Wednesday, November 9, 2011

[Yasmin_discussions] Leuphana Arts Program Symposium 16-18 November 2011

Dear Yasminers,

please find enclosed some information about the forthcoming "art/
science" conference at the University of Lüneburg (near Hambourg) and
which heralds the start of the new Leuphania Arts Programm. It echoes
some of the discussions about art & academia which we have had on
this list.




Leuphana Arts Program -Symposium

Degrees of Freedom. Art Programs at Universities

Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany
16 - 18 November 2011

Universities are sites of research and of teaching. They are
sometimes also home to artistic practice. The symposium "Degrees of
Freedom. Art Programs at Universities" explores the roles and
potentials of art programs at universities, both for artists and for
the universities themselves.

Experts from different fields and institutional contexts discuss
historical examples of specific programs, experiences and incidents
from different countries. A particular focus will be placed on the
different ways in which the artistic practice is integrated into
university structures. The symposium asks, firstly, how universities
can foster and support artistic work and how artists can best benefit
from the university setting. Secondly, we will discuss the role of
artistic practice in the university and explore the potential of art
practice for a research and teaching institution. Thirdly, we will be
looking at concepts like agency, knowledge, creativity, etc., and
debate how their different connotations in art, science, research and
teaching can be brought into a fruitful dialogue.

The symposium "Degrees of Freedom" will prepare and inaugurate the
new "Leuphana Arts Program" through which Leuphana University will,
in the coming years, bring artists into the university. The work of
artists is based on forms of querying, of searching and exploring,
which are comparable to scientific research, even if they don't
subscribe to the same expectations about objectivity and truth.
Artistic research is aimed at strategically broadening and deepening
knowledge that is not ancillary to an individual project, but that
forms an integral part of an artistic practice. In dialogue with
scientific partners, artistic research can spark important innovative
impulses for the sciences by systematically questioning their
thematic, methodological and epistemological preconceptions.
The relationship between art, science and the humanities is not new
but has been evolving, in its modern Western form, ever since the
Renaissance. However, the conditions under which the dialogue between
these different fields takes place have changed dramatically over the
past century. It is therefore timely to investigate how new feedback
mechanisms might be constructed through which emerging forms of
knowledge and creativity in the arts or in the sciences can be
brought to bear on each other. At the same time, the changes that we
can observe may make it necessary for institutions - like
universities and art schools - to transform and reinvent themselves.
The Leuphana Arts Program serves to integrate art into the university
as a practice, as a form of knowledge and a form of discourse. The
Leuphana Arts Program focuses on the development of artistic
projects. It supports them in the interdisciplinary environment of
the university. The impulses for the evolving interdisciplinary
dialogues come from the artists who are regarded not as mere
'innovative disruptors', but as researchers and developers in their
own right.
LAP seeks to create friction and energy between the different areas
of artistic, scientific and social practice. It is a laboratory, a
site for people working in the crossover zones of artistic
production. Its work is oriented towards open processes rather than
towards finished products. The symposium will address the university
as a context for artistic exploration.

Symposium participants include: Jens Hauser (Ruhr Universität
Bochum), Irène Hediger (Swiss Artists-in-Labs, ZhdK Zurich), Sarat
Maharaj (Lund University), Pierre Guillet de Monthoux (Copenhagen
Business School), Sally-Jane Norman (Attenborough Centre for the
Creative Arts, University of Sussex), Susanne Märtens (HBK
Braunschweig), Claus Pias, Beate Soentgen, Martin Warnke, Ulf
Wuggenig (all Leuphana University Lüneburg), a.o. Moderation: Andreas
Broeckmann (Leuphana Arts Program)

Wed 16 Nov, 17:00-21:00 Get Together, Introduction, Opening Reception
Thu 17 Nov, 09:00-18:00 Symposium, 19:00-21:00 Panel discussion, LAP
inaugural Reception
Fri 18 Nov, 09:00-13:00 Symposium, Closing Lunch

Participation is free, reservation requested at: <>
(also for general and accommodation inquiries)

Supported by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Leuphana Ars Program
Scharnhorststr. 1, Raum C5.225
21335 Lüneburg
Tel. +49 4131 677 2204

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