Brand revolution: undeserved underclass

“I’ll tell you what it won’t be like,” said Brand in a moment of clarity, “a huge disparity between rich and poor, where 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as the 85 million poorest Americans, where there is an exploited and underserved underclass that are being continually ignored and where welfare is slashed while Cameron and Osborne go to court to defend the rights of bankers to continue to receive their bonuses. This has to be addressed.”

A threat to universities?


Emily Pringle, Tate’s head of learning practice and research policy, says “it would not be a great leap” for the museum to provide something akin to an art school programme. “It is really troubling to us who’s in a position to be studying art,” she says. “There’s a question whether big cultural organisations like Tate or the Barbican could themselves provide a space where [emerging artists] could come together in the way that Open School East works.”

The Guardian p38 today have talked about the threat of ‘Alternatives’ towards HE institutions. their main example was the Open School East which the Alternative Art College has recently written a segment on:

I think the AAC is very aware that the space was creating a radical curriculum but not quite a radical pedagogy, It is important to point out that the former library space, the Open School East occupies, is commissioned and funded by the Barbican and Create London. The project is also supported by the Legacy Trust UK and the London Borough of Hackney.  Take that as you will.

OSE is a great example of a space that can emerge from the system as well as mirror the system, is it a threat to universities? Is it even an ‘alternative’? recuperation at its most affluent maybe the answer.  

Reading group first meeting

Where: G3, Laurie Grove Baths, New Cross which is:

New Cross and New Cross Gate stations (zone 2), on the main rail network and London Overground.

On major bus routes including 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453.

If your are interested please contact us and we will add you to the mailing lists.

The first book will be The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose.

Meeting 1: 7th November 2013, 7 pm readings here

AAC Reading Group

In its broadest form this group is to read and discuss  practice and theory across Learning and politics, across literature, non-fiction, and theory, Some loose notes/minutes will be taken and posted to this page and a list of books/articles refereed to in the meeting will be written down and post as well.

When: We’ll meet fortnightly starting at the beginning of November

Where: New Cross (TBC)

More to be announced soon,

please look at the reading group page  for the PDFs, dates and where we will be meeting.

If your are interested please contact us  and we will add you to the mailing lists.  9780300088861

The first book will be The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes by Jonathan Rose.