anti-symposium is grounded in building strong, community foundations and relations with peers and leading pedagogical thinkers across the world. By modelling diverse educative approaches, the anti-symposium will gift educators with new tools to explore within collaborative learning environments, through newly created exercises and resources that extend beyond the three-day experience. 

Each day of the anti-symposium will be led by artists and pedagogical practitioners including Pablo Helguera (Day 1), Stephanie Springgay (Day 2) and collective project, Creekulum (Day 3). The structure of anti-symposium is inspired by artist Asad Raza’s Schema for a School, 2015 and includes tea, meditation, active exercises, reading groups, reflective strategies and collaborative resource construction.

Emerging from educator and social practices, anti-symposium intends to build and inspire a collective of facilitators, learners and thinkers, together acknowledging the importance of pedagogical practice.  

anti-symposium will include a loving lunch daily created by social enterprise and asylum seeker kitchen Parliament on King. Food will be used as a tool for grounding the learnings built throughout the three-day experience.  

Dates & Times 
24-26 March 2022

9 am – Grounding tea
9.20 am – Guided meditation
9.30 am – Pedagogue presentation
10.45 am – Workshop
12.15 pm – Lunch
1 pm – Reflective activity
2 pm – Afternoon tea
2.20 pm – Collaborative resource construction
4 pm – End of day

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Venue
The Waterhouse, The Cutaway at Barangaroo

Cost
$240 +booking fees (3 days)

Catering included with ticket

Access
The Biennale of Sydney strives to make all events accessible. You can advise us of your access requirements when booking online, by email or calling our box office on 02 8484 8702.

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9 am–4 pm
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Email – art@biennaleofsydney.com.au

Program Outline

Thursday, 24 March 2022 – Day 1 Overview with Pablo Helguera (live streamed from USA)

In the first session, New York based artist Pablo Helguera unpacks ‘transpedagogy, a term he created/coined to describe artist projects that embed educative principles and practices in their creation and engagement with publics 
 

Friday, 25 March 2022 – Day 2 Overview with Stephanie Springgay (live streamed from USA)

In session two, Stephanie Springgay, Director of the School of the Arts and Associate Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada will explore Instant Class Kit, a portable curriculum guide and pop-up exhibition dedicated to socially-engaged art as radical pedagogy.

Saturday, 26 March 2022 – Day 3 Overview with Dr Angela Foley (Creekulum)

In session three, Dr Angela Foley will be talking through the ideation of the environmental-led, place-based learning project Creekulum, focusing on the collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities grounded in Caring for Country.  

Participant Biographies

Pablo Helguera

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses on a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction.

His work as an educator has usually intersected his interest as an artist. Helguera has worked since 1991 in a variety of contemporary art museums, from 2007 to 2020, he was Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has organized close to 1000 public events in conjunction with nearly 100 exhibitions. In 2010 he was appointed pedagogical curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which took place in September, 2011. He is currently Assistant Professor of Arts and Entrepreneurship at the College of Performing Arts at the New School in New York. 

He writes a weekly column titled Beautiful Eccentrics. 

Stephanie Springgay

Stephanie Springgay is Director of the School of the Arts and Associate Professor at McMaster University. She is a leading scholar of research-creation with a focus on walking, affect, queer theory, and contemporary art as pedagogy. She directs the SSHRC-funded research-creation project The Pedagogical Impulse which explores the intersections between contemporary art and pedagogy. With Dr. Sarah Truman she co-directs WalkingLab – an international network of artists and scholars committed to critical approaches to walking methods. Additionally, she is a stream lead on a SSHRC partnership grant Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life. Other curatorial projects include The Artist’s Soup Kitchen – a 6 week performance project that explore food soveriegnty, queer feminist solidarity, and the communal act of cooking and eating together. She has published widely on contemporary art, curriculum studies, and qualitative research methodologies.  

Creekulum 

In 2019 Angela Foley joined a team with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elders Uncle Bill Nicholson and Uncle Dave Wandin and the Moreland Primary School community to create a whole-of school, place-based learning project, now known as Creekulum. 

In Creekulum urban Merri Creek places (on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne) became a classroom that fore fronted appreciation and connection to Country by folding together Indigenous perspectives, creativity, history, making and scientific inquiry

Angela Foley, BA(Hons), PhD(Education)

Angela is a non-Indigenous educator committed to interculturally informed eco-literacies for Country, age-appropriate education, and creative learning through a/r/tography (art/research/teaching). Her undergraduate studies in Geography and History and Philosophy of Science were developed in her doctoral work The art of place-making on Wurundjeri Country today (2021). Foley’s leadership roles span early years to tertiary level education and research with an array of partners including Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, state and local government agencies. She has developed and co-delivered courses for RMIT (Melbourne), Monash University and University of New South Wales and continues to lecture at RMIT. She was the Urban Campaigner for Total Environment Centre (Sydney) (1994-1998) and joined Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) in 2000 to develop and deliver waterway and biodiversity education projects in a framework of connecting to Country.