UNIVERSITY | YLIOPISTO (2015/20)
A meta-educational program by Rogério Nuno Costa
“(…) in a very litteral sense, Kantian university is a fictional institution. Reason can only be institutionalized as far as institution itself can remain a fiction, if it can only work ‘as if’ it was not an institution. When the institution becomes real, reason turns away.” [Bill Readings, The University In Ruins, Harvard, p. 68]
UNIVERSITY | YLIOPISTO is a durational meta-project of a virtual, trans-national and trans-artistic multiversity. A school where we can learn how to annul Art by the means of art itself. A laboratory to test Pop as the ultimate cultural appropriation. A masterclass titled “Laziness as the new avantgarde”. An intensive workshop aboyt Kopimism. A cooltural magazine. And a very demagogic, finlandized and prophyl(arctic) political party to fund the whole thing.
The project proposes the building of a collaborative platform for inter-disciplinary thinking throughout 5 “school” years, thus operating, both virtually and physically, between two European “extremes”: Portugal and Finland. Fluid and nomadic work groups will meet in temporary spaces driven by one major goal: to elaborate a hybrid model for artistic learning based on “non-artistic” methodologies, or how can one reach Art without being through art? A self-referential academy that offers one program only — the “academic studies” program —, structured in a rhyzomatic and taxonomical dialogue between all Arts and all Sciences, within a discursive system that is non-hierarchical and post-capitalist. For that purpose, new educational paradigms will be tested, new modes of subjectivation and share of knowledge will be experimented, new ethical (therefore, aesthetic) models for the relation “master/apprentice” will be foreseen. Ultimately, some of the premises that originated the mission behind Western university will be recycled, those same premises that (post-)modernity, quantitatively entrepeneur and business-oriented (education as a product, student as a client), has been extinguishing for the last two decades.
After the proto-laboratory that took place in Bucharest (Romania) in July 2015, in a partnership with E-motional | rethinking dance, ODD Gallery and Modulab, the Year One was officially launched in October 2016 in Espoo (Finland), in a symbiotic dialogue with Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) program at Aalto University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture. A new series of lectures, workshops, think tanks and publications will be launched this year, all around the subject of NON-ART, the structuring core-theme for Year Two.
MULTIVERSITY, a thesis-performance. Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland.
THE ACADEMY AS PERFORMANCE #3. Experimental Laboratory for FIA, a collaborative educational program at Centro em Movimento, Lisbon, Portugal.
Side Projects (ex.: Non-Thinking)