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July 30, 2020

Scholarship applications: fall/winter 2020 certificate programs

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Daniel Hoelzl, Grounded No. 2, 2020. Recycled carbon fiber, aluminum, paraffin wax, 80 x 110 x 5 cm.

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, The New Centre for Research & Practice has continued to experience growth in 2020, with more Members, Students, and Researchers joining our institution. Our fall/winter seminars will engage in timely discussions reflecting on our new planetary conditions. With seven years of experience in online higher education, we are poised to offer the most thorough form of online education. Applications for our fall/winter 2020 season and scholarships are open from July 30 to September 4. To apply, please complete our Application Form. Currently half of our full scholarship recipients are from the Global South and half are made up of women. In addition, applicants from the Global South receive an automatic 50% tuition reduction.

Our upcoming schedule includes Seminars by the following Instructors: Loren Britton, J.P. Caron, Jason Mohaghegh, Reza Negarestani, Posthuman Studies Lab, Daniel Sacilotto, and Anne-Françoise Schmid/Joevenn Neo/Tony Yanick. In addition, Jacob Eriksen will be moderating our Artistic Practice Survey Seminar titled “On Sound: Unsound.”

We are also ecstatic to announce our inaugural M WOODS Scholarships. These new fully-funded positions are for two deserving applicants from China to attend a two-year program of their choice at The New Centre. M WOODS is a leading independent non-profit art museum in Beijing with two museums, M WOODS 798, and the newly opened M WOODS Hutong.

The New Centre is working with ESAP, a cooperative art university in Porto, Portugal, as we move towards offering an online MA in Critical Studies as well as a more immediate Postgrad Certificate in Art and Curatorial Studies. We also welcome our new Institutional Member, ARTWORKS, an Athens-based art organization, creating a fertile environment for Greek artists by funding public engagement opportunities.

We would like to welcome the following Members to our Board: Misal Adnan Yıldız, Zainub Verjee, and Julieta Aranda, who is returning after a three-year hiatus. We also welcome Jason Mohaghegh as The New Centre's Transdisciplinary Studies Programmer.

As a response to the economic hardships caused by the pandemic, our significantly reduced Annual Membership fee of 50 USD will be available for new and returning Members, beginning in March and running until the Labour Day on September 7. Click here to obtain or renew Membership. In addition, we have reduced our enrollment fees and increased our Membership services. We also have been assisting academic and art institutions to utilize digital platforms and adapt to their new work environments. Click here to see the list of our Institutional Services.

Our Public Program Sheltering Places has featured stimulating conversations between The New Centre Researchers and other artists & thinkers worldwide. This program initially emerged as a response to the sudden loss of both social and formal discursive spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the success of the first Season, an unprecedented 15 hours of programming in 5 weeks, we are continuing the series by shifting to weekly topical discussions moderated by our Students and Researchers. Both Seasons of Sheltering Places are available on YouTube and Soundcloud.

Working with British Columbia’s Richmond Art Gallery, and in anticipation of the upcoming physical exhibition God In Reverse, The New Centre organizer Mohammad Salemy curated an online screening series showcasing selected filmic works from the exhibition. Beginning on June 1 and running through September 16, the screenings, each uniquely responding to the problems of artificial intelligence and/or automation, have been available for viewing one after another.

Sponsored by The New Centre, this year’s Off White Benefit Auction for Cosmoscow Foundation, titled Fiction & Forecast: New Generative Aesthetics and Worldmaking, will be curated by Mohammad Salemy. On May 20, the Cosmoscow Foundation, in collaboration with The New Centre, organized the first iteration of “Artistic Cosmos: Worldmaking & The New Normals.” We will be hosting the program’s second iteration during the Cosmoscow Auction and Fair in Moscow from September 10 to 13, 2020.

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