From April 6 to May 1, 2014, Townhouse and Megawra present the Cairo Antiuniversity, in collaboration with Danish artist and founder of the Copenhagen Free University, Jakob Jakobsen.
The Antiuniversity is a critical inquiry into the possibilities of de-institutionalizing the institution (or misusing it from within) housed in the Townhouse First Floor Gallery. A group of artists, writers and researchers has been invited by Townhouse and Megawra to respond to a framework of questions and proposals established by Jakobsen and the respective institutions.
The participants will be meeting on a weekly basis to reconfigure and reconstruct these spaces of learning both literally and metaphorically, working through a process of negation to ask, what would a space of antiknowing look like? What could an antiuniversity look like in Cairo today? How should it function, according to our interests and desires? How can we reconfigure the student-teacher-space-administration relationship? Or do we do away with these categories altogether?
This project runs parallel to an international two-day symposium on alternative educational models in Townhouse’s Rawabet theater as part of the Adad project (a six-month curatorial collaboration between Townhouse, 100Copies, Cimatheque, Mada Masr and Megawra).
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