[artinfo] Performative Practices master's program

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Tue May 11 20:40:19 CEST 2021

Launch of Performative Practices master's program: Live Art Forms

Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg


Live Art Forms is a newly created postgraduate master's program 
teaching performative and aesthetic practices across various 
disciplines and media-within and beyond visual and performing arts.

The program is designed to enable participants to initiate, organize, 
and present an individual or collaborative artistic practice 
foregrounding the multidimensional space that digital and 
technological platforms constitute, moving bodies immersed in 
networks, and fragmented yet interwoven planetary publics. The 
teaching language of the program is English.

The courses are structured along three axes-Techne, Soma, and Geos. 
These yield the artistic and discursive space in which performative 
practices position themselves, are immersed, and from which they 
launch and are made public.

Techne focuses on the use of contemporary technologies and media that 
support and host performative practices. It situates the artists' 
live work in mixed and virtual realities, on a multiplicity of 
devices, as well as digital platforms. Courses contextualize 
students' work by means of theoretical and artistic texts, writing 
practices, scoring and coding in human and machine languages.

Soma places the body as a system at the center of artistic work and 
teaches expanded dramaturgies, movement- and body-based practices, 
choreography, embodied concepts and incorporated communal, 
infrastructural and planetary metabolisms.

Geos supports the individual mapping of the threads of students' 
practices-understood as navigating a path from one position to the 
next, from one instance of making-public to the other. These pathways 
are taught as a sequence of positions across disciplines, media and 
genres by negotiating the complex and multiplying vector space of 
contemporary aesthetic practice.

The program features a uniquely structured course load with phases of 
intense, concentrated learning to accommodate students' work both 
within and beyond the studios and stages of the academy. The course 
structure consists of a total of four one-month-long teaching phases 
in the fall, winter, spring and summer over the academic year. These 
phases require students' presence on campus at the Academy of Fine 
Arts in Nuremberg. They alternate with longer phases of more 
independent off-campus study, in which teaching is organized via 
digital platforms, facilitating regular exchange between mentors and 
students on their projects' development. The campus-centered yet 
essentially low-residency character of the program allows 
participants to maintain their already established networks and 
pursue their individual projects independently in a global context.

A group of visiting professors and mentors from within and outside 
the academy ensure a multiplicity of worldviews, contexts, 
identities, and practices across disciplines and media to relate to 
students' artistic work. As students themselves are involved in the 
process of proposing and choosing new mentors and visiting 
professors, their specific practice-oriented interests are addressed 

The master's program is aimed at students with at least a first 
university degree. This includes graduates in all disciplines from 
art academies, as well as graduates from any other discipline or 
school who hold a BA or comparable degree with minimum three years of 
study, and documentation of at least one year of professional 

The program starts October 2021.

The Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg (AdBK Nuremberg) provides 
excellent study and research opportunities to around 300 students and 
brings together a diverse range of creative practices under one roof. 
In addition to students' individual artistic development, we promote 
transdisciplinarity, diversity and cultural open-mindedness. We have 
been nurturing the artistic and creative ambitions of our students 
and staff for over 350 years. The Academy is situated in a 
transparent and light-filled pavilion architecture that harmoniously 
blends into its surroundings-successfully combining studios, 
workshops and facilities.

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