PUBLIC ASSEMBLY: An Alternative Summer Show


{EXTENDED DEADLINE: 17th June 2013}


Free Cooper Union UK (FCUUK) invite you to submit your work to a collaborative project celebrating free education around the world.

The exhibition pays tribute to New York City's last tuition-free university - the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, whose Board of Trustees voted to end the school's 154-year historic mission of providing merit-based tuition-free education to all admitted students.


The White Building, 7 Queens Yard, London E9 5EN
Sunday 30th June, 5 - 10 pm (real life) / Forever (online)
Free and open to the public

Students, graduates, and alumni of any institution whatsoever - you are invited to submit work relating to the theme “Free as Air and Water”*.

Work will be compiled into an interactive website, downloadable catalogue, and collaborative installation at the White Building in Hackney Wick in London. For one night only, a special exhibition and graduation party will feature an immersive architectural installation, sculpture workshop, live screenprinting, videos, artists’ bookstore, live webchat, and refreshments.

Following the event, all submitted material will be available online, forming the foundation of a new school - one that will remain free as air and water.


Submissions may be in the following categories:

1. Projects & Research

Drawn from your current practice, student work, or social projects whose production inspires, enables, participates in the freedom of education. This is a broad definition and is open to interpretation. Works can take the form of text, images, websites, audio, (e)books, photos or video.

2. New Media Protest Art

Subversive use of technology is very much encouraged, e.g. Animated GIF protest art; Vine Feeds; Google chat rants, overdubbed blockbusters.

3. Chronicles & Documentation of the Crisis

Written essays, letters, financial statistics, press releases, articles, or other documentation relating to the current crisis in student funding and debt at the Cooper Union and other institutions (movie, JPEG, TXT, PDF)

4. Art Assignments, Design Briefs & Alternative Course Guides

One-page assignments, DIY course descriptions, how-to-instructions, readings, cheat sheets, Dada performance lists. Help others help themselves learn. (PDF)


Work must be submitted by Monday June 17th 2013.

Please email files less than 10mb, or links to download/movie/websites to:
public[email protected] with the category indicated in the subject line.

*FCUUK have yet to find a sustainable financial model and regrettably cannot offer to pay for transportation of physical work; digital submissions are encouraged.

Organized by Lawrence Lek and Free Cooper Union with the support of SPACE Studios.