New Alphabet School


2019–21

knowbotiq, b(l)ack dada nonperformance | © knowbotiq

knowbotiq, b(l)ack dada nonperformance | © knowbotiq

The New Alphabet School is a school for artistic, curatorial, archival, poetic, activist, critical and affirmative research practices. Over the course of 3 years, it will function as a colloquium to engage in discussions and develop ideas for HKW enthusiasts, new voices in the field, and those who already collaborate with HKW.

HKW offers a space for research approaches outside of academic, disciplinary, or genre constraints, seeking different methods of learning and unlearning in order to rethink the idea of criticism as a practice of shared responsibility and care.

The New Alphabet School will combine a HKW-based colloquium and site-specific workshops at libraries, archives, collections, and museums worldwide. In this fieldwork, taxonomies, categories or institutional frameworks will be analyzed in order to come to an understanding of the logics of cultural domination, national chauvinism or human exceptionalism that permeate institutional landscapes in the field of culture and beyond and to develop strategies of reframing and renarrating the discourses they produce.

The New Alphabet School is part of The New Alphabet, curated by Bernd Scherer and his team. It was inaugurated with an (Un-)Learning Place during the opening days of The New Alphabet in January 2019.

2019–21

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