The anonymous graffiti interventions that turns “Learning” into “Earning” from Athens and 14 into 114. Both learning and earning (the fruits of one’s effort) are related to another – this critical intervention visualizes the antagonistic relationship that we all may have towards learning, one that allures our hidden subversive spirits.
Both learning and earning go together on the one hand, and then again the voice, responsible for this intervention is relating it to a capitalist, “colonialist”, art-market driven flux that comes, to exploit. I think this dualistic tension that becoming obvious – is the natural source of learning – one by which I have learned a lot – but not everything.
The question who earns?
Who earns more?
Who learns more?
What type of learning model is being proposed? Or is one being proposed at all?
Is this model of learning suitable for everyone?
Who´s is the teacher?
Which Kind of background does the teacher have?
Who’s the student?
What is the model by which is being learned/ taught?
Which topic is to be learned from/ about?
What examples are used to visualise the topic?
What I dislike about this concept of learning is that learning is never only to be understood under these categorical questions I put together loosely.
– multi-layered, multi-directional, but at the same time has to enclose,
focus on and put things into brackets …
– process-based, where a process can go over years, and a process
also brings with it a before, a present and a future.
– Learning does not mean being progressive in a traditional sense.
– Learning is alway individual and collective at the same time.
– Learning is always a multitude of knowledge, of stereotypes.
– Learning is reproduction, reproduction changes knowledge.
– Learning is exchange even if this is not intended.
– Learning is failure, this failure is the developing force of learning
– Learning doesn’t mean learning the truth!
– Learning is interwoven in a process of mediation, mediation through time,
culture, politics, power relations – to name just some of the most obvious.
– Learning also means responding (to).
– Learning is an active, a passive and a semi-conscience procedure – simultaneously.
– Learning means change, you will never be as you have been before.
– Not I alone decide if/ what/ whether I learn.
– Learning is always a collaborative process. Even if what I am learning is against my (moral) point of view, or I do not favor the topic or the person I am learning with/from or about…
Contribution by Esther Poppe
Author: Esther Poppe