curated courses and workshops
lounge and cafe
immersive experiential activities
Whereas learning is always directed by predetermined and measurable ends, studying is about pure means, about exploring, wandering, getting lost in thought, forgetting what one knows so that one can discover that the world exists otherwise than the way that one knows it.
Studying is, I think, the educational equivalent of flirting. When flirting with another, I and that other sway between “we can, we cannot.” Each gesture, touch, or phrase proposes potential as it withdraws into impotential. We are neither committed nor uncommitted to each other; we are not not-committed. Like flirting, studying is a contradictory feeling of exhilaration and dismay, anxiety and excitement, the pleasure of exploration and the pain of the unfamiliar. Studying can’t be graded or measured; it is concerned only with use and not with exchange. Studying isn’t only a wandering about, however, it’s also a fleeing from, a stateless state of fugitivity, as Stefano Harney and Fred Moten put it. Harney and Moten more radically politicize studying by linking it to the undercommons, the label that they give to the spaces and relations that resist capitalist enclosures. In the undercommons we study together, bonded by our mutual indebtedness, or what Butler would call our mutual and inescapable dependency.
Derek R. Ford – Communist Study p. 9
We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice. The notion of a rehearsal—being in a kind of workshop, playing in a band, in a jam session, or old men sitting on a porch, or people working together in a factory—there are these various modes of activity. The point of calling it “study” is to mark that the incessant and irreversible intellectuality of these activities is already present.
Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in The Undercommons
Gold tooth gems:
- Cowboy boot / hat
- Star emoji (kira kira sparkle)
- Star sign