Reclaiming wider ecologies of knowledge. Pedagogy, art, and community building for a more eco-centered future

Lecture by Alessandra Pomarico

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July 7, 2022, 6 pm,

Event will be held in English.

As the multiple crises of today are showing, our paradigms are becoming insufficient and in fact constitute a threat to the preservation of life on our planet. Institutions of knowledge production are complicit in creating asymmetrical, exploitative, and extractive dynamics towards other beings, cosmogonies, and economies; but they can also bring about a fundamental shift of our imaginary toward emancipation.

How do we learn and what’s there to unlearn? How to reclaim wider knowledge production and creatively decouple from the conditions reproduced by the dominant western neoliberal educational system?

Can we collectively take responsibility for creating learning spaces devoted to regenerating life and communities? Can we consider pedagogies as politics and see how we can shift from hegemonic epistemologies and narratives that drive our unsustainable present towards more eco-centric ways of knowing and walking on Earth? Artistic practices are a tool to challenge the status quo and prefigure a different
way of being, knowing and relating, helping us question and disinvest from a culture that commodifies life to build regenerative alternatives.

Alessandra Pomarico will share her experience as part of Free Home University, an 8-year, ongoing experiment at the intersection of art, pedagogy, activism, and community building. She will also talk about the eco-justice learning movement Ecoversities Alliance.

Alessandra Pomarico (PhD, Italy/ US) is an independent curator, writer, and educator working at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, and nano-politics. Member of the global Ecoversities Alliance, dedicated to reimagining higher education, she is the co-founder of Free Home University, an artistic and pedagogical experiment focused on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. She is co-founder of the residency program and community space Ammirato Culture House and recently launched the collaborative projects M.E.D.U.S.E (Mediterranean Ecofeminist Decolonial Union for Self Education) and the radio platform firefly frequencies; she is one of the co-curators of Grounding ~ Seeding at tranzitsk in Bratislava, of The School of the We with in Graz, and #Commoning and # Faju/Healing for the New Alphabet School, a project of HKW, Berlin. She is an editor of artseverywhere and her publications include Pedagogies Otherwise (Ecoversities, 2017) and What's there to Learn (Free Home University, 2018). She also co-edited with Nikolay Oleynikov When the roots start moving/ Resonating with Zapatismo (Archive Book & Free Home University, 2021). Alessandra is often invited to offer training, contribute to conferences, co-design gatherings and consult with formal and informal institutions worldwide.

ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit. Supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Grounding ~ Seeding