Germany, Berlin

Wandering Site Inspiration Across Disciplinary Boundaries

online course
when 29 June 2020 - 3 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 550

This seminar allows interdisciplinary collaboration through the process of aesthetic transformation. We will start the process from a unique place in the Berlin cityscape and develop lndividual concepts from there. The focus will lie on the idea-generating process: How do we generate ideas and pass on inspiration? The aim is to fuel each other's creative process by generating new resources that can extend collaborators’ imaginative and interpretative capacities into uncharted realms.

In this seminar, a focus lies on idea-generating processes with following questions:

How does inspiration come about?
How do we find ideas?
How can we creatively work together as a group of people with various disciplinary backgrounds?

Given the current Covid19 pandemic, this course will be facilitated online. We will delve into what field work in times of physical distancing could mean and how we, as a group, may use digital technology for interdisciplinary collaboration. This class requires participants to join an online teaching framework, but it does not require to work exclusively digitally. We welcome participants from different time zones and the course will be designed with asynchronus teaching and learning in mind.

The workshop introduces participants to the strategy of ‘Aesthetic Transformation’, a distinct creative practice which facilitates the stimulating interactions of different protagonists across disciplinary boundaries. ‘Aesthetic Transformation’ embraces processes of mutual inspiration and influence within the arts and other fields in and outside of academia. It is based on the fundamental idea that every creative work operates in a system of relationships to other fields, disciplines, as well as contexts, and, therefore, to what others have already created.

This course is aimed at artists of all disciplines, designers, architects and people working in the creative sector who would like to experiment in an interdisciplinary environment. The participants initiate a transformation process within a dialogical response setting through which they will generate new concepts and ideas. By finding inspiration in a work of someone else, the participants will develop novel works based on it. This will include the application of chance operations and strategies of improvisation in order to accelerate the creative action. The process of translation from one work into the next is the central momentum of this creative process - new works derive from another discipline and the work of another participant. The process will result in an outcome interdependence of interconnected creative works. Online group conversations and readings will allow for a critical inquiry of contemporary art practices as well as own creative practices.

A transformation process and artistic chain reaction needs a starting point. Instead of taking a joint field trip in the city, we will start an online tour from an extraordinary location in the city of Berlin brought to you via internet. Through sound, video, performance, drawing, dance, sculpture, or other visual or conceptual forms of artistic expression, participants will respond to the chosen site and develop their own theme(s) by connecting it with their own location and perspective in the world.

Sequential works that act upon multiple interpretative statements will follow. Individual works will connect to others, and, in this way, a collective, multi-perspective investigation on the chosen sites and topics will unfold. The transformation process will conclude with final works to be showcased in a public online presentation.

Course leader

Elvira Hufschmid & Margit Schild

Fee info

EUR 550: Course Fee


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