Addressing the present condition of art, education and politics, Common Study lead a conversation concerned with radicalism and studentdom, in both its official and unofficial guises.
In the first half of the event, participants will read ‘On the Poverty of Student Life’ written by the Situationist International and students of the University of Strasbourg in 1966; this reading will attempt to mediate the text’s insight with a discussion of recent historical events. After the reading, we will discuss the broader possibilities and limitations of “quasi-studentdom”, as manifest in contemporary art’s turn to expanded educational practice.
How have recent developments within education affected artistic and political activity? What, if anything, should we reclaim from the Situationist’s legacy? How should we understand the relationship between art and academia today? What might constitute a politically astute response to present conditions?
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