Cancelled: CAMPUS Talks: Nora Sternfeld

Due to illness, our CAMPUS talk with Nora Sternfeld is cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope you will join us for future CAMPUS events.

'Give her the tools, she will know what to do with them!' Some Thoughts on Learning Together

With the launch of CAMPUS Independent Study Programme, we will be hosting a series of talks by CAMPUS faculty exploring alternative modes of education, decolonial practices, Black studies and anti-fascist movements.

How can we learn something that doesn't exist yet? Although this might sound paradoxical, isn't this exactly what radical education is all about? In this talk, Nora Sternfeld explores how learning, as a political and emancipatory practice, has always been understood as a process towards another possibility. Learning is a way to understand the social relations in order to change them; to understand them as they might only be understandable in another world. As this process of self-transformation is a collective practice, we can only learn it together. Drawing on these questions, Sternfeld will situate the Partisan café project for Bergen Assembly 2016 in a framework of organic intellectual practices between public pedagogy, radical education and ‘pre-enactment’.

The Partisan café was an educational/performative/artistic coffee house in the Museum of Burning Questions – a para-museum realised by the freethought infrastructure project in collaboration with the artist Isa Rosenberger, Bergen Assembly 2016. Located in the occupied historic fire station in Bergen, the Partisan café was a host as much as its guest. It was a shared space and a contact zone. The café was run by seven educators/performers/café workers: Tora Endestad Bjørkheim, Freja Bäckman, Kabir Carter, Johnny Herbert, Jenny Moore (coordinator), Arne Skaug Olsen, Nora Sternfeld. As educators and café workers, they thought about radical hospitality. As guests of the resident firefighters, they thought about reciprocities and commonalities.

Free. Booking required.

Nora Sternfeld is an educator and curator. She is a documenta Professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and a Professor of Curating and Mediating Art at Aalto University in Helsinki. She is a co-director of the ecm (educating/curating/managing) Master Programme in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. With Ines Garnitschnig, Renate Höllwart, and Elke Smodics, she is part of trafo.K, Office for Art, Education and Critical Knowledge Production in Vienna. With Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Mao Mollona, and Louis Moreno, she is part of freethought, a platform for research, education, and production in London. She publishes on contemporary art, exhibition theory, education, politics of history, and anti-racism.