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BE PART: The Rural School of Economics

THE RURAL / Bookcover of The Rural by Myvillages for DoCA series of Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press 2019 / Photo by Wapke Feenstra 2013

For the first BE PART fieldwork at SSW we will be working with artist collective Myvillages. Over the next 2 years we are looking to bring people together who use informal economies in their everyday lives. Together we will create an international co-learning programme called The Rural School of Economics.

Myvillages understands economies as the way we assign value to things and organise relationships – they are social, cultural and should benefit those who make them. The School will create a space for bringing together a broad range of rural knowledge and skills – things we do in our daily lives in rural villages and the countryside – and connect this with other rural communities across the world. Learning will take place where this knowledge and these different economies happen. The classrooms will be the fields, sheds, tracks, village halls and living rooms of the students and teachers (who are one and the same).

The Rural School of Economics sets out to value and share the decentralised, self-organised and creative ways we get together and live. We will explore how everyday lived experience of the rural is key to a collective, anti-capitalist and ecologically conscious future. We have ambitions for this project to grow into a long-term networked alliance of people, groups and cultural/ civic organisations who connect traditional and progressive economic cultures.

If you live close to SSW and are interested in taking part, or just want to hear more about The Rural School of Economics, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you. Contact Jenny – jenny[at]ssw.org.uk or phone us on 01464 861372.

About Myvillages

Myvillages is an artist group founded in 2003 by Kathrin Böhm (UK / DE), Wapke Feenstra (NL) and Antje Schiffers (DE). Their work addresses the evolving relationship between the rural and the urban, looking at different forms of production, pre-conceptions and power relationships. Myvillages initiates and organises international artistic projects which range from small-scale informal presentations to long-term collaborative research projects, from work in private spaces to public conferences, from exhibitions to publications and from personal questions to public debate. Read more about MyVillages here, and see The Rural School of Economics on their website.

BE PART is made possible with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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