Night School on Anarres
2016 Mixed media
Night School on Anarres is an educational experiment examining the utopian proposals of twentieth-century anarchism. Drawing from Ursula K Le Guin’s seminal sci-fi novel The Dispossessed, and focusing on her construction of the fictional anarchist planet Anarres and its language Pravic, children and members of the public will be transported to an alien school to participate in language and social studies classes.
Part sci-fi set, part classroom, part roundhouse theatre, the Night School on Anarres installation is a site where utopic ambitions can be collectively imagined, performed and discussed. Through novel pedagogic approaches, the installation invites travellers young and old to wander around the space and attend classes to learn about the planet’s language, customs and behaviours. In so doing, the project encourages visitors to reflect upon current socio-political models with the hope of collectively imagining alternatives.
Night School on Anarres is commissioned by Kings College London as part of Utopia 2016, a year-long program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Simon Coffey and Dr. Martin Edwardes from the Linguistics Department of King’s College London.