what future for education: on trust, protection, and community

This video is created for - Coursera’s “What Future for Education,” a reflective and open-ended application of sophisticated online learning technology, - the “Free/Libre Technologies, Arts, and the Commons Unconference,”by the University of Nicosia and hack66, an event that investigates the political need to think, learn, and collaborate outside of  typical academic, creative, and community… Continue reading what future for education: on trust, protection, and community

A cultural historian’s approach to learning / By way of homework

The following is produced for 'What future for Education' (2018, Institute of Education, University of London on Coursera) week 5: In an ideal world, how do you think education should be organised? What priorities do you think it should reflect? And who should be responsible for ensuring that it is of a good quality? Is… Continue reading A cultural historian’s approach to learning / By way of homework

perhaps it’s the nihilism, OR “If I were to start over, I would have been researching public fountains”

The following is written in response / review to the State of the Monument (Nov 20, 2018 organised by the Cultural Studies and Contemporary Arts Lab, European University, Cyprus) via Loizidou, C. (2014) Commemoration, Public art and Memorial Politics in Cyprus, 1901-2013 [thesis] If monuments are about asserting or compensating for insecure regimes, then I… Continue reading perhaps it’s the nihilism, OR “If I were to start over, I would have been researching public fountains”

Reviews

Keep Calm and Carry on Monitoring the Media: A Review of Monitorial Citizen, NeMe (Cyprus), 9th December 2017, part of State Machines: Art, Work, and Identity in an Age of Planetary-Scale Computation. Published on Furtherfield, and Institute of Network Cultures. IN TOTO: 3 years in Tokyo by Simone Philippou http://cyprus.wiz-guide.com/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=1001 NIMAC: Drone Vision: Judgement Day,… Continue reading Reviews

The goddess position: negotiating natural childbirth in Cyprus, 2018 OR Overcoming Foucault by birthing in the clinic: A cultural historian’s near-orgasmic squat into ‘knowing’

I realised early on that I would have to be OK with peeing myself. It seemed counter-productive to labour towards opening up more and more and more with each contraction, and during this maintain an exception for bladder control. I would have to let go of that as well. (I had come across no explicit discussion of bladder control during labour anywhere in the literature and clearly this wasn’t the time to look it up, although in retrospect a birth story from Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth comes to mind, where a woman mentioned that the toilet was where she felt most comfortable. Perhaps she was troubled by the same contradiction while relaxing her pelvic floor. In any case, labouring in the loo was out of the question. I needed to keep moving.) This also meant that I wouldn’t be able to rest much on the bed: wetting the bed was an inhibition I didn't care to break, plus lying down during contractions seemed to make them shockingly longer and stronger.

Cultural historian fails Police Entrance Exam / On the wonders of civil service / A family of (bad) corruption jokes

I really wanted to be a police officer. The dream was dashed when I realised that I couldn't produce passing transcripts during the Police Exams. I didn't have it in me to suspend critical thought in a way that would allow me to go through with it / answer the exam questions. It had become clear that this was the underlying requirement. What was left was to undergo the exercise as a kind of performance.