The Master/Student hierarchical transmission of knowledge practised in many art schools is clearly unproductive and history shows there is many other solutions. Within the specific context of the Wandering School, we would like to take one afternoon to self reflect on our actions; the Dirty Art Department was created, appreciating the history of radical school projects — from Steiner to Bauhaus, Black Mountain College to Global Tools, and the contemporaries of United Nations Plaza, Bruce High Quality Foundation and Mountain School of Art — to challenge the norms by which we live and thus produce reality.
This afternoon is devised to be not just a new argument on the Master/Student dichotomy, but a moment to recognise novel approches towards education both inside and outside conventional institutions, thanks to the generous participation of a large panel of professionals from various fields. Many of the experiments do not only create new spaces of learning within or without the institution, but also tend to engage with the specific sites — urban or digital environment in which they are situated.
The symposium will hopefully attempt to rethink the relation between the practice of education and the space of the school as its typical institutional setting as well as the new conditions that are offered by the technological revolution. What are the boundaries of theses newly created spaces, and how can these be renegotiated?
The Architecture of the Macao palazzo will serve as a metaphorical round table, around the inner balcony, looking down into the Main Hall, as a way to tackle during this symposium its usual format to emphazise this liberty of action. A set of simple rules will also be unveiled on the day of the symposium to support the proceedings of the discussion. Every participant will be invited to talk equally to share their insights on the educational/pedagogical system, not stricly related to the art/design world. We also invite the audience to actively engage in discussion at any time. All points of view are welcome!
The symposium will be held in English.
The Wandering Symposium is a proposition by Valentina Ciuffi, Cyril de Menouillard, Jerszy Seymour and Raoul Zoellner
Façade by Yiannis Mouravas
Concept is the Trojan Horse of Practicality / Quote No. 1 by Assembly Hall by Yiannis Mouravas, Alban Karsten and Cyril de Menouillard
Happy or Not Organic Data Farm by Aaron McLaughlin
Daily Solo Show by Kitty Maria, Alban Karsten
Dirty Laundry by Stephane Barbier Bouvet
Liquid Gallery (Wi-Fi) by Mariana Lobão, Eurico Sá Fernandes: showing Infantile Access by Rachel-Rose O’Leary
I hate you body – Part 1 (Balcony transcription) by Aurélien Lepetit
Daisy Choir in Wasteland: Studio by Valentin Noiret
Experimental Movement and Gesture School: Temporary Stage by Aurélien Lepetit
Kitchen by Team Yellow by Kitty Maria and Alban Karsten
Hotel by Carole Cicciu. War Room designed by Erasmus Scherjon and Theo Demans
Hotel by Carole Cicciu. Mommy Room designed by Maarten Nico
Hotel by Carole Cicciu. Blue Hotel designed by Team Yellow by Kitty Maria and Alban Karsten
Jungle Banjo (Bathroom) by Erasmus Scherjon, Theo Demans
Real Talk by Anna Reutinger
Collective for Fashion Passivity by Elise Ehry and Anna Reutinger
To Begin Again from the Beginning by Nicola Baratto and Alberto Valz Gris
Experimental Movement and Gesture School: Daily Practice by Aurélien Lepetit
A place to rest my weary head while I wander with the wayward wind (moving installation) by Anna Reutinger
Ludoteca ClubTonic by Arthur Tramier, Tom Schneider (from 12th of April)
Hotel by Carole Cicciu. Seize designed by Vincent Morin, Etienne Bosquet, Alberto Valz Gris, Nicola Baratto, Arthur Tramier, Tom Schneider, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Xhois Qarri, Dea Ademi, Daniel Czech, Ece Gulsayin, Aurélien Lepetit and Carole Cicciu
Showers by Reinier Krannendonk
FYI by Stephane Barbier Bouvet
I hate you body – Part 4 (do it again transcription) by Aurélien Lepetit
Boiler Room by Joséphine Péguillan, Kolbrún Löve
fuck__ __bar by Frä Brunz
MACAO garden project by Thijs van de Loo, Elodia Wilson, Adel Khosrohahi, Tullio Bertelli, Fabrizio, Farid, Cecille, Matta Tomaso and …
Daisy Choir in Wasteland: Outside Wooden Stage by Valentin Noiret
(A=O) The archive of epistemic collapse by Rachel Rose O’Leary and Petros Orfanos
Imma Hustle Till I Drop (Bar) by Anna Reutinger
Workshop by Alice Rekab
Reading by Megan Nolan
Presentation by Linda Stupart
Les Trois Gros, 6-course dinner for two by Arthur Tramier, Elise Ehry, Constance Hinfray
Daily Solo Show: Robin Hood wearing Prada at Alice’s tea party by Maarten Nico Hoogendijk
MORNING LOVE party by Leila Arenou and Laure Jaffuel
MORNING LOVE: breakfast and lecture
Onion Poems: Hacking workshop by Eurico Sá Fernandes
Daily Solo Show: Burning the white cube by Thijs van de Loo
Les Trois Gros, 6-course dinner for two by Arthur Tramier, Elise Ehry and Constance Hinfray
The Dirty Art Department presents ‘The Wandering School’
The Wandering School is a continuous performance and life situation. It is open to dangerous attempts at how to organise itself and how to give and receive knowledge. From April 1 – 17 current and previous students of the Dirty Art Department will meet Macao – an unvarnished, occupied palazzo on a former meat trade site in the east of Milan – as their frame of action.
The Wandering School runs as a series of events, interacting with the community of Macao and the local and international public for the Design Week and MiArt. Taking inspiration from radical schools and self-contained communities the school will exist as a reality in itself – a place to sleep and dream, reflect and rave in. All as a living experimentation which is allowed to wander through its own success and failure.
The Wandering School is a project by the Dirty Art Department in collaboration with Macao and is initiated by Erasmus Scherjon, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Valentina Ciuffi, Anita Silva, Emanuele Braga and Jerszy Seymour.
The Dirty Art Department is a Masters program of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. It is an open space for all possible thought, creation and action – a place to build objects or totems, revolutions or business models. The Dirty Art Department finds itself flowing between the pure and the applied and aims to create new realities to reconsider our life situation on this planet. It is directed by Jerszy Seymour, co-founded together with Catherine Geel, Clemence Seilles and Stephane Barbier Bouvet and conducted with Daniel Dewar, Noam Toran, Saâdane Afif and Florence Parot.
Macao is an independent center for art, culture and research in Milan which is coordinated by an open assembly of artists and activists. The initiative started with the occupation of an abandoned skyscraper in the city center and is now based on a former meat trade site in the east of Milan. Macao aims to conceive new ideas of what a cultural institution can be beyond its traditional understanding while presenting a cross-sectorial cultural program and researching on labour conditions in cultural production.
With works by Leila Arenou, Josefin Arnell, Dagmar Atladottir, Mieke Bal, Nicola Baratto, Gamze Baray, Henk Baron, Kris Beagthon, Phil Bloom, Hedi Bogaers, Felix Burger, Saskia de Brauw, Carole Cicciu, Keith Collins, Mathias Damgaard, Theo Demans, Hester Van Eeghen, Elise Ehry, Kitty van Ekeren, Egon Elliut, Line Gulsett, Constance Hinfray, Laure Jaffuel, Nina Janssen, Point Jay, Jacqueline de Jong, Alban Karsten, Reinier Kranendonk, Aurélien Lepetit, Oona Linke, Mariana Lobão, Kolbrún Löve, Natacha Mankowski, Aaron Mclaughlin, Cyril de Menouillard, MFAAH, Vincent Morin, Ioannis Mouravas, Dennis Murphy, Maarten Nico, Valentin Noiret, Megan Nolan, pje, Rachel-Rose O’Leary, Petros Orfanos, Rahel Pasztor, Joséphine Péguillan, Quirine Racké + Helena Muskens, Eddie Ray, Alice Rekab, Anna Reutinger, Angelo Rrem, Eurico Sá Fernandes, Hester Scheurwater, Thomas Schneider, Tai Shani, Linda Stupart, Subkutan, Arthur Tramier, Sander Uitdehaag, Alberto Valz Gris, Thijs Vandeloo, VG+, Dimitrij Vinciguerra, Raoul Zoellner, Frans Zwartjes and many more
The Wandering School also offers beds which can be booked here
The Wandering School
April 1 – 17
Viale Molise 68, Milan
Visual Identity by Studio Ponto
Special thanks to: