At the end of April 2017, Buda is organizing a 3-day international festival under the title of ‘What’s the Matter with School?’
During this festival, Buda will be looking for an answer to this question: Why do we still need schools if, in these digital times, we can learn about everything everywhere? As part of the festival, we are looking for motivated students, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists,… with an opinion of their own! Would you like to collaborate with an international set of participants on the subject of What’s the Matter with School—Learning in Digital Time? Imagine being a candidate!
Together with prof. Jan Masschelein and prof. Maarten Simons from the KU Leuven and Jorge Larrosa from the University of Barcelona, you will research into what ‘matter’ can mean in a digital school. The English word ‘matter’ can have many different meanings: thing, affair, cause, event, subject, content, matter itself and, quite simply, ‘substance’. Starting out from a number of films and short texts, and on the basis of mapping and observation tasks, you will be jointly and individually trying to map the substance of the ‘digital school’ and to identify and experiment with ways in which we can display that substance. The end result will be shown in a small exhibition at the Budafabriek (Buda factory) during the Festival. Here are a few questions just to make you eager to join this project: Does a digital learning environment have ‘substance’? Substance, not only in terms of subject matter, but also of materiality and reality. What is the ‘nature’ of the substance in a digital school? Is communication and information material? If so, in what sense? Does a substance that confronts us really make us think that it has true value? Is it a substance that can really touch us and make us concerned? That is not only a source of information, but is also able to shape us? Or does a digital environment make the world like dust, evaporating, losing its reality? Or maybe it is a different, new reality? As if real, but not quite? Could it be a substance in the sense of a ‘tissue’? And is a digital learning environment still a school? Or is it something completely different?