COMMONALITIES – Knowledge Commons

Footnotes Summer School Theme

COMMONALITIES - Knowledge Commons

COMMONALITIES articulates questions about establishing and sustaining knowledge commons under the pressures of extractive capitalism. It addresses concerns of accessibility to knowledge and its stakeholders. It also looks at how commonist methodologies such as peer- and lifelong learning function within creative learning and Institutions of Higher Art Education and how activist knowledge production and tacit knowledge can navigate within the institution and avoid capture.


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At the Footnotes Summer School, a group of creative thinkers gathered to work with and on knowledge commons. For this travelled to the year 2045 together. Get to know their world and work…

The COMMONALITIES Research and Action Group were put together in the year 2035 by an unknown algorithm. This was the result of each core member working independently on questions surrounding the establishment and sustenance of the knowledge commons under the pressures of extractive capitalism. 

Through their collaborative and collective working methods and shared connections, the group has come to centre their communal interests and experiences, such as peer and lifelong learning and activist knowledge production. For COMMONALITIES, art is not a single, canonised idea but something defined and redefined from multiple perspectives. Moreover, for the group, art must have multiple functions in society for COMMONALITIES to deem it as such, art is never for art’s sake.

Though nomadic in nature with large circular time gaps between meetups and research phases, COMMONALITIES Action and Research Group have a number of core principles that keep them sustained and bound. These include:


1. Truth must always be considered in multiples,
2. Knowledge must always be stored and disseminated in open forms,
3. Time must be treated as circular in nature,
4. Technology is essential in the world but only if the ways we use it must be consistently monitored and reconsidered, and
5. Boundaries towards knowledge must always remain porous.

These principles contribute to COMMONALITIES collective belief that the increased understanding of one’s values, perspectives, and preferences, means also acknowledging that one never perceives from a neutral or objective position.


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