The “Bologna Process” fundamentally transformed the European higher education sector at the beginning of the 21st century. Some critics have claimed that the reform has since subjugated education to economic interests – including professional training at art academies. Independent art centres, like the Berlin Program for Artists (BPA) initiated by Willem de Rooij, Angela Bulloch and Simon Denny, or the MauMaus in Lisbon headed by Jürgen Block, regard themselves as alternatives to state-funded art universities. Their graduate programmes wish to reintensify the personal exchange on the aesthetic and discursive aspects of art production.
In cooperation with the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg (Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg) and the École nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon, the Kunstverein Nürnberg hopes to offer international art centres a platform for presenting insights into their specific methods and processes of art production by means of exhibitions, performances and online events. In addition to the BPA and MauMaus, the SCCA Tamale in Ghana, the School of Engaged Art in St. Petersburg and the MASS Alexandria in Egypt will participate.
The project is partly based on the considerations of the philosopher and theologian Ivan Illich, who coined the term “educational web” in his 1971 book Deschooling Society. In his book he described a concept of undogmatic knowledge production which was not institutionalised but rather web-based. Inspired by this approach to education, the Kunstverein Nürnberg wishes to make such knowledge transfer visible for local and international visitors, and subsequently discuss current developments in artistic training in a symposium with artists, educators and theorists.
Artistic director: Milan Ther
Participants: Berlin Program for Artists (BPA), Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA Tamale), MauMaus, MASS Alexandria and School of Engaged Art, St. Petersburg.
30 November, 2021 to 3 April, 2022: Opening & Exhibition
Kunstverein Nürnberg, Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg
Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft e.V.
www.kunstvereinnuernberg.de (external link, opens in a new window)