CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo

THE MUSEUM IS A SCHOOL
COLLECTIVE EXERCISES IN POLITICAL FICTION FOR A TRANSFORMATIVE INSTITUTIONAL CRITIQUE

Co-produced by: Artaziak, CA2M, Fundación Telefónica, MACBA, Matadero Madrid, Las Lindes, Pedagogías Invisibles, Tabakalera-Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea and Transductores.
Methodology by: [Inter]sección / Gabinete de Crisis de Ficciones Políticas
With special acknowledgement to Luis Camnitzer 

How can we reconfigure the art institution from the transformative pedagogic practices that inhabit it?

In the year 2050, a state of worldwide climate emergency has been declared and the various international organisations are looking for solutions to reduce the impact of human activity on the planet as much as possible. In its latest report, the UN announced that the cultural model of museums and art centres is completely unsustainable due to the quantity of ecological, material and energy resources needed to maintain it. Given the state of emergency, the report decreed the closure of all museums and art centres within a period of 12 months.

A series of Crisis Cabinets (of political fictions) was called in order to tackle the situation and to study a series of measures to take within the stipulated deadline. Given the fragility of many of the contents of said institutions, the first Crisis Cabinets will be dedicated to “The Museum is a School”, (borrowing the title from Luis Camnitzer’s work). This Crisis Cabinet will transform museums and art centres into “schools” to learn, test, rehearse, analyse, produce, post-produce, etc.T

he Museum is a School is the title of a seminar divided over five sessions conceived to rethink the relationship of cultural institutions and critical / transformative pedagogic practices. Each session will begin with a Crisis Cabinet of political fictions and will then continue with a working group and a debate on the theme The Museum is a School. These inter-institutional encounters, to be held over the 2015/2016 academic year, will enable a series of art institutions and pedagogic collectives to mark out common ground based around the following goals:

1)   Broaden the radius of reflection on institutional policies and education through the exercise of radical political fiction. 
2)   Agree on shared goals, working methodologies, projects, urgencies and challenges.
3)   Foster the creation of an emotional community among the participating agents and institutions and a space of intensive care in which collaborative links may be forged.
4)   Define working strategies between collectives and institutions with the purpose of effectively transforming the art institutions that we inhabit and that inhabit us.


SESSIONS:

MATADERO MADRID
20 Nov 2015
CA2M
16 Jan 2016
FUNDACIÓN TELEFÓNICA
7 Mar 2016
MACBA
18 Apr 2016
TABAKALERA
To be confirmed