The White Building
10 - 16 June
Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to challenge institutionalised education, access to learning and the mechanism of knowledge creation and distribution through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
Initiated in 2015, Antiuniversity Now was set up to reignite the 1968 Antiuniversity of London with the intention to challenge academic and class hierarchy and the exclusivity of the £9K-a-year-degree by inviting people to organise and share free learning events. It is free, open and inclusive.
For Antiuniversity Now 2017, SPACE are hosting the following events at The White Building:
Politicising Anxiety: From Precarity to Care
Sat 10 June 1 - 4pm, book here
Anxiety is everywhere at the moment, but too often it is seen strictly as a condition of the individual. This event will be a workshop on politicising anxiety; on framing it as a social phenomenon.
Mental Health Under Capitalism is David Berrie and Emily McDonagh, who work as an Art Psychotherapist and an NHS Psychologist.
Sat 10 June 6 - 9pm, book here
Film screening of works by artists without a degree in Fine Art. Followed by Q&A with the White Pube.
The White Pube is an art criticism website and research project by Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente.
The Antiuniversity History Of Black History Month In Britain
Mon 12 June 6:30 - 8:30pm, book here
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Black (now known as African) History Month in Britain. Kwaku will deliver an accessible, family-friendly audio-visual assisted presentation providing the backstory of how it came into being in Britain, with video contributions by some of the people who were at the forefront of its introduction.
Kwaku is an author/editor of a number of books, educator specialising in black music and African British history, and editor of BritishBlackMusic.com
Tue 13 June 7-9pm, book here
Google and Facebook are the new rulers of the world. The digital platform has emerged as the key medium of both social communication and commercial exchange. What does the emergence of 'platform capitalism' mean for radical politics in the 21st century?
Alex Williams is lecturer in the Centre for Culture and the Creative industries, at City, University of London and author of Inventing The Future: Postcapitalism and A World Without Work. Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Political and Cultural Theory at the University of East London and author of Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism.
Art. Class. War (Antiuniversity 2017 Closing Party)
Fri 16 June 8 - 11pm, book here
Art can only challenge the injustices of class and war if it first engages in its own war of class with itself. We need to address the unfair working and appointment practices, low or no wages, workplace discrimination by gender, race and sexuality as well as sexual harassment.
Art. Class. War aims to place the art world for one evening firmly at the centre of these issues involving the public in a night of music and performance, aiming above all to ask what role art has to play in the nexus of class and war.
Featuring Mark McGowan (Artist Taxi Driver), Chto Delat?, Robert Pettena, League of Art Legends (Simone Bertugno and Mike Watson), Shiraz Bayjoo and Larry Achiampong, Fiamma Montezemolo, Esther Planas Balduz Bennici, Margoo, André Ceporo, Graham Hudson, Colin Lindsay and more. Curated by Mike Watson / The Rome Process
Mike Watson has curated for Nomas Foundation, Museo MACRO, The Finnish Cultural Foundation and at both the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale. In May 2016 he published Towards a Conceptual Militancy for ZerO books. He has written regularly for Art Forum, Frieze, Art Review, Radical Philosophy and Hyperallergic.
This year Antiuniversity Now festival takes place on 10-16 June 2017, with more than 120 events in public spaces all over the country. Visit www.antiuniversity.org for the full programme.