Ecoversities Europea || Gathering at the Threshold
The first European regional gathering of Ecoversities held in Lecce, on the threshold between the years 2019 and 2020, between a kitchen and a garden, the visible and the invisible, the known and the unknown.
Co-hosted by artist Emilio Fantin from Lac O Le Mon Foundation and curator/educator Alessandra Pomarico from Free Home University, together with: Johannes Pfister (educator, change-maker) and Uta Gerolltes (healer) - Unavision (Germany); Cinzia di Meglio (antrophosofic doctor and art therapy teacher) - Waldorf School (Italy); Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson, filmmakers and artists, initiators of The Centre for Language Unlearning (a nomadic project begun in France); Nikolay Oleynikov, artist, activist, punk, and tutor at the Chto Delat School of Engaged Art (Russia); and professor\rapper Julien Boyer.
Representing different Ecoversities, the group engaged with each other and with the local community, living together and sharing their different artistic, spiritual, healing and pedagogical practices. Reflecting on current issues of Fortress Europe, contributors set the ground for a collectively dreamt Mediterranean Ecoversities, beyond borders and separability, as an invitation for a juster and ecologically aware learning environment, and different way of relating and being together.
Ecoversities Alliance is committed to radically re-imagining education to cultivate human and ecological flourishing. Ecoversities seek to transform the unsustainable and unjust economic, political and social systems/mindsets that dominate the planet and are reproduced through colonial and neoliberal education.
Fondazione Lac o Le Mon was established in late 2015 by artists Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti and Luigi Presicce who, since 2006, have been working collectively as Lu Cafausu. The collective has been active in different contexts both in Italy and abroad, through performances, exhibitions and other actions.
Free Home University (Lecce, Italy) is a pedagogical and artistic experiment focused on generating new ways of sharing and creating knowledge by experiencing life in common since 2014.