How We Develop a Critical Reader on a Topic of Great Importance was a project developed as part of “Pedagogical Factory: Exploring Strategies for an Educated City” at the Hyde Park Art Center in the late summer of 2007. We prototyped a small-scale, mobile bench and library to house our Reader Series, which could be deployed in various contexts to support arts education. This project was conceived of by Jeremy Beaudry and Meredith Warner.
The Think Tank that is yet to be named was invited to participate in “Pedagogical Factory: Exploring Strategies for an Educated City” at the Hyde Park Art Center, organized by Jim Duignan of the Stockyard Institute (and realized with the help of many others). Working with other artists, collaboratives, and groups, the project will transform the gallery space into a temporary factory that will design and implement an extensive series of programs and events throughout the two month project. From this collaborative stage, “Pedagogical Factory” will interrogate the overlap between education, economics, art, and activism, creating a venue to explore alternatives to traditional notions of education and social art.
For the exhibition, the Think Tank created a Prototype for a Pedagogical Furniture to contain and present Volume I and Volume II of the Think Tank’s reader series. As a prototype, the piece begins an exploration of small-scale, mobile furniture which might be deployed in various contexts to assist arts education. The readers were offered as an example of sustained, critically-focused compilations of texts which might lead the reader along a course of study.
Some other groups and individuals participating in Pedagogical Factory include:
- AREA Chicago
- Center for Urban Pedagogy
- Counter Cartographies Collective
- Daniel Tucker
- Experimental Sound Studio
- Just Seeds
- Mess Hall
- Neighborhood Writing Alliance
- Redmoon Theater
- Temporary Services
- And many, many more…