direct notes on Learn to Act

These are the phrases and notations made from the morning session for the broader AAC community.

Learn to act.
opening address: eco-nomadic school
education taking place elsewhere: political struggles and civic life
Diverse pedagogy rather than alternative to reduce contrast.
Learning elsewhere: art practice and pedagogy.

Knowledge relations
hegemonic a heterogeneous sources to form the programme.
Mouffe – agonise and agitate
Learning about ones self instead of a topic. As a school??
freire – class consciousness – emancipation?? representing accessibility, internationalism as less exclusive
heterogeneity of sources of knowledge.

different forms of specialisation
mutual support
gimmicks… the examples are anecdotal, action in space and context a happening a doing right now.

I am more interested in the next 5 minutes than the next 5 years

in the world? what world? commitment and respect
Thomas Hishorns model UN – reductive to take real politics to symbolic representations of politics
nomadic being an appropriated term

Travel is an ableist term and privilege

Ruth Morrow
civic pedagogies in critical contexts
Civic Conversations – Denis Stewart

moving beyond the gaze – attentive and attending it not only knowing it but being concerned with it.

Sporadic attendance


Alternative Art School Fair 2016

The Alternative Art School Fair 2016 launches in Brooklyn at Pioneer Works this Fall/Winter.

It is a great opportunity to see as many Alternatives to Arts Education across the world with over 30 different sites represented. It is a privilege for the AAC to be alongside these sites and it really marks a contemporary issue that is still being addressed in terms of access, cost, accreditation, space, format and experience.

If you see the AAC at the fair do put forward suggestion for how we can work on developing different learning experiences anywhere and in any form, the school does not have a physical home, it is nomadic at takes a need or urgency for it to be reformed as a physical space.

Alternative Art School Fair can be found here:

“The Alternative Art School Fair
November 19-20, 2016

The Alternative Art School Fair presents an introduction to alternative art schools from around the US and the world.

Art education is a reflection of social and cultural evolution; it engages with structures of meaning-making and considers different frameworks for experience. The impetus to create an alternative art school is rooted not only in a desire to create “better” art, but to create the conditions for greater freedom of expression. Often run as free, artist-run initiatives, the values and visions of alternative art schools vary widely in methodology, mission and governance. But even when they are relatively small in scale they provide vital models of cultural critique and experimentation.”

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art -Berlin July 2016


SFSIA Berlin
July 4-29, 2016
Art and the Politics of Individuation:
Affect and the Multiple Body in Cognitive Capitalism

Art and the Politics of Individuation, this year’s Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art, engages the far edge of contemporary artistic and theoretical discourse through the perspective of Cognitive Capitalism. The mutation of labor generated by the information age has led to new sites of production in the mind and brain. This course asks us to consider what may be the ramifications for art practitioners and theorists.

Faculty & visiting lecturers: Marie-Luise Angerer, Julieta Aranda, Archive Kabinett, Armen Avanessian, Elena Bajo, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Michael Birchall, Nicolas Bourriaud, Peter Brugger, Federica Bueti, Federico Campagna, Juli Carson, Jeremiah Day, Joshua Decter, Johannes Göransson, Catherine Hug, Yuk Hui, Anelis Kaiser, Sharon Kivland, Scott Lash, Isabell Lorey, Geert Lovink, Joyelle McSweeney, Matteo Pasquinelli, Ana Pinto, Susanne Prinz, Dorothee Richter, Nadim Samman, Tomas Saraceno, Aaron Schuster, Starship Magazine, Hito Steyerl, Tom Vandeputte, Marion von Osten, Bruce Wexler, Michaela Wünsch, Octavio Zaya, and more 
Application open now

Documentation from Transitional Knowledge Exchange

The documentation and videos of the 3 day performance are now available at the above link.

The performance took Brian Massumi’s text “the thought in the act’ and edited it into a performed script that looked to question how movement and learning happens in transition. accompanied by video (Transition).

Transitional Knowledge Exchange

A tandem bike, it requires a minimum of two persons to form. It is a mobile site for reclaiming learning, it is a site to exchange, as a site to produce, as a site to explore. It will travel the UK only when accompanied by a second rider. Transitional Knowledge Exchange is a series of performances and video installations that occur to produce institutions of mobility. The Alternative Art College is in transition, the tarmac is our space to claim. Look to your roads as a space to resist.

Project #1 : Transitional Knowledge Exchange from A on Vimeo.

30th September – 1st October at Bank Street Arts

30th September – 1st October at Bank Street Arts

Transitional Knowledge Exchange

Over the two days the film of transitional knowledge exchange will be displayed: this is an anecdotal representation of how the alternative art college sees the transition of knowledge exchange away from the institution and into the tarmac between two locations. The video will depict two individuals sharing ideas and thoughts about the experience of learning and travel whilst reading excerpts from books specifically dedicated to travel and learning.

The film is accompanied by the following presentations:

30th September, 1pm-2pm

Presentation: how we want to transit with knowledge

This presentation will be part explanation, part pitch, part art performance. It aims to delve deeper into ways we can exchange and learn in art practice with tarmac or spaces that represent transition. Paul Stewart (Founder Alternative Art College) and Ross Cummings (Artist) will be in conversation with each other and the audience about shifts in arts learning and how arts practices are spaces to reclaim pedagogy. They will respond to the film being played and discuss the implications of exchanging knowledge without traveling.

1st October, 1pm-2pm

Reading: To Cry, To Scream : Art and Commitment.

Paul Stewart will do a small except of both a poem being published by Interkors Magazine (a sex-positive magazine, Denver) , called To Cry To Scream, which looks into how spaces of transition are ignored and through the acknowledgment of the space we are able to acknowledge both our privilege and our responsibility to others and our existence. The second reading will come from the book,Absurdity, created through the SIA at the European Graduate School, focusing on the absurdity of art practice and meaning in the Alps.

Both texts will be contextualised and questions will be led by Ross Cummings following the readings.

Choreograph Me @mima This Week

If you are near the North East of the UK this week come to mima as the second of the situation Unit commissions, curated in collaboration with the Alternative Art College.

We have a series of performance workshops lead by Harold Offeh called choreograph me.

First performance today between 1-2pm


Situation Unit: Choreograph Me

We are looking for people to come and work with artist Harold Offeh to shape a new work that explores movement and the dance traditions of different cultures.

Participants will be invited to develop a series of instructions for Harold that will come together to form a collectively choreographed work. By offering his body as a material to be experimented with and positioned Harold hopes to explore the question of how an artist can be used and made useful. The workshops will culminate in a public event where Harold will perform the movements developed throughout the week.

No experience is required. You can come to one or all of the workshops and the group are welcome to make the movements or simply instruct Harold. We hope that participants will join us for the public presentation which will be followed by an informal bring-a-dish dinner.


Tuesday 7 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday 8 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Thursday 9 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Book your place at the workshops here.

Presentation and dinner:

Thursday 9 July, 5.15pm – 6.45pm

Book your place at the presentation and dinner here.