deschooling.classroom(o^o)

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collective self-education in the arts and culture…

Team & Contacts ::

Project Team
Jelena Knežević :: project manager, sickness overall and Belgrade
Iskra Geshoska :: project manager, Skopje
Ana Vujanović :: programme editor, Belgrade
Marta Popivoda :: programme coordinator, overall
Vladimir Jankovski :: project assistant, Skopje
Dragana Jovović :: project assistant, Belgrade

Advisory Board
…is in the process of constitution…

Partner organizations
TkH, Belgrade [http://tkh-generator.net]
Kontrapunkt, Skopje [http://kontrapunkt-mk.org]

Project is supported by the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans.

Contacts:
Deschooling Classroom project: dsc [at] tkh-generator.net

TkH – Centre for Performing Arts Theory and Practice
Magacin – Kraljevića Marka No. 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
+381.64.899.2406, + 381.11.30.61.524
tkh [at] tkh-generator.net

Kontrapunkt
Kliment Ohridski 15, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
+389.075.441.761
iskra.geshoska [at] gmail.com

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TkH: Walking Theory was founded as theoretical-artistic group in 2001 in Belgrade. Since 2002 it operates as a NGO: TkH-centre for performing arts theory and practice. Main objectives of TkH are to encourage development of contemporary performing arts practices and their critical thinking and theoretical discourses in the local context, and to affirm them in regional and international contexts.

TkH’s activities are realized through various programs: TkH Journal for performing arts theory, educational projects (PATS, s-o-s, dramaturgical trainings, Knowledge Smuggling), web platform (www.tkh-generator.net), artistic (Pro Tools), theoretical (symposia at Bitef festival) and cultural manifestations (Summit of Non-Aligned Cultural Centres), community-based cultural programmes ([illegal_cinema]), presentations and lectures by many artists and theorists, and inter-disciplinary performances. TkH insists on collaborative approach, and its most frequent partners are: Other Scene, Bitef, University of Arts, Kontekst Gallery; Per.Art; CDU, Clubture; Maska, Intima Virtual Base; Tocka; PAF, Tanzquartier. Besides, TkH is engaged in cultural policy, and collaborates with self-organised initiatives in Belgrade (Other Scene), region (Clubture) and wider (PAF) on empowering structural and discursive potentials of independent scenes. Since 2007 TkH has the office and production space in new cultural centre in Belgrade dedicated to independent scene: Magacin u Kraljevića Marka.

Kontrapunkt is association of citizens established in December 2001 in Skopje, devoted to developing alternative urban cultural policies and strengthening of the culture of connecting, locally, in the region of South East Europe and internationally. Kontrapunkt is committed to creating alternative public spaces and to questioning the models of cultural action based on the principles of diversity and integration. The goals of Kontrapunkt are to de-monopolise the field of culture and cultural policy, to foster the culture of connecting through networking, building joint platforms and partnerships, exchange of creative and theoretical potentials through implementation of joint projects.

- Confluent margins – production and organizational growth (2003-2006): Improved capacities of local community in self-organisation and impact in the society; arising the awareness for the need of decentralisation in the culture; promotion of the importance of the role of the independent culture engagement in the society;

- Philanthropic Hat (2007-2008); use of neglected and inadequate exploited capacity of the cultural actors and young people through a course in self-organization and self-support in organising cultural activities

- School for Critical Thinking and Debating (2007-2008); promotion of the concept of human rights by using methods and techniques of critical thinking and debating; improving standards of critical debate on controversial human rights issues; acquiring critical skills for promotion, monitoring and protection of human rights and freedoms

Deschooling Classroom

Deschooling Classroom is a project that addresses the contemporary independent cultural scenes in the region, researching and offering an alternative to the hierarchical models of education in the art and culture. Methodologically, the project moves away from the concepts of individual authorship and expertise, and advocates open collective educational structures where self-organised communities facilitate horizontal production, exchange and distribution of knowledge.