally known contemporary artists and MIT’s faculty, students, and staff through public programs, support for long-term art projects, and residencies for MIT students.

Architecture / Education
27 Nov 2006
San Francisco
This is an exciting opportunity. The SFMOMA is seeking someone to work alongside Dominic Wilsdon (formerly of the Tate Modern) in public programs. Dominic is wonderful and actively working to create an exciting new direction for the museum in terms of public programming.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art seeks an outstanding candidate for the post of Associate Curator, Public Programs. The post carries the primary responsibility for curating a range of live programs that present major intellectual and cultural practice, international in scope, to a broad public in the Bay Area. This will involve expanding the talks and discussions program to cover issues of contemporary concern across art and visual culture, politics and society; developing SFMOMA’s new program of contemporary and historical film; and conceiving and developing a new strand of performance, including music and live art.

Education / Public Projects
20 Nov 2006
Campaign for safe, healthy consumer products
US, New York
"New car smell? New shower curtain smell? That’s the smell of poisonous chemicals off-gassing from the PVC."

The PVC Consumer campaign is focused on preventing harm by shifting decision makers from producing, using and disposing of PVC consumer products and packaging and substituting it with safe materials."

Education / Organizations
07 Nov 2006
Anywhere
NetAction's self-guided training course shows you how to strategically use technology to enhance grassroots organizing and outreach efforts related to political campaigns and public policy issues.

Education / Free / Virtual Soil
31 Oct 2006
World Oil Production 1859 - 2050
Global
Clear visualization of global oil production and consumption within our modern industrial society. While giving insight in the different apects and effects of oil production, it becomes clear that we are approaching a worldwide peak.

Education
27 Oct 2006
School of Geography, Universtiy of Leeds
England
The School of Geography at the University of Leeds offers a new Masters Programme in Activism and Social Change (ASC). It is the first of its kind in Europe, and offers students an opportunity to be fully engaged in an innovative and original interdisciplinary programme of research-led teaching and participatory study which brings together the worlds of academia and progressive social campaigning.

Art + Activism / Education
22 Oct 2006
People reclaiming their rights that were theirs in the first place.
U.S.
Thomas Linzey, innovative attorney and co-founder of Democracy Schools and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund facilitates conservative American townships to challenge the validity of corporate rights, claim local self governance and reclaim democracy.

Education / Organizations / Sustainability
16 Oct 2006
a self-institution for independent research, collaboration and learning
London, UK
As a matter of drifting from the previous post a site most recommendable is University of Openness, one of the first art sites (that I know of) to have used a wiki effectively to make self organized projects. Especially the Cartography section offers a wealth of information and check the urban climbing section run by Lottie Child.

Education / Free / Organizations
15 Oct 2006
Amsterdam
Via culiblog: On an island in Amsterdam’s Westerpark, a horizontal grid of 1m2 garden plots are being prepared for the children. The sign says that around 500 children will receive weekly education about nature and the environment on these plots.

Education / Sustainability
29 Sep 2006
Not entirely free...
Anywhere
For those of us whole stumble through the writing process, the bible of the publishing and research community is now available on your desktop. The Chicago Manual of Style Online is completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions.

Get at 30-day free trial. That is all you really need.

Education
27 Sep 2006
Anywhere
A free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.

Visit the main MITOPENCOURSEWARE for more.

Education / Free / Virtual Soil
26 Sep 2006
Budapest
The Free School for Art Theory and Practice considers as the basis of its philosophy the concept that contemporary art and culture produce an excess of knowledge and experience, which can be recycled and used in broader social discourse, beyond their own primary context. With its name, the school marks community gatherings for people to meet with a view to exchange knowledge and learn from one another in the form of;regular weekend seminars held by invited curators, theoreticians and artists.

Education
10 Sep 2006
Anywhere
Throw-n-Sow is more than a toy, it is a workshop and a catalyst for many questions.

Workshop at ISEA: Global Youth Ambassadors

Throw-n-Sow is a flying disc toy similar to a Frisbee that uses the centripetal force generated in the act of throwing to distribute seeds into the environment. Manufactured as a toy made from environmentally-friendly, biodegradable plastics, Throw-n-Sow consists of a main body and a separate container that slides and locks under the disc.

Education / Sustainability
05 Sep 2006
Idea Art for Kids
US, Los Angeles
Youngest Professionals Unlimited is a school, studio, and gallery where contemporary art is manifest by The Youngest Professionals. The Youngest Professionals are children and adolescents ages 6-18 years old who share the same art practice as the post-post-modern, neo-minimalist, post-neo-romantic, neo-realist, skater-punk, institutional critique, post-studio, post-exhibitionist, relational, not-art, research-based, and new millennium conceptual artists that participate in the global art world today.

See also: Idea Art for Kids: Lesson Plan


DIY / Homebrew / Education / Organizations
03 Sep 2006
US, Los Angeles
Sundown Schoolhouse is a geodesic home based educational environment with an activist mission. In the classic model of the schoolhouse, students of many ages {18 to 80...} come together to study a diversity of disciplines. It is a school for the gently radical design, literary, performing & visual arts. We foster models for active creative practices that engage with the messy realities of the world around us, from our relationships with the diverse peoples in our city to the eroding natural and urban environments we inhabit.

Art + Activism / Education
24 Aug 2006
Global warming politics in a post-environmental world
Anywhere
A paper distributed widely around academia last year -- based on interviews with 25 leaders in the mainstream environmental movement argues that environmentalism is ill-equipped to face the massive global challenges of our day, particularly climate change.

The Grist has the full lowdown, rebuttals and interviews with Shellenberger and Nordhaus.

Articles / Education / Sustainability
10 Aug 2006
Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide
Rwanda
"Green WiFi is committed to providing solar powered access to global information and educational resources for developing nation K-12 school children striving for knowledge in a digitally divided world ... "

With the creation of solar-powered WiFi grid networks, Bruce Baikie and his co-developers target to improve the functionality of initiatives like the UN/MIT One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and other NGO efforts to bring affordable computing potential to developing areas.

Education / Organizations
31 Jul 2006
Quiz time.!
Informal ways to elevate our awareness.
Anywhere
The book 'A Field Guide to Sprawl' by Dolores Hayden Jim Wark (Photographer) is a mix between a series of kooky words and pictures of even crazier things done to the American landscape. From 'theconnection.org' you can download the Quiz .

With The Big Here, Kevin Kelly suggests a way to keep track of where we are and what surrounds us.

In 2000, the Union of Concerned Scientist came up with The Great Green Web Game that lets you test your climate, air, water and habitat knowledge.

Last but not least,Twenty Questions: Social Justice Quiz from the Sustainable Knowledge Network.

Education / Organizations / Virtual Soil
16 Jul 2006
US, San José
free soil will make a bus tour of the Silicon valley focussing on the recent history and environmental impact of the High-Tech Industry.
ZeroOne ISEA August 7-13, 2006



Art + Activism / Education / Public Projects / Sustainability
29 Mar 2006
Research in Art, Nature & Environment
UK
Is a program at the University College Falmouth, set out to explore the relationship between the visual arts and ecological thinking. Using artistic practice the cluster aims to offer interpretations and models of thinking about the natural world that help to promote a sustainable future.
Work undertaken by RANE includes creative research projects, a public lecture series and a forthcoming conference planned for the 12th - 15th July 2006

Education / Events / Sustainability
23 Mar 2006
Communes and Utopia in Northern California
US, Berkeley
A conference bringing together scholars, communards and cooperators, past and present, to explore the history, daily lives, and legacies - cultural, political, artistic, architectural - of the flowering of communalism in the 60s and 70s in the Bay Area and its hinterland.

West of Eden will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2006 on the UC-Berkeley campus and is hosted by the Department of Geography and the Institute of International Studies.
Free and open to all.

Education / Events / Free
21 Mar 2006
US, New York
Center for Urban Paedagogy (CUP) makes educational projects about places and how they change. They bring together artists, activists urban planners and more to make educational projects.

"CUP works with youth to create collaborative projects that explore the urban environment. Our educational projects build on the everyday experiences of young people in the city to ask questions about democracy, civic participation and social justice. We believe that civic engagement requires a new kind of civic education, one that explains how important decisions actually get made, what is at stake, and how residents can be involved. Our projects use art, design, and technology to draw the connections between everyday life and the decisions that give it form."

Architecture / Art + Activism / Education
11 Mar 2006
Academic turns Bogota Columbia into a social experiment
Columbia
From hiring 420 mimes to control traffic in Bogota to launching a "Night for Women" where 700,000 women went out while their husbands stayed home to appearing on TV taking a shower and turning off the water as he soaped to campaign to save water Antanas Mockus, Mayor of Bogota Columbia uses art, humor and creativity to empower and sensitize citizens.

Art + Activism / Education
04 Feb 2006
A digital parody of the corportate ecology of McDonalds!
Global
A refreshing use of the online video game medium! This little gift from the makers of the May Day Net Parade: Molleindustria presents the dirty business of corporate culture!


Art + Activism / Education / Virtual Soil
12 Dec 2005
Radical Urban Sustainability Training
US, Austin
On March 25th and 26th, The Rhizome Collective will organize an intensive seminar and workshop in urban ecological survival skills. The goal is to explore the cross-section of permaculture and social activism, through both hands-on and theoretical sections.

Education / Events / Organizations
15 Nov 2005
Providing developing countries with low cost photovoltaic panels
Global
The project uses sample panel components and instructions as an introduction for people in poorer regions to gain experience and learn about the possibilities of solar power applications. Besides of standard telecommunications and agricultural systems, the panels can be used to create a solar cooker and probably a mosquito zapper.

Education / Sustainability
26 Oct 2005
One laptop per child
Global
MIT Media Lab is working on a laptop that would only cost a 100 dollars to produce, offering a way to provide millions of children worldwide with a new learning tool. Except for large data storage, the laptop will do basicly the same as a any other one. Available P2P technology will allow information sharing, while more research is being done to create a straight low cost internet connection. What's more, the Linux based computer will use innovative power, including wind-up.
To be expected by the end of 2006 or early 2007.

Education
01 Jul 2005
Exploratorium's Garden Research
San Francisco
A wonderful online document of art and science of food.
"Plants are expressive, they are not deceptive."-Bob Cannard.
This site documents community garden projects, immune system of kale, compost tea..

Education / Sustainability / Virtual Soil
01 Jun 2005
Toys that teach Science
This site is beautiful and has wonderful photo documentation; Solar Hot Dog Cooker (or tofu burger), Solar Battery, and the 3 Penny Radio.

Education
29 Apr 2005
London, UK
The WEEE Man is made from the amount of waste electrical and electronic products that an average UK citizen – YOU – will throw away in YOUR lifetime, if YOU carry on disposing of products at the current rate. Currently most of these products go straight into landfill. From January 2006 manufactures & retailers will be responsible for recycling this waste under new EU legislation called the WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Directive.

Education / Public Projects / Sustainability
27 Mar 2005
Learning to Love You More is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher and various guests.

Artists / Education
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