Teaching To Transgress Toolbox

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Teaching to transgress* is an experiment, a series of encounters proposed to people implicated in the relations between art pedagogies and gender, post-colonialism, intersectional, queer and situated feminisms. Teaching to transgress is an attempt to fill a gap in art schools, where people who are trying to address these topics, often in an isolated way, in the margins of official programs, doing their best to integrate these important and urgent questions.

At the beginning of 2017, Teaching to transgress was launched, as an invitation to teachers and students: what is the place of gender x pedagogical/learning x art issues in your practices, readings, references? Since then, several encounters have taken place, gathering people coming from different countries, different schools and active in different artistic and theoretical fields. A dialog was initiated between people tired of raising the same issues as 30 years ago, and others for whom these questions are quite new. How to meet and create an environment for sharing, supporting each other, while official structures don’t exist yet?

Caroline Dath, Loraine Furter & Xavier Gorgol

Times & Spaces

— 11/03/19 : Seminar — Les Cahiers du Grif

On March 11, 2019 from 16h to 19h30 will take place at the erg a seminar around "Les Cahiers du Grif" - pioneering feminist magazine born in Belgium in the early 70s - as part of a cycle entitled Reread the Cahiers GRIF composed of a series of moments in several places and cities until June 2019.

— 21/02/19 : Colloque Sophia — Intégration d'une communication inclusive

with Eliane Viennot, Maria Candea, Alpheratz Teaching To Transgress propose an atelier with Caroline Dath called "Vers une communication visuelle inclusive et non-binaire" specially dedicated to the results of the Workshop Gender Fluid — Bye bye binary and focused on typography and relations of power.

— 14 > 15/11/18 : Workshop Gender Fluid — Bye bye binary

"Des imaginaires possibles autour d’une typographie inclusive" at RoSa

— 31/01/18 > 01/02/18 : Erg Séminaire — le R.E.I.N.E

Proposals for amendments to the RE *

  • Regulation of studies, formerly R.O.I. (Internal Regulations, from the French Règlement d'Ordre Intérieur), today R.E.I.N.E.

— 23 > 24/03/18 : TRANS//BORDER — Collaborative exhibition around Nathalie Magnan’s work — Mucem — Marseille

The project TRANS//BORDER, linked with the Mucem in Marseille, inviting different schools to react on Nathalie Magnan’s work and existence. The project is building up, on ERG participation, with a group of proposed students to work based on the intervention of Nathalie Magnan at ERG seminar in 2011, named «Limites» questioning LGBTQI++ rights, activism, migration, etc. (...)

— 16 > 20/10/17 : Teaching To Transgress — Sophia’s conference (Belgian Gender Studies Network

For Sophia’s seminar, Gender studies in Belgium. A State of the Art, we are proposing a workshop in which participants are invited to share references and experiences that could be useful to think about gender and intersectional representations in the pedagogies of art. We had a hard time finding texts, tools and methodologies on the topic. The ones we found are mostly in English and were not translated yet. We will bring them at the workshop to share them with you. A lot remains to be gathered, built and thought, with different tools and languages, and we hope to be able to start this work collectively with you!

— 06 > 07/07/17 : Teaching To Transgress — Summer School — ART PASSING TRANS* — MtF FtM Ft* Mt* *tF *tM *t*

In the frame of ERG Summer School, we are organising the next meeting dealing with Trans* questions, named Art passing Trans*. We will propose during 2 days 7 different workshops on the Trans* position, in between art and activism : dragking workshop, lectures, fierce attitude, DJ workshop, movies,…

— 28/04/17 : Teaching To Transgress — References

The last day of the week was the Teaching To Transgress meeting about References. The references as a pedagogical tool. What references do you use in pedagogical contexts on intersectionnal/feminist/post-colonial/queer/trans? How to integrate intersectional/feminist/post-colonial/queer/trans references in a pedagogical program? How to transmit them? How to talk about them? How do you position yourself in relation to them? As an activist practice or not?

— 24 > 26/04/17 : Worksession Vibes and Leaks — Voice & Body

The workshop was inviting Jara Rocha, Kym Ward and Xavier Gorgol to work together on the topic of voice and its performativity. The proposition was open to interventions from the participants, the scores and exercises were calling different positions from body based to lectures and work presentations. Our interest was to implement body knowledges in the process of working together.

— 11/03/17 : Teaching To Transgress — Building the network

A first gathering to build a network of people concerned by the questions of genders, post-colonialism, intersectional, queer and situated feminisms in the pedagogy of art. The morning was dedicated to a round of presentations, the afternoon on group discussions on different topics that emerged in the morning: post colonialism/de-colonialism, inside/outside the territories, inclusive languages, bodies, trans-individuality/collectivity, institutions, commons, care. The closing together helped us understanding how everyone would be involved in the network. The tool used during this day was a digital pad (collaborative writing online) that we opened on this occasion to share information, exchange with each other, share the sources (contacts, references, video links, musical links, etc.). The pad is also a tool to connect through distance and time. (

  • Teaching to Transgress is the title of a book written by bell hooks in 1994: Teaching to Transgress : Education as the Practice of Freedom.

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