Developing Case Studies for Four Ecole Mondiale (EM) Fieldstations
- Project Leader: Filip Van Dingenen (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, RU Image, RG Art, Space & Context)
- Team: Ive Van Bostraeten (co-founder Ecole Mondiale), Sarah Késenne (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, RU Image, RG Art, Space & Context), Nancy Vansieleghem (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, RU Image, RG Art, Practices & Education), Sue Spaid (philosopher), Laboratorium of Education and Society (KU Leuven (Jan Masschelein)), De Appel (director Lorenzo Benedetti), Galerie für Landschaftskunst – GFLK (artist Till Krause, co-founder of GFLK), Z33 (director Jan Boelen and curator Ils Huygens)
In 1905, King Leopold II placed a cornerstone at Tervuren to mark his project to build Ecole Mondiale, a
school whose eight departments would train businessmen, adventurers, and explorers for a colonial career.
The classic eight departments included: Agronomy, Ethnography, History, Languages, Law, Mathematics,
Medicine and Natural History. These departments were accompanied by a document centre with the
expectation that its graduates would build an international knowledge centre. In particular, Leopold aimed to
prepare people to explore new territories. Today, we no longer have to explore the world, but to learn how to
care for our existing world.
We have thus been researching and testing the possibility of implementing a similarly ambitious, skills-based
training program directed towards everyone's having a better understanding and concern for our actual world.
To this end, we propose replacing Leopold's eight departments with nine Fieldstations that focus on the
possibility and impossibility of "Resonazverhältnis": I. Historical Introduction - Healing Dept. – Recruitment, II.
Sacred Geometry, III. Terra, IV. Energy - Frequency - Dimensions, V. Time, VI. I-Carus, VII. Polarities, VIII.
Cosmology, and IX. Alegria.
To distinguish our Ecole Mondiale from Leopold’s, we refer to our project as EM. We specifically adopted the term Fieldstation to characterize activities that emphasize thinking while doing. To this end, the kinds of site specific case studies we aim to develop around each Fieldstation, invite and facilitate participation on heretofore unprecedented dimensions. And of course, our program draws on the actions of pioneering historical figures – scientists, artists, philosophers and dreamers – whom we consider to be EM alumni.
- Duration: 2015-
- E-mail: Filip.VanDingenen@luca-arts.be