The Academy Strikes Back, Brussels

The Academy Strikes Back, Brussels

European Artistic Research Network (EARN)

May 18, 2010

The Academy Strikes Back
Renee Green, Irit Rogoff,
Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Dieter Lesage
4-5 June 2010

Sint-Lukas Brussels University
College of Art and Design

The Academy Strikes Back is the concluding presentation of a two-year project aimed at the current academicization of art education. The project takes place within the context of the European Artistic Research Network and was developed by Jan Cools (Sint-Lukas, Brussels) and Henk Slager (maHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design).

The project’s starting point is the importance of artistic research for formulating competencies, learning outcomes and didactic strategies in art education. Previous events were A Certain Ma-Ness, (Amsterdam, March 2008) with a.o. Simon Sheikh, Jan Verwoert, Clementine Deliss, Mick Wilson, Bart Verschaffel, and Becoming Bologna, (IUAV, Venice, June 2009) with a keynote by Daniel Birnbaum, that took place within the framework of the 53rd Venice Biennale.

During The Academy Strikes Back the specificity of the Academy as a research environment is at the forefront of our enquiry and debate. How can artistic (doctoral) research contribute to the overall research environment at the Academy? To investigate this, three doctoral researchers (Jeremiah Day, Clodagh Emoe, Paul Landon) have been invited to do workshops, based on their own research projects, for the Brussels master students. Documentation about the various ways that (doctoral) research can be embedded in the structure of the Graduate School is on display in the Sint-Lukas Gallery (June 5 – 20, 2010).

As a consequence of the institutionalization of the artistic research environment, it is inevitable that the debate about the specificity of the Academy is being brought back into the Academy where it most urgently belongs. The symposium will elaborate on this by asking four specialists the following sub-questions:

- Can the academicized Art Academy still offer a viable space and platform for the experimental development of a critical art practice?
- Is there an affirmative relationship between institutionalized artistic research and the art scene?
- How transparent is ‘peer reviewing’ in the art world and what role can it play in academicized art education?
- How can the outcomes of artistic research be disseminated?

Programme: The Academy Strikes Back

June 4: 14-18
Jan Cools (Research Coordinator Sint-Lukas, Brussels), Henk Slager (Dean maHKU, Utrecht): Introductions

Renee Green (Dean Graduate Programs San Francisco Art Institute): Hail the invisible College or What Can Matter Now?
Jeremiah Day: Researcher maHKU, Utrecht
Moderator: Gertrud Sandqvist (Professor Malmo Art Academy)

Irit Rogoff (Professor Goldsmith’s College, London): Practicing Research/Singularising Knowledge
Centrifugal (Susan Kelly, Taru Elving – Zagreb): Book of Europe
Moderator: Mick Wilson (Dean GradCAM, Dublin)

June 4: 19-21
Opening Parallel Exhibition: Sint-Lukasgalerie, Paleizenstraat 70, Brussels

June 5: 10-13
Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Co-Director Exhibitions Serpentine Gallery, London): Peer Reviewed Art
Paul Landon: Researcher Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Moderator: Hans de Wolf (Professor Free University Brussels)

June 5: 14-17
Dieter Lesage (Professor Erasmus University College Brussels): Supplementality
Clodagh Emoe: Researcher GradCam, Dublin
Moderator: John Aiken (Director Slade School of Fine Art, London)

Location Symposium: Auditorium Sint-Lukas, Address: Groenstraat 162-184, Brussels

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The Academy strikes Back is part of an ongoing and unique trans-European experiment in artistic research organised by EARN in association with Centrifugal and led by GradCAM, Ireland (Mick Wilson). Earlier this year events were organised in Dublin (Arts Research: Publics and Purposes, February 15-19) and Helsinki (Tables of Thought, April 28-29). The Brussels phase of this project is co-organised by Sint-Lukas Brussels in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network) and associated partners including: MaHKU (Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design), The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki), GradCAM (Dublin), Malmo Art Academy (Malmo), Slade School of Fine Art (London), Universita IUAV (Venice), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), University of Gothenburg and The School of Fine Art (Leeds).

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established in 2004 and exists to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.

This project is in part funded by EC-EACEA Culture 2000–2007: Artist as Citizen.

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