Free Home University, June 19-26, 2018

Between 17-26th June I will be in South Italy participating in this gathering of Free Home University!

A delegation of artists, curators, activists, educators, farmers and fellows from local and international communities, who gave life to and participated in Free Home University, will meet again in Castiglione d’Otranto (Southern Italy) for a week of conversations, exercises and reflections on what was learned through our convivial, artistic and research-in-action form of inquiry, what we need to learn now, in this aggravated historical moment—and with whom.

The different processes that unfolded during the past 5 years will be restituted with What’s there to learn? A collective book, an exhibition with archival material, a mural, a series of film screenings, and artistic workshops reconsidering the themes, the intentions and the generative outcomes of the different investigations around commoning, migrations and displacement, queerness and feminisms, life and death, biodiversity, agroecology, decolonial gestures and art as social action against various systems of oppression.

Participating in the conference: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri (artists, Armenia/ USA); Sepake Angiama (curator, educator, UK); Aleksei Borisionok(curator, Belarus); Casa delle Agriculture (collettivo agroecologico, Italy); Nayari Castillo (artist, Venezuela/Austria); Raphael Daibert (activist, artist, Brazil); Chto Delat (artist collective, activists, philosophersi, writers: Tsaplya Olga EgorovaNina GastevaNikolay OleynikovDmitry Vilensky, Russia);  Fernando Garcia Dory (artist, activist, Spain); Dani d’Emilia (performer, Brazil/Portugal); Emilio Fantin (artist, Italy); Giulia Gabrielli (artist, Italy); Elwood Jimmy (artist, curator, Canada); Jesal Kapadia (artist, India/ USA); Pavel Khailo (artist, Ukraine); Luca Musacchio (artist, writer, Italy); Aglaya Oleynikova (artist, performer, Russia); Cesare Pietroiusti (artist, Italy); Mattia Pellegrini (artist, curator, Italy); Sofía Olascoaga (curator, educator, Mexico); Alessandra Pomarico (curator, Lecce/ NY); Carla Rangel (designer, Mexico/ Canada); Shawn Van Sluys (Executive Director, Musagetes, Canada), Olia Sosnovskaya (artist, Belarus), Latoya Manly Spain (activist, performer, Sierra Leone/Germany); Barbara Toma (choreographer, Italy); Mavi Veloso(performer, Brazil/Holland); Matilda Verbani (documentarian, Italy); Ultra-red(artist collective, researchers, activists: Michael Roberson, USA; Chris JonesElliot Perkins, UK).

The week long conference and convivial gathering What’s there to learn: Self-Education for Self-Educators, is conceived and curated by Alessandra Pomarico and Nikolay Oleynikov, in a close dialogue with all the participants who are contributing their ways of knowing and of producing knowledge through daily exercises and reflections.

Free Home University has been co-designed with and supported by Musagetes (Guelph, Canada) since 2013. Musagetes is a Canadian philanthropic foundation that works to make the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, our communities and societies.

The workbook What’s there to learn?, co-edited by Chris Jones, Nikolay Oleynikov, Alessandra Pomarico with contributions of many Free Home University fellows, was possible thanks to Musagetes and Publication Studio Guelph.

*Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment created in 2013 in Southern Italy by a local and international group of artists and thinkers, along with Musagetes. FHU focuses on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. The name Free Home University gestures toward a non-vertical, energy-liberating, insurgent environment (Free), within a protected and intimate space (Home) committed to create a temporary, autonomous, community of learners (University). A full immersion into a collective experience, a coalitional approach in the definition and construction of the inquiry, sharing aspects of life and getting deeper in the context and struggles of our local communities, are considered fundamental values of this open–ended, research-based experiment in alternative education and aesthetic processes.