[artinfo] Educating Artists?, a two day symposium

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Educating Artists?, a two day symposium

Gnyp GmbH
Miquelstraße 57
14195, Berlin, Deutschland
T +49 30 46 720 040


Educating Artists? is a two-day symposium 
organized by Gnyp Art dealing with recent 
developments in artist education. Addressing 
different educational models, the relationship 
between artist, tutor & student, between theory 
and skills, while approaching the subject from an 
'outside' and 'inside'-perspective, the symposium 
attempts to reach for new and alternative methods 
in artist education.

The question about a new art academy in Berlin 
has caused a vigorous debate this year; in 
Amsterdam its most famous 'second-phase' 
institutions, being the Rijksakademie and De 
Ateliers, have faced dramatic subsidy-cuts. While 
residency programs DAAD and De Ateliers both 
celebrate their 50th birthday this year and new 
educational models like Autocenter's Summer 
Academy and UdK's Institut für Raumexperimente 
are offering alternative programs, Gnyp Art feels 
the need to offer a creative platform to reflect 
upon these current educational developments.

The symposium is divided into four panels spread 
over two days, each day concluded with a 
specifically arranged performance. Questions that 
will be addressed are: In what way do structural 
hierarchies in education systems influence the 
relation between tutor and student? How do 
educational institutions respond to the increased 
professionalization of the job of the artist? How 
is the quest for alternative models symptomatic 
for broader transformations in education/culture? 
How do theory and practice come together in 
artist education?  In which way does the academy 
or the post-academic institution partake in the 
contemporary art world?

Speakers include: Jennifer Allen, Kirsty Bell, 
Ariane Beyn, Dominic van den Boogerd, Angela 
Bulloch, AA Bronson, Els van Odijk, Karin Sander, 
Willem de Rooij and many others.

In an attempt to offer an alternative perspective 
on the topic of artist education, Feiko Beckers 
('83, NL) and Rory Pilgrim ('88, UK) were asked 
to respond to this subject through their artistic 
practice and experience. Their performances will 
take place on Friday and Saturday.

More information on the speakers and the 
symposium program will soon be announced.

The symposium is initiated by Gnyp Art and is 
organized in close collaboration with the 
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, De Ateliers 
and Kunst-Werke. The symposium is generously 
funded by the Dutch embassy in Berlin and Gnyp 

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