[ARENA] Fwd: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna squatted!
Domingo, 8 de Novembro de 2009 - 20:49:16 WET
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> From: Eduard Freudmann <ed pips.at>
> Date: October 25, 2009 1:20:39 PM GMT+00:00
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> Subject: <nettime> Academy of Fine Arts Vienna squatted!
> On Tuesday, October 20 2009 the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was
> squatted, here is the statement and the demands of the occupants:
> The Bologna process aims at an extensive convergence of european
> Universities with the Anglo-American education system. The aim is
> to enter competition in the global education market in order to
> strengthen universitie's economic position and increase their
> research dependent revenues. The establishment of regulative norms
> and the harmonization of standards are the basis and at the same
> time the precondition of this process: without standardization
> there can be no measurability, without measurability no
> comparability, without comparability no competition. Economization
> and the logic of competition are imposed at every level of
> knowledge production.
> The result is intercontinental as well as inter-EU competition, in
> which single universities and their departments compete amongst
> themselves for the best results and statistics. The processes
> involved in the creation of an education economy with knowledge as
> the commodity correspond to the general tendencies towards
> privatization and commodification of all spheres of life under
> neoliberal capitalism. They lead to educational institution's
> increased dependency on their sponsors, cynically defined as the
> autonomization of universities.
> In this context autonomy is a euphemism for the new forms of
> governing institutions. The autonomized universities are not
> autonomous in the sense of self-determined at all. They are rather
> directed to fulfil the needs of economy and industry, as well as to
> subjugate themselves to market logic: efficiency, competition and
> managerial ruling structures. The democratisation of universities,
> implemented in the 1970s, is successively abolished -
> democratically legitimized bodies are disenfranchised and replaced
> by top-down hierarchical structures.
> In the composition of the Bologna 3-level study model, a paradigm
> change has manifested itself, in the last few years there has been
> a shift from a pluralistic ideal of education to an economy-
> oriented model of education. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has
> repeatedly and explicitly positioned itself against this
> degradation and the establishment of the Bachelor-Master system.
> We refuse to subjugate ourselves to the logic of politics and economy!
> We're fighting to define learning, teaching and research for
> We declare solidarity with the education protests in Bangladesh,
> Brazil, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, India,
> Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Croatia, Netherlands, Serbia,
> South Africa, USA!
> 1. We oppose ourselves to university-based organisational
> structures that are determined by economic ends, as well as to the
> privatisation of teaching, research and knowledge production more
> broadly. We demand the full public funding and re-democratization
> of all educational institutions as well as the unconditional
> abolition of university fees!
> 2. We oppose ourselves to the pseudo-autonomy of universities. We
> demand the immediate withdrawal of §8* of the UG 2002!
> §8.: 'Upon the proposal of the minister of education, the
> government may impose the installation of a branch of study on a
> university or several universities, given this is necessary on the
> basis of political decisions in the fields of education or science,
> and given there is no related former agreement as in a contract
> regarding university performance.'
> We demand the freedom to define what teaching and research, as well
> as science and art, mean in the context of our universities.
> 3. We oppose ourselves to quality assessments concerning science
> and art when these operate by economic criteria. We are against the
> forced imposition of self-marketing strategies on universities, and
> against the conflation of education with competitiveness and elitism.
> We demand the abolition of knowledge surveys and agreements on
> 4. We oppose ourselves to the degrading transformation of
> universities and schools into training facilities oriented by the
> labour market.
> We want education as space for thinking, not training as the mere
> reproduction of workforce!.
> 5. We insist that the government refrain from taking teaching and
> art, science and research to be seperable as objects of thought and
> administration. We demand that the corresponding ministeries be
> merged immediately.
> We insist that the rector defend the position of the Academy - and
> not his private view - when it comes to negotiating the terms of
> productivity with the ministry.
> We demand that the rector make sure all existing courses of study
> remain in place, according to the decisions taken at the academy.
> We demand that all financial activities within the term of the
> current agreement on productivity (2007-2009) be immediately revealed.
> Edited by teachers and students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
> Sign the petition: http://www.malen-nach-zahlen.at/?page_id=144
> http://www.malen-nach-zahlen.at (content is being translated to
> english ...)
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