The future is self-organised* (education)



Knowledge and education has always been a critical issue in power relations but also in the empowerment and emancipation of subjects. At this moment, in a regime of crisis and big transformations on societies and peoples’ lives, the ideal of distributing and accessing knowledge as integral part of democratic societies is severely shaken. Knowledge and access to quality education is becoming again the privilege of the few in terms of excellency (intellectual, economical or other), an instrument that reactivates class positioning anew. Many (art) projects reclaim the right to a democratic system that allows subjects and societies to have access and choices and some other orient radical thinking and practice in the de-organisation of education and knowledge systems. In the discussion we will focus on (art) examples that challenge in different ways ideas of education, knowledge and self-organisation, objecting though, self-enterprise or self-help individualist endeavors. We will use these examples as references in order to discuss, as well, our own ideas, projects and attempts to deal with these issues but also to reflect on whether such moments of ‘other experimental education’ can come together and avoid remaining just ‘alternative’.

* derived from Anthony Davies, Stephen Dillemuth and Jakob Jakobsen’s, ‘There is no Alternative: THE FUTURE IS SELF-ORGANISED’, freely distributed rant, Part I, in Nina Moentmann (ed.) Art and Its Institutions. Current Conflicts, Critique and Collaborations, Black Dog, 2006.



Dr Elpida Karaba is an art theorist and independent curator. At the moment she is working on a community based project focusing on a mock-up experimental art education system. Her late book (co-edited P. Kouros) Archive Public: Performing Archives in Public Art: Topical Interventions was published in spring 2012. She was the co-editor for the annual journal of AICA Hellas 2013/4 titled Institutional Critique-Critical Institutions. She collaborates as a research-curator with ISET and is the curator in chief of the series Archive Rights. Her research interests and publication record focus on art theory and criticism, political theory, on documentary, activist and performative art practices. She is a member of AICA International and IKT.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA).