Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge
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The Hallucinated Community College of the Mobile Academy

The Blackmarket for Usefull Knowledge and Non-Knowledge is a temporary production and showroom in which narrative formats of knowledge mediation will be tried out and presented. Between 12 to 100 individual tables are occupied by experts (natural scientists, craftsmen, artists, philosophers, and neighbours) who are being invited to offer a portion of their knowledge that can be told and learned in 30 minutes. The audience (rather a customer on this evening) will be able to book an expert and his or her offer of knowledge for a half-hour, and to acquire this knowledge or ability in a mutual dialogue. Furthermore, the audience can choose among several experts/knowledge service personnel (12 to 120) and get checked in for several half-hour conversations. In this way, a hallucinated community college will be produced in which learning and unlearning, knowledge and non-knowledge, and strategies of living and surviving will change ownership in a non-institutional way. The transfer of knowledge as a communicative and performative act will become a collectivly, whispered story of knowledge on this night, all of this taking place in the theater, the originary location of public debate.

The 21. Century is regarded as the age of Information, in which knowledge takes the part of an economical, political and cultural resource. The idea
of knowledge as a continually growing and spontaneously retrievable entity mhowever, does not take into account the performative character of knowledge
nor does it acknowledge its borders or the radical changes that the idea has experienced throughout history. Knowledge - it seems - needs to be seen as a
hybrid concept. As a form of storage it works with principles of representation, discourse, and archive. As a form of performance it use techniques, practices, and experiences in/of the body of the learning individual. Finally knowledge appears as mirror-image of its seeming opposite: ignorance and belief. These two have to be acknowledged as constitutive parts and imaginary borders of the field of knowledge in order
to reflect their importance in the production and distribution of knowledge. They make clear that we can encounter knowledge only - as Dietmar Kamper claims - as virtuoso awareness, repetition and dreams.