Aesthetic Transformation Processes - Part I

This workshop combines fieldtrips within Berlin with a 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 with various disciplinary backgrounds? The course is aimed at artists of all disciplines, designers, architects, and people working in the creative sector who would like to experiment in an interdisciplinary environment and who are interested to connect to the Berlin independent art & 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 that 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.


For all those interested in a deep-dive you can visit the continuing workshop: Aesthetic Transformation Processes - Part II

This advanced workshop operates as a continuation of the introductory workshop on Aesthetic Transformations and provides participants with more studio time and the opportunity of in-depth inquiry into their own creative practice.
The participation in workshop 1 is prerequisite. The advanced workshop is also open for all those who participated in former Aesthetic Transformations courses at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts.

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 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 and in 2022 continued the discourse as a panel speaker at the University of Toronto Art Museum. 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.

Research interest: Aesthetic Transformation processes, relational aesthetics, trans-disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, collaboration, participatory art making, conceptual drawing, enclosure, decolonization, research-creation.



Margit Schild is an artist, engineer, curator, film maker and author. She earned her PhD at the University of Hanover, Germany, and 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 of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada. From 2016 – 2021 she has been a collaborator in “Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW) – Art and Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations”, a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project at Emily Carr University. In 2015, she directed her first documentary film “Drifting” on flight and migration. “Orten”, also a documentary, is her first full-length film. In addition to her work as a director, she is co-founder of the “School of the Provisional” in Berlin, Germany. In 2017, Margit curated a symposium on “Improvisation” at the HKW House of World Cultures, Berlin. She took on a “Vertretungsprofessur“ (interim professorship) for Aesthetic Practice and its Contexts, at the Institute for Aesthetic-Cultural Education, Department of Art and Visual Media, Europa-Universität Flensburg in 2021/2022. She lives and works in Berlin as well as in Vancouver, Canada.

Research interest: Aesthetic Transformation processes, relational aesthetics, trans-disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, collaboration, participatory art making, conceptual drawing, enclosure, improvisation, research-creation.



Run period:
12.06.2023 – 16.06.2023
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
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Course fee:
EUR 660

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