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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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’s no secret that we all have our different interests within a bigger umbrella."
- "It doesn’t really serve us."
- "A I think L had it spot on before when she said that we should think of it as sharing."
- "if we all hold hands and ."
- "Imagine the people who would come out of Elam ."
- "And that comes down to thinking about education as well."
- "There’s so many things missed out, which you then don’t really have the encouragement to be thinking about."
- "We have these different ideas, but when you’re with other people you have to use your language to communicate them."
- "And then [with Night School] it’s paring that back so far that it’s just the artist as the teacher."
- "A It’s from 7-11 each night, Monday to Wednesday, and Thursday is making day."