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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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.
- "M Do you want to talk about your final grades from last year?"
- "And I’m not being an asshole when I say that."
- "And I know that, aside from real grading, the tutors have our best interests at heart when they [devise and implement] the rubrics."
- "But if you’re there, handing it over the counter ."
- "I’m studying."
- "Like, I should be doing my own shit right now instead of talking about this."
- "You don’t go and do your learning and then go home and do your own thing."
- "Just being able to be there for each other, and help each other do the best we can and learn as much as we can, rather than going off in our own worlds."
- "If I want to learn about political theory, I’ll go to G."
- "Goes both ways— B Assumes you’re getting the good stuff."