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What do 19th century backwoods anarcho colonies from the Pacific Northwest coast of America, Vietnam era protests, ice cream trucks, construction sites, and half-assed photocopy shops have in common? They can all function as highly effective, lively, and most importantly non-hierarchical frameworks for educational space. Utilizing over 130 years of American weirdo history, Flatlands: Non-Hierarchical Educational Space and its Uses looks into the possibility of pre-existing space as a mask for education of a socio-political nature. By focusing on the actions of initiatives such as Home, Washington, Vietnam Day, What the Heck Fest, the Center for Tactical Magic’s Tactical Ice Cream Unit, as well as various projects by the arts collaborative Red76, Flatlands diagrams how the appropriation of familiar day-to-day models, slightly modified, can be used to create vibrant zones for learning and sociopolitical consideration.
<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> The first class will take the form of a lecture and discussion followed by a group walk wherein participants will be asked to spontaneously imagine schools, along with their curriculum and pedagogy, by recontextualizing spaces the group encounters in the streets of Berlin. Each class following the first will have a new facilitator, proposed by the group. The number of class session, in total, will be determined by the group as per interest and need.