“Schooling Assembly” by Nora N. Khan traverses a year of pandemic teaching, in which faculty and students have witnessed widening cracks in the university system and its human opportunity cost calculations, and have faced new challenges in asserting creative and collective autonomies. Rather than cataloging these horrors again, Nora N. Khan instead recounts the types of moments that have been generated while teaching art students under the strain of regulations, sickness, and lockdown. The text focuses on the elemental kinds of assembly and solidarity that are possible in a classroom and virtual environment, and elegantly shows how criticality can be taught as a means for creating collective imaginative power inside and outside of the classroom [...]
critic, editor, and curator
Nora N. Khan is a critic, editor, and curator, focused on art and technology, with a focus on the politics of software. She is on the faculty of the Digital + Media Department at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, where she teaches critical theory, artistic research, writing, and technological criticism.