The new semester start

The time between the semesters is long. And yet the time passes very quickly. We are now only one week away from the beginning of the new semesters and look forward to starting a creative working phase with the participants.

Fazit zu den Rundgängen 2017

The conclusion of our tours to different Art Academies is quite positive.

In Karlsruhe you can study painting and sculpture, if you really want to study “classical”, much better than, for example, at the KHB.
Halle is very good for all design study courses, art education and time-based media, and for the first time also impressed with a good painter class.
The UdK is very modern and especially digital in the area of architecture, Stag-e and Costume Design and Communication Design. The KHB is worth for Product-, Communication- and Textile Design and Stuttgart offers from everything in a proper quality.

“After the open days” is “before the open days” at the Art Academies

At the end of the semester at german Art Academies, we visited various of them this year. On Thursday we started with the tour at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe, where we also met our former student YAYA and we were very happy about her company.

As expected, this academy makes a very good impression, especially in the classical fields of Fine Art, painting and sculpture. Absolutely recommendable. In addition, the rooms are fantastic and the student life is very much influenced by mutual support.
After an intermediate stop for an exhibition at ZKM, we continued with the Stuttgart Art Academy on Friday. We were there for the opening and there was a lot of interest in the work of the students. Quite full. This second Art Academy in Baden-Württemberg offers much more courses of study, e.g. architecture, stage and costume design, both very strong. Also the design faculty makes a very good impression.

Last Sunday we visited the Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. In addition to seeing many “former” participants, the Burg convinced of many good work in the various disciplines and of its good organization. It was nice to see that the Department of Painting by the new professor Sophia Schama was really strikingly positive, even if the design studies and the area of the time-based arts make a repeatedly excellent impression.

Now we are looking forward to the coming weekend at the KHB and UdK.

Short view in a sketchbook of Alex for the application for stage design

Exhibition of the Braunschweig class of Prof. Francis Scholz (with former participant Milena)

With works by Raphael Aumann, Alrun Aßmus, Carolin von den Benken, Tilman Berrer, Judith Crasser, Carlotta Drinkewitz, Christopher Gerberding, Jan Gerngroß, Kolja Gollub, Hannah Hofferberth, Yoni Hong, Philipp Kapitza, Tarik Kentouche, Daniel Kuge, Sascha Kregel, Lorenz Liebig, Elisabeth Lieder, Malte Taffner, Leonie Terschüren, Till Terschüren, Stella von Rohden, Milena-Marie Rohde, Helene Roßmann and Jonas Schoeneberg.

Will a new form of collectivity follow the age of hyperindividuality? What sways common experience? And what does the withdrawal of the individual mean for art?

The Frances Scholz class of Braunschweig’s University of Fine Arts conceived this group exhibition not as a display of genius and autonomous works, but rather as an examination of the relationship between collaboration and individual artistic stances.

The exhibition was preceded by a zine workshop with the American artists V. Vale and Marian Wallace where the class explored concepts of artistic self restriction and rejections of consumerism and notions of success. As a form of consensus, the “no” in the exhibition title references mechanisms within the art world as well as university obligations. It also describes an artistic approach: can a withdrawal, even from the image itself, be seen as a form of protest?

Like the class’ installation Kennen Sie Turner? which was shown this April at the New York project space Shoot the Lobster, the current exhibition was a collective effort and conceived site-specifically. The contradictions and disruptions, but also the unity and the strength that came out of their collaborative creative process are on show here. The resulting works reject the idea of single authorship and form a playful yet precise whole that does not allow for any additions or changes.

What is clearly transmitted by the work of the Scholz class is the insight that processes of change can only be conceived together, but it also conveys a sense of unease owing to the absence of utopias – both social and economical.

Text by Diana Weis / 2017
Translated by Katja Taylor