An art platform for radical learning in public space
LA ESCUELA___ is both an art project and an art school. With no roof and no walls, the school leaves the framework of familiar institutions and addresses the social realities that surround it. The LA ESCUELA___ program is a hybrid one: Collaborative learning communities in public space are created through art actions in Latin American cities and a dedicated online platform.
LA ESCUELA___ is constant reflection upon the idea of school as a space of possibilities.
LA ESCUELA___, Spanish for “The School”, works with art as a form of knowledge production, and with education as artistic practice. It is structured in three parts: online, there are labs, lectures, and discussions to address social, political, and environmental issues across the artistic fields. In specific sites, artists, students, and local communities come together in public space to generate new knowledge with participatory art actions. The third part of the school is a growing, bilingual web platform about experimental educational practices in Latin America’s art scene – both in history and in the present.
In programmatic terms, the artist-run school places itself in a tradition of Latin American approaches for which it seeks to offer a platform: a school of many schools; constant reflection upon the idea of the school as a space of possibilities. By providing free, open access, the project responds to inequality in the education system and attempts to actively link educational institutions in the arts with the social reality of their environment.
Miguel Braceli, Artist and Architect
Over two semesters each year, LA ESCUELA___ makes learning spaces available free to everyone, with a focus on the visual arts, performing arts, performance, and architecture. In the first semester from March to July 2022, lectures and conversations will be held with Cecilia Vicuña, Luis Camnitzer, Ricardo Basbaum, and Mónica Mayer. Digital labs will be run by artists including Felipe Rivas San Martín, Nicolás Paris, Laura Uribe, Patricia Domínguez, and Andrés Pereira Paz. In Venezuela, Chile and Mexico, site specific activities and formative works are planned with Laura Anderson Barbata, Esvin Alarcón, and Adrián Balseca. The structure of the first semester was developed in cooperation with guest scholars Mônica Hoff and Renata Cervetto.
The projects are realized in cooperation with partners in each country:
Ciudad Abierta (Chile), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (Chile), MUAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Universitario Mexiko, UNAM – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexiko, Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexiko), Goethe-Institut Venezuela, Universidad Simón Bolívar Caracas (Venezuela), Universidad de los Andes Mérida (Venezuela), Universidad Central de Venezuela