Footnotes: Annotating the Present Condition of Arts Education

29/08/2022 - 20220901

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

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



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.


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