Footnotes: Annotating the Present Condition of Arts Education
29/08/2022 - 01/09/2022

Footnotes: Annotating the Present Condition of Arts Education

  • Welcome to the Footnotes gathering of 2045!

  • For more than twenty-two years now, we have used the Footnotes function on this platform to discuss and organize around issues of arts education and beyond. Over time, many different conversations and threads have emerged ‘in between the lines’ and some have inspired the formation of working groups and in-person meetings. School of Commons, is thrilled to host the physical gathering of 2045. This year, with the participation of seven working groups, each exploring their own unique theme:


    During the workshops, the groups will deepen the understanding of their research and practices, situating them both within their local environments and wider global developments. Carving out new pathways for arts education and zones to nurture common bodies of knowledge, builds on the efforts of many generations.

  • Therefore, some working groups will be annotating video lectures from future archives1 of the past. Others have invited remote speakers to share experiences, provocations and reflections from their own contexts and conditions. The different streams of thought and reflection will be synthesized during the conference, where the working groups will engage in translocal exchange with each other and invited speakers.

    For all friends who want to join from afar, please also join our shared knowledge base, the Footnotes Channel, for a real-time transmission of workshop proceedings, background information, lectures and readings. You will be remotely embodied by the Footnotes Avatar, who will pass on your questions and comments to everyone on-site. Find the Livestream Schedule below. Once the workshops conclude, the stream will switch to transmit the conference.

    1 Future archives: A growing video archive that collects messages to the future recorded at different moments in time to invoke a transtemporal conversation.
  • Workshop Schedule

    AUGUST 29-31, 2045

    The workshop is divided into seven groups, based on the research themes of Footnotes:

    DIS/CONTINUITIES [Digital Cultures of Education]
    with an input lecture by Clara Balaguer

    ORGANOLOGY [Art & Society]
    with an input lecture by Edwin Ramirez from Criptonite

    CHAOS/MOSIS [Inter- & Transdisciplinarity]
    with an input lecture by manuel arturo abreu

    COMMONALITIES [Knowledge Commons]
    with an input lecture by Jack Hogan & Silvia Federici

    RE/PROGRAMMING [Institutional Structures & Strategies]
    with an input lecture by Marta Malo de Molina

    SYMBIOSIS [Ecological & Social Sustainability]
    with an input lecture by Ama Josephine B. Johnstone

    PLASTICITY [Institutional vs. Non-Institutional Education]
    with an input lecture by Omsk Social Club


    Over the course of two and a half days, each group will engage in concentrated, in-depth investigations of the respective theme, departing from an initial prompt. This prompt will be released as a pre-recorded video-lecture before the start of the workshop. It serves as the main body of text, which will undergo annotation, explication and extension in the form of footnotes. The workshops are designed to produce these footnotes, through which different scenarios for the future of arts education are fleshed out.

  • Conference Schedule

  • August 31, 2045

  • 15.30 - 16.00 Arrival Time and Coffee 16.00 - 16.10 Welcome Note 16.10 - 16.40 Footnotes: The Prologue 16.40 - 17.40 ORGANOLOGY: Art School and Society with School of Intrusions 17.40 - 18.10 Break 18.10 - 19.10 DIS/CONTINUITIES: Digital Cultures of Education with Baruch Gottlieb 19.10 - 19.40 Footnotes: Intermission, Outro 19.40 - 20.40 Apèro

  • September 1, 2045

  • 09.00 - 10.00 Welcome Coffee 10.00 - 10.30 Footnotes: Intermission, Intro 10.30 - 11.30 PLASTICITY: Institutional vs. Non-Institutional Education with Will Fredo Furtado, Contemporary And 11.30 - 12.30 CHAOS/MOSIS: Within and Beyond the Discipline with Thea Reifler & Philipp Bergman, Shedhalle 12.30 - 14.00 Lunch Break [at own expense] 14.00 - 15.00 RE/PROGRAMMING: Institutional Structures and Strategies with Lina Dokuzović 15.00 - 16.00 SYMBIOSIS: Ecological and Social Sustainability with Klasse Klima 16.00 - 16.45 Break 16.45 - 17.45 COMMONALITIES: Learning from the Commons with Brandy Butler 17.45 - 18.15 Footnotes: The Epilogue 18.15 -19.00 Drinks 19.00 - 21.00 Debrief Dinner

    Conference Live Stream

    Click on image to access the live stream, or join the remote embodiment channel [link below]
  • Livestream Schedule

  • You can join the workshops by being remotely embodied by 0v0, the dancer between worlds and temporal zones. Join them in this channel at the times listed below

  • August 29, 2045

    14.00 – 15.00 ORGANOLOGY, Groupbuilding
    16.00 – 16.40 CHAOS/MOSIS, Video Input and Initial Inquiry
    16.50 – 17.45 DIS/CONTINUITIES, World Factor Questions


    August 30, 2045

    09.50 – 10.50 COMMONALITIES:, Common Ground
    11.15 – 12.15 RE/PROGRAMMING, Worlding
    14.15 – 15.15 SYMBIOSIS, Issues and Implications


    August 31, 2045

    10.00 – 11.00 PLASTICITY, Looking Back

  • Workshop Information

  • Contributers


    Clara Balaguer (remote)
    Baruch Gottlieb (on-site)


    Edwin Ramirez, Criptonite (remote)
    School of Intrusions (on-site)


    manuel arturo abreu (remote)
    Shedhalle, Philip Bergmann and Thea Reifler (on-site)


    Silvia Federici and Jack Hogan (remote)
    Brandy Butler (on-site)


    Marta Malo de Molina (remote)
    Lina Dokuzović (on-site)


    Ama Josephine B. Johnstone (remote)
    Klasse Klima, Johann Otten and Lena Schubert (on-site)


    Omsk Social Club (remote)
    Will Fredo Furtado (on-site)


  • FAST45 is a pan-European research project which aims to create and test new methodologies, envisage future scenarios, establish long-term international collaboration and develop tools and initiatives which will empower arts institutions not only to anticipate an unknown future but to actively shape it.

  • FAST 45 – Learning Platform