LIQUID STRELKA: AN EXPERIMENTAL LAB ON LEARNING WITHOUT TEACHERS

Date:
26.07.2013
Format:
WORKSHOPS
Place:
studio 2

“Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.” – Herbert Gerjuoy
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Traditional Moscow Institutes do not satisfy the needs of young professionals looking to retrain quickly, pick up missing skills, and determine their own trajectory of study. To produce good projects you need independence, your own way of working, an understanding of your own knowledge and skills, and the ability to recognize and assess your own strengths and weaknesses.

Should teachers tell students what to do? What value is expert opinion in an era that extols the virtues of the multidisciplinary and the amateur? Do we need an education to respond to the challenges of modern business and the contemporary labor market? Can the self-taught compete with the university-educated?

Architect and Strelka graduate Liya Safina had used the findings of a six-month investigation into such questions to create an experimental two-week summer course called “How to Learn Without a Teacher.”

Participants spent two weeks producing projects for the modern media business and proposed their own solutions to problems facing Moscow, worked on real briefs from real clients. The progress of the workshop could be followed in real time on the Theory and Practice website.