Secret learning in Transbor, Poland (source:

Jakob Jakobsen - founder of the Copenhagen Free University - between the 4th and the 8th of November, together with Romek Dziadkiewicz (Akademia 36,6) and Rael Artel (art curator from Estonia), will lead a Flash Research Workshop in Warsaw. The research problem of the workshop is the tradition of "nomadic" universities and "education from below" in Poland.

Since the beginning of the 1880s flying universities have existed in Poland in one way or another. The flying universities were self-organised and often clandestine responses to repression and curtailment of knowledge production and academic freedom. There is a close relationship between the desire to fly and the various occupations that Poland has faced: Russian, German, Stalinist, neoliberal... The flying universities were organised by scholars and students that wanted free access to the knowledge needed to sustain their life and community.
A Flash Research Workshop is a short and intense collective workshop. The aim of a FRW is shedding light on a specific topic or a specific area of interest by means of all available information and knowledge found or created during the course of the investigation. The process is more important than the end result, even though some kind of final reply or articulation is essential in terms of fulfilling the process. As a point of departure any preexisting knowledge or experience of the workshop participants needs to be activated and shared. The workshop travels through found and invented contexts, which becomes a dialectical process for catalysing knowledge. Knowledge is always the relation between the people taking part and their milieux and never a finality external to the project.

The workshop starts with a presentation by Jakob Jakobsen, Rael Artel and Roman Dziadkiewicz on Wednesday, 04.11.2009, 7:00 PM, in Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, ul. Mokotowska 65 / 7, Warsaw.

Jakob Jakobsen


Rael Artel, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Tomek Saciłowski, Kuba Szreder

We would like to welcome you to the introductory meeting:
04.11.2009, Wednesday, 7.00 PM
Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
ul. Mokotowska 65/7, Warsaw

Workshop is free of charge and held in english 


For registration and any further information please contact us at:

Jakob Jakobsen is a visual artist, activist and organiser living and working in Copenhagen. His work is mainly collaborative and processual and focuses on selforganisation and autonomy. A central objective of his artistic practice is independent research and knowledge production. He is predominantly working in the public sphere through walks, interventions, or public campaigns, most recently a project confronting the problematics of the terror laws in Denmark. Main activities has been the Copenhagen Free University (2001-2007, and the Infopool network in London (2000- , Co-founder and the first chair of the UKK (Young Art Workers) in Denmark 2002-2003. Co-founder of tv-tv, a local activist television station in Copenhagen 2004. Initiator of Fri Klasse, an urban school project in Copenhagen, 2005-2006.  Professor at the Funen Art Academy since 2006.Has as a visual artist contributed to exhibitions at Kunstihoone, Tallinn; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Casco, Utrecht; Wattis Institute, San Franscisco; Shedhalle, Zürich; Insa Art Space, Seoul; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Munchen Kunstverein, Munich; Rooseum, Malmö; Tramway Gallery, Glasgow; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Wiener Secession, Wien; Louisiana, Humlebæk, et al.