What’s the Matter with School
Pupils, students, parents, teachers, school directors, pedagogues, philosophers and artists come together to learn from each other about the future of the school and the school of the future during 3 days of lectures, films, workshops, performances and discussions.
What should be the role of school in times of transition, when the actual notion of work (as main societal value and ultimate goal of all educational system) will soon be radically changing?
Starting from the idea that education systems are perpetuating and reinforcing the current forms of domination, one might be interested in exploring the alternatives that are being (re)discovered in the field of education today.
If the school is the place where future is being shaped, what school do we want today for which society tomorrow? And what is the place of the arts there? Could the arts in education systems, and the arts education systems themselves, stimulate critical and autonomous thinking instead of delivering instant, bankable creativity?
Where are we learning to imagine alternative models and implement them?
Where are we learning how to write new narratives?
Where do we learn to radically change the world?
Master students in Sculpture at the ERG (école de recherche graphique) in Brussels have established an archive of their…Read more
The non-profit organisation ABC (ART BASICS for CHILDREN) based in Brussels has since the year 2000 worked on the borderline between…Read more
Finnish education is seen as exemplary throughout the world. School attendance there is absolutely free. There are no elite schools,…Read more
The way we speak to each other influences the future we create together. So how do we want to speak?…Read more
Grands travaux is set in the Institute Anneessens-Funck, a Dutch-speaking vocational school in the centre of Brussels where young students…Read more
During a 3-day Hacking Bologna workshop preceding What’s the Matter with School, experts are invited to speculate on…Read more
Why do we still need schools if, in digital times, we can learn about everything everywhere? Does a digital learning…Read more
Once upon a time we were in school. Some of us have never left it since, while some did and…Read more
For a three-week workshop in 2010, the artist Adelita Husni-Bey invited children to turn the school hall into a desert island.Read more
In 1995 the artist Mike Kelley presented his Educational Complex, a large architectural model made up of individual models of every…Read more
School is literally a place of scholè: the space of ‘free time’. Where it originated, in the…Read more
Syntrofi LUNCHes is a series of performative lunches in which stories of inclusion and exclusion in art schools are served…Read more
The Flaccid is an exercise in imagination. Adeline Rosenstein (author and director), Lea Drouet (performer) and Federico Rodriguez Llull …Read more
Today, many say that the school, where learning is bound to time and space, is no longer needed in the…Read more
The Majority Never Has Right on its Side is a film project about the Summerhill School in England, established…Read more
Fowler’s film mixes archive footage with newly-shot material, tracing the extraordinary influence of the Marxist historian Edward Palmer…Read more
The Public School is a horizontal school operating under the assumption that everyone can learn from anyone; an open platform…Read more
Maybe one day love will no longer be considered a private endeavour or a hippie slogan, but rather a public…Read more
According to Unesco: “Cities are the main engines of economic growth in the modern world, and learning is one…Read more
It appears from recent research that Flemish (and also French-speaking) education is outstanding at reproducing inequality and displays the biggest…Read more
In October 2016, when almost a thousand state schools were occupied in different cities in Brazil, Ana Julia, a 16-year-old student…Read more
The children of the VTEX Neighbourhood School (6 – 9 years) in Kortrijk teach Dutch to the Spanish-speaking Maria Jerez. For three…Read more
Responding to an invitation from the Teatro de Sardegno in Cagliari to contribute to the conception of a school to…Read more
ABC presents a fine selection of books about school architecture and interiors, creative learning environments, design for children, libraries, playgrounds,…Read more
In a ‘jukebox for video excerpts, Masschelein, De Cauwer & De Bloois will present and comment on…Read more