Transfuturing Cosmogony

How do we transfuture the university? How do we combat the anxiety we have and feel as students, tutors, professors and staff members?

Transfuturing: a neologism made from transforming and future.

In the coming months students from the MA Home of Performance Practices, want to address the Future of the Art University based on their experience and observation of a high level of anxiety with students, professors and tutors within education. 

With this Open Call we reach out to individuals who have experienced anxiety in education and aim to collect their thoughts and proposals that encourage people to doubt and design ‘better’ futures.

This project is a collaboration with ArtEZ studium generale (Future Art School), ArtEZ Press and the Professorship for Art education as Critical Tactics at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem.

The following text is one of the contributions to the project Transfuturing the University. Find more info here


It is time to announce the creation of the Transfuturing Universe. Inspired by the writings of the Pre-Socratic philosophers and the need to form a space where new ideas will emerge, I invite academics, students, tutors, professors and other staff members to join a creative process of writing texts and making drawings that lay the foundation for a new approach to education—not just as a mechanism but also as an engine.

You can draw the first picture of your new universe here:

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You can write the first words of your new universe here:

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You can use these NASA images as sources of inspiration for both your drawings and words:
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html

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Thomas Diafas

Thomas Diafas is a queer Greek-Dominican multidisciplinary performance artist and educator. Through his background in education, cinema, linguistics and performing arts, he has created a hybrid that challenges the mainstream idea of what art and arts education can be. He calls his practice ‘Performing the Real’ because it is willing to create a new conversation between performance art and everyday life and questions the relationship in a between the two personally and politically.