The Cheapest University is a free and experimental university currently based in Paris. It has constituted itself through elective affinities, gathering a growing number of participants around an enthusiastic and open spirit. It is artistic and contributive, and does not resist a tendency to merge learning experiences with œuvre making. The Cheapest University is contributive : it is immediate and committed, depending solely on the will-power of its members — all volunteers . It infiltrates their practice or is infiltrated by it, extending personal research or enabling the invention of collective situations that produce knowledge and/or/as art.
Since its founding in 2015, the project has organized regular meetings, public talks, experimental workshops, and various online forms of research and work through its website. New members are welcome regardless of their age or state of studies.
The goal of The Cheapest University’s program is to allow artists to take the co-production and transmission of knowledge in their own hands. Unlike traditional universities, the written form isn’t necessarily privileged. The work of art, all mediums encompassed, and the exhibition are considered as many interfaces allowing access to knowledge produced within The Cheapest University.
Starting September 2016, The Cheapest University is granted a residency at Carreau du Temple, where we are able to continue our research while having access to the various infrastructures of the institution. Several propositions are therefore being put forth: punctual public events and workshops, ranging from an hour to several days, that will inhabit the main building as well as outer locations. This year will see the creation of a university edition house (Donna Quixote Press), a follow up on the Cheap Talks, a program of lectures initiated in 2016, that allows lecturers to present projects in an unfinished elaboration phase and discuss it, and a new cycle entitled « School Visits » that invites occasional guests to come share their experience of school, among other projects.
Community of attention, The Cheapest University thrives to offer experimentation and emulation. To be, or to enact the school is a way to get free from notions of success and failure in the artistic dynamics that take place within it, replacing them by collaboration and solidarity.