The Ignorant Art School Sit-in Curriculum #2
Thursday 9 December 2021 - Thursday 3 February 2022
A curriculum of one-off in-person and online collaborative learning events, gatherings, and workshops
Sit-in Curriculum #2 is a public event series that situates the archival material and artworks within The Ignorant Art School Sit-in #2 exhibition as critical stimuli and generative points of departure for an open space for collaborative and revolutionised learning facilitated by artists, activists, designers, educators, performers, and writers.
Indexed by Stuart Hall’s theorisation of the ‘politics of articulation’ in which culture is not fixed but always subject to negotiation and struggle, Sit-in Curriculum #2 sets out to challenge hegemonical narratives and celebrate grassroots knowledge. Sit-in Curriculum #2 will culminate in an international symposium, 12 Hour Sit-in Revel.
Classes are free, open to all and require no prior experience or knowledge to attend. Participants can sign-up for one or all with each class led by an invited facilitator.
List of Classes
A Nongkrong (hangout) Class: Forming a Speculative Collective
Online workshop facilitated by GUDSKUL
Thursday 9 December 2021, 13:00 - 15:00
An online version of Gudskul’s knowledge-sharing and mapping exercises. participants are invited to form a ‘Speculative Collective’. This event introduces participants giving space for, conversation, sharing what they consider to be ‘knowledge’ by occupying the roles of both teacher and student in a quick to-and-fro.
A Collage Class: Revealing / Creating New or Alternative Narratives
In-person workshop facilitated by Harriet Sutcliffe in partnership with In-Session (FKA GRADJOB)
Saturday 11 December 2021, 14:30 - 16:30
Focusing attention on the women, both students and staff, associated with the Basic Course at Newcastle University (formerly Durham University) during the 1950s and 1960s, the Collage Class will be a creative and discursive opportunity for art school graduates to participate in a selection of original exercises from the Basic Course.
13 December 2021 – 4 January 2022
A Stillness Class: The Consciousness of Doing
Online workshop facilitated by Dr. Ranjana Thapalyal
Wednesday 12 January 2022, 18:00 - 19:30
A talk followed by a workshop in which participants will put theory into practice through a creative exercise in shifting perspectives. This session invites participants to enter new territories of inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural thinking, in order to answer the question, ‘can external revolution be effective while we remain internally unchanged?’
A Consensus Class: Adventures in Collaborative Decision Making
In-person workshop facilitated by Rabindranath X Bhose
Thursday 20 January 2022, 18:00 - 19:30
Exploring consensus decision making as a method, the workshop will use a conversational framework to incorporate opinions from each participant in the creation of a collaborative outcome. Using the structures, rhythms and hand gestures of this method the group will discover collaboratively what we can learn through negotiating an organisational structure together, in this instance a dynamic manifesto outlining the form of art school we need today.
A Movement Class: Listening with the Body
In-person workshop facilitated by Ashanti Harris
Saturday 29 January 2022, 14:30 - 16:30
This workshop is an invitation to explore and redefine our relationship to our bodies and the environments we move through. Working with movement and dance as a decolonial methodology for knowledge production, the workshop will begin with a series of warm up and body awareness exercises. You will be encouraged to follow feeling rather than any kind of style or technique, moving towards an understanding of the body as an archive of memory, experience, knowledge and a tool for listening to our surroundings.
A Class on Imagining
Online writing workshop facilitated by Lola Olufemi
Thursday 3 February 2022, 18:00 - 19:30
Using prompts from her new book Experiments in Imagining Otherwise and archival material related to black feminist organising formations in the 70s and 80s, Lola Olufemi will conduct a free-writing workshop, where participants will be asked to respond to prompts in a written form, exploring the political utility of the imagination; its purpose, manifestations and importance to revolutionary movements.