McDonald's Radio University

    15/05 - 24/05  | 17:00

For everybody interested in knowledge that has been invisibilized, and personal histories of Brussels citizens   
Open space, No reservation required

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When talking to newcomers who had migrated to Europe via the Balkan Route, artist Akira Takayama became interested in the fact that – thanks to free Wi-Fi and phone charging possibilities as well as access to toilets – McDonald’s were seen as meeting points and places where information about the journey could be shared. This inspired him to develop McDonald’s Radio University, a project in which Takayama fulfi ls the utopian plan for a decentralized and mobile university, once designed by British architect Cedric Price. He temporarily transforms several branches of McDonald’s restaurants into lecture halls, creating a new university in the city. Takayama uses these plans to develop a model that passes on knowledge and enables training for people whose knowledge is not recognized in society (newcomers, people in precarious jobs, the homeless, etc.). In a ten-day lecture series, “professors” deepen and expand the traditional academic canon of knowledge by drawing on their own life experiences and research interests. You are welcome every day at 5 p.m. in McDonald’s on Place de la Bourse / Beursplein for a live lecture by one of these professors. The recorded lectures are available at any other time and can be combined with a hamburger and Coke.

Live lecture at
McDonald’s in Beurs / Bourse,
Every day at 17:00

24/24h recorded lectures available at
McDonald’s Beurs / Bourse, Nieuwstraat / Rue Neuve & Naamsepoort / Porte de Namur

See also: Artist talk

McDonald's Radio University is a project that was supported by the Friends in 2020.

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Concept and Direction: Akira Takayama
Professors: Kinda Almaaz, Mohammed Almafrachi, Hussein Alqawas, Abdelkader Amoura, Barry Mamaddou Lamarana, Mustapha Saad, Soniabyby Sona, Fabienne

Dramaturgy: Flore Herman

Infographics: Keigo Kobayashi
Web Design: Hironori OookaAssistant Direction and production management: Saki TanakaSpecial Thanks: CULTUREGHEM, CIFAS, DoucheFLUX, Plateforme Citoyenne

Coproduction: CIFAS and Kunstenfestivaldesarts
In collaboration with: Cultureghem, De Vaartkapoen, DoucheFLUX, La Plateforme Citoyenne de l’Aide aux Réfugiés (BXL Refugees), MIVB/STIB & Les Petits Riens
Gently hosted by: McDonald’s

The project was premiered in 2017 at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and across seven McDonald’s stores in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Akira Takayama
Akira Takayama in an artist and theater director. In 2002, he formed the theater company Port B
in Tokyo, and since then has been producing installations, touring performances and social experiments utilizing urban spaces as a way of engaging with cities and societies across the world.

In recent years, collaboration with those from other fields including visual art, literature, tourism, urban planning, and education has been the scope of his practice broadening further, and he has applied his theatrical thoughts  to opening up new possibilities in a variety of fields.

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