Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8, 2018
x-embassy is delighted to host the School of Continual Education for a two-day program of activities at the Atelierhaus Australische Botschaft Ost.
Once Upon a Time… [In the future] There was a school.
The school accepted only the best and the brightest, the worst and the middling. The school’s policy to accept all who had interest was extremely exclusive. The school offered no teachers, no degrees, and no promise of progress.
The curriculum was determined by those present on any given day. On such a day, those in the school would gather around the school’s most prized possession and consult it on how to continue in their production.
This venerable object was a ruler. It was nothing like the rulers we are now familiar with, as it had no beginning and no end, nor any edges to speak of.
Together with the ruler, the entire school would consult with each other on the question of how to measure their production, and in relation to what.
The ruler seemed to always stick to three subjects. “A non-productive production,” it said, “could always be measured by the successful execution of the following: First, an exiting of productive time, second, the transformation of all spaces into spaces of learning without the need for achievement, and finally, trust no authority. Except me, of course! As I am the measure to end all measures and I…”
At this point the ruler would be shoved back into its box, as everyone had heard the ruler’s megalomaniacal rant many times before.
It was a very strange school.
The School of Continual Education asks questions about what are skills for the artist, the city dweller, the citizen, and their relation to everyday life. Exploring the idea of a non-productive production, the school investigates different modalities of work, leisure and occupation, and the potentialities for their approach.
A school is a space that creates a condition where everything can be thrown into question, where contradictions can coexist, and where production has no necessary generative outcome. The SCE uses fiction, imagination and practical approaches to question notions of what are skills, and how they can be used.
Members of The School of Continual Education are self-selecting, the only criteria for membership is being present in the space of the SCE at any time during the weekend program.
On Saturday, April 7th, the SCE will gather for a short morning session covering the story of the school and an introduction to the weekend program, followed in the afternoon by a workshop and a field trip. The day begins at 12:00, and runs as a full day program until evening. On Sunday, April 8th starting from 12:00, the SCE organizes its day around workshops and open activities, of which members are invited to move between. The conclusion of the weekend is a multi-generational meeting of Zeitzeugenen (witnesses of time) that will take place at 7pm.
The School of Continual Education is an ongoing project exploring modes of education, resistance, and inquiry. The SCE asks what can the framework of a school provide for working within, against, and alongside the social and political conditions we find ourselves in.
So come join, and divest in your future today!