The Idea at a Glance:
The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility (bell hooks)
Night School is an evening school where thinking, learning, and teaching, depart from minoritarian, marginalised, rebellious and vulnerable positions. This small school opens its doors every week at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art to interfere with hegemonic regimes of knowledge.
The curriculum covers forms, bodies, methods, positions, geographies, and fantasies that contribute to a decolonialization of knowledge, or perhaps Popular Education. Based on the idea of knowledge as a praxis we do not only learn but also eat together.
Night School is where educators, collectives, artists, activists, initiatives, theorists teach with a sense of a political and critical education that raises questions like: what is recognized as knowledge? Who decides what knowledge is? What other forms of knowledge can we think in?
Night school casts a critical and political eye over education and deals with urgent questions of the present. Night School combines learning and unlearning and desire. It will not cease to talk about normalization, marginalization, discrimination, or seeing through dominant thinking and acting, never forgetting that school is as much a place of perpetuation as it is of social change.
Marissa Lôbo, Catrin Seefranz