Art schools as thinking entities
Art schools are places where new generations of practitioners can and must imagine themselves anew. They are thinking entities that make us work and think along with them and are at the same time institutions that we can shape, challenge or queer in order to make them the tools we want to collectively be able to shape the world. Currently however, we are witnessing antagonistic polarization: the institute and the people working within it vis a vis the students who choose to undertake formal education but are extremely critical towards the idea of an institution on the other. How could art schools be sites of complexity instead, as opposed to the harmful process of simplification that is flattening the perception of reality all around us? How can we, with and within schools, engage imaginatively with the philosophical, social and political issues that confront us?
In her contribution, Silvia Bottiroli will explore these questions referring to DAS Theatre and the former DasArts as an example of an art school that has been going through a massive process of institutionalization and that is continuing to think education, the theatre and the world as reciprocal.