“But the student has a habit, a bad habit. She studies. She studies but she does not learn. If she learned, they could measure her progress, confirm her attributes, give her credit. But the student keeps studying, keeps planning to study, keeps running to study, keeps studying a plan, keeps building a debt. The student does not intend to pay.”
(“The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study” by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten)
We will use our different experiences of learning as a starting point, exposing them to a range of theories on the subject, to expand our views on what it is to study. We will practice to study with our bodies, our senses, our fantasy, our logic, our relations, our language and more. The aim of this course is to give the students a possibility reflect on their role as a student and to navigate the intersections of study, creative work and the institution.
I taught a course on the concept of “To Study” at The Danish National School of Performing Arts, with the students from the dance, choreography, theater and playwrite departements in Copehangen (2015) and Aarhus (2016) and with the fine arts students at The School of Language, Space and Scale at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (2016).