04/09/2018 30' 48''

Brazilian artist and researcher Mônica Hoff operates on the edges that connect and separate the inside and outside of artistic practice, theory, and education. In her own words, she explores "the way artistic methodology becomes pedagogy." And from this slippery Bermuda Triangle she warily saw the so-called educational turn start to be conceived as a model from the moment Kristina Lee Podesva put it down in black and white in her article "A Pedagogical Turn: Brief Notes on Education as Art", published in 2007.

In all her work, from her role as coordinator of the educational programme at the Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre to projects such as the Extraordinary School of Desterro and Surf School, as well as others too small to mention on a CV, Mônica Hoff approaches and practices education as process. She advocates institutional imagination and shifting the place from which things are done, because "in practice, theory is different."

We talk to Mônica Hoff about epistemological Dadaism and education in public, about institutions that learn, dissent as a strategy to generate movement and thought, scales, micropoltics, and the cracks in which everything happens, and about slowing down, or even stopping.

Timeline
05:35 Models vs contexts
07:11 Cracks: the space where things happen. Consensus and dissent.
09:13 Epistemological anarchy
09:30 Mediation is not representation
13:18 Human scale
17:16 Things that take a lifetime
23:13 Everything is inside the institution
23:55 The biennial crisis
26:47 The educational turn: a different model

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SON[I]AMônica HoffJudy Dunaway