A school about art, communication technologies, and a networked planet
FREEPORT is an independent study program for a world of humans and machines. It promotes radical research and creative production combining art methodologies with the language of design, activism, Internet communities, critical engineering, and journalism. The ultimate goal of FREEPORT is to help in the development of unconventional ways to explore a networked planet, seizing its aesthetic opportunities and exposing its political ambiguities.
FREEPORT will build upon the path opened by The Influencers festival and will broaden its strategy. Both projects consider sudden inspiration, awareness about global issues, unusual methods, and sometimes just sheer courage as main ingredients for social and cultural change. Yet, while The Influencers is a short event to introduce a wide range of art and activist practices to the broadest audience possible, FREEPORT sets out to promote the production of new art, design, or activist work.
As an independent program, FREEPORT is about public learning, rather than traditional education. The current academic structures often fail to catch up with the challenges that a data-driven, politically confusing, but aesthetically lively society pose to education and creative production. FREEPORT responds to such challenges by putting unconventional creative practices at the forefront of a new type of non-corporate innovation. Using art as a methodology, we will encourage both recognized and young experts to share their skills and discover new paths in the entangled, ever-changing patchwork of forces that aesthetically, materially, and politically shape our networked planet.
FREEPORT will initially be developed as a series of pilot short programs, whose aim is preparing the ground for a longer independent study program, open to collaborations with academic and non-academic organizations alike.
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