Future Learning Design: Academy as Übungsraum
Track 3: Learning Spaces
Date: Day 1 – 12:30
Location: Neufert-Mansion, Gelmeroda
When it comes to the great 20th-century experiments in Learning Design (and Art), two schools stand out: Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. In spite of the well-founded objections that researchers have leveled against their practices, the two academies continue to be seen as beacons of an ideal-typical learning environment. While enthusiastically touting their commitment to “innovation”, “disruption” and “creativity”, our contempory academies seems to be incapableof developing a comparable Learning Design, i.e., a pedagogic infrastructure out of which the aesthetic and creative avant-garde could emerge that our world so urgently needs. In this opening lecture to the track Learning Spaces, Rob Leijdekkers and Sebastian Olma will discuss some of the ideological obstacles standing in the way of a timely Learning Design. As a prelude to the workshop of the Dutch collective Young Artists Feed Forward (YAFF), they will propose some preliminary principles of a pedagogy of disruption (“disruption” being intended here strictly in the non-Californian sense of the term). The objective is not to develop a new general model of Learning Design, but to sketch the ethical, political and pedagogic contours of a Future Learning Design that has the capacity to empower the young generation of artists and designers to break through the aesthetic misery of our time.