Free Home University

Free Home University is an autonomous pedagogical experiment that situates artistic thinking at the centre of how we learn. Inspired by traditions of emancipatory and radical pedagogies, it exists as an alternative to institutionalized education.

We ALL Hurt

Crystal Smith, Salish territory 

In the Autumn of 2016, Musagetes collaborated with Alessandra Pomarico and a number of community partners in Vancouver to host Italian actor, director, and teacher Ippolito Chiarello at Simon Fraser University’s theatre school. Ippolito’s experience with what he calls “homeless theatre” — an intimate street performance that actively engages passersby — informed his work with the students at SFU over...

Radical Pedagogy is NOT

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 
N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone, St. Petersburg 

Part one: To no list Foreword by Alessandra Pomarico (inspired by many). It was a real struggle to define, in a 10 minute text, “the partisan No” that originates and informs the experience of Free Home University—an ongoing, experimental, open-ended pedagogical process—while being immersed in one of our sessions: 25 people from around the world living/learning together, with no time...

Really Useful Knowledge

What, How & for Whom, Zagreb 

The following text originally appeared in the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW and organized and produced by the Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Contemporanea Reina Sofía. The catalogue offers a further occasion to the contributing artists to reflect on the intrinsic pedagogical dimension of their work—in some...

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas

Manuel Callahan, San Jose 

Insurgent Learning and Convivial Research: Universidad de la Tierra, Califas[1] Knowledge production has increasingly become central to emancipatory projects. More and more people in struggle recognize the importance of learning and research as an essential part of movement and also an essential part of those moments of the future in the present across the globe. Alongside the serial protests and...

In The Cracks of Learning (Situating Us)

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 

As a preamble, I’d like to clarify that every­thing I attempt to contribute in the following text on the subject of pedagogy is a recollection of ideas that have been collectively produced and experienced through convivial gatherings, dialogues, inquiries, critical reflec­tions, readings, and actions with many friends with whom I experimented in various processes of creating communities of learners.[1] From each...

Multi-layered Selves: Colonialism, Decolonization and Counter-Intuitive Learning Spaces

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver 

As I wondered about the best way to write this text, two related events caught my attention. First, I received a call for publications with the title “After De-colonizing…What?” issued after an extremely productive (albeit difficult) 2015 gathering in Portugal on the theme of ‘Eco-versities’. In the same week, in a different context, I was gifted a wooden USB stick...

Torpor and Awakening

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver 

This text is an adapted transcript of a keynote presented at the Indigenous Scholars Conference: Indigenous Epistemologies: Re-Visioning Reconciliation on 26 March 2015, at the University of Alberta. It has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Native Studies. I am from a family with Indigenous Latin American and German ancestry. I have been to many different countries...

Giardino Ammirato: re-imagining public space at the Spring Session of Free Home University

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 

The 2016 Spring Session of Free Home University started with a desire to take care of the public garden adjacent to the Ammirato Culture House, a hub for artistic social practices and a sister initiative of Free Home University, which inhabits the space during its seasonal “unclasses.” The adjacent garden—the ‘garden with no name at the crossroads of two streets’—has...

Narratives of Solidarity: Free Home University—Summer 2016

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 
Shawn Van Sluys, Guelph, Ontario 

Narratives of Solidarity: From personal stories to a reflection on History for the invention of (our) Shestories The summer session of Free Home University (June 13-July 4, 2016) will explore how to use personal narratives to reflect on History and imagine a new ‘SHEstory’—a term we coined as a way to queer the feminist concept of “herstory”—with an intersectional lens together...

Alternative Institutions and Intimate Counter-Publics: Chto Delat’s School for Engaged Art and Rosa’s House of Culture

Jonathan Brooks Platt, Pittsburgh 

The following essay is the first in a monthly series on pedagogy, edited by Alessandra Pomarico, co-curator of the Free Home University in Lecce, Italy. Alessandra introduces the series here. In the context of contemporary Russian artistic and intellectual life, the significance of the Chto Delat School for Engaged Art and Rosa’s House of Culture is difficult to overstate. Since...

Pedagogy, otherwise

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 

There is general consensus and a vast body of literature arguing that the education system is failing us. In the age of a global knowledge economy, the production of knowledge is becoming a financial enterprise and the logic of the market regulates every aspect of society, including how education is organized; we need to analyze the crisis of education in...

Experiencing Life in Common

Alessandra Pomarico, New York City & Lecce, Italy 

Free Home University (FHU) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment created in 2013 in Southern Italy by a local and international group of artists and thinkers. It focuses on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common. The name Free Home University wish to be a non vertical, energy-liberating, insurgent environment (Free), within a protected and...

Ribeiro’s New Social Sculpture

Gian Spina, Ramallah 

“I said, if they come with tanks I still will keep on teaching.” -Joseph Beuys, 1972 (in front of the Arts Academy in Düsseldorfas—the police tried to expel him) “Educate yourself more and more, never pause the learning. Educate the others, educate the society.” -Brazilian Minister of Education Renato Janine Ribeiro In the last days of March 2015, Brazil named...

The Pitfalls of Institutional Pedagogy

Ahmet Öğüt, Amsterdam 

BEIRUT—The Silent University operates at the intersection between contemporary art and modern pedagogy in a space filled with misconceptions about culture and institutionalized art practices. Cultural institutions such as public and private museums, non-profit art institutions, and private art and cultural foundations employ models of education that are radically different in their methods and structures from educational models practiced by...