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04 Emergency and Emergence

Emergency and Emergence (April 2022 - December 2023) unearths transdisciplinary, sensorial and speculative practices of radical sensemaking and wayfinding via questions of repair, pedagogy, remediation and mutation. Edited by Canan Batur.
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03 Sonic Continuum

Sonic Continuum (Mar 2020 – Nov 2021) traces practices of world-making through sound, both as a force that constitutes the world and a medium for producing knowledge about it.

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Acousmatic Paranoia

Arrested Time

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02 Critical Pedagogies

Critical Pedagogies (June 2019 – July 2020) investigates the capacities of education to rehearse new forums for critical thinking beyond the pedagogical imperative.
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01 On Translations

On Translations (February 2018 - March 2020) explores the cultural and political contradictions that arise in processes of translation - in language and beyond. These questions derive from an understanding that translation encompasses processes of erasure in colonial language and epistemologies. At the same time, it offers a liminal space marked by mistranslation, confusion, and hesitance. On Translations aims to explore the potential capacities of translation to be a 'site of inhabitation' rather than a transitional space between the original and the translated text.
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Critical Pedagogies

Critical Pedagogies: The Learning Collective in the Awakening of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Carolina Rito

This text reflects upon the Critical Pedagogies programme at Nottingham Contemporary and the challenges that the awakening of the COVID-19 outbreak poses to education. In this text, the programme’s curator Carolina Rito delves into the neoliberalisation of educational institutions and how this process is transforming our learning experience – within and outside academia.

On CAMPUS: Reflections on Collective Knowledge Production

Alexandra Chairetaki Gráinne Charlton Laurie Cummins Phoebe Eustance Jade Foster Colette Griffin Milika Muritu Hugh Nicholson Ese Onojeruo Jessica Piette Raúl Valdivia

In 2019, Nottingham Contemporary launched CAMPUS, a non-formal education programme with a focus on critical pedagogies. Throughout a series of events which included seminars, lectures, and informal conversations, CAMPUS participants engaged in critical dialogues and collective learning. The views expressed in this text are not representative of the entire CAMPUS cohort.

Theory versus Practice: A Notice to Appear

Andrea Průchová Hrůzová

What are the frequent contradictions between theory and practice in the field of public pedagogy? In this open reflection, Andrea Průchová Hrůzová revisits a decade-long experience of running the Prague-based Platform for the Study and Promotion of Visual Culture Fresh Eye, while mapping the systemic, institutional and discursive limits of critical public pedagogy within the realm of the public education system.

Being Open

Joaquim Moreno

What does it mean for education to be ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’? Architect and academic Joaquim Moreno recalls the well-known charter of the Open University, a pioneering initiative established in Milton Keynes in the late 1960s, to reveal potential shortcomings in today’s remote learning initiatives. By outlining its experiments with new modes of disseminating knowledge at a distance through a ‘blended system’ of resources, methods and channels, Moreno traces how it inventively fulfilled its pedagogical commitment to openness.

Public Politics / Política Pública

Amò Coletivo

How can collaborative art practices exist in contexts that are still attached to the idea of art as a contemplative practice? In this essay, Amò Colectivo reflect on the ‘Public Politics’ project they developed with the inhabitants of the Little Africa neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, engaging with questions of how community knowledge is organised and understood as art.

Praktik Spasial

Gudskul farid rakun Sol Cai Laksmi Lilu Herlambang Ahmad Hilal Duta Adipati Gusmarian

Gudskul (Contemporary Art Collective and Ecosystem Studies) is a public learning space established in 2015 by three Jakarta-based art collectives: ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara (GHH), who practice and expand the understanding of collective values – such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship, and togetherness.

Walking to School Through a Camp: A Short Tale of Infrastructure

Irit Rogoff

Irit Rogoff recounts a visit to the wartime labor camp at Mauthausen, Austria, and considers how the site might act as a space for education.

Distributed Learning

Mark Jarzombek

In the age of COVID-19 and social distancing, Mark Jarzombek weighs up digital learning platforms against the classroom lecture as a pedagogical tool.

The Age of Wildfire

Lesley Lokko

Graduate School of Architecture Summer Show, November 2017. Photo: Tristan McLaren. I began writing this essay weeks before I left South Africa in November 2019 for good; picked it up again a week after my arrival in New York City and finished it in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the…

System Building

Elain Harwood

Architectural historian Elain Harwood considers the story of CLASP (Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme) and its programme of system-built schools in Nottinghamshire as an example of successful collaboration between public architects and government ministries.

Deschooling Architecture

Sol Perez-Martinez

Sol Perez-Martinez traces how deschooling theory has been applied to urban learning initiatives in the UK that sought to widen participation in the built environment and encourage education for action.

Politics as Pedagogy

Santhosh S.

This text considers the site of India’s recent large-scale public demonstrations as pedagogical tools, alternative to the university.


Nick Axel Bill Balaskas Nikolaus Hirsch Sofia Lemos Carolina Rito

Architectures of Education is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Kingston University, and e-flux Architecture, and a cross-publication with The Contemporary Journal.​ Drawing on a three-day public programme at Nottingham Contemporary on November 7–9, 2019, the series features contributions by Ramon Amaro, Aoife Donnelly and Kristin Trommler, Gudskul, Elain Harwood, Tom Holert, Lesley Lokko, Sol Perez-Martinez, Irit Rogoff, Santhosh S., and more.

Ramon Amaro and farid rakun

Ramon Amaro farid rakun

Architectures of Education is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Kingston University, and e-flux Architecture, and a cross-publication with The Contemporary Journal. An essay relating to this video is available here.

Contemporary School Design and Architectural Challenges for the African Classroom in a 21st Century Educational Landscape

Ola Uduku

Ola Uduku is Research Professor in Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Interview with farid rakun

farid rakun

The interview with farid rakun, member of ruangrupa, happened in the context of the conference Architectures of Education at Nottingham Contemporary in November 2019. In the interview conducted by Manuel Ángel Macia, rakun explored ruangrupa’s project in Jakarta, the ideas behind the notion of ‘collective of collectives’, and the upcoming Documenta 15. Manuel Ángel Macia…

Interview with Tom Holert

Tom Holert

The interview with researcher, writer, and curator Tom Holert happened in the context of the conference Architectures of Education at Nottingham Contemporary, in November 2019. In the interview conducted by architecture historian Ana Souto, Holert explores the infrastructural thinking that entered the discussion of education, politics, and planning around 1970. The conversation touches upon the proposals…

Becoming Research

Irit Rogoff

Irit Rogoff explores the ‘research turn’ within art and curating and of how research has moved from being a contextual activity that grounds production and exhibition of art, to a mode of inhabiting the art world in its own right. The claim for the shift in our understanding of research is that what previously had…

The Work of David & Mary Medd

Aoife Donnelly Kristin Trommler

Aoife Donnelly & Kristin Trommler’s research and practice focus on the generation of sensitive and carefully composed projects that engage with questions around the democracy of place or space and value the experience of the user. In the conference Architectures of Education, the duo presented the pioneering work of Mary and David Medd, a model…

Learning Structures

Tom Holert Anna-Maria Meister

The panel with Tom Holert and Anna-Maria Meister inaugurated the conference Architectures of Education at Nottingham Contemporary, 8-9 November 2019. This event was a three-day programme with presentations, workshops, keynotes and screening reflecting on cultures and architectures of education today, and speculate about what futures may lay on the horizons of knowledge production. Tom Holert…

Educational Investment: A Context for CAMPUS

Andrea Phillips

The pedagogical imperative in contemporary art has two functions. One is ideological and one is economic. The ideological function is manifest in artists’, curators’, and other related actors’ participation in the utopian redistribution of centrally-organised education through critique, anti-correlation, and processes of disidentification. This is a warped ideological pursuit, one that is done in the…

Black Atlantis: Retrograde Futurism

Ayesha Hameed

Black Atlantis: Retrograde Futurism is Ayesha Hameed most-recent lecture-performance part of the ongoing Black Atlantis project. Black Atlantis is a multi-part experimental lecture performance that combines sound and moving image. It looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in contemporary Mediterranean migration, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space.