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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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 Nah."
- "obviously something’s not quite right here."
- "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."
- "We were making it and doing it, making things happen."
- "That’s really nice and it makes us realise what’s important."
- "E And a lot of the time there wasn’t a predetermined end goal."
- "if we all hold hands and ."
- "A Yeah, and sharing different ways of learning, I mean we all learn differently."
- "B So responsible!"
- "You have to have a certain amount of faith in something to want to share it with people— A Yeah exactly."