Unlearning Exercises
Art Organizations as Sites for Unlearning
Edited by Binna Choi, Annette Krauss, Yolande van der Heide, Liz Allan

Liz Allan, Yollotl Alvarado, Antariksa, Jacob Apostol, Binna Choi, Joy Melanie Escani and rés García, Brigitta Isabella, Faisol Iskandor, Ismiatun, Nancy Jouwe, Annette Krauss, Emily Pethick and rea Phillips, Ying Que, Kerstin Stakemeier, Sakiko Sugawa, Syafiatudina, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Marina Vishmidt, Yolande van der Heide, Erminah Zaenah and the shifting team at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.


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Learning is often progress-oriented, institutionally driven, and focused on the accumulation of knowledge, skills and behaviour. In contrast, unlearning is directed towards embodied forms of knowledge and the (un)-conscious operation of ways of thinking and doing. Unlearning denotes an active critical investigation of normative structures and practices in order to become aware and get rid of taken-for-granted”truths” of theory and practice. This book shares the process taking art and art institutions as sites for unlearning.

Art, Education
Unlearning at an art organization has led to collective unlearning exercises that express the conditions, modalities, and implications of a particular group of art workers. The business of running an art institution is irrevocably tied up with the anxiety and stress of constantly"being busy" making things visible in competitive and hierarchical conditions. This busyness causes the habitual undervaluing of what often remains invisible–so-called reproductive works such as cleaning, fixing, and caring. Unlearning processes make way for social transformations that lead towards the culture of equality and difference which we call the culture of the commons. Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning shares a set of"unlearning exercises" as propositions to be useful for and adapted within other specific (institutional) contexts in and beyond the arts. These exercises range form daily practices like"Cleaning Together", to seemingly unresolvable issues of collective authorship and fair wage.

Binna Choi is director of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, formerly Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, the Netherlands since 2008.
Annette Krauss works as artist, educator and writer. In her conceptual-based practices she addresses the intersection of art, politics and everyday life.
Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide is exhibitions curator at Van Abbemuseum.
Liz Allan is an artist, editor and writer.

232 pages
Paperback, 16.5x22 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9789492095534