The Silent University
In collaboration with Tate Learning
Through a competitive open application process, Delfina Foundation and Tate Learning awarded Ahmet Öğüt with a year-long project-based residency that resulted in The Silent University.
Collaboration and public engagement are important aspects of Ahmet Öğüt's practice, and this residency was an opportunity to further hone these through Tate’s innovative Learning programmes. Öğüt was offered the opportunity to develop a collaborative, critically framed project that addressed a key question and concern emerging from sustained dialogue with a group of refugees and asylum-seekers.
The Silent University engaged refugees and asylum seekers unable to practice their previous profession or use their qualifications due to a variety of reasons related to their status in the UK. Working collaboratively, the artist and participants developed a knowledge exchange platform, akin to an academic programme, that is publicly accessible. The first stage of the project concluded with silent lecture performances at Tate Modern in December 2012 around themes developed in the workshops, screenings, a resource room and a website. The Silent University continues in other cities around the world and Delfina Foundation continues to be an active supporter of the project.
The Silent University continues its work as an autonomous project with Delfina Foundation continuing as a collaborating partner. Visit The Silent University's website for more information.