the classroom #2
Arte Errante student essay
The course is structured in the form of a series of events and performances curated by the artist in collaboration with non-profit art spaces and cultural activists working in Marrakech and in Morocco (Marrakech Biennale 6, Association Can Bri Jemaa El Fna, MARSAD DRÂA, Dar al-Ma’mûn, VOICE Gallery). Its thematic framework is the investigation of the notion of mistake in art history. It will take place in a class specifically designed by the artist, shaped as a series of tents developed and conceived by Isola as part of the TENTative Structures project.
Arte Errante, which is the title given by the artist to his course, is an experimental, performative one, questioning art history, its dubious premises and malleable foundations, and the role misreading and mistakes have played in the history of art production and reproduction.
Initiated by artist Hilario Isola, the class is hosted and inspired by REMOTE, a nomadic, tent-shaped space, whose scratched and sheet-like domes encapsulate an understanding of the processes of art production as an errant itinerary, fulfilled by the accumulation of misunderstandings, afterthoughts and mistakes.
The course is thus articulated around a series of nomadic gatherings, taking place in the different installations of the TENTative Structures project and informed by an experimental educational methodology inspired by oral transmission practices and storytelling.
Artists, cultural practitioners and architecture professionals will animate the sessions constituting a polyphony of voices invited to narrate (hi)stories drawing from their personal archives and professional fields. While stories cumulate, as in a Chinese whispering game, participating students are invited to engage in this performative play by re-narrating and re-transmitting heard anecdotes to their fellows.
For the project at the classroom, Hilario Isola has invited the special guests and lectures: Carlos Pérez Marín, architect and founder of Marsad Draa, Association Ana Can Bri Jemaa El Fna, with Emmanuelle Jacquet, Mahjoub Ougoug, Youssef Rkaiki, Hicham Enouiti et Mohamed Baabou,
Juan Asís Palao Gómez, who is librarian in Dar al-Ma’mûn (Marrakech) and involved in the exhibition “Memory Games: Ahmed Bouanani Now” at Palais Bahia, in the frame of the MB6.
The classrom n.2 is a project developed in collaboration with: Altofragile, Humboldtbooks
Marrakech Biennale 6, Voice gallery, Marsad Draa, Can Bri Jemaa el Fna, Maroc Telecom, ESBA Casablanca (Ecole Supérieure de Beaux Arts de Casablanca), ESBA Tétouan (Ecole Supérieure de Beaux Arts de Tétouan), ENA Marrakech (Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Marrakech), Marrakech Biennale 6.