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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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.
- "B So responsible!"
- "It’s not just being thrown out there."
- "B Yeah, I had the worst semester grades-wise that I’ve had at Elam, and learned ten times more than I had in any other semester, so I was like, well ."
- "B We need criticality more than we need evaluation."
- "We got them back and I was like, don’t even care."
- "Which really helps you to concretise the learning as well."
- "they tell you when you’ve learned something."
- "R Do you want to talk about your aims?"
- "But looking back on it, I learned how to be in a group and how to work with others, and we figured a lot of stuff out that didn’t need to be said or sat down and taught in a lesson."