Manoa Free University
is the "official" about. As the MFU is first of all a process,
this is outdated by definition...
If you want to see what's going on in the machine, go to our Wiki.
Or, have a look into an ongoing self-survey.Tak.
...and if we think,
after all, that the boat is a floating piece of space, a place without
place, that (...) goes as far as the colonies in search of the most precious
they conceal in their gardens, you will understand why the boat has not
only been for
our civilization, from the sixteenth century until the present, the great
economic development (I have not been speaking of that today), but has
simultaneously the greatest reserve of the imagination. The ship is the
par excellence. In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage
place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.
Of Other Spaces (1967)
The Manoa Free University
has been founded in 2003. Inspired by talks with Jakob Jakobsen and Henriette
Heise at the Copenhagen
Free University we hoped such a self-institution would enable us to
progress with our collaborative practices in the field of political art.
Amongst other collective associations especially the group wr
had come to an end... whereas in wr we had focussed on radical collective
authorship, the MFU should be designed as an open platform of knowledge
production, archiving and exchange.
We understand the
notion of a Free University today as an antagonism to the ongoing total
subordination of education and science by neoliberalist imperatives (GATS
etc). On the other hand it also refers to historic
examples of self-organized anti-institutions of the 1960s and 70s.
We do not translate "university" with "professors",
"students" or traditional "empirical objectivity",
because we take it serious as an open place for the construction of subjects
and collective knowledge production in postfordist times. We are what
the average german speaking conservative contempts as "Ewige Studenten".
That we don't know... but it's the natives' name for (El)Dorado, the mystic
Golden City. This name reflects our insecurities and hopes and our restless
wanderings to find a better place. Manoa beras in itself the horror of
the ambivalence of paradise and colonization. By naming this everday contradiction
we want to re-accomplish the capacity to act, a permanent reflection of
our own endocolonized bodies. As Foucault says, the ship carries both
economization and the quest for New Worlds. The Manoa Free University
is such a heterotopia, it exists at the same time here and now and in
our imaginations, it materializes both in exuberating discussions and
in the dry economy of funding applications.
We don't know yet what we are looking for – or if such a place exists
in the end - but then we like travelling anyway. So the MFU is a ship
with eights sails and fifty canons, sometimes a fleet, divided about the
course, a swarm of subjects on a nautic exploration. And our quirks as
diverse as ever: emancipative forms of organization, anarchitectures,
feminist theory, soundings, tomorrow something new.
Uni Mahagoni - a small space for us in the Anatomy-building
of the former Veterinary Universoty in Vienna; constructed as part of:
- Building a space, reseraching heterotopias. Awarded contribution to
"Utopie : Freiheit".
- self-organized international exhibition and conference on collaborative
production, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, March / April 2005
N.B. - neverending cartographic excursions into info-visualizations,
starting from the EU-Summit GBG2001 and Constant's New Babylon
of Social Reality - Compendium of texts and an Audio-CD;
a subjective overview of field recordings and soundscapes to map social
- ongoing wiki, now also an encyclopaedic book, the Ship's