THE precarious university (2016) 21-22nd may 2016, chorlton arts festival, chorlton, manchester.
‘The Precarious University’ is an ongoing and evolving social sculpture, realised through workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and performances, established as a critical response to the financialisation and commodification of higher education and its ‘pedagogy of debt’. It opposes the dominant-hegemonic consumer-provider model, where UK students exit undergraduate study with increasingly devalued degrees and a £45k personal debt, and promotes an alternative vision of education through a series of critico-creative educational interventions that contest antagonisms between public and private spheres. These interventions open-up free and democratic educational spaces, offering a model of pedagogy as both art and resistance.
The Precarious University opened to address questions concerning the commodification and privatisation of education, gentrification social exclusion, and public art throughout Chorlton Arts Festival 2016.
Saturday 21st May, 7pm, (Starting from) the Royal Oak pub, 440 Barlow Moor Rd, M21 0BQ
Dérive through the historic public houses of Chorlton
Inspired by the psychogeography of Guy Debord, this event situates the pub crawl as a form of experimental behaviour resistant to the present conditions of urban society.
Sunday 22nd May, 12pm – 3pm, Symposium: ‘Towards a New Concept of the Art School’, at ‘World’s Smallest Sculpture Garden’, 4 Corkland Rd, Chorlton, M21 8UT
This symposium will form a critical discourse on the art school’s history and potential, and construct a radically open and popular concept of the art school for the 21st Century. The sculpture garden will be open to visitors throughout the day, whose contribution we invite to this ongoing dialogue.
NB This event has limited capacity, so please let us know if you are planning to attend.
Sunday 22nd May 4pm, Seminar: ‘Conditions of Class in Manchester’, The Beech’ pub, 72 Beech Rd, M21 9EG
This seminar will raise questions concerning the Manchester’s spectacular gentrification and the ways in which artists and art educators have responded. Readings for this event are available at http://www.attackdotorg.com/texts/
Attendees are advised to quickly read Engels (1844) 'Conditions of the Working Class in England', particularly the introductory dedication 'To the Working Classes of Great Britain', and the chapter on 'The Great Towns', paying attention to the sections on Manchester. We shall start our discussions from here.