On November 19 and 20, the inaugural Alternative Art School Fair assembled more than fifty international organizations at Pioneer Works, the art and cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Organized by Pioneer Works’s Catherine Despont, artist Dylan Gauthier, and Paris Biennale director Alexandre Gurita, the fair offered participants the opportunity to exchange resources and ideas and recruit new students. Blue and orange school banners fluttered from the rafters. Keynote presentations by Carol Becker, Luis Camnitzer, Dorothea Rockburne, Victoria Sobel, and Craig Wilkins, as well as a robust program of talks, enhanced the discursive atmosphere.
Participants ranged from the established, like the ninety-five-year-old Ox-Bow School of Art and the leftist imprint Zone Books, to prominent educational nonprofits like Mexico City’s SOMA, to brand-new artist-run initiatives like Stavanger’s and London’s AltMFA. The schools’ diverse programming affirmed the many ways alternative pedagogy can act as a mode of political resistance. On the second day of events, Wendy Vogel met with the fair’s founders to discuss its impetus, how future fair editions might take shape, and the importance of alternative pedagogy in times of crisis.
[The Infinite Seed was presented as well as our film program beginning in Ghana this year. We presented under the guise of our organizing agency, School of Critical Engagement, in a panel discussion on "Global and Local Intersections", moderated by SOMA. Other panel discussions can be heard here: Clock Tower.]