In Europe, the heavy-pillared academies of the past centuries still dominate when it comes to teaching and research in the fields of art and design. Yet actors of the artistic and design practice are organising themselves into collaborative groups that are networked world-wide, reaching far across the borders of national states. The light and open architectures of China and Japan have a chance to rebuild their academic landscapes anew. In South America, public temporary solutions of bricolage co-exist with private prestigious buildings of the rich elites for the purpose of art and design studies. In Africa, self-organised groups and individuals are stepping in where there is a lack of institutionalised infrastructure. Such initiatives have the potential to act as a model for finding new ways of critical research and learning in art and design.
Can the arts – applied as well as fine, experimental arts – offer a potential space (Winnicott) where new forms of relations can be developed beyond institutions and other borders? For a discussion of the boldest ideas, researchers, artists, and activists from all over the world will gather in Karlsruhe in February.
Read more: www.potentialspaces.hfg-karlsruhe.de