mark was an artist collective formed mid-2012, made up of six third-year Elam students. The collective was formed as an act of resistance to the university’s neoliberal appropriation of education. mark based itself on the rupture of the competitive, individualist nature of the university in order to rethink education, not as a commodifiable good, but a process of reciprocity and collaboration. By removing the individualistic transactional process by which a grade is given, and by which success is measured, it revealed the possibility of collectively controlling the education process. In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures. The students involved used the space formed by this rupture in the neoliberal logic to create a dialogue about our current situation and how to collectively create change.
- "It doesn’t really serve us."
- "And when you get rid of that you can actually focus on something."
- "B We need criticality more than we need evaluation."
- "M Do you think we need a marking system in the university?"
- "To rid ourselves of that is really freeing."
- "So you didn’t actually sit down and [say], oh, I’m going to learn this today."
- "It makes sense that you would wanna pick the best doctor for a hospital or whatever."
- "B Something that’s totally different to a lecture set up is the real human interaction that’s so important that is just taken out of the university lecture style of education."
- "G The marks were just ridiculous as well."
- "In saying that, Elam’s a pretty good example of somewhere where it is emphasised a bit more."