McDonald’s Radio University

Akira Takayama

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 fulfils the utopian plan for a decentralized and mobile university. 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, homeless people, etc.). In a ecture series, “professors” deepen and expand the traditional academic canon of knowledge by drawing on their own life experiences and research interests. 


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