Our Day Will Come - was a co-operative art project initiated by Paul O’Neill and Fiona Lee, as a month-long free- school in Tasmania. The school took place in the central courtyard of the University of Tasmania School of Art in Hobart and was housed within a converted HCC labourer’s tearoom. It was a school within a school as much as a school of schools. It employed the free-school as a construct under interrogation and as an engine of production. Each week artists took up residence within the school and contributed towards the school’s programme with performances, screenings, broadcasts, and objects engaging diverse ‘publics’.
Over the space of a month, the project looked at four questions: 1. What is a School? 2. What is Remoteness? 3. What is Autonomy? and 4. What is Usefulness? Each week the school began with a question and closed with the publication of an issue of the school zine with its contents formed from contributions by school members during that week. Under the conceptual and curatorial frame of Iteration:Again, the project explored the conviviality of emergent and iterative practice and the nature and value of extant educational formulas. Our Day Will Come explored the implications of encroaching upon educational, academic and other formal structures, by intervening within them and re-framing them: from class to curriculum; from workshop to school dinner; from zine to school radio; from formal lecture to the end-of-year school disco. These were some of the discursive spaces that were being rethought and reconfigured as a means of enabling and supporting emergent forms of co-operative production.