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Chrystalleni Loizidou, PhD

cultural historian, artist, and curator
cultural studies pedagogue for tertiary education,

retraining for the early years (forest school and steiner education)


writer in withdrawal: allonan.com

situationist (g)host / cooperative community co-ordinator: eimaste.net

art and tech freedom: reaphrodite.org / someonehastodothis.net / 

cynaxis.org / hack66.info



PhD Humanities and Cultural Studies, 2014

with the London Consortium

(TATE, Institute of Contemporary Art, Architectural Association, the Science Museum, Birkbeck College, University of London)



Short bio 2021:

I sought meaning in academic research about conflict transformation in relation to art and media history, and efforts for recovering the commons (PhD Cultural Studies and Humanities, the London Consortium, University of London 2014). I worked and taught at universities and art-centers and developed and coordinated international programs with increasing focus on education through art and free and open source technology. When my son came in 2018 he reactivated my connection with a circle of heart-giving art educators in Brasil, and helped me see what the situationists’ meant with their rejection of alienated labour. For the last three years I have been using my full collection of tools and abilities to surround my small family with a sense of community and abundance that doesn’t require what Silvia Federici described as “parking our children while we go to work”. We have been learning from the bravest and most meaningful art- and eco-educational initiatives that we’ve been able to find around the world, and we’ve been holding space and rhythm for free-play with families and alternative education initiatives in our island. Through my own learning path (which included organising and chairing the internationally funded “Free/Libre Technologies, Arts and the Commons Unconference” University of Nicosia 2019, and the “Contemporary Museum and Gallery Education Practices” Conference, University of Nicosia and Cyprus University of Technology 2015, and participating in the “Re-imagining Education Conference” Ecoversities Alliance 2021; the Professionals’ Intensive Course in “Hand in Hand: Parenting by Connection” 2020; and the “What Future for Education” Course, London Institute of Education 2019) I have come to see meaningful learning as a humble process of connecting with our nature and re-enchanting our world, through delight, wonder, and hands-on care for our surroundings. As an educator I cherish opportunities to do as little as possible, to become a subtle catalyst or a bridge, and to provide others a fundamental kind of support, or what Eve Annecke has described as ‘radical accompaniment’, towards a state of being that explores, shares, connects, and soul-seeks towards freedom. | neeii.info 


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