The eighth edition of the PEI advocates thinking that sparks new ways of imagining related to the ecological and social crisis. This aspiration underpins the organisation of lines of research, practical experimentation and study in the programme, the main aim of which is to formulate situated thinking capable of analysing existing material and cultural conditions and of activating the imagination on the basis of theoretical concepts and contributions relevant both to today and to the world to come.
The programme is founded on the feminist paradigm and takes this as the starting point for drawing new genealogies of artistic practice through political ecology in order to contribute to debates on degrowth and the ecological transition through art. The study of the temporal nature of images and their ability to redefine the connections between imagination and history becomes a central element of a programme that seeks to redefine notions such as growth, development and limits, key questions to the cultural and material struggles in defence of life.
The programme is configured as a space for mobilising ideas and re-formulating actions, a space in which those of us who have been members of the educational community in every edition of the PEI face the challenge of putting into practice a concept of education as a space for experimentation and freedom. The PEI is regarded as within the tradition of feminist and emancipatory pedagogies and queer practices. Consequently, one of its main goals is to make shared learning a practice of engagement, of mutual appreciation and of encounter with the unknown, meaning with each of us and with the worlds we pass through. The programme itself is structured around an open series of questions that allow us to connect the various courses and seminars with participants’ research proposals. As the programme progresses, this will itself create, modify and lead towards new questions that will instigate study and action.
The co-ordinates that structure the programme are:
- critical visualities and artistic ecologies;
- philosophies of the imagination;
- dimensions of the ecological and social crisis.
These issues map the field in which the courses, seminars and workshops will develop. They are not to be taken as independent approaches or core aspects. Rather, they are interconnected and seek to provide answers to the questions that underlie the programme content.