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February 26, 2016

AU Summer University

Aarhus University
Photo: Anders Trærup/AU Foto.

July 4–22
Curating, staging, and exhibition analysis
The course engages with the turn to new curatorial formats in the fields of museum exhibitions, art projects, theater production, musical festivals and other forms of cultural events. Thus it aims to qualify students for working theoretically, analytically and creatively with contemporary forms of curating and exhibition practice. A focus will be placed on the phenomenon of hybridization, which refers to the fact that curated events increasingly take the form of platforms for a simultaneous production of knowledge, affective encounters and social meetings.

This course is an intensive summer course taught over approximately 2–4 weeks in July and/or August. This means that you are to expect to work with this course in class as well as independently (lectures, tutorials, presentations, group work, preparation) for a large portion of the day, most/all days of the teaching period. The intensive format and the fact that a number of courses are taught by (international) guest lecturers also means that you should be open to the possibility that the course might be taught differently than what you are used to (different teaching styles, theories, exercises etc.)

Museums and other cultural institutions are at the moment challenging conventional forms of exhibitions, concerts and theater production. This can be seen as a response to a contemporary culture, which is directed towards live events, a blurring of former boundaries between the art genres and new types of knowledge production, aesthetic experience and social participation. The course focuses on three issues: 1: a new concept of curating drawing on recent developments within the cross-disciplinary field of the curatorial. 2: exhibition theory and new understandings of exhibitions as complex platforms for the production of knowledge, shared spaces, and affective encounters. 3: the communicative aspects of these complex new formats and the use of digital technologies for developing new educational and participatory formats.

Course instructors: Lise Skytte Jakobsen and Signe Meisner Christensen

Additional courses:

July 18–August 12
Visual Media Production
The conceptual framework for this course will be a non-formulaic narrative model based on the view that short film storytelling can best be described in terms of opposing properties that balance and complete one another in a dynamic interplay.

Course instructor: Richard Raskin

July 25–August 18
Design and Entrepreneurship in Organisations for Societal Change
Design and entrepreneurship in organizations for societal change is an interdisciplinary and process-oriented Summer School that connects five different organizational environments with “ReThink”—the theme of Aarhus2017 European Capital of Culture.

Course instructor: Rikke Toft Nørgaard and Sarah Robinson

July 4–29
Evolution, Literature and Film
Over the past forty years, the evolutionary perspective has gradually developed into an explanatory framework that encompasses all things human: anatomy, physiology, behavior, and the products of the human mind. This course is designed to acquaint students with the total set of ideas that enter into a biocultural understanding of prose fiction, graphic narratives, and film.

Course instructor: Joe Carroll

July 25–August 19
Game.Play.Design: ReThink
GAME.PLAY.DESIGN is an interdisciplinary, playful and process-oriented summer school that revolves around digital games, digital gameplay, and digital game design.

Course instructor: Rikke Toft Nørgaard and Claus Toft-Nielsen

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