Documentaire: Student Narratives, Dialogues about a Utopian University

The New Utopians made a short video of student dialogues about their Utopian vision for a better university. We installed a red cube, at two different University libraries in Utrecht, and asked students to think about what the role of the university is today, and what, according to their ideals, the institution should be for.

The idea came about in the wake of the New University movement in the Netherlands. Our group being interested in the protests also wanted to hear the voices of students who did not necessarily express themselves via the New University.We were pleased to see that students, who were not directly engaged with the movement, also found the New University’s demands relevant, and more significant perhaps are the common points in the fault of our educational system that most students hinted at: massification, absence of students in larger decision making, market-orientated schooling.

It should be noted that the video, above all, presents a critique of the current system. A negative voice, however, equally constitutes an idea of something that should be and not only of something that should not be.


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