Manifesto

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UNIVERSITY | YLIOPISTO’s manifesto

(first draft)

  1. University should be universal. Again.
  2. University doesn’t refer to anything but itself. It is a self-referential university. University is about university.
  3. University is only interested in what is, almost never in what shall be, sometimes it is interested in what will be, and never in what might have been.
  4. But University is not about art. It is also not Art. University is a school where we can learn how to annul Art by the means of art itself.
  5. There is a line separating creation from revelation; the problem is that that line is invisible, which makes me believe it doesn’t exist. On the contrary, University is not a metaphor. It does exist.
  6. However, University is neither physical nor virtual. It is a state of mind, embodied in a universal counsciousness. The place where University takes place is the university. And University is everywhere.
  7. As a non-place at the same time concave and convex, University thus becomes not the place where we are, but the point where we put ourselves in position. And that non-place is always a crime scene, the breeding ground for the creation of ideology.
  8. University is non-hierarchical, alter-modern, post-capitalist, structureless, proto-academic, heterotopic, rhizomatic, taxonomic, low-brow, horizontal and infinite.
  9. University is a system. A hyper-surveilled one. We always see, and we are always seen. University is a prison without walls.
  10. University doesn’t want to describe the World. University IS the World. A laboratory to test Pop as the ultimate cultural appropriation.
  11. “Intensive” and “extensive” are doppelgängers. If we were talking about pop music, then University would be the extended version, never the radio edit.
  12. University is fictional. And real. Or it is fictional, because it is real. Or the other way around.
  13. Uni-versity in uni-vocal. There are no subjects. Or else there is only one: the university subject itself.
  14. However, University is interested in addressing a variety of university sub-subjects, the ones that best describe its ontology. The courses offered by the University are: academic studies, learning systems, pedagogical pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, anti-specialization, post-territoriality, identity, place, exoticness, remoteness, possession, nomadism, mind-specificity, uncreative writing, cultural appropriations, copywrong, quantum philosophy (and also lo-fi –sophy), science-based science (and also art-based art), cyber-terrorism, aPOPcalyptical studies, the epistemology of teaching, the epistemology of learning, post-human creativity, non-human creativity, contemporary fraud, fast-food education, lecture readymades, classroom’s architecture, instruction manuals, workshop workshops, archive archives and conference-based conferences.
  15. University makes the “artistic practice” its research field, but always as a dilettante, loving and hating at the same time, facing the dominant culture, challenging perception and convention, demystifying authority. University doesn’t make art; instead, it looks at it.
  16. In University, there are no teachers or students. Everybody is a participant watcher (also known as nerd), observing University from the outside, despite being inside. Participant watchers motivated by the same obsession that drives a collector to action, the one doing everything to get the stamp missing in the collection (a stamp that probably doesn’t exist).
  17. That is, everybody is a teacher and everybody is a student, which means it is pointless to separate them both. Universitas Magistrorum et Scholarium.
  18. University is unaccessible. Because everybody is already there.
  19. And by “there” we mean all possible places in all possible worlds, known and unknown. University is a MULTIVERSITY.
  20. University unfolds a diffuse identity, embracing a plurality of unpaired identities that join other unpaired identities to build together a universal, genderless community. Limitless, borderless, endless.
  21. University is a queer university.
  22. It is a proposal for a global queer citizenship.
  23. University is also viral.
  24. Taking virality as an operational tool to understand the power of new technologies and social media in nowadays’ society, all activities produced and promoted under the scope of University should be over-portable, over-shareable and over-spreadable.
  25. University is an algorithm.
  26. Moreover, University is only possible in “theory”. That is, University is possible.
  27. University should be and has to be global, an overly interactive platform for the sharing of intangibles, that is, a “cloud university”.
  28. University is, then, an everlasting and infinite place where everybody can not only have access to, but democratically contribute to as well.
  29. University resides in people. University IS people.
  30. University aims to reconcile the Western university to its original mission: knocking down the contemporary model of entrepeneur and business-oriented universities (education as a product, student as a client), thus embracing the totality of knowledge and universal culture in one single cross-disciplinary corpus of subjects.
  31. University should be “universal”. Again.
  32. The outcomes it will produce are as much useful, globally and universally speaking, as far as they can be disseminated in some sort of augmented reality. A Pop University, or a university where “pop culture”, in its more hollistic assumption, is the only subject matter.
  33. University doesn’t have a beginning nor does it have an end. It is permanently present. Just like the universe, University expands.
  34. Hence, University is mathematically timeless.
  35. However, there are not unquestionable truths. University doesn’t seek the Truth, University creates the Truth.
  36. That is: University is the reflected image of a university, of itself, on a black mirror.
  37. But then again: University is not about, University is.
  38. University is a meta-university.
  39. University is not original. It always existed and it will always exist.
  40. Assigning meaning to the very first ideas, sketches, drafts, introductory information, and elements at stake, University will always be driven the post-modernist question par excellence: what is left to say, when everything has already been said?

Rogério Nuno Costa, Espoo, November 2016

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