If every educational project is a process of negotiation, dialogue and construction, then ours is merely a statement of intent; a wish list that has yet to translate into something concrete; words that sketch the outline for a progressive project.
In a context defined on the one hand by contemporary art and on the other by the geographic location of the CA2M, at the heart of the town of Móstoles and yet part of the metropolitan area of Madrid, art offers the ideal framework for re-evaluating education today – after all, aesthetic actions can shape experience and induce new forms of political subjectivity.
Our lines of work eschew the notion of education as an instrument and focus instead on educational research that uses aesthetic experience as a point of departure and regards every individual as an agent capable of constructing meaning. It is an emancipating project which, far from indoctrinating subjects, seeks to make them feel that they are not the objects of education but rather active individuals with the same capacity as everyone else who are determined to participate in the construction of meaning. The educational activities are geared towards the search for new models of knowledge construction and are pursued through a variety of approaches: working with educational models based on the concept of “rhizovocality”, an organic system of knowledge construction and dissemination; the body as a propitiator of experiences and a way of recognising oneself and finding a place in the world; experimental film and video as pedagogical devices for creating alternative imaginaries and generating counter-narrative experiences far removed from the entertainment industry – a deliberate generator of knowledge, identity and social relations; and exhibitions as places in which we can explore new ways of engaging with audiences and create archaeologies of the personal.
This area is based on establishing permanent, non-hierarchical and flexible ties with all the agents who play a vital role in knowledge construction processes: schools, training centres, associations and families.