The School of the End of Time is a quasi-educational and performative platform founded in 2017 by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Ambra Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano, that aims at exploring collectively new ways of inhabiting knowledge through a non-hierarchical approach between theoretical learning and artistic research. The School of the End of Time is conceived as a long-term project, a living organism, a nomadic institution composed of an ever-changing community of researchers and practitioners.
The School of the End of Time aims at building the stage and circumstances within which the event of knowledge can take place and be embodied. It does so through the programming of collective activities and experiences devoted to disable the notion of time as productive, and focusing on the nourishment and activation of a specific form of attention and posture. The programme borrows approaches and techniques from somatic practices, fringe sciences, minor literature, automatic writing and forgotten practices and knowledge. The activities of The School of the End of Time tend to be formatted in a performative framework, through which the formats, tools and roles developed by dramaturgy and theatre can situate knowledge in a specific, exuberant act.
The School of the End of Time develops experimental devices, sets and displays through which theoretical production and performative practices can be staged and performed. Conceived as the silent masters of the school, these sets host and structure the activities offered by the contributors to the project, accompanying actively each chapter of the school. Silent masters can materialize as props, environments or tools, aimed at creating a specific condition in which to experience art and the knowledge produced within it. Amongst the sets experiented by the school until now: The Dancefloor; The Postural Landscape; The Bar. Amongst the performative tools developed, the school has recently been focused on the experimentation of the format of the symposium through the production of The Saintly Hypochondriac Symposium.
The first chapter of The School of the End of Time was titled The Somatic Chapter and was dedicated to the concept of “learning-through”. It took the shape of a preliminary meeting in Torino at the non-profit space CLOG, that unfolded in a closed rehearsal amongst the participants to the school, a programme open to a wider audience and a number of collective visits to relevant projects and venues in the city (amongst which Casa Mollino and the Leumann Village). A few months later it developed in a more ambitious three-day programme of performances, lectures, workshops and hybrid formats in Moscow, as the Educational Programme of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti.