Saturday, November 3, 2012
ICI Curatorial Hub
Between Utopia and Failure: Tracing Iván Illich in New York City
This think-tank session continues Olascoaga’s research project, Between Utopia and Failure, and will focus on tracing Iván Illich’s influence and experiences in New York City, where he lived and worked during the early 1950s. With a group of invited educators, artists and activists, influenced by Illich’s thinking, this discussion will explore the repercussion and relevance of his radical critique to institutionalized knowledge production and management in modern society, and the education alternatives proposed in his writings. The notions of Conviviality, Tool, and Deschooling will serve both as conceptual and practical keys to the design of this encounter.
About the project: Between Utopia and Failure assesses the productive tension between utopia and failure of intentional community models developed in Mexico in past decades. The project traces the work and influence of radical thinker Iván Illich at CIDOC, the intellectual community he started in Cuernavaca, and the role that model has played in the practice of many Mexican and international thinkers and artists (Susan Sontag, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, among others). Moreover, it approaches the questions and experiences posed by these initiatives as a way to respond to Mexico’s disrupted present.
ICI would like to thank The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York for their support of this fellowship.