Call for applications: one year master in performing arts

Call for applications: one year master in performing arts

Listaháskóli Íslands – Iceland University of the Arts

Courtesy Listaháskóli Íslands – Iceland Academy of the Arts.

April 14, 2017
Call for applications: one year master in performing arts

Application deadline: April 21, 2017
Listaháskóli Íslands – Iceland University of the Arts
Listaháskóli Íslands
Þverholt 11
101 Reykjavík

What are we busy with?
This 12-month Master programme is a question-led study that supports performance-related artists and art professionals to experiment and develop as practitioners and researchers through rigorous mentoring, extensive workshops and encounters with leading artists, thinkers and curators from around the world—as well as intensive peer-to-peer exchange.

Over three semesters, artists enter into an environment geared towards extending and deepening their own practice—as well as their capacity for generating discourse around that practice.

The Master programme takes each enrolled artist’s practice as the starting point for the study, and as such it is expected that each studying artist enters the course with a performance-related project that they wish to develop and realise throughout the 12 months. This project should be specific to their interests, questions and concerns as an artist—and draw upon their pre-existing artistic practice.

The course organises around guest artists, curators, thinkers and arts organisations from around the world that approach performance, choreography, theatre and dance as an expanded field of practice capable of producing experimental intersections between art and other fields of knowledge and practice—such as activism, social practices, fields of science and philosophy.

What do the studying artists work on?
A question-led study that strives towards strengthening your sense of the questions, goals and objectives that operate at the heart of your artistic practice.

Seminars and workshops that strengthen your capacity for conceptual developments, dramaturgical thinking, research planning and mapping—as well as artistic decision making.

Seminars, reading groups and workshops that strengthen your capacity for contextualising your artistic practice and research, as well as strengthen your attitude towards the kinds of conversations you want to be having in relation to your work. A heightened sense of how you want to facilitate those conversations—via which formats.

An expanded toolbox of artistic methods and approaches—with space, time and support to exercise them in relation to your questions and concerns as an artist.

A sustainable vision for how you want to continue with your artistic practice post-graduation.

Experimental processes that support and instigate interaction and exchange between artistic practice and other fields of activity and knowledge.

Special attention paid to the intersection between social and political activist strategies and art making; focus given to art that is not only critical of the realities it is entangled with, but capable of resisting or transforming them.

Exposure to some of the world’s leading artists, thinkers and curators—and space and time to work and reflect with them. Artists from the performing arts, but also music, design and visual arts. 

Who worked with us in 2016/17?
Blast Theory (UK), contact Gonzo (Japan), Ant Hampton (UK/Belgium), Christophe Meierhans (Belgium), Satu Herrala (Finland), Ólafur Ólafsson (Iceland), Libia Castro (Spain), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore), Franko B (Italy), Egill Sæbjörnsson (Iceland), Kviss Búmm Bang (Iceland), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Erna Ómarsdóttir (Iceland), Valdimar Johannsson (Iceland), Lauren Barri Holstein (UK), Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir (Iceland), Boyle and Shaw (UK), Adam Gibbons (UK), Ragnheiður Skúladóttir (Iceland), Eric Deluca (USA), Mammalian Diving Reflex (Canada), Mark Storor (UK), Alexander Roberts (UK), Steinunn Knútsdóttir (Iceland), Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir (Iceland), Berglind Maria Tómasdóttir (Iceland), Manolis Tsipos (Greece), among others.

Who is working with us in 2017/18?
Built into the culture of the programme is a commitment to work with the artists who come to teach over the long term. This means the MFA becomes a hub for an international body of artists, thinkers and curators that return to Iceland repeatedly—year on year. As such, many of the artists, curators and thinkers that taught on the programme in the 2016/17 cycle will return for the 2017/2018 cycle. In addition we can confirm Philippe Quesne and Gerald Kurdian as new artists that will work with the programme for the coming cycle. More to be announced.

Which platforms does the master work with?
Reykjavik International Performance Festival, LÓKAL International Theatre Festival, Reykjavík Dance Festival and Cycle Arts and Music Festival. The programme also places a great emphasis on interdisciplinarity and as such students will find plenty of opportunity to work across other departments in the school (design, visual arts, music, and arts education).

How about iceland?
With a population of just 320,000 people—it’s small. But it’s precisely this smallness that makes for a culture in which nobody is out of reach—not the president, not that expert in sea life your project needs you to speak to, not that person running a printshop you want to collaborate with, nor that Icelandic choir crying out to be involved in your next work. And this makes for a uniquely collaborative and hyper-local environment for making art.

At the same time, given that Iceland is geographically (and some might argue culturally) sandwiched between N.America and Europe, the capital is also immensely cosmopolitan. With Reykjavík long since acting as a rich meeting point and juncture for artists and thinkers traveling between these two continents.

Furthermore—due to its location at the edge of the Arctic circle—Iceland is an area of increasing geo-political significance. As the ice-caps melt and the Arctic canal opens up, Iceland becomes increasingly central in the negotiations for how this fast changing environment is dealt with. This cannot be ignored. 

We want to hear from you! 
If you have the feeling that this could be the course for you—get busy with applying. We look forward to hearing from you.


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