[ARENA] Fwd: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna squatted!

André Rangel a 3kta.net
Domingo, 8 de Novembro de 2009 - 23:46:44 WET

Parece que a Academy é das poucas a tentar resistir a Bologna! E ...  
a ocupa continua:


On Nov 8, 2009, at 8:49 PM, miguel leal wrote:

> Lá como cá... (será?)
> Begin forwarded message:
>> Resent-From: nettime  kein.org
>> From: Eduard Freudmann <ed  pips.at>
>> Date: October 25, 2009 1:20:39 PM GMT+00:00
>> Resent-To: Nettime <nettime-l  kein.org>
>> To: nettime-l <nettime-l  kein.org>
>> 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  
>> ourselves!
>> 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  
>> productivity!
>> 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 ...)
>> http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=154379632337
>> http://twitter.com/malennach
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