Many of Jef Geys’ projects began at the site of his middle school classroom in rural Flanders. Giving evidence to a broader problematic between the term ‘education’ and what it designates, this lecture aligns Geys’ practice with key educational precedents and artistic interlocutors: the Bauhaus model in Weimar, Nikolai Ladovsky’s teaching at the Soviet Vkhutemas, and the Radical Pedagogy of Paulo Freire.
Nicholas Tammens (b. in Australia) is the Assistant Curator at Kunstverein Hamburg. He is also founder of 1856, a curated program of exhibitions and events at a workers’ union parliament in Melbourne, Australia. He has produced exhibitions with artists such as Jef Geys, Yale Union (2018), Patricia L. Boyd, 1856 (2018), Fred Lonidier, 1856 (2017), and B. Wurtz (2015). He presented talks at Wiels, Brussels (2019), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2019), and wrote for Mousse Magazine and May Revue.