Following the social sculpture of the first ‘Wandering School’, which took place in 2016 with Macao Collective in Milan, ‘The Wandering School Part 2: Revolution or Bust!’ took place as a journey through Greece—as the place of origin of western knowledge, and the stage where the contemporary fight against European and global neoliberal hegemony is played out.
The goal is, if not the actual revolution, the creation of contemporary rituals for the creation of the new world.
Members and friends of the Dirty Art Department left Amsterdam by plane to Bari, and travelled in descending order of technology—by boat from Bari to Patras, by public transport from Patras to Delphi. On arriving in Delphi, they met the Oracle, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, who presented his Ode to Capitalism and explained the revolution in his terms.
Continuing on foot from Delphi to Athens, over mountains and through valleys, there was time for rumination and chances to realize new links between themselves and with those they met along the way. Once in Athens, they sought out the light through a series of planned and unplanned happenings, lectures, situations and actions. Caught between the impossible fantasy of the Revolution and the real task of self-organising, those involved decided individually and collectively how to proceed and what action to take. These are some residues from the experience.
The Wandering School is a project by the Dirty Art Department in collaboration with Macao and was initiated by Erasmus Scherjon, Stephane Barbier Bouvet, Valentina Ciuffi, Anita Silva, Emanuele Braga and Jerszy Seymour in 2016.