The art school is a special thing. It promises to take young people at the threshold of adulthood and turn them into lifelong dreamers, creators, and critical thinkers. But the art school is also big business, intimately involved in reproducing neoliberalism and its subjects. For many graduates, art school is the first step in a career of fierce competition, low earnings, and horrific work conditions. What can we do about this?
This is my call for rethinking the value of art in our unstable togetherness as a common good, rejecting the refrain of ‘more is better’ that brought us where we are. For now, only you have the power to Say No to Art School on your own terms.