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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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.
- "E Turn you against each other ."
- "It’s hard to just say, oh yeah, this is what we learned this week ."
- "It seems like they’re reinforcing what’s so nuts about [grading] in the first place."
- "Giving a grade segregates people."
- "They leave their hand on it and watch you, and you walk up, and you take your item and draw it away from them, but you have to come into contact somehow."
- "Imagine the people who would come out of Elam ."
- "If I want to know about contemporary art things, I’ll go to B."
- "You could just miss it completely."
- "A That’s what I was trying to say at the beginning of this, the whole idea of learning as about being alive, engaging with your brain, your consciousness and yourself as a living thing."
- "A That was one of the things we definitely wanted to change within the university."