On the Monday 1st June Tanteo held its third research roundtable at the Chisenhale dance space.

The roundtable looked to open a discussion around the financialisation of the art school.

We invited David Cross, Reader at the University of the Arts London (UAL), to open the roundtable with a summary of his work and the role of finance within the university. David described the relationship between the UAL and the Royal Bank of Scotland and how it was leading to the university being implicit in the dangerous and devastating practices of dirty energy, including Fracking and strip mining. 

The discussion was then opened up and those in attendance, including representatives from AltMFA, The School of the Damned, The Open School East and other alternative educational projects. 

The conversation was varied and at times unfocused. Becoming more a conversation about the how the various alternative models in attendance approached raising money to fund their alternative models, with alot in attendance curious to know how Tanteo is funded. This was a relatively interesting and spritely discussion, but not focused on the theme of financialisation in arts education, it processes and impacts, as set out.

As is usual with events that have a hard deadline to finish, the discussion veered back on track near the end of our available time and was unfortunately cut short as some interesting and combative points were being made. We would particularly like to hear more from people about the role of the state in arts education, and whether we should centre our interest to change art education within the existing system or outside of it. Can a project like Tanteo exist outside of the traditional mainstream educational context and avoid devaluing it? Can a project like Tanteo exist within a traditional mainstream educational context and exercise genuine constructive critique?

To listen to the discussion, follow this link to listen to part 1 & part 2. Apologises for the quality of the sound record, in parts the microphone was unknowingly disturbed. 

For reference, prior to the roundtable we sent these two videos to the participants to watch;

They were recommended by Tom Trevatt.

Thanks to the Chisenhale dance space for kindly letting us use their amazing space and to Hamish MacPherson for organising it all on our behalf.

The next roundtable will be held at Turf Projects, Croydon on Friday 3rd August. If you would like to attend please contact us via the website.


The MilesKm team are excited to confirm its second research roundtable for its current research project, Tanteo.

The second Tanteo research roundtable will take place at Goldsmiths University (RHB141) on Thursday 5th February at 1930 GMT.

This event will offer the MilesKm team and a variety of invited contributors to discuss, for the first time, the research questions decided on during the first research roundtable that took place at the RCA at the end of November 2014. These questions can be found via this research blog.

The event will be streamed live. The link to this stream will be made available in the run up to the roundtable. The stream will allow its audience to leave comments and feedback that will be incorporated into the conversation.

If you would like to know more about the research project, and to make sure you are sent the link for the stream, please email the MilesKm team at or via our website.


MilesKm is incredibly happy to announce the core participants of this summers project, Tanteo.

In 2015 MilesKm will be creating a touring Art School, moving around the UK, challenging the concept of the classroom, the roles of the student and teacher, and experimenting with different learning structures.

The overwhelming response to the project, paired with the incredible quality of the applicants has led to us being extremely confident in the quality of the participants we have chosen to join us.

The core participants of Tanteo 2015 are;


Jess Bryant

Lucas Roger

Stella Barron

Katharina Stadler

Erina Kawachi

Hamish MacPherson

Anna Danielewicz

Sam Perry

Shereen Abdo

& Bevis Fenner.


Congratulations to the above and thank you to all that applied.


More information about the research each participant will be undertaking during Tanteo will be made available soon.


As promised in our last research post, below you will find the link to the audio recorded at the 1st research roundtable, held as part of the Tanteo Research Project.

An enjoyable first event, centred around the formulating of the research questions that will inform our upcoming research. The language, structure and appropriateness of the questions was discussed and challenged. Please refer to the previous post for more details.

Present at the first roundtable was Warren Andrews (MilesKm co-director) Nora Silva (MilesKm co-director & co-founder), Marta Amoros, Simin Evasi, Declan Jenkins, Christopher Lawrence and Nicholas Morris. The roundtable was chaired by Demelza Watts.

(We unfortunately experienced some technical difficulties with the Skype connection that allowed Marta Amoros to contribute. This has led to loud spikes in the audio recording, so caution is recommended if you are using headphones. There is some adult language used during the discussion, so if you are easily offended please contact us at or via the website and we will send you an edited audio file. Its nothing to bad, we promise.)

If you would like to contribute to this research project, or wish to respond to the conversation documented here please get in touch. MilesKm imagines the Tanteo Research Project as a collaborative endeavour.




MilesKm hosted its first research roundtable at the Royal College of Art on 27th November 2014.

Invited to attend by MilesKm co-directors Warren Andrews and Nora Silva, were Marta Amoros, Simin Evasi, Declan Jenkins, Christopher Lawrence and Nicholas Morris. The roundtable was chaired by Demelza Watts.

Most of this session was spent concentrating on finalising the research questions that will inform the research that MilesKm will be instigating and encouraging in the upcoming year. Focusing on the structure and language of the questions over the content they encourage. The aim was to make sure that the questions were clear, concise and broad enough to allow a diverse series of responses. This proved to be a successful endeavour. We came away from this first roundtable with five questions and the beginnings of a series of sub questions that will be completed, and published, in the coming weeks. The audio of this discussion will be made available soon.

Below are the preliminary questions for the Tanteo research project. They are subject to change and are flexible guidelines for responses, rather than rigid guidelines.

1. What contexts are arts educational  institutions operating within? What impact does this have on the form artistic education is delivered through?

2. What are the functions of a artistic educational experience?

3. What is the function of a arts education institution?

4. What are the current models, forms, structures and ideological approaches that are employed within arts education institutes?

5. What alternative models, forms, structures and ideological approaches could be employed within artistic learning? What would their effect be?

Having now put these questions out into the public realm we are keen to hear people's feedback and begin to accept responses to these questions. Responses can take any form, from an academic sourced piece of writing to a short video response and including everything in between. A response does not have to cover all five questions, it could consider one question, or even part of one question. Please send any responses or queries to

Going forward the MilesKm team will be meeting in the coming weeks to settle on the sub questions to each question and begin to pin down the terms of each question. The sub questions will aim to be pointers and prompts for anyone wishing to respond. The terms of the questions will be addressed in a series of posts to this blog in the coming weeks.

Plans are being made for the second Tanteo Research Roundtable which will take place at the end of January, this session will be focused on discussing the content of the questions outlined above. If you are interested in taking part in this session please contact us via the website or by the email address listed above.