Text: Decolonising the public university. A Collaborative and Decolonising Approach towards (Un)teaching and (Un)learning

Decolonising the public university. A Collaborative and Decolonising Approach towards (Un)teaching and (Un)learning

María del Socorro (Coco) Gutiérrez Magallanes, Nina Hoechtl, Rían Lozano

This article examines the postgraduate Gender and Visual Culture seminar that we have been co-teaching as a team of two (and occasionally three) professors over a four-year period at the public National Autonomous University of Mexico. Throughout this seminar, we have embraced personal and collective experiences in the process of (un)teaching and (un)learning to explore the possibilities of a pedagogy of ‘contagion by contact’, both feminist and critical, encouraging creative formats.

Drawing from a range and diverse reflections, we seek to critically explore an amplified challenge of, and the need for, a collaborative and de(s)colon/ial/ising approach towards (un)teaching and (un)learning in the context of the public university as a contentious space of political engagement. This space requires a constant questioning of where to teach from (a politics of location), what to teach (culturally diverse and conflicting worldviews), and how to teach (critical and decolonising methodologies).

in Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, Amsterdam University Press, Volume 21, Number 2, June 2018, pp. 153-170


Exhibition: Current signs, das weisses haus, Vienna

“Current signs”
curated by Enar de Dios Rodriguez

“Current signs” is a project to which contemporary artists were invited to express their actual concerns and demands in form of protest banners. What must we demand or protest against? What needs to be expressed publicly? What statements need to be taken to the streets? The resultant 16 protest banners designs, conceived by a wide range of artists, give a visual answers to these poignant questions. Printed in editions of 50, these banners will be on view at das weisse haus from the 20th of February to the 31st of March, where visitors could take them for free as long as they are available.

This project is born from the need to address concerns related to our current political landscapes and the raise (and acceptance) of far-right, xenophobic and racist ideologies. As always – but maybe now more than ever – we need to make visible our demands, to share with each other our ideas, our worries and our needs. Current signs aims to encourage this exercise of the right to demonstrate and protest.

participating artists:
Pablo Chiereghin / Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová / Johannes Gierlinger / Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid / Siggi Hofer / Klub Zwei / Milan Mijalkovic / Ryts Monet / monochrom / Ivette Mrova Zub / Yoshinori Niwa / Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken (SKGAL) / UBERMORGEN / Flora Watzal / Christina Werner / WochenKlausur

EXHIBITION at das weisse haus
Opening February 20, 2018, 7 pm
Duration: February 21 – March 28, 2018 // Tuesday to Friday 1pm –7pm, Saturday 12am – 5pm, or by appointment

Text “The VBKÖ’s Archive as a Site of Political Confrontation, or How Can You Sing Out of Tune?” in All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s

All-women art spaces in Europe in the long 1970s
Edited by Agata Jakubowska and Katy Deepwell

The texts gathered in this volume embrace women artists-only exhibitions, festivals, collective art projects, groups and associations, organised in the long 1970s in Europe (1968-1984). These all-women art initiatives are closely related to developments within the political and politicized women’s movement in Europe and America but what emerges is the varied and plural manner of their engagements with feminism(s) alongside their creation of ‘heterotopias’ in relation to specific sites/ politics/ collaborative art practices.

With texts by Katia Almerini, Susanne Altmann, Katy Deepwell, Fabienne Dumont, Nina Hoechtl and Julia Wieger, Agata Jakubowska, Monika Kaiser, Elke Krasny, Annika Öhrner, Márcia Oliveira, Kathleen Wentrack.

Conversation (in Spanish): Calladita nunca. Conversar fuera de tono | Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros | Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Film Screening and Discussion: HAUNTINGS IN THE ARCHIVE!, Centre for Feminist Research/Goldsmiths, January 17, 2018, 5:30pm

‘Hauntings in the Archive!’ is a film and research project which deals critically with the hi/herstory/ies and archive of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKOE)

17 Jan 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm Centre for Feminist Research, Goldsmiths University of London

Post-screening discussion with directors Julia Wieger and Nina Hoechtl in conversation with Althea Greenan archivist of the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths College.
Co-organised with Marta Genova, Coordinator of the London Feminist Film Festival.


Workshop/Lecture: Cherríe Moraga and Celia Herrera

Presentation (in Spanish): La lucha libre femenil como una herramienta contra la pedagogía de la crueldad

Exhibition and symposium: FACES: gender, art, technology. 20 years of interactions, connections and collaborations

FACES: gender, art, technology
20 years of interactions, connections and collaborations

Opening times of the exhibition: Oct. 14  – Nov. 5  2017, Tuesday to Sunday 3 PM to 7 PM

Friday, Oct 13 at 7:30 PM: Opening of exhibition and symposium.
Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15: Symposium, videoscreenings, performances.

In 2017 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the international online community “FACES“, a network of women in media arts who connect inperson and on the listserv faces-l.net. “FACES” was founded in 1997 in Austria. It has built its base from meetings with communities of women around the world, in person and virtually, bringing a borderless sense of communication, giving new possibilities for creative online projects – performance, spoken word, sound, and theoretical discussion. http://www.faces-l.net/

Friday, Oct 13 at 7:30 PM opening:
Welcome and Introductions: Kathy Rae Huffman and Eva Ursprung, exhibition co-curators.
Tina Wirnsberger, City Councillor for Women´s Affairs
Christine Braunersreuther, Culture Spokesperson for women and culture, Graz

Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/DE)/Annie Abrahams (NL/FR) – “Unaussprechbarlich”
Boryana Rossa (USA/BG), together with If Nickl and Sylvie Leiner (AT) – “Golden Carelessness”
Participating artists and theoreticians: 42, Annie Abrahams/Helen Varley Jamieson, Nora Al Badri/Jan Nikolai Nelles, Perry Bard, Anne Bray, Nancy Buchanan, Filipa César/Grada Kilomba/Diana McCarty, Lena Chen, Katy Deepwell, DIVANOVA daniela jauk/anita peter mörth/ sol haring, Valie Djordjevic, Charlotte Eifler, Marina Grzinic/Aina Smid, Heide Hatry, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ida Hirsenfelder, Elaine Wing-Ah Ho//Ming Lin, Nina Hoechtl feat. INVASORIX, Reni Hofmüller, Margarete Jahrmann, lizvlx, Manu Luksch, Jenny Marketou, Varsha Nair, Arghyro Paouri, Boryana Rossa, Mechthild Schmidt Feist, Nina Sobell, Evelin Stermitz, Hito Steyerl, Myriam Thyes, Tanja Vujinovic, Anja Westerfrölke, Faith Wilding/SubRosa, Eva Wohlgemuth.

Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman and Eva Ursprung (in collaboration with Valie Djordjevic, Diana McCarty, Ushi Reiter).


Saturday, Oct 14, 10 AM – 6 PM

10:00 AM Kathy Rae Huffman (US) / Arghyro Paouri (GR/FR) – Introduction, Faces in Paris 2000 and memorial to Nathalie Magnan (1956–2016).
10:30-12.30 Panel: Networking histories.

Nancy Buchanan (US), Early US feminism and The Woman’s Building, LA;
Katy Deepwell (GB), n.paradoxa;
Eva Ursprung (AT), Eva & Co, IAWA International Association of Women in the Arts
Moderation: Diana McCarty (DE/US), Faces and ReBootFM co-founder
Conclude  with general discusson.1:30 PM Marina Grzinic (SI) – Connecting struggles: feminism in former Eastern Europe, the LGBTQI movement in former Yugoslavia and the decolonial transfeminist WOC positions from Austria and larger
2 PM  Short presentations (on Site and via Skype):
Nancy Buchanan (US), Lena Chen (US), Valie Djordjevic (SRB/DE), Charlotte Eifler (DE), Sol Haring (AT), Ida Hirsenfelder (SI), Elaine Wing-Ah Ho (HK), Reni Hofmüller (AT), Margarete Jahrmann (AT), lizvlx (AT), Manu Luksch (AT/UK) (Skype), Diana McCarty (US/DE), Gordana Novakovic (SRB/UK)  (Skype), Arghyro Paouri (GR/FR), Boryana Rossa (BGR/US), Nina Sobell (US), Evelin Stermitz/ ArtFemTV (AT), Myriam Thyes (LUX/CH/DE), Helen Varley Jamieson (NZ/DE),  Anja Westerfrölke (AT)…At the Conclusion of presentations, continue with open mic style for audience participation.6:00 PM  “bloody mary hairy!” a DIY (gaga-)feminist didactics cock*tail tale. Film by DIVANOVA/daniela jauk, anita peter mörth, sol haring film, 2017. Skype-performance-talk with DIVANOVA and Sol Haring.
6.30 PM  Faces communal Dinner
8:00 PM  Performances:
Lena Chen – „The Life and Death of Elle Peril”
Reni Hofmüller – “Resonating Sculpture II – Jetzt/Now”

9:00 PM PARTY with Djanes CHARLOTTE [G-Edit] (DE) and others.

Sunday, Oct.15: 10 AM – 4 PM
Exhibition will be open to the public, the bar will be open throughout afternoon until 7 PM

10.00 AM Coffee and get together
11.00 AM – 2.00 PM  Wrap-up discussion, future strategies and Q+A with Faces Moderators
2:00 PM  FILM SCREENING: Lynn Hershman Leeson, !Women Art Revolution (2010) 1 hr. 23 min.

There will be presentations and videoscreenings at the IFCA Maribor from October 6th to 16th.
A cooperation of Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz; IFCA (International Festival of Computer Arts), MRFU Maribor; Galerija Makina, Pula; Ursprung Tonträger, Strantschitschach.

Funded by: Alpen-Adria-Allianz, Stadt Graz Referat Frauen und Gleichstellung, KPÖ, Gemeinderatsklub der Grazer Grünen

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