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Shall we unlearn how to learn? How do we learn together? What do we actually learn from each other? Is there a space to trigger collaborative learning? From what situation do we learn the most? What does project based learning means? And democratic learning? Or supportive pedagogy? Isn't a school a community of interests? How do we share knowledge? What are the tools to learn? Can we base learning on improvisation? Aren’t we all learners? Aren’t we all teachers? How to foster knowledge and know-how sharing? Within a non-exhaustive exploration of learning strategies at stake within Constructlab’s practice, we will within the Biennial collectively take some time - and space - to think and rethink the way we learn and exchange. Program of events to be released soon.

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:26 PM

Atelier Collaborative, Hotel Egon ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:46 PM

Atelier Collaborative, Hotel Egon ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:47 PM

Atelier Collaborative, Osthang Project, Main Hall ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:53 PM

Atelier Collaborative, Hotel Egon ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:54 PM

Mont Reel, Montreal, 2018 ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:33 PM

Unlearning Center, Switzerland, 2019 ©Constructlab

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:02 PM

Superort - Supergau, Austria, 2021 ©Philippe Gerlach

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 09:13 PM

It’s a sunny morning again. It’s luckily always sunny when a project starts. Sunny, but dusty. It is in the middle of a construction site. Participants have just met the day before. Just the time to share a name, a full background in ten words, a reason to be here. Maybe they had time to exchange on their vision, their ambition, before they go into the unknown. They certainly know what experience they want to have. At least, they have an idea of what to expect.

And that is revealed, while they are, on that very first morning, in front of the wall. It’s time to choose. In front of them, a giant table drawn on a wall will become crucial for the rest of the week. Their choice, at that moment will turn them into cooks, carpenters, singers or designers, at least for the next couple of days. The first ones get served, the next ones negotiate.
Soon enough, that choice that was so hard to make—Shall I stay with the new friends I met yesterday or shall I stick to what I wanted before?—will no longer matter. Soon enough, participants understand that there is more than just one decision. The energy is common. All are part of a bigger project—whether it is to build a mountain, a mill, a swimming pool, a city island, a metavilla or an arch—with a bigger ambition than one’s own, and all the pieces gathered here are essential for it to work. There the participants choose their level of engagement: some will choose to only help, others will choose to help and learn—and then maybe help and learn close to somebody else, by doing something else. Nobody needs to feel alone in his/her field. While exchanging, they get the help they want or need. It’s only a couple of days, the task is clear, the goal is known, the engagement voluntary. Even when it is about building six hundred pieces of the same part, it never lasts very long.
Again that time of the choice on the wall. The groups were made. Today, they dissolve again, and mingle another way. So, what this time? Do they choose something they already know? Or do they try something new? As in the Bauhaus preliminary course, the collaborative workshops give a glimpse of it all and a lesson for life. Beyond each discipline —wood working, graphics, video, furniture making, cooking, performing, everything—a master is in charge of the new group. Sometimes a new workshop is made; sometimes a participant becomes a master. Because sometimes, something is missing. The teaching starts again as an exquisite cadaver. One starts to work where somebody else’s work ended. Meanwhile, in the cooking workshop, the one that sustains the group, everything starts afresh everyday.

They come willing to learn a skill and gain experience. In fact, what they learn is intangible. They learn to become part of a group, they learn to negotiate with others, they learn to position themselves in a micro-society, they learn they can do crazy things, together. They learn to exchange and they exchange through experimentation, through making. Sometimes they reenact what they learn by talking to each other, and for that they also have the evenings, the dinners, the nights or the breakfasts. It is practical and theoretical, empirical and poetical. It’s special. Within the strong pedagogical methodology made up of rhythms, disciplines and missions, participants learn to negotiate freedom. There, they do not just experiment through collaborative work. They feel it. They get it. They come back again.

Extract of "How Together", 2019

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 07:55 PM

Constructlab Future Session, Constructlab Meeting, Berlin, 2016

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:04 PM

Constructlab meeting in Cantercel, France 2020

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:06 PM

Constructlab meeting in Cantercel, France 2020

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:35 PM

The doorbell rings every two minutes. Every time, the closest to the door opens it. Every time, the same surprise effect. Sometimes the door opener and the newcomer will meet each other for the first time. By exchanging their names, they hear their respective accent and locate each other on a mental map. Sometimes, the door opener and the newcomer have already shared memories. The encounter turns into loud hugs and laughs. This time of the year is the occasion to gather in one place people usually distant. Within the next few days, everybody will have met everybody. Everybody will discover colorful personalities.
It is comfortable here; all know they have something in common. They are here because they want to be. They are here because they think what they do matters. They are here because they need to share. They are here for enjoyment. They are here to go on. They are curious to know in which direction.

They are all here. Amidst the general happy noise, a voice stands out : “Shall we start?” One by one, people move to the other room, caring to carry the right amount of chairs, pens, drinks while continuing the conversation in movement. The move is so smooth that it seems orchestrated. People simply look, exchange and dare to ask each other for what is missing. Every guest takes spontaneously responsibilities for the group. The seemingly organic meeting transforms slowly into an improvised assembly.
The group aligns itself with half a circle, facing what comes on the white wall or the free surface. The hosts of the session start presenting what they have planned: timeframe, format, questions, ambitions and celebrations. They know they are here to work, but in these conditions, work and fun are almost the same thing. One can feel the untold wishes and the sympathetic critics by discovering the yearly projects of the other members, they wish they were there to share time and work. Together. They see what they would have done differently. They bring the topic further. They compare it to their own actions. It makes them think. They are inspired. Today they discover the whole, that they all contribute to building in parts. They wish they had more time for such projects. Or maybe they wish they had more money for such projects. They wish they could do more, live it and live from it.
“By the way, can I ask something? Who decides who is paid or not? And how are projects distributed among the group?” asks a new member. “How do I know I am a member?” asks another one. Whispers rise from the assembly. One answer consists in explaining how it works. Practically speaking. From there, one can build a proposal. The question is not about who decides, but actually about how the decisions are made. It needs consent. It needs compromise.

If the group decides it is a group decision, then it is. If the group decides there should be a guideline, then there is. There, the group decides that no one decides. The project decides. A project can tell if it has the required qualities, ambitions and processes to become an interesting project for the group. Decision making is a product of design.

Extract of "How Together", 2019

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:09 PM


Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:19 PM

"We are all improvising. We are all making decisions. And we are all watching each other improvise. Together, we are improvising. Decisions become shared ones. We will have built this city together."

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:23 PM

Atelier Collaborative, July 2021, France

Joanne Pouzenc — 2021.5.18 08:40 PM
Atelier Collaborative

Atelier Collaborative

Venice, Online, Workshop

Experiments in communal learning and living across disciplines


Over the course of several days, ConstructLab will stage its annual gathering at Future School’s Venice campus, accompanied by a session of uncensored feedback, strategic planning and knowledge exchange. This event will focus on pedagogic strategies at force within the practice and offer an opportunity to reflect on some of the progressive alternative educational approaches from the beginning of the 20th century. Built by a set of committed participants and open to the local environs, a productive convivialist society will take shape within this framework.

Exhibition program participants

Happening now

Workers blocking the street during a protest in Vicenza. May 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 21 hours ago

Maestranze dello Spettacolo Veneto during the protest at La Fenice Theatre. June 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 21 hours ago

Demonstration in front of La Fenice Theatre in Venice. June 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 21 hours ago

Venetian workers from art and cultural sector, protesting during lockdown. May 2020

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 21 hours ago

AWI (Art Workers Italia) during the occupation of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. April 2021

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 22 hours ago

Screenshot from the Dialogues #002 - Lunch at Korean Pavilion

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — 22 hours ago

New Project from Officina Marghera and Architetture Precarie

The Venetian Team — The Venetian Team: Lagoon Dialogues — Yesterday

Pandemic and Mechanical Surveillance_Alex Taek-Gwang Lee

Future School Staff — Futurology of Schools — Yesterday

Exhibition programs

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