About

SOL is a platform for collective practices that stem from reflections on the notion of Love as a public concern and a political mode of being that should be taught in schools. It was initiated in 2016 by students and teachers from the
Autonomous Design department at KASK school of Arts (Ghent, BE), but consists of artists and researchers from different fields. SOL is practised through regular weekly meetings, events, workshops and performances that engage with the exploration of Love and School as charged with potential for change in society. SOL aims to contribute to the perception of school as more than just a safe incubator that prepares the inexperienced to an existing reality outside of it. We approach school as a place for experiment, reflection and collectivity, that can change society instead of adapting to it. We insist on learning how to deal with the unknown, rather than in learning how to know.

SOL protocol

● A SOL assembly takes place every week, at KASK. The weekly meetings carry the character of a deep hanging out – we get together not in order to know what we want to learn, but in order to create an empty space for the unexpected to happen.
● If it happens that an idea for a project emerges during the weekly assemblies, the project is developed separately to the regular meetings.
● Anyone can be a member of SOL, anything can become a project of SOL, and it can take place anywhere (within KASK or elsewhere), as long as it’s stimulated by the will to re-think the role of School and Love in the
creation of healthy societies.
● Members of SOL can come and go as they wish. There is no obligation for members to commit to be present in all SOL’s activities.
● Practices of SOL aim at blurring the difference between process and  outcome, research and production, individual work and collectivity.
● SOL tries to make every process or research accessible to the broad public.
● SOL and its members are lovers. They care and commit to each other, but do not wish to control what the other does with the love that they give.
● SOL engages with love that dares to bound spirituality and politics together, by putting that which is between us before that which we think belongs to us.
● In SOL no one is considered a professional. In SOL there are no teachers. SOLers fall in love with things and ideas and act from this state. SOL is based on the fragility of lovers agreeing to forget who they thought they were before meeting each other.

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UNLEARNING LEARNING – LEARNING UNLEARNING

an open conference about a practiced ecology of knowledge March 24th; 14.00 – 19.00; Unlearning Center, BlueFactory Hale Grise, Fribourg  (CH) SOL intervention by Elli Vassalou and Adva Zakai   The Unlearning Center invites to an open conference: a meeting for people engaged in rethinking the practice and content of learning. This meeting asks: what …

SYNTROFI “ON PRIVILEGE”

Participatory lunch performance produced with the School of Love for the “EXERCICES IN AWERNESS” programme, “Women and Children First” festival, Vooruit, Ghent | January – February 2019. Syntrofi [σύντροφοι] is a greek compound word – coming from feed [trofi] + together [syn] – which means: “companions, comrades, lovers…” AN INVTITATION TO DINE ON PRIVILEGE Syntrofi …