congress / events

Reverse Pedagogy

workshop / interactive

2011-09-09 - 2011-09-10, 12:00 IASE

informacje o biletach

photo: Malwina Konopacka

Reverse Pedagogy is a group effort, crowned with an exhibition, which brings together people with various skills, not necessarily in the fields of art or creativity. The program of the project is created ad hoc by the participants themselves, who work, spend time together, and have fun. Any necessary supplies and logistic support is provided by the organizers.

The first Reverse Pedagogy meeting took place at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada in 2008. The idea was born during meetings known as “Collage Parties” held by Canadian artist Paul Butler in a number of locations around the world, often for days on end. Artists and audiences alike took part, creating joint artworks in the process. Butler decided to continue the experiment, which he titled Reverse Pedagogy, in an aim to show that mutual artistic education is possible in a non-hierarchical environment.

During their month-long residency at the Banff Arts Centre, a group of artists held a series of exhibitions and radio shows as well as dinners, parties, and trips to museums and karaoke bars. The format gave participants an opportunity to experiment in ways that artists cannot usually afford, due to other responsibilities, financial concerns, and social expectations. The first and subsequent meetings (at the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale and at The Model, an art center in Sligo, Ireland, both in 2009) led to long-term artistic projects.

The form of Reverse Pedagogy is rather open, and can play out in different ways, depending on the edition. One example: at a pre-determined time, a group of people show up at a location announced by the organizers. Participants are qualified on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, usually ten to twenty people. The group is given 48 hours to prepare an exhibition on a given topic.

In the edition prepared for ECC there are other rules of participation. The curator of the project chooses 20 participants from a group of people who have signed up for the workshop.

Curator: Paul Butler