Notion of Neutrality, Workshop II, Radical Inclusivity

Written by Alexandra Eguiluz, Ida Flik, Gloria López Cleries and Zoya Feltesse

  • neutrality
  • objectivity
  • invisibilisation
  • neoliberalism in academia
  • structural racism
  • institutional violence

This workshop is developed as part of the Teaching to Transgress Toolbox programme by the working group "Questioning the Notion of Neutrality" in educational settings. The workshop was facilitated and tested in May 2021 at Paris College of Art in France.


Read more about the context of this workshop or watch the related interviews that we recorded. Read also about Workshop I, Questioning the Neutrality of Art Education held at the art school, Villa Arson, in France in December 2020.

Outline

Online
2 hours
For 25-30 participants
Download the presentation slides as PDF

Input

[20 min]

❶ Introduction

Names and pronouns

❷ Presentation of the project

What we have been doing and how we have been doing it.

❸ Sharing the findings and topics emerging from the interviews, visualized in a series of eight slides that serve as a critical and visual exercise aimed at deconstructing the abstraction that tends to surround the concept of neutrality.

How can we represent neutrality? How are our bodies shaped by their invisibility and abstraction?

Slides illustrate the four main areas explored during the interviews: institutions, knowledge, teachers, students.

A teaser video of the interviews [5 min]

Working in smaller groups

[40 min]

❶ Introduction to the workshop and invitation to attendees to turn on cameras and write their names and pronouns.


❷ Check-in round with the voting question: How do you feel about the word 'neutrality? Participants choose the smiley, frown or the neutral face from the presented illustration.

screenshot of voting

Slide from presentation: How do you feel about the word neutrality?

Deeper introduction round in small groups

[10 min]

Create break-out rooms with five people each asking four questions:

Small group discussion

[15 min]

Please collect and share real-life examples from different contexts:

Collective writing exercise

[15 min]

Reconvening in the big group

[20 min]

Sharing from the small group discussions about real-life examples and/or the five things from the pad

Wrap-up

[5 min]

Feedback with a voting system:

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