Developing Case Studies for Four Ecole Mondiale (EM) Fieldstations

Developing Case Studies for Four Ecole Mondiale (EM) Fieldstations

  • Projectverantwoordelijke: Filip Van Dingenen (LUCA Faculteit Kunsten, OE Image, OG Art, Space & Context)
  • Teamleden: Ive Van Bostraeten (co-founder Ecole Mondiale), Sarah Késenne (LUCA Faculteit Kunsten, OE Image, OG Art, Space & Context), Nancy Vansieleghem (LUCA Faculteit Kunsten, OE Image, OG Arts, Practices & Education), Sue Spaid (filosoof), Laboratorium of Education and Society (KU Leuven (Jan Masschelein)), De Appel (artistiek directeur Lorenzo Benedetti), Galerie für Landschaftskunst – GFLK (kunstenaar Till Krause, medeoprcihter van GFLK), Z33 (artistiek directeur Jan Boelen en 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 sitespecific 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, artist, philosophers, and dreamers –whom we consider EM alumni.

We are currently seeking funds to develop, implement, and test four particular Fieldstations: I.Historical Introduction-Healing Dept.- Recruitment, III: Terra, V: Time and VI: I-Carus.

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  • Looptijd: 2015-2018

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