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07/30/2022 — 08/03/2022

LA ESCUELA___ invited to CAMP notes on education at documenta fifteen with Classroom “Liminal Geopoetics: Pedagogies in Public” by Mônica Hoff and Miguel Braceli

What is the collective dimension of individual learning? How to estimate the poetic dimension of collective learning? Within in the framework of CAMP notes on education at documenta fifteen, LA ESCUELA___ will present a formative project proposed by artists and educators Mônica Hoff and Miguel Braceli. Following the curatorial approach that invites to work on collective practices of sharing, the project is developed as a series of explorations in different public spaces of Kassel, leading towards a public action to be held on August 3rd, 2022 with fellows of the Arts Educators in Residence program, one of the manifestations of CAMP notes on education. The project is conceived as an on-site Classroom to explore educational actions and arts mediation around the relationships between the body, objects, and geopolitical contexts at different scales, based on collective imagination.

The project is conceived as an on-site Classroom to explore educational actions and arts mediation around the relationships between the body, objects, and geopolitical contexts at different scales, based on collective imagination.

Liminal Geopoetics: Pedagogies in Public will introduce radical learning methodologies and ideas from Latin American thinkers, such as Augusto Boal, Paulo Freire or Ivan Illich, to propose a series of short and long-term individual and collective theoretical-practical exercises led by Mônica Hoff and Miguel Braceli. They will work with 9 Educators in Residence in the development of a piece/score/formative element that will result in a public participatory event. During the Classroom, participants will be invited to think and articulate different formal and narrative questions and hypotheses for the same answer, taking individual, collective and public responsibility for them. The project does not focus on a single solution but on generating new problems from a predetermined answer, and then new detonators of poetic, ethical and political possibilities. The challenge is to give meaning to a common element in different physical contexts and cultural imaginaries, to establish discussions from art as a space for potential (un)learning. The Classroom seeks an approach to the spaces of education and mediation of art that transcend models such as collective drawing or the discussion table, to give way to site-specific formative projects that can address the different dimensions of the public from the body and action.

LA ESCUELA is an artist-run platform for radical learning and collective making, activating education as experimental art practice in public spaces. It offers transdisciplinary free on-site programs and online projects throughout Latin America. LA ESCUELA brings together artists, students, scholars, and local communities in the development of formative projects to approach the social realities of specific places; to act and learn upon them. It is founded by the artist, architect, and educator Miguel Braceli and the international foundation Siemens Stiftung.

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Mônica Hoff (Brazil, 1979) is an artist, curator, researcher and LA ESCUELA ___ Guest Scholar. She investigates the relations between curatorial, artistic, and educational practices and how they contribute, resist, and determine institutional policies and pedagogies. She holds a PhD in Contemporary Art Processes (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina - Brazil). She coordinated the education department of the Bienal do Mercosul (2006—2014) and participated in the curatorial team for its 9th edition, “Weather Permitting” (2013). Recent collaborative projects include: Laboratório de Curadoria, Arte e Educação (2014—2019); Embarcação, Escola Extraordinária (2016—2018); Corazón Pulmones Hígado (2019—2020); Pedagogia em Público, and the Domingo's Group (ongoing).

Miguel Braceli (Venezuela, 1983) is an artist, architect, educator, and founder of LA ESCUELA___. His work is focused on participatory art projects in public space; at the intersection of art, architecture, and social practices; exploring geopolitical and local conflicts. Most of these projects have been large-scale works developed in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He has led educational projects with institutions such as the MoMA, Washington Projects for the Arts, Matadero Madrid, among others. His most recent recognitions include Skowhegan Fellow (2022), AIM Bronx Museum Fellow (2022), Future Architecture Fellow (2019), and Young Artist Award of the Principality of Asturias (2018). He is currently a Fulbright Scholar working and living in New York.