This workshop combines field trips within Berlin and cross-disciplinary creative practice. The focus lies on idea-generating processes: how does inspiration come about? How do we find ideas? How can we creatively work together having different disciplinary backgrounds? The course is aimed at artists from all disciplines, designers, architects, and people working in the creative sector, who would like to experiment in an interdisciplinary environment and connect to the Berlin art and design scene.
Distinct locations in the city of Berlin serve as a starting point for a journey of transformation of ideas. Sound, performance, dance, visual or conceptual artists, writers, poets, sculptors, designers, architects, and other creative practitioners will respond to a site and develop their own theme(s). Sequential works that act upon multiple interpretative statements of the participants will follow. Individual works will connect to others, and, in this way, a collective, multi-perspective artistic investigation on the chosen sites and topics will unfold. An Aesthetic Transformation process will provide participants with a bounty of ideas and concepts which can prove to be useful for their own creative practice. Studio visits with artists and designers of the Berlin independent art scene will offer the opportunity for conversations, contact and networking. Theory readings and in-class discussions will allow for a critical inquiry of contemporary art practices as well as the participant’s own creative practice.
Elvira Hufschmid is a multi-media artist with a focus on Aesthetic Transformation processes as a methodology for inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and learning. In her PhD research in the Queen’s University Cultural Studies program, she applies an Aesthetic Transformation strategy to investigate narratives of land enclosure as they relate to colonial property regimes of the settler society. As a collaborator in the SSHRC-funded art and science project ‘Leaning Out of Windows – Art and Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations’ (2016-21) and as an affiliated researcher at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts & Sciences (BAS), Berlin University of the Arts, Germany (2017-19), she co-investigates the ways in which metaphor acts as a common code between art and science. In a recent project at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, titled 'Understanding the World through Aesthetics' (2021), she hosted workshop conversations between artists and physicists about the possibilities of how inspiration may cross disciplinary boundaries. Elvira holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, US, and she taught as a Visiting Artist at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, as well as a Guest Professor for ‘Artistic Transformation Processes’ at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany.
Margit Schild is an engineer, curator, artist, and author. She received her PhD at the University of Hanover, studied landscape and open space planning, and worked as a lecturer and guest professor at various universities, including the Berlin University of the Arts and Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. From 2016 – 2022, she has been a collaborator in a SSHRCC-funded interdisciplinary art and science research project at Emily Carr University, “Leaning Out of Windows. Art and Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations.” In 2015, she directed her first documentary film “Drifting,” on flight and migration. A next documentary“Orten” is her first full-length film. In addition to her work as a director, she is the co-founder of the Berlin “School of the Provisional,” an inter- and transdisciplinary think tank in which art and science, practice and theory, are brought together. In 2017, Margit curated a symposium on improvisation, titled “Out of the Blue,” at the Berlin House of World Cultures (HKW.) She currently holds a guest professorship at Europa University Flensburg, Institute for Aesthetic-Cultural Education, Art and Visual Media Department. She lives and works in Berlin and in Vancouver, Canada.