BRAINSTORM against Brainwashing


Just like anyone else, each teacher has his or her own point of view on a wide range of issues. From culture to history to economics, and even in the pure sciences, teachers have a personal position coloured by personal and political interpretation. As such they are like unwitting dictators, inadvertently affecting the as yet unformed minds of their students. Since teachers themselves are unlikely to change this state of affairs, it is up to students themselves to pay careful attention to their own learning.

During this week-long workshop you will learn what an ideology is and how to escape its influence, how ideology is (or was) connected to education; how places of study, including architecture schools and universities, affect how we think; and what makes a modern university teacher – dictator, guru, master, or a researcher equal with his disciples?

You will also be taught to spot the ideologies associated with particular teaching styles, create models for new educational spaces; effectively self study, and also how to think more critically, productively, and creatively.

The workshop was conducted by Arseniy Khitrov (The Higher School of Economics), Felix Madrazo (INTERNATIONAL DESIGN), Max Zolkwer (POP ARQ), and Stephane Damsin (QUEST ARCHITECTURE).

Madrazo, Zolkwer and Damsin are architects from the Supersudaca research center, a think tank that works on projects that affect the environment around us. Their work focuses on answering the question: How can we continue to believe in the best, despite the horrors around us? Supersudaca advocates the use of different methods for dealing with each issue, including the use of humour to bring attention to more serious problems.

Arseniy Khitrov is associate professor of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics. He is currently engaged in the study of how various forms of contemporary culture including television serials, films, the media, and popular literature, create or translate ideology.

Age of participants: 16 – 22 years old.