13. March till 12. June 2017
Every Monday from 18.00 to 22.00 (except for 17. April)
Vegetarian meals will be served
The Night School is free and open to all.
But like in any class, Night School’s places are limited.
Registration for the entire course is full. We would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and interest!
There will be places available for individual sessions. To participate in an individual session, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, include the date of the session you are interested in. Registration is open until 12:00, the day before the session.
We will assign remaining places according to availability and will inform you the evening before the session.
Sessions will be held in German and/or English.
Laudongasse 19, 1080 Wien (classroom leads to a courtyard, a garden and has a kitchen)
16. June, 2017: Open Class
Akademie des Verlernens, at the Performeum, Wiener Festwochen Laxenburgerstraße, 1100 Wien (beside the Main Train Station)
Night School at the Austrian Museum for Folk Life and Folk Art
The classroom of Night School is located inside the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, the doors open to a garden, a courtyard, and it is equipped with a brand new kitchen.We are pleased that our idea resonates with the museum and that our classroom finds its place within the museum’s walls.
Before becoming a museum, the Schönborn Garden Palace served as a theatre, a tavern, a fraternity beer hall, and a gym. It housed a coffin maker’s workshop, a cooperage, the higher regional court, municipal street-cleaning and from 1872 until 1897 it accommodated the University of Natural Resources. Night school is happy to have the chance to add another layer to this long history.
For Night School, the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is an interesting and challenging space since the museum’s development stems from regimes of knowledge that Night School addresses critically, such as the imperialist project to “encompass all peoples and tribes of the monarchy with the same scientific love” which turned increasingly nationalist and racial, until it was named the “Haus des deutschen Volkstums im Donauosten“ in the 1920s, and after the war, was turned into a symbolic space for “the formation of an identity building Austrian Folk Culture”. In the past decades the museum has situated itself within the European idea, and recently took another turn. The museum is establishing itself as an open platform for discourse in diverse cultural and political fields. It has opened up to experimentation and dissent, while critically examining its own history . The museum also provides a space for less known historical perspectives, such as the recent exhibitions “SchwarzÖsterreich“ and “Unter fremdem Himmel. Aus dem Leben jugoslawischer GastarbeiterInnen“, as well as “Heimat:Machen” – are critical analysis of its own history as an institution.
For Night School, the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art is both an interesting and challenging space, loaded with the museum’s history and involvement with past imperial, colonial, nationalist projects, yet, we find this space of knowledge and conflict to be an ideal place for a school of critical thought! From multiple, diverse and decolonial perspectives, Night School is glad find a space with and within it.