The average amount of time that you spend in school across primary and secondary education is around 7,700 hours, which amounts to an average of 15% of your entire life. Is this the best use of that time?
98% of all children are born with extraordinary abilities. When they finish primary school, only 2% that have retained their capabilities says Erwin Wagenhofer in his film Alphabet.
Ken Robinson, a leading advocate for education reform, points out that we treat education as an industrial process, with emphasis on equality and conformity rather than creativity and diversity.
Young people have strong opinions about what is good learning and in what situations they learn the most. Adults have experiences of going through education and thoughts about how it could change. These thoughts and ideas can inspire new ideas for learning or inspire new and radical education alternatives outside the existing system.
Voicing your Future consists of a “voice box” with an I-Pad where people who want to participate can voice their opinion about how schools and learning could change and be better and more creative. Contributions from the public is then published on the project website www.voicingyourfuture.no. The project is thus gets a dimension both inside and outside the exhibition. Contributions can also be submitted directly to the artist guided by the website. “Voices” are collected mainly as video recordings but also as text, artworks or poetry from those who want to participate in the project.
Voicebox co-designed with architect Alice Sturt.