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Annette Krauss: Unlearning Exercises Book Launch


Wednesday 6 February, 6-8pm
Queen Victoria Gardens
St Kilda Road, Melbourne

FREE /// All welcome

MUMA is pleased to host a discussion focusing on processes for unlearning and the art organisation as a site for unlearning. This discussion will be led by visiting artist Annette Krauss in conversation with Nuraini Juliastuti, co-founder of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center. It will be convened by Dr. Danny Butt, Associate Director (Research) at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

For those who seek a paradigm shift in a contemporary life that is under increasing economic, socio-political and ecological pressures, there are two key areas of concern: institution and learning. Learning is mostly understood in terms of accumulative knowledge and deals with institutionally driven conceptions. Alternatively, unlearning integrates processes of de-instituting and is directed towards embodied knowledge and unconsciously-operating ways of thinking. Learning anything new in fact necessitates unlearning.

Hear Krauss and her peers discuss two recent projects that navigate this terrain: Site for Unlearning (Art Organisation) which Krauss undertook with Casco Art Institute throughout 2014-17 and KUNCI’s ongoing project, The School of Improper Education, which is an experiment in the sustainability of both material and immaterial economies of the organisation that takes the form of schooling.

The publication Unlearning Exercises: Art Organisations as Sites for Unlearning (CASCO Art Institute, Utrecht and Valiz, 2018) will be launched at this event, coinciding with Annette Krauss & Casco Art Institute’s presentation of Site for Unlearning (Art Organisation) at MUMA as part of the international group exhibition, Shapes of Knowledge, which brings together 8 projects from across the globe to reflect on the different platforms, spaces and timeframes in which knowledge is produced and shared.

Annette Krauss and Ying Que’s visit to Melbourne is supported by MUMA and Monash Art Design and Architecture.

Image courtesy of Annette Krauss & CASCO Art Institute

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