This open logbook is an attempt to document and make accessible an otherwise hard to categorize polymorphic practice that is both education, art and activism. The archive consists of material (text, image, sound) that documents (reports) and contextualizes (reflections) projects that often (but not always) don't seek for an audience. Essential to the totality of the projects archived here is that it resists – as a whole – to be fully categorized as either art or education or activism. The projects are an ongoing dialogue between insights and practices related to the artistic field of art&technology, the educational field of higher art and design education and the societal field of digital and urban commons. They are developed over the course of more than a decade and were initiated from within many different (professional) positions: as an artist, curator, teacher, head of a faculty department, activist or researcher. These different positions are clearly reflected in the voices of the different documents.

A radical institute for critical education

Critical Common clouds shares the initial goals of conventional education: facilitating high-quality learning (training and research) and making this as accessible as possible. However, the aim and conviction of Critical Common clouds is doing this better by conceiving and organizing new modes of education inspired by values of peer-to-peer culture and related practices: open, collaborative, integral and ethics-based.

Critical/Speculative peer-production

Critical Common clouds is using a method that is based on strategies and tactics of commons critique-based peer-production, practice-based art education and the conceptual design fields of critical design and speculative design.

Critical Common clouds starts from both a clear contempt as well as a profound belief in higher arts education. In order to transform this field, Critical Common clouds is continuously searching to exploit institutional cracks and voids where the inherent creative and productive, practice-based and reflexive, critical and experimental space of higher arts education can be re-activated.

This is a school

Critical Common clouds is a school. A radical institute for critical common education by means of and focusing on: peer-production and open cooperativism; technological and new media literacy; integral education; and critical design. The school is both an educational and design experiment and explicitly focuses on a real-world impact through practice-based research activities and co-creation.

Storm clouds


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