||Thursday June 5-7, 2008
A journey through the history and currents of free education, counter-institutional movements and the economy of information in Silicon Valley + beyond.
Free Soil presents a bus tour, exhibition, outdoor film/video festival & on-site exchange in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge in San Jose, California. This tour takes inspiration from the spirit of counter cultural activities prevalent in this region in the late 1960’s, namely the activities of the Mid-Peninsula Free University, Homebrew Computer Club,draft-resisters and the back-to-landers. These prototypical models of alternative education formed in reaction to the growing influence of the military-industrial complex on American universities. Courses were taught on topics ranging from intentional communities and sand-casting candles, to Maoist political theory , “To Be Gentle,” and "The Art of Giving Away Bread."
The local landscape will provide a campus for our roaming classroom. The bus will traverse the Santa Clara Valley using public facilities, nature preserves and back alleys to host projects by a wide range of practitioners. We will use this free campus to explore, discover and generate critical responses to the pressing issues that affect not only ourselves, but our whole round planet.
A Free Soil reader will be published alongside this project that looks at various forms of education as cultural production and creative resistance.