SUMMIT. non-aligned initiatives in education culture
Two weeks before this years G-8 meeting various projects, initiatives and protagonists from the fields of art, culture and political activism are going to gather in Berlin for an extraordinary conference: SUMMIT is a proposal to question and to change some of the fundamental terms of the debate around education, knowledge production and information society.
Beyond the widespread lament about the crisis in education there are numerous initiatives converging around "education", recognizing that it is equally a platform for cultural actualisation and self organization: these projects range from free academies, to exhibitions as educational modes to ad-hoc initiatives within social, political and cultural organisations. Parallel to that many initiatives are taking place within or at the margins of institutions which work against the grain of their official modes and expand rather than defy existing aims.
SUMMIT seeks to bring together various approaches from different genres and calls to come forth and unalign from both, the tendencies of bureaucratization and privatization of knowledge and education. The four-day event focusses on four thematic tracks: "Knowledge and Migrancy", "Self-authorization, -organization, -valorization", "Creative Practices" and "Education unrealized and ongoing".
SUMMIT features an evening program with key-note lectures, curated dialogs and performances, a series of meetings and sessions in caucuses, concept labs and working groups as well as open forums for initiating proposals, highlighting practices and making theory urgent.
SUMMMIT is designed by Irit Rogoff and Florian Schneider in collaboration with Kodwo Eshun, Susanne Lang, Nicolas Siepen and Nora Sternfeld. Organization: Multitude e.V., together with Goldsmiths College, London University and Witte de With, Rotterdam. SUMMIT is supported by the Federal Culture Foundation, Germany.