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 In doing this, mark was able to renegotiate the possibility of an education which superseded market logic and neoliberal structures.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 In saying that, the rubric took [Elam] a lot of time to work out."
- "E And a lot of the time there wasn’t a predetermined end goal."
- "We’re doing official languages of New Zealand—so we did te reo for a couple of weeks, and then we did New Zealand sign language."
- "Imagine the people who would come out of Elam ."
- "August 2012 "
- "B We’re encouraged to leave school, collaborate, and work together as a part of this great team, but it’s not recognised by the institution as a way of learning."
- "E Yeah."
- "You have to have faith that what you’re being convinced of is actually something of value that you can take away."
- "M What about teaching in a collaborative environment, as opposed to having the one authority figure at the front of the lecture theatre and then a whole lot of individuals?"
- "B So responsible!"