The Civic University

The Civic University is a pedagogical experiment that tests alternative modes of knowledge transfer at work in civic city making, challenging traditional urban teaching and disciplinary restriction. The Civic University manoeuvres across disciplines that complement one another, implementing new ways of knowing and acting. Teaching and learning at the Civic University is symbiotic; by situating its curriculum within live projects in the city, it can mutually provide a support structure back to the local communities, the sites they occupy and for the individuals enrolled.

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The Civic University draws together a network of local and international ‘civic classrooms’ – physical rooms situated within specific areas in a city – where knowledge about hands on city making is produced and disseminated on various topics such as social housing estates, high streets, community gardens, parks and other. ‘Civic classrooms’ are already set up across London with potential to grow to other sites, forming new partnerships and supporting existing neighbourhood initiatives.

The emerging curriculum is driven by the needs and desires of local citizens as its base, which is being developed and now brought to the Tate Modern in the course of a three-day program. During this residency, the Civic University continues to develop and grow outside the walls of Tate Exchange.

The Civic University builds on a rich tradition of artist lead initiatives of re-imagining educational models. It will reflect on such traditions, recognising itself as part of a larger movement towards more democratic forms of knowledge production. To map out this history, a growing ‘Archive of Alternative Schools and Academies’ will be launched during our stay at Tate Exchange.

The Civic University is facilitated by public works in collaboration with the initiatives, R-UrbanThe Old Tidemill Gardens, Interact Roman RoadLoughborough Farm and their associated local groups and networks.  

It is an ongoing collaboration with Professor Robert Mull and his initiative Global Practice Programme.
In its current form the Civic University draws from the students work produced as part of Architecture and Activism, the Civic University Live Project at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSOA), as well as the ECODA research project on co-designing resilience.
The Civic University is currently supported by UMA School of Architecture in Umeå, Sweden, as part of their ongoing research into alternative models for community engaged city making.
Web: www.civic-university.net
Facebook: @CivicUniversity
Twitter: @TateExchange

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ASSEMBLING THE CIVIC UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY

TATE EXCHANGE – 5TH FLOOR
SWITCH HOUSE – TATE MODERN

We are assembling the Civic University. Learn about community asset sharing or how to avoid endless community meetings. Help write an alternative British Citizenship test. Come and have your CV written based on your everyday ‘Household’ knowledge, find our human Juke box and press the button for some random civic knowledge.

CIVIC CLASSES

HOW DO WE SHARE ASSETS? 1PM – 2:30PM
with Kate Swade of Shared Assets

In a time when public assets are being sold off to plug short term funding gaps -what mechanisms can citizens use to retain ownership of our land and facilities? Kate Swade will give a 15 mins presentation on the work of Shared Assets followed by a workshop on how to establish Community Land Trusts.

HOW DO WE FACILITATE FACILITATION? 2:45PM – 4:30PM
with Franck Magennis of London Learning Co-operative

Citizen-led initiatives ultimately result in endless meetings and inevitable conflicts. Negotiating these situations productively can be the difference between citizen emancipation or becoming deluded by the process. Franck Magennis will give a 15 minute presentation on the work of London Learning Co-operative followed by a workshop on how to facilitate community meetings, deal with conflicts and allow for shared ideas.

DROP IN CLASSES 1PM – 5PM

-> Help us write the new British Citizenship Test
-> Have your Civic CV written by an artist
-> Meet and question the Civic Knowledge Jukebox

ENACTING THE CIVIC CURRICULUM
FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
TATE EXCHANGE – 5TH FLOOR
SWITCH HOUSE – TATE MODERN

NO MASTERS, NO CLASSES, MASTERCLASSES
1PM – 5PM
A Curriculum for a Civic University
Master Classes will run for app 30 minutes and repeat several times in the afternoon.
No sign up necessary just drop in.
Closing the food-waste-energy loop – With Rokiah Yaman from LEAP
How can we manage organic resources in the city to generate community enterprise, engagement and educational opportunities
Joining Bottles – with Micaella Pedros
An empowering wood-joining technique using shrunk plastic bottles.
Starting a Community Land Trust – with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS)
RUSS will share their experience in setting up a Community Land Trust in London.
Public land grab poster making – with year 10 students from School 21
Produce posters to help claim left over sites in Stratford, east London.
Collaborative mapping of community resources – with JustMap
Produce a collaborative map of London community resources and projects, a tool for community-led planning and initiatives.
Ti(l)e Dye’ing Workshop – with public works

A workshop demonstrating how to use natural dyes in the city.
Drop in stations:
– Help us re-write the British Citizenship Test
– Have your Civic CV written by an artist
– Get some random knowledge from Civic Knowledge Jukebox
FRIDAY SESSION
THE ARCHIVE OF ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS
6:30PM – 8.00PM
Five speakers from different pedagogical backgrounds talking about learning environments where knowledge is shared and generated.
public works – Civic University 
Introducing the Civic University specifically within the context of the schools we have so far found offering alternative education models and arenas of learning.
Prof Robert Mull – Global Practice Programme. Prof Robert Mull led The Free Unit at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design since 2004 and is currently developing the Global Practice Programme with international educational, NGO and institutional partners including the Civic University. Robert will explore concepts of educational freedom and duty based on his recent work within the European refugee crisis.
Kathrin Böhm – Eco Nomadic School (aka Learn To Act)
The Eco Nomadic School (since 2009) is a pan-European network for local knowledge production and trans-local knowledge exchange.
Partners include amongst others atelier d’architecture autogerée (F), Myvillages (NL), Brave New Alps (IT) and APTNV (RO). The upcoming ‘’Learn to Act” publication (June 2017) documents and describes its ongoing but geographically dispersed structure of the school, local curricula and civic pedagogy, international set-up and knowledge sharing as an act of commoning.
Raumlabor – Urban School Ruhr (USR)
Markus Bader will talk about The Urban School Ruhr (USR) is a free learning platform and a pedagogical experiment that investigates participative and artistic practices in urban space. USR is envisioned as an independent public institution and an assembly of individuals gathered together around a declared common interest. The USR curriculum comprises field trips to European cities and an Open Programme that takes place in the cities of Witten and Hattingen, thus it engages with the present and the future of the Ruhr area. USR is a complex educational program of the Open Raumlabor University developed in cooperation with Urbane Künste Ruhr (Artistic direction: Katja Aßmann)
Dr. Pablo de Soto – #DroneHackademy
#DroneHackademy is a hacktivist temporary school and critical theory platform for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as a social technology. The first edition occurred in Rio de Janeiro to support the struggle of Vila Autódromo, a local community alongside the Olympic Park that resisted eviction. An aerial cartography was produced to show real state violence by the local government and construction companies.

WHO ACCREDITS OUR KNOWLEDGE?
SATURDAY 4TH MARCH
TATE EXCHANGE – 5TH FLOOR
SWITCH HOUSE – TATE MODERN

In a context of increasingly bureaucratic accreditation and validation processes – how do we accredit civic education? Come and see our findings and join our master classes.

THE CIVIC UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM – THE ART OF BEING CIVIC
THURSDAY 6th APRIL 12NOON – 6PM
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 12NOON – 6PM 
TATE EXCHANGE – 5TH FLOOR
SWITCH HOUSE – TATE MODERN

Taking relational art as its point of departure, this symposium will explore the contemporary role and meaning of civic engagement in constructing urban commons. The symposium will draw together activists, artists, academics and architects to discuss pedagogies that enable civil societies to take action towards social collective change. It will address the role knowledge can play in civic activism, (re)claiming rights over the city.

The Symposium at Tate Exchange will be followed by a tour of the Civic Classrooms on,
SATURDAY 8TH APRIL – 12PM – 5PM


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