The learning community:
artistic practices as debating laboratories
Debate – internship – thesis – research – exhibitions
The two year master course POLIS considers contemporary art as a dynamic network of debating practices. Artists are not problemsolvers, on the contrary they pose questions by making ‘things’, they visualize complexity and they generate ideas in order to open new perspectives. They are not isolated, but they constantly relate to a social context by using the debate.
The artistic practice as a debating laboratory is a strong instrument which can be used to show the intrinsic value of a pluraform humanity.
According to Hannah Arendt ‘polis’ stands for: “the organization of the people as it arises out of acting and speaking together, and its true space lies between people living together for this purpose, no matter where they happen to be.”
POLIS is meant as an educational situation where students are trained how to take position by using debate, in order to connect to society in stead of being adaptable to the market. This means that participants of Polis are not impressed by the so called “celebrity artist”-status of their teaching professors beforehand. Although they want to professionalize, they will not be focused on deepening their technical or cognitive skills as such.
POLIS-participants are attracted by one specific art educational model, researching artistic practice in the center of a democratic society by using the debate. They experience public space as collaborative platform, they use empty spaces as their arena’s, they approach art institutions as intellectual playgrounds, they seek vertile environments to let grow their crop…
Two visual artists, a designer and a philosopher will accompany this odd flock of people during many debates (using images and words), long walks, artistic explorations and lunch.
HBO mastercourse of Fine Arts & Design
Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design
Faculty of Arts Maastricht / Zuyd University
In collaboration with:
Hubert van Eyck Academy Maastricht
Artist initiative B32 Maastricht
The Polis-studio is situated in the De Stuers studiobuilding of the Fine Arts Department (MAFAD), Kruisherengang 12, Maastricht.
Erik de Jong
Opleidingscoördinator bachelor of Fine Art – MaFAD
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