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Red De-schooling practices and its conspiracies of Warmth

Escuela de Calor: a blog which works on matters related to a school of thought:

Escuela de Calor reclaims various itching points:

Escuela de Calor looks up to trigger a way of being and seeing, a mental state too so that after one has passed by the experience, it's own “thinking”, its ways of seeing and perceiving would have been altered. The aim is to derail values that are implicit in a capitalist tactics towards education, towards the value we give to it (the perversion of a system that places a very high price to get it) and the orthodoxies that sustain such systems.

De-schooling 2009/2016

2016_ Contingence and praxis/ Becoming Haima: Guest Editor Eme3/ Escuela de Calor at Eme3 Architectural Festival/ COAC Colegio de Arquitectos de Barcelona/ Barcelona
2015_ Escuela de Calor, Urban Peripatetic Research Base Barcelona, Eme3 Festival, Barcelona.
School of Calidity, Back to De-Schooling, selected for ARTLICKS Festival, Five Years, London.
2014_School of Calidity started in summer as a translated Escuela de Calor for the North geographic and social context at Five Years, London.
2013_ Escuela de Calor/ Panel Action Discussion at Joan of Art, at Museo Macro, Rome
Escuela de Calor at Eme 3 Festival Arquitectura Barcelona
2012_ Escuela de Calor selected participant 8 Performance Festival of Cali, Helena Producciones Colombia.
2012_ Escuela de Calor at Eme3 Architecture Festival, Barcelona
2011_ Close Encounters of the Third Kind inside The White Cube, Five Years, London
2011_ Encuentros Cercanos del Tercer Tipo en Ultravioleta ( Performative Workshops ) Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City
2010_ The Psychotropic Workshops (Performative Psychic Workshops ) Haiku, Barcelona
2008_ Yes I know Free School, I just Know I know nothing (Performative Lecture) Five Years, London

Escuela de Calor was invited by Aformal Academy (Merve Medir and Salvattore Peluso) for their online project and digital conversations: Streamed live on Dec 16, 2015
- Esther Planas (Escuela de Calor)
- Shiri Shalmy (Antiuniversity of East London)
- The Public School for Architecture Brussels

Escuela de Calor en MACRO, Roma 2013 junto Adelita Husney-Bey, Mark Fisher... curated by Mike Watson

1*) Text for Rome 2013:
Moving towards Calidity: Escuela de Calor as antidote for the Cold of the Capitalist Protestant notion of Education.

Does an artist have any power to make up for change in our school system without leaving his/her place as “author/teacher/producer “and the system that sustains the unfair hierarchy and the state of things that supports the structure in which he/she exist? I don't think so. I like to present my project and the causes that lead me to this practice :

1) Introduction and questioning: the pre-history of Escuela de Calor is my previous workshops as part of my practice not as a teaching-oriented “courses” but understood as joint performative and politico- situationist based experiences. ref: Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala 2011, Encuentros cercanos del Tercer Tipo, Casa Haiku, Barcelona 2010, The BCN Psychotropic Workshops

2) Escuela de Calor starting points at Eme3 Architectural Festival 2011 (Barcelona) and how got selected for The Cali 8 Performance Festival 2012 on a context of radical political proposals.

3) Talking about the essence of my influences as Ivan Illich?s De-Schooling Society and Jaques Ranciere book on Joseph Jacotot and Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of The Oppressed.

4) To quote Marys Walling"s Blackburn essay on Institutions at e-flux journal 26:
The artists who make pretend institutions (temporary schools, fake
agencies, and so forth) rarely set out to invent little prisons or workable
nuthouses that serve real people—really crazy, really violent. It is possible
that artists are not equipped. Artists are comfortable making objects that
document institutions, and they make objects (relational or otherwise) that
perform the liberated institution. Another manifestation is the object that
is liberated by abandoning the institution, just as there is the object that
believes it can liberate the institution. As I do, these artists flirt with soft
institutions, playing with the remains of madness—touching it lightly,
quickly, and then moving away. In Paul Thek's notebook he scrawls:
“Institutions were formed for lack of spontaneous love.” To dilate his line
of thought, we could move countercurrent to the institution, not by forming
another organisation, but by saying, as Thek does: Let me nurse you. Let
me defend your body and your spirit. Let me bathe and bury you.

5) To quote De-Schooling Society by Ivan Illich
Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The
pupil is thereby “schooled” to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is “schooled” to accept service in place of value.

Escuela de Calor
scio me nihil scire orscio me nescire
School of Doubt and Des-education

For me to give a workshop is not so much to give a series of lessons, or to position myself as a container of an specific knowledge that I convey. My proposal is basically to create a practice on a context and an experience, based on structures that can go back to basic roots as that of the wandering Socrates, of the Persian storytellers under the starts, or Aristotle with his Peripatetic School walks... Experimenting with ideas and in conversation for daring to doubt. It uses outdoor spaces and the supposed antagonist places to what we would consider now the usual settings for learning.
We can't help to reflect up on:
What is being training?? What is learning??
Esther Planas 2011

"An ignorant master is not just an ignorant person who gets a kick out of playing master. It is a master who teaches - that's to say, who is for another person a cause of knowledge - without transmitting any knowledge. A master, thus, who displays the discontinuity between the master's control and his knowledge, who shows us that what is called "the transmission of knowledge" consists in fact of two intertwined relations which it is useful to disassociate: a relation of will to will and one of intelligence to intelligence."
Jaques Ranciere..

Escuela de Calor vas invited to MACRO Museum, Rome as part of Joan of Art's symposia on free education by Mike Watson in May 2013. 1*)

Escuela de Calor was selected for the 8 Performance Festival of Cali, Colombia and was due in November 2012 .

Escuela de Calor (A free school anti- school 2011)

Escuela de Calor bio y texto

EDC comenzó en Eme3_2011. El objetivo de este no-taller, era entrar en el tiempo con un gesto radical, una especie de contraposición, una anti-escuela, en contra de todo lo que se esperaba y era usualmente promovido como tal.

Un anti-taller y una acción, la terraza móvil (o listos terraza del bar hecha) la apología de la aparente pereza mediterránea y del dolce farniente, como una forma de poner en relieve la caricatura que utilizan las culturas del Norte al pensar en nosotros, sobre la zona que fue domada y transformada en un Sur servil.

Comprometida con metodologías heredadas de la Internacional Situacionista, EDC 2011 fue peripatético en naturaleza, a la vez que crítico e irreverente sobre lo que se esperaba de un taller de ese tipo.

En el siguiente Eme3_2012, EDC propuso una reunión en el Club de Natación Barcelona junto al mar, ese lugar había sido en realidad el sitio desde donde se soñó EDC en 2008. Nos bañamos y sentados en tumbonas en la arena de la playa, hablamos de la tremenda corrupción en el urbanismo y con la construcción de la masiva prueba de los horrores del Hotel W, justo bloqueando nuestros puntos de vista y los vientos generalmente necesarios para navegar desde allí.

Invitada en 2013 para una ponencia en el MACRO de Roma, por Joan of Art Conceptual Militancy, en su proyecto sobre educación gratuita, la lectura sobre EDC fue muy bien recibida ya que declaró ese estar fuera que EDC implica y el gesto radical de una propuesta que se compara con un una noción de cortar el tiempo.

Se genera un archivo en forma de un blog o una publicación a la espera y los estudios se profundizan. Las experiencias y recorridos de EDC desde 2011 que pasa por Barcelona, El Festival de Performance de Cali, Colombia 2012, MACRO Roma 2013 y Londres 2014 y 2015 y Barcelona eme3 2016.

Queremos caminar y explorar, hablar y discutir nociones de resistencia en relación a un contexto urbano determinado.

EDC at eme3 2015
Visiting artist School of Calidity
School of Calidity Mudlarking Rite
School of Calidity Secret Garden
School of Calidity at Five Years
Talk Oct 2014
Gossiping? No...Conspiring
Escuela de Calor
Escuela de Calor Brussels 2013
Conversations Edc at Dela Charge/13
Escuela d C Notes Brussels/13
eme3 2013
EDC, Pisoproyecto Puerto Rico 13
EDC Talk at Beta-Local 2013
Blog research material EDC
Escuela dC paseo Siloé Cali 2012
Escuela dC Conspirando Paseo
Performing La Comune
Esther Planas Performance , Cali
Watching Escuela de Calor
Universidad del Valle , Cali 2012
Derivas en Blanco Movil Escuela dC
EDC goes on Blanco Movil , Cali /12
some "students" travelling ,drift
EDC goes Blanco Movil Van trips
all inside the Mercedes .........
strategies for learning barricades
Renán A Escuela dC Cali Nov/12
professor Leonardo Herrera at EDC
first day at Escuela de Calor
Escuela dC Piscina Cali Nov 2012
EDC Cali, Water and talks 2012
Escuela dCalor eme3 Julio 2012
map of site for EDC at EME3 bcn
Club Natacion Barcelona July2012
some attendants at EDC site....
EME3 Arquitectural Symposium /12
empty tumbonas at EDC /BCN2012
just before leaving the space......
2011 Escuela de Calor at eme3
2011 Barcelona
Escuela de Calor Intense Conversa
Escuela de Calor during eme3 2011
2011 Escuela de C Bar ReadyMade
Escuela de Calor BCN 2011 eme3
2011 Los Nitidos Invisibles Guate
2011 Proyectos Ultravioleta
Los Nitidos Invisibles /Guatemala
2011 Proyectos Ultravioleta
2011 Los Nitidos Invisibles
uvuvu Becarios Workshop
proyectos uvuvu guatemala jan/2011
2011 kissing plants as practice
Byron Marmol Guatemala 2011
bcn psychotropic workshops 2010
bcn psychotropic workshops 2010
bcn psychotropic workshops 2010
I Just know I know nothing 2009
I just know I know nothing 2009
I know I know nothing 2009