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.

Den gjennomsnittlige tiden du tilbringer på skolen igjennom hele grunnopplæringen er rundt 7700 timer. Det tilsvarer et gjennomsnitt på 15% av hele livet. Er det den beste bruken av denne tiden?

98% av alle barn er født med ekstraordinære evner. Når de er ferdige med grunnskolen er det kun 2% som har beholdt evnene, sier Erwin Wagenhofer i hans film Alphabet. Ken Robinson, en ledende talsmann for utdanningsreform, poengterer at vi behandler utdanning som en industriell prosess, med vekt på likhet og konformitet snarere enn kreativitet og mangfold.

Barn og unge har mange sterke meninger om hva som er god læring og i hvilke situasjoner de lærer best. Voksne har vært igjennom en hel skolegang og har tanker om hva som kunne gjøres bedre. Disse tankene kan stimulere debatt og dialog om læring og skole og kanskje også inspirere til å skape radikale alternativer utenfor vårt eksisterende skolesystem.

Voicing your Future består av en “stemmeboks” med fastmontert i-Pad der de som vil delta kan gi sitt bidrag der de forteller om hvordan skole og utdanning kan endres. Her publiseres og vises bidragene fra publikum fortløpende på prosjektets hjemmeside www.voicingyourfuture.no.  Prosjektet får dermed en dimensjon i og utenfor utstillingen. Bidrag kan også sendes inn direkte til kunstneren. “Stemmene” samles hovedsaklig som video opptak men også som tekst, tegninger, eller dikt fra de som vil delta i prosjektet.

“Stemmeboksen” er co-designet av arkitekt Alice Sturt.

DETAILS

Voicing your Future is included in the touring show Child as a Teacher Last show: Stavanger Kunsthall,  26rd January-12th March 2017 – READ MORE. Next show: Bellingham, US, September 2017.

A group exhibition focusing on the relationship between art and radical pedagogy. Curated by Jaroslav Andel this traveling exhibition brings together works by artists who view education as a critical field of study in contemporary society, and who consider creativity an integral part of the learning process.

Inspired by the paradox of diminishing learning capacities in children upon entering formal schooling, the exhibition focuses on the historical interdependency of art, science, education, and democracy. Rooted in the age of the Enlightenment and industrial society, the present system of education also carries the institutional heritage of discipline and control. On the other hand, reform movements such as progressive and radical pedagogy have advanced the ideas of freedom and equality, and with them the role of art and creativity.

The project is based on collaborations by leading international artists, scientists, and educators and includes works of art, archival and documentary material as well as a series of public events such as workshops, discussions, and lectures.

Participating artists include Eva Bakkeslett, Luis Camnitzer, Priscila Fernandes, Michael Joaquin Grey, Ane Hjort Guttu, Markus Kayser, Eva Kotátková, James Mollison, Petr Nikl, Renzo Piano, Calvin Seibert, and Society for a Merrier Present.

Presse: Det tapte dannelsesidealet, Klassekampen 21.01.2017

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