The Ignorant Art School: Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation: Sit-in#2: To Be Potential

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    The Ignorant Art School | Five Sit-ins Towards Creative Emancipation | Sit-in#2: To Be Potential

    Exhibition dates: 2 December 2021 – 19 February 2022
    Venue: Cooper Gallery

    Curated by Hao, Sit-in #2: To Be Potential is the second phase of The Ignorant Art School; Five Sit-ins towards Creative Emancipation (TIAS). Funded by Creative Scotland, the Goethe Institute and the British Council, Sit-in #2 investigates knowledge production as a collective experience and communal act and the potential of artistic practice as pedagogy to intervene and problematise political and social conditions.


    The research outputs are an exhibition and event series which utilise discursive, transdisciplinary and relational curatorial methodologies to 180 pieces of newly discovered archival material and commissioned artworks from 15 institutions and private collections. The exhibition and event series bring into dialogue 14 case studies from significant and under-explored historical experiments and contemporary alternative initiatives in art education from Western and Global Majority countries  including Bauhaus (Germany); Basic Course (UK); Copenhagen Free University/ Jakob Jakobsen & Antihistory; Edinburgh Arts Summer School; Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art; Free University of New York; GUDSKUL (Jakarta); Hedgeshoolproject (Ireland); The 1968 Anti-university London; Tom Hudson (UK); The White Room (UK); Rooftop Institute(Hong Kong); The Hornsey Sit-in (UK); and Womanifesto (Thailand).  


    The exhibition of archival material was activated by 4 newly commissioned artworks and the Sit-in Curriculum #2 Event Series. The event series generated a platform for collaborative learning and unlearning facilitated by artists, activists, designers, educators, performers, and writers. Highlighting TIAS’s focus on decolonising the dominant narratives and systems of knowledge creation in artistic and pedagogical practices, the event series culminated with an international symposium and networking opportunity; 12 Hour Sit-in Revel which featured 29 UK and international contributors including Prof. Regina Bittner (the Deputy Director and Head of Research of Bauhaus Dessau), Grant Watson (co-curator of Bauhaus Imaginasta,) Gudskul, the educational platform of rangrupa a Jakarta based art collective who curated Documenta 15 in Kassel, Serubiri Moses (New York based Ugandan writer and curator, co-curator of 10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art).

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDundee, UK
    PublisherCooper Gallery
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


    • contemporary art
    • curating
    • art pedagogy
    • radical pedagogy
    • curating archive
    • art history
    • alternative pedagogy
    • feminism
    • decolonisation


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