Learning to Fail, hosted by Isabelle Desjeux

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

In this practical class, students will be expected to experiment with failure by proposing failable projects which they will need to complete. This class is taught by the Head of Failures of the Institute of Unnecessary Science, who will be guiding the students in the art of setting up such experiments and running them.

This class will take place over TWO sessions. Participants are requested to attend both.


About Isabelle Desjeux

Isabelle Desjeux is a French artist living in Singapore, a biologist and artist. Recipient of the FSNGA in 2011, Isabelle collaborates regularly with scientists, and exhibits internationally. Working with children since 2000, her artistic practice and educational practice have merged into a teaching studio of art and science (l’Observatoire) in 2012. Her work consists of videos, drawings, installations and performance lectures often collaborative and participative.


Participants are requested to bring along tools for experimentation. Please choose one item to bring along from the list:

  • 1 set of measuring spoons and/or measuring cups
  • 1 kitchen weighing scales
  • 2 small hand-held mirror
  • 1 kitchen roll cardboard tube
  • 1 lamp torch
  • 1 magnifying glass.


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select one (or more) of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • An interview in exchange for participating in class, to be added to the teacher's “collection of failures”. Namely, she is looking for specific stories of failures, in an experimental set up (“I tried this and expected this but this happened instead). Interview can be audio only or audio and video (based on participant's level of comfort).


Session 1
Sunday, 13 November 2016

12pm - 2pm

Session 2
Sunday, 20 November 2016

12pm - 2pm



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