School, University and Academy no longer hold as effective terminology. The ‘School of X’, ‘Y School', and occasionally ‘Z’ are linguistic templates that may fail to fully constitute a learning community. Such formats augment discipline, geography, and occasionally ideology onto a learning space, but inherently standardise the learner and their tacit experience.
A new blueprint-lexicon for learning and collectivity is to be assembled through permutational learning scenarios. Nouns of Assembly looks to prototype new formulations that uproot stagnant templates. Learning scenarios are realised through nodes of Descriptor, Mode, and Environment. If only to re-enchant imagination—a play in three acts or thrice-dice board game—the permutational system provides a springboard to speculate on new curricula and learning terrain. Nouns of Assembly aliases as brief, menu, buzzword, symposia and generative research initiative.
The project is additionally activated within a workshop format. Word permutations provide a framework from which to unpack the social, political, environmental, and ideological systems at play within learning space. The workshop's participants then look to instil place onto space through affective speculation on each scenario.
Research is compiled onto online platform Are.na, whose block-channel format allow the project’s itinerant ‘briefs’ to be networked in a collaborative and transparent environment.
“The Department of Extension is an unreal school. Participants—if only temporarily—enrol to imagine ‘otherwise’. Under the guise of a school open day, the Department pools together its prospective students to unfold discussion on the school's (un)realities.”
The Department hopes to cross-pollinate participants with interest (and optional experience) across design, art, architecture, and writing. Nouns of Assembly will be run as part of the event, here as the Department's pilot class.