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School of Common Knowledge in Zagreb and Ljubljana (Croatia, Slovenia)

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MSU Zagreb, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, MG+MSUM Ljubljana, ZRC SAZU Ljubljana and L’Internationale invite applications for a pilot of the new School of Common Knowledge (SCK) to be held in Zagreb and Ljubljana from 24 to 29 May 2024.

SCK draws on the network, knowledge and experience of the L’Internationale museum confederation. Its ambition is to be both nomadic and situated, looking at specific cultural and geopolitical situations while exploring their relations and interdependencies with the rest of the world. The SCK is built on the basis laid by the Glossary of Common Knowledge project initiated by Zdenka Badovinac and Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, and continues its co-learning methodology.

Participants are invited from art, design, architecture and curating but also from related fields such as sociology, political science and anthropology. One can be at any stage in one’s academic or professional career. One should be prepared to contribute one’s own experiences, thoughts and project proposals as well as listen to others.

The SCK will have access to the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, which largely contain works by artists from the Balkans and the wider Eastern European region.

The school will engage in different co-learning practices including lectures; visits to exhibitions, collections and archives; walks and physical exercise; site-related experiences; and times of silence. Participants will be invited to propose terms and referential fields that will help to understand the present and suggest ways to generate collective agency. The ambition is to build a small temporary community that can learn to trust and antagonise each other through exchange and shared experiences.

Participation is free. A contribution of 250 EUR per participant will cover all lunches, dinners and travel from Zagreb to Ljubljana and back. Travel to Zagreb and accommodation in both cities will need to be covered by applicants themselves. Lectures and workshops will be held in English.


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