BANNER DROP

 
 
 Banner Drop. 2016

Banner Drop. 2016

 

CONTRIBUTION FOR THE PLATFORM 'ARTIST EXERCISES', 2016

Occupation of an educational institution by its students, teachers or staff members is, even now, still a potential way to exercise autonomy, community and refusal – an exercise worth equally, if not primarily, attention in any educational curriculum. The Banner Drop can function as a form of flag-raising on this new occupied territory – a clear message, rooted in this political occupation, waving with the fabric in the wind. The Banner Drop can also function as a brief hack into the formal realities of the everyday practice of institutionalized society. The shock of the defiant proclamation unwantedly unfolding upon the architecture of the normal situation enables a moment of contrary imagery - the proclaimed truth of one situation is suddenly superimposed with a different truth. The fabric of commonly promoted uncomplicated reality is ripped by the multi-layered other. The practice of counter-disciplinary conduct requires practical skill-sets to be learned and taught on throughout the community. One of these skills, if still only one small tool in a much larger and growing toolbox, is the action of the Banner Drop. Learning these tools and learning to share-on this knowledge should be obligatory in the general education of any young individual.

 

Artists’ Exercises (artistsexercises.org) is a platform for sharing and distributing fragments of artists’ educational strategies. Banner Drop is a collaboration with visual artist Soren Thilo Funder.