Gfader, Verina (2013) What do Artists Want (panel). In: Educating Artists? symposium, 8th-9th November 2013, Kunstwerke KW Institute for Contemporary Art (partner/s: Gnyp Art), Berlin. (Unpublished)

Panel discussion at 'Educating Artists?' - a two-day symposium 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. Meanwhile 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. In light of the growing discussion, the symposium offers a creative platform to reflect upon these 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?

15.30-17.00 Forth Panel on What do Artists Want with Kirsty Bell, AA Bronson, Verina Gfader, Bojan Sarcevic, Uwe Schwarzer

Speakers include: Jennifer Allen, Adriana Arroyo, Kirsty Bell, Jurriaan Benschop Ariane Beyn, Dominic van den Boogerd, AA Bronson, Angela Bulloch, Eric Ellingsen, Verina Gfader, Natasha Ginwala, Marie Haff, Joep van Liefland, Els van Odijk, Esper Postma, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Willem de Rooij, Karin Sander, Bojan Sarcevic, Uwe Schwarzer and Nadine Zeidler.

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