Summer School – FOOTNOTES 2045: Annotating the Futures of Arts Education

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Footnotes is a Summer School that imagines, rethinks and shapes the futures of arts education.

Footnotes’ most recent 5-day event gathered academics, (art) professionals, students and curious people who jointly worked around seven focus topics surrounding higher arts educational futures:



The Footnotes Summer School was organised by School of Commons, Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and took place from 29 August to 1 September 2022, on the ZHdK campus. The Summer School was part of the FAST45 project (Futures Art School Trends 2045).

Throughout Footnotes Summer School, FAST45 explored Live Action Role-Play (LARP) as a method for futures thinking with the support of LARP artists Carina Erdmann and Steph Holl-Trieu (0ct0p0s). Following the Live Action Role-Play method. All participants assumed fictional characters for the duration of the summer school and agreed on meeting in the (imagined) year of 2045. While the basic future scenario of the Footnotes gathering in the year 2045 was set, to a certain extent, by a group of selected organisers and artists, a main element of the workshops and lectures was to develop more detailed future realities of arts education in 2045, together. This process was strongly supported by role-play, which helped to interpret, embody and shape future realities. It was strongly emphasised that for participation in the Summer School, no prior experience in Live Action Role-Play was required.

Why "Footnotes"?

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What is Live Action Role-Play (LARP)?

... and how can it be used as a method for futures thinking? Learn more...

Footnotes Backstory

Dive into the scene set for future realties explored during the Footnotes Summer School.

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Contributors & Lectures

Who lectured at Footnotes? Dive into the Footnotes lectures...

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Footnotes Schedule

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Insights from the Footnotes Summer School


Are you ready to travel to the year 2045?… Here we go!

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Targeting Seven Future(s) Realms

Explore future scenarios, lecutres and much more around the following future-relevant topics that we tackled during the Footnotes Summer School:

PODPAST – Futures of Arts Education 🔊

🎧 Turn your headphones on 🎧 and explore a multitude of perspectives from different time-space zones on the presents, pasts, and futures of arts education.

The Footnotes PODPAST travels to listeners directly from the year 2045, to take an in-depth look into arts education systems, structures, functions, forms and futures.

Hosted by Gigi, an ever-curious archivist with a lifelong interest in arts education, in conversation with a broad range of guests from across disciplines, backgrounds and time spaces, the podcast explores the pasts, presents and futures of arts education. All to discuss alternative modes, structures and methods for learning, teaching and instituting, that recall and re-centre historically marginalised ways of working.

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