School of Lost Knowledge

The School of Lost Knowledge is a long-term co-creative encounter with the  community of Coqui, Colombia. This project is in collaboration with Organizmo, and the Museum of Lost Knowledge in Coqui.

“School of Lost Knowledge” centers around mutual learning from Nature’s inherent intelligence and local ancestral knowledge. Bodywork practices offer tender touches, co-creative gardening supports the planting of a medicinal garden and living classroom, plant music, eco-architecture and intergenerational education are all parts of this project.

Photo by Jared Gradinger

Inspired by a 2019 stay, funded by the Goethe-Institute Colombia, ‘School of Lost Knowledge’ is devised through the site-specific needs to cultivate the local community’s nature-enabled self empowerment and autonomy. Organizmo, a centre for regenerative strategies and education in Colombia, invited the artists Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot to co-create and develop a “School of Lost Knowledge” in one of their main community projects in Coquí, on the Pacific coast of Colombia in 2022 and they have invited Shelley Etkin to join in 2023. Together they listen for ways to revitalise local knowledge and reconnect to working Nature Intelligences; creating the basis for the empowerment of the community. For all, it is of fundamental importance to put the way of imparting knowledge at the service of local, communal needs and infrastructures. That implies artistic practices that support regenerative structures, ritual-performances and shifting paradigms of learning through forms of education and co-creation between people and land.

Co-produced by Goethe Co-Production Fund, HAU, Goethe Institute Colombia, Organizmo and Gradinger/Schubot, in alliance with the Casamacura Foundation.