CRITICAL PEDAGOGY

WORKSHOPS & RELATED TALKS

Decolonial Lab | 2020 – Present. London, UK / International. The monthly Decolonial Lab online by Counterspace is the only non-hierarchical and international grassroots forum experience rooted in critical pedagogy holding space for decolonial theory, and most importantly, a collective exploration of the subject plus co-creation of a new paradigm as decolonial practice. That means that although the theoretical body is always similar, the roundtable conversation is always different, which gives the lab as much continuity, to deepen or broaden the holistic exploration, as desired. As Decolonial Lab is the first and only of its kind, where health and the expansion of both personal and community development is understood as a necessarily holistic and interdependent exercise on a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and natural level. The experience is then catalysed connecting psychology, socio-cultural anthropology, politics, spirituality and natural sciences, with the aim of healing while building the new instead of focusing on fighting the old, minding the whole picture. And it is addressed to people from all walks of life and locations ready to build, through relational learning, new pools of alternative collective knowledge in circulation.

Founding Curator – Critical Pedagogue | Hosting curator and critical pedagogue of a monthly and international DECOLONIAL LAB online for individuals. And hosting curator and critical pedagogue of both live and online Decolonial Labs for groups, facilitated by Counterspace.

State Academy of Art and Design | 2021 – Stuttgart, Germany. The State Academy of Art and Design (ABK Stuttgart) is the University of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. The Master ‘Body, Theory and Poetics of The Performative’ is the first of its kind in Germany and allow students to work on the politics of the body, theory and poetics of the performative as different but inseparable dimensions of the same praxis. An approach allowing to explore the possibilities and question the limits of social power formulating theoretical, technical and organisational aspects of their practice through collective forms of critical work. The Master is co-directed by Cristina Gómez Barrio since 2018, the co-founder of Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary and collaborative art group using performance as response to social and political events.

Guest Lecturer | Guest lecturer presenting career work linked to the MFA BODY, THEORY AND POETICS OF THE PERFORMATIVE programme. Organised by Cristina Gómez Barrio, Sabine Palm, and facilitated by the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.

Ephemera | 2021 – International. Ephemera is an independent peer-reviewed open access online journal about theory and politics in organising composed of academics from all over the world. Countering the current hegemonisation of social theory, it operates at the margins of organisation studies continuously seeking to question what organisation studies is and what it can become. The journal is supported by individual donors and academic institutions, currently the University Library of Bern, Switzerland and the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Guest Speaker | Guest speaker on CULTURAL ACTIVISM AS COUNTERPOWER within the panel ‘Arts Activism’ in the online conference ACTIVIST ORGANISING AND ORGANISING ACTIVISM: A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD IN THE MAKING organised by Yousra Rahmouni Elidrissi, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Christos Giotitsas, and facilitated by Ephemera.

Primary | 2020 – Nottingham, UK / International. Primary is an artist-led contemporary visual arts organisation prioritising artistic research and participatory arts providing residencies and running a free public programme of learning and community events. Their approach to programme is to invest in artistic research and learning through participation and engagement delivering a platform for conversation and knowledge exchange which by employing a cycle of theory, practice, and reflection, creates collaborative relationships between artists, audiences, and the wider society.

Co-Host – Critical Pedagogue | Host and critical pedagogue of the online ‘DECOLONIAL LAB FOR CULTURAL ACTIVISTS‘ in the frame of Making Place exhibition and the monthly forum Social Practice Social,  curated by Rebecca Beinart and facilitated by Primary.

Social Art Network | 2020 – London & Brighton, UK / International. Social Art Network is a British platform of artists committed to building agency via art and social practice. Unapologetically political and unreservedly radical in approach and practice, SAN believes that the only creative response to our current climate is radical politics as art, understanding politics not as governmental parties but as the social collection of people, where true meaningful change is generated. In art, this translates into emotional resonance with the state of our society and the crises that we collectively inhabit but it also translates into vision imagining new ways of living with one another, where creativity has always led the way in conceiving revolutionary routes. Created in 2017, SAN met early success launching the Social Art Summit 2018, a national review of social practice leading to the artist-led national network, and expanding dialogue and a pilot for the world’s first Social Art Biennial.

Co-Host – Guest Speaker | Guest speaker on decolonial thought and co-host of the decentralised and practice-led online event on ‘RADICAL IMAGINATION‘ along with social practice artists Sophie Hope, Fran Cottell, E-J Scott, R.M Sanchez-Camus and Ignacio Acosta, curated by Sally Labern and facilitated by Social Art Network London.

Guest Speaker | Guest speaker in the online event ‘DECOLONISING CULTURE: UNLEARNING AND RELEARNING THROUGH CREATIVE PRACTICE‘ along with artist Sofia Yala N’Lolo, hosted and curated by Susuana Amoah, and facilitated by Socially Engaged Salon and Social Art Network Brighton.



Featured image: Oskar Hansen’s open form theory, 1959.