SCHOOL OF GELATI: LESSON WITHOUT A TEACHER
Audio installation, CD presentation (2019)
In the year 1106, during the reign of King David IV of Georgia, a new structure was built based on maximum reflection and the transfer of respective spiritual and material circumstances. In unison to the geopolitical conditions at the time, the space transformed into a unique unprecedented hub for cooperation, and the exchange of knowledge and opportunities. Intellectual dynamics from the Byzantine Empire fused with local experience and knowledge produced an orthodox discourse within its structures, gaining an additional profile – a school. Thus, „Gelati“ was born. Gelati is located 10 km from the then-capital Kutaissi. Resulting from the teaching material generated by the educational processes of the Gelati school, the analysis, translation and renewal of certain educational structures strikes as crucial. Based on this example, on mutual experiences and cooperation, the development of a novel format in Berlin similar to Gelati’s was planned.
The artist wanted to share the issues and forms that were revealed while working here. The work created is an example/model of a school. The structure and idea of the area comes out of the Gelati content/structure which transforms into the form of ZKU, and considers the child’s involvement in actual processes. School character will be physically revealed in one lesson. With no teacher, the process relies on several key ideas: connection, recording, and publication. The main outcome of the lesson will take into account the time, language, text and communication capabilities. The group produces a sound in 45 minutes. As for the book, the artist writes a brief description and concept derived from its basic structure.
The school encompasses one 45 minute-lesson, where learning will be based upon listening. The allocated time and space will serve as an opportunity to be utilized according to content and format by each student individually. At the lesson/meeting, only one thing will be obvious for the students – for 45 minutes, every voice will be recorded, preserved and published equally in a digital recording/album/ CD format. The whole process will be transparent to all participants. Each participant will use earphones and a microphone. In this context voice, language and text become the main source; only increasing their impact on the listener. The materialization and presentation of the recorded voices within a certain space renders its function endless and timeless