Berlin Field School in the Contemporary Arts

22 Jun 2016

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Berlin Field School in the Contemporary Arts

The Berlin Field School in the Contemporary Arts  a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU) School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver  and ABA (Air Berlin Alexanderplatz) Berlin.
Field School Director: Prof. Judy Radul
ABA Director: Susanne Kriemann

In this first iteration of the Berlin Field School eleven students are spending six weeks in Berlin: Michelle Gougani, Alysha Seriani, David Avelino, Evan Britz, Frances Breden, Grace Mathisen, Nicholas Yu, Kalvin Valko, Oscar Lira Sanchez, Sitong Wu, Suzanne Friesen.

Their program, guided by ABA in collaboration with Judy Radul, offers a broad introduction to the contemporary arts in Berlin. Founded in the 12th century, Berlin has been both shaped and divided by history. Today, it is once again the capital of Germany, and is recognized as a global cultural hub; a city where history is intertwined with artistic intervention and innovation, and where international visual art, theater, music, dance and film thrive. The Field School introduces students to the formative forces and contemporary realization of art and culture in Berlin. A comprehension of the correspondence between the arts and their social, political, material context will be enriched through simultaneous study, discussion and an experience of art and the urban fabric of this complex city.

The SFU School for Contemporary Arts has an interdisciplinary structure, and this year’s Field School participants are pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Film and Visual Arts. The research program in Berlin includes visits to galleries, museums, performances, screenings, urban sites, and studio visits and discussions with a range of artists.