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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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."
- "E I was happier that you guys got more than a B- because I thought that collectively we deserved (well fuck it, who gives a shit) but when I heard you guys got better than that I was like, ok, rad, someone deserves something better."
- "You’ve gotta give them some credit."
- "You don’t have these backstage thoughts, like, oh, I’ve still gotta get my individual mark."
- "But learning through other people and with other people, you have to be able to communicate everything in a way that suits everyone."
- "Sharing a real concern for the commons and appreciation for what happens when we’re all on the same level, as opposed to having these hierarchies."
- "R Should we talk about individual projects, like Night School?"
- "you know?"
- "The difference of learning in a group is that you share everything."
- "E And prioritising other people’s learning as much as we do our own, which isn’t emphasised enough within the system."