10 DECEMBER 2010 - 14 JANUARY 2011

Project on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of NABA

“Learning Machines. Discourses”
10 – 11 December 2010

“Learning Machines. Figures”
10 December, 2010- 14 January, 2011 (opening 10 December 6 pm.)

Temporary Library:
“Reading Machine”
10 December, 2010- 14 January, 2011

Launch of the publication:
“The Manual. An Academy in 100 words”
10 December, 2010

The project is curated by Marco Scotini in collaboration with Alessandro Guerriero


On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano) – the first private art Academy in Italy founded by artists in order to oppose the rigid structure of the official Academy, organizes and hosts an international project “Learning Machines. Art Education and alternative production of knowledge”. Through a vast number of initiatives this event will not just articulate the past and future of NABA, but will also stem to provide a profound reflection, and open up a discussion on the relationship between art and education, between institutional and non-institutional practices.

What possible relationship is there between art and education during the crisis of modern(ist) and, more in general, Enlightenment apprentice models? If modernist ideology has vilified pedagogy in its relationship with the practice of art, as an impoverishment of art itself, what has become of this relationship, now that the modernist cognitive model has become a thing of the past? What makes this relationship necessary and feasible today? What learning policies can still be adopted? What can we learn from the history of education as applied to that of art? What are the areas they have in common and where can spaces for experimenting new teaching models be found after the Bologna agreement?

The project “Learning Machines. Art Education and alternative production of knowledge” intends to become a meeting point and confrontation platform in order to discuss these and other urgent issues that regard artistic education on a global scale. The title “Learning Machines”, derives from Fluxus movement and in particular from a series of works by George Maciunas.

LEARNING MACHINES. DISCOURSES” is an international symposium and a working meeting that aims to address and discuss the present and future scenarios of the art, design and media education. The transdisciplinary seminar will bring together leading international artists, designers, theorists like: Graeme Arendse, Koen Brams, Andrea Branzi, Dante Donegani, Clementine Deliss, Anselm Franke, Pascal Gielen, Joseph Grima, Alessandro Guerriero, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jakob Jakobsen, John Palmesino, Gianni Pettena, Gerald Raunig, Tim Rollins, Italo Rota, Florian Schneider, Pelin Tan, Gediminas Urbonas, Françoise Vergès and Eyal Weizman.

The exhibition project “LEARNING MACHINES. FIGURES” will focus on the subject of artistic education. Through a specially created display it will trace a chronology of experimental educational practices from the last century until now, giving an extensive overview on the various spatial and pedagogical models used and reflecting upon the idea of the community of scholars. Works by: 16th Beaver Group, Atelier Populaire, Roy Ascott, Black Mountain College, Bauhaus Schule, Erick Beltràn, Joseph Beuys, R. Buckminster Fuller, Chimurenga, Chto Delat?, Contrafilè, Copehhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Giancarlo de Carlo, Guy Debord, Paola Di Bello, Aldo van Eyck, Charles & Ray Eames, Harun Farocki, Luca Frei, Future Academy, Dmitry Gutov (KMSEL), Group ABS, Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Ganahl, Huit Facettes, Isidore Isou, Francesco Jodice, Maxim Karakulov, Maurice Lemaître, Chris Marker, George Maciunas, Ulrike Meinhof, Jonas Mekas, D.A. Pennebaker, Cedric Price, P aoula Roush, Radek Community, Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Alison &Peter Smithson, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Frederick Wiseman, Eyal Sivan, Jean-Marie Straub and Daniéle Huillet, Basil Wright, Darcy Lange, Jean Vigo, Stephen Willats.

Temporary Library – Reading Room. READING MACHINE is a project by designer Alessandro Guerriero in which a wide selection of publications, catalogues, videos will be available to the public, representing the works of artists and designers that have collaborated with or influenced the philosophy of NABA from 1980 till today.

A publication “THE MANUAL. AN ACADEMY IN 100 WORDS” will collect 100 words selected and drafted by teachers and visiting professors of NABA who, over the last thirty years, have contributed to the introduction of an alternative to the classical Academic model within the Italian realm.