“(…) 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(2016/17) will be launched this month, in a symbiotic dialogue with Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) program, at Aalto University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture (Helsinki, Finland). Until January 2017, a series of lectures, workshops, think tanks and publications will be launched, all around the subject of COPYWRONG, the structuring core-theme for Year One.
MULTIVERSITY — prototype(interactive think tank II), Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Arthouse (Espoo, Finland), 5-9 June 2017.
COPYWRONG — workshop, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Arthouse (Espoo, Finland). With Daniel Pinheiro, Fátima São Simão & Daniel Pinheiro, 12-16 June 2017.
“Vou A Tua Casa — Projecto de Documentação” [Going To Your Place — Documentation Project] is a portable, shareable and spreadable concept-book, a video-documentary and a compilation of documents and texts collected from/produced for the performance “Vou A Tua Casa” [Going To Your Place], by Rogério Nuno Costa (2003/2006). More than “just” an artist’s catalogue, this book comprises an editorial “think tank” based on a transversal reflection about performance documentation practice and theory, while critically addressing other major concepts related to the “Going To Your Place” performance itself: ephemerality, memory, intimacy/privacy, autobiographical discourse, etc. Project’s direction: Rogério Nuno Costa; Editorial coordination: Mónica Guerreiro. Graphic Direction: Nuno Coelho. More info: