Our first course catalog is available! It will be online, but in the meantime, email us if you'd like to check it out, and we'll send it along to all our donorators. Here are a few classes that have been proposed (out of about 35!)
Radical Library Sciences
Materials: Basic Craft Supplies
A multi-part experiment in cataloging, consultation and re-imagining of library infrastructure in public space anchored by the Groups and Spaces Unreference Desk. Radical Library Sciences will provide a time/place to discuss the role of the library and the chance to contribute to series of collaborative installations that visualize what you wish a library could be, whom it would serve and how it would work.
How to Ask Questions
For: anyone that is so profoundly curious that their curiosity has extended to being curious about ways to be curious
Materials: paper, pens, fabric, Blackboard, tiles
An ongoing collaborative discussion on inquiry and asking questions through movement, performance and discussion. The famous Experimental Inquiry Methodology conference is relocating to the School of the Future. Every class will offer an activity which attempts to ask and play with the question: "How do we question/inquire/think?" These activities will range from acting out passages of Hegel to walking around the neighborhood and writing notes on objects allowing them to ask questions about their surroundings.
Scrabble The Park
Installation as Class
As an ongoing installation, ceramic tiles painted with the letters and numbers with a "digital look" will be placed around the park-constantly shifting throughout the month--and available to the public visiting the park. They will merge in different configurations, be used as teaching tools and status updates, and in combination with tiles that are freely decorated by participants, create temporary mosaic patterns throughout the park.
Newtown Creek: The Gunk Under Greenpoint Bike Tour
For: Anyone with a bike
Description: Jump on your bike and delve into the history, pollution and health of Newtown Creek, visiting the best sites around the creek to discuss the past, present and future of the area, including the industrial heritage, oil spills and pollution plumes, combined sewage overflows, potential designation as a Superfund site, and the ecosystem of estuaries. Your tour guide is Ryan Kuonen of NAG (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth), a community-based organization in North Brooklyn: www.nag-brooklyn.org.
*We should maybe get people to sign a waiver before the ride. I have a copy of the one TA uses that we can adapt.