All Power to the Copenhagen Free University


‘in our search for new ways of life, the chemistry of unhappy conciousness and surplus energy is still making us establish experimental institutions’

In the Manifesto we hear Howard Slater and Emma Hedditch speak of a ‘strategic double-bind’ of the states simultaneous enforcement of the production of cultural values and the promotion of the sterile space of ‘individualised subjectivity’ that leads to the pacification of all cultural and social conflicts and struggles.

They talk about their antagonism towards the Danish State’s political expectations of artists and intellectuals as being to lead the way in a new economy based on knowledge and creativity as capital; these expectations unavoidably become the context for much of the work of the Free University.

They talk about a ‘mediated rationale of the public sphere’ -an illusion of the role of the sensible citizen
-But what if you don’t want to be a sensible citizen? -Join the Free University!

Listen to the recording here!
Read the manifesto here!

The Free University ran from 2001 – 2007. “The Free University is an artist run institution dedicated to the production of critical consciousness and poetic language. We do not accept the so-called new knowledge economy as the framing understanding of knowledge. We work with forms of knowledge that are fleeting, fluid, schizophrenic, uncompromising, subjective, uneconomic, acapitalist, produced in the kitchen, produced when asleep or arisen on a social excursion – collectively.”
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