Universität der Künste Berlin: A Very Suspicious Place

Universität der Künste Berlin: A Very Suspicious Place

Lavoslava Benčič / Tue, 07/23/2013 - 16:52

I visited Universität der Künste Berlin from July 12th to July 18th. I had to rich two main goals during my short, but intense stay in Berlin: to visit "Rundgang 2013", the annual UdK Berlin student's exhibition and to attend the workshop "Art and the Internet" organized by The Summer University of the Arts with lecturers Dr. Paul Johnson and Denis Bartelt.

UdK Berlin, one of the most versatile art institution in Europe, combines four artistic faculties, offers forty courses for 3960 students from Germany and abroad. Locations of ateliers, studios, exhibitions, concerts, screenings ... represented a central cultural event last weekend and were very popular visit points among citizens of Berlin. The students as well as their professors on all nine sites presented us its visual and inter-media works and were available for questions and conversation after concerts and stage performances. Coordinators or students of higher classes guided us through an absolute labyrinth of creativity. Nicely designed printed materials show the high quality of creative achievement. I was able to visit most of the locations, and strive to create a very positive view of study and students at the university. Moreover, I kept in my mind its ludic conception of the world. More in the photo album.

The workshop "Art and the Internet" was organized by The Summer University of the Arts. It is an opportunity for international artists of all disciplines to experience the traditional as well as contemporary expertise of UdK Berlin. The workshop lasts three days. In this course, I learned how to analyze my own artistic life-worlds and how to creatively apply strategic Internet tools and resources. This covered a number of activities central to arts practice such as: marketing and branding in a digital environment, collaboration and co-creating art with others on the Internet, audition, rehearsal and performance, crowd sourcing artistic innovations, crowd funding to support development and performance, nurturing and involving my community and fan base, developing and maintaining my digital identity. This course will help me in the future by enhancing ability to develop, fund, perform, market and distribute my art using the Internet.