Berlin Summer School: DIY Art Film and Performance

Berlin Summer School: DIY Art Film and Performance

Goldsmiths, University of London

Photo: Katya Sander.

May 2, 2018
Berlin Summer School: DIY Art Film and Performance
August 13–26, 2018
silent green Kulturquartier
Gerichtstraße 35
13347 Berlin
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Goldsmiths Department of Art is pleased to announce the second edition of our summer school at silent green in Berlin, dedicated to DIY film and performance art.

The course is aimed at university graduates and graduates from art, film or theatre academies, as well as emerging and established film and art world professionals who seek an intensive, hands-on experience with film and film-related artworks, and an opportunity for critical reflection on methodological questions surrounding the practical work and its processes.

The course will provide participants with an opportunity to engage intensively with thinking and making DIY film within the expanded field of visual arts: investigating, copying, re-enacting, stealing, practicing, reflecting and testing materials, ideas and methods; working together and alone; and getting immediate feedback and input from course leaders and guest lecturers.

The summer school will focus on strategies and tactics for alternative and DIY filmmaking in the context of art and performance. We will investigate historical as well as contemporary material, identify and activate ideas and methods from conceptual D.I.Y-cultures relevant to visual arts, experimental filmmaking and critical theatre and performance. Through seminars, lectures and conversations, the course will offer an opportunity to dialogue with a number of world-renowned practitioners in the field. Moreover, this year we will dedicate two days to an intensive sound workshop with electronic composer Felix Kubin.

The course will focus on the participants’ own work and input in a collaborative workshop format, investigating and testing a wide array of creative methods and approaches in practice.  We will focus on cheap, fast and reckless filmmaking that acknowledges the high saturation of recording devices in our everyday lives, the low budgets for anything experimental, and our desire to test and challenge what it means to make use of whatever-is-at-hand.

Location: silent green
The course is located in at silent green, a major hub for contemporary art, film and performance in Berlin. We will make full use of this magnificent location, activating its tenants, institutions, users, events, spaces and potential as a professional, social and narrative site. We will also engage with the city of Berlin and its rich history for alternative artistic and cultural production and contexts, making visits to museums, galleries and public art projects. We will therefore build on the internationally recognized expertise in the cross field between art and film that Goldsmiths Department of Art has long cultivated.

Course convenors
The course is based on continuous presence, teaching, moderating and feedback from the two course leaders. It will also feature a number of external guest-lecturers and practitioners based in Berlin, who will show and talk about their own work, and dialogue with participants about their work during the course. The course is conceived and convened by Susanne Sachsse, actor and director, and Professor Katya Sander, artist and filmmaker. Sachsse and Sander have collaborated on a number of projects over the last decade, and the course will depart from their experiences with collaboration. Guest speakers for 2018 are: Ed Atkins, Yael Bartana, Vaginal Davis, Felix Kubin, Michaela Melián, Vegard Vinge & Ida Müller, Peaches, and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.

Discover more about who teaches the course

How to apply
The summer school will take place from August 13–26, both days included. Please visit our website for more details.

Applications are now being accepted. Responses will be sent out within 2 weeks of receiving the application. Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2018 at the latest, with an early bird discount for applications submitted by June 29, 2018.

Note: Places are limited.

To apply, please email your CV and a short statement of interest (100–200 words) to shortcourses [​at​] with the subject title of the email: 2018 DIY Film Summer School.

GBP 2,000
Early-bird discount 15%: GBP 1,700

Any questions can be sent to shortcourses [​at​]

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