[artinfo] Careful! Risk - Perspectives for Art Academies

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Careful! Risk
Art and Science / Art and the production of 
knowledge - Perspectives for Art Academies

9-11 November 2011


Wanting to know what something is, means wanting 
to examine it. Out of pure curiosity or with 
practical intentions, research is risky. I reach 
for something that is still unknown and don't 
know what will happen. Research extends the store 
of knowledge and at the same time questions it by 
renewing knowledge from the ground up. Careful, 
research! Research can topple everything I 
thought I knew. Knowledge is transient, like 
everything else.

With recent developments in contemporary art and 
cultural theory and also current trends in the 
development of German and European art academies, 
the question of the relationship between art and 
science is of vital importance. One part of the 
conference will deal with forms, possibilities, 
and the limits of dissolution of the boundaries 
between art and science, with a collaboration of 
artists (Ulrike Grossarth, Tacita Dean, Michael 
Stevenson), designers (Ruedi Bauer, Annette 
Stahmer, André Heers) and scientists from the 
fields of art and cultural science and philosophy 
(Mario Perniola, Kathrin Busch, Frauke Tomczak). 
The term "artistic research" can act as the main 
point of departure and designate the artistic 
production process, not only in the fine arts but 
also in the areas of design, theatre, film, 
literature, music and dance.

A further section will gather teaching artists, 
designers and scientists from various European 
art academies to discuss the developments of 
their institutions with regard to study courses 
in art, design, and theory. With a view to the 
still imminent changes in study structures at the 
HBK as a result of the Bologna Reform, it is 
fundamentally important to raise the issue of the 
dissolving of borders between the arts, design, 
and sciences. What possibilities and also what 
risks does the shaping of this constellation 
present for an art academy today?

As an art academy, the Braunschweig University of 
Art will be turning 50 in 2013. The conference 
Careful! Risk has the task of stimulating a 
debate at the HBK about the objectives it will be 
setting for itself in the future.

The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Hannes 
Böhringer, Dr. Susanne Märtens and the 
Braunschweig University of Art.

We cordially invite you to register at the 
following e-mail address: 
<mailto:vorsicht%5F-wagnis at hbk-bs.de>vorsicht°©-wagnis at hbk-bs.de

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
Leitung Referat Presse und Kommunikation
Johannes-Selenka-Platz 1
38118 Braunschweig

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