March 26, 2020

Spatial Strategies MA—Of Spaces: Criticality, Coloniality, Vulnerability

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Nasan Tur and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Courtesy Roman Goebel for weißensee academy of art berlin.

weissensee school of art and design berlin announces the appointment of curator, Prof. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD and artist, Prof. Nasan Tur, as new professors of the internationally oriented post-graduate program Spatial Strategies. With the commencement of their tenure, the Spatial Strategies MA program will also chart a new trajectory that critically deliberates on the vulnerabilities of spaces, especially through migrant and pluricultural perspectives.

In this light, the Spatial Strategies MA program will also accommodate reflections on the impact of coloniality and the multiple resistances thereof on spaces of the coloniser and colonised, and how the rhythms of physical and virtual spaces, rural and urban spaces, the local and the global are marked by such sociopolitical realities—in the past and the contemporary. In times when we observe an upsurge of racist and xenophobic attacks in many societies and violences in relation to creed, gender and sexuality in both virtual and physical spaces, in times of increased radicalization of concepts of nationhood and a massive shift to the extreme right, Spatial Strategies must also ask the question of how do certain bodies navigate certain spaces in certain geographies and at certain times. Cognisant of the current situation of a world pandemic, how do we think of space in times of social distancing, quarantinisation, self-isolation and an eminent virtualisation of life in the face of and in the aftermath of a pandemic.The Spatial Strategies MA program will tackle these issues from an artistic, curatorial as well as critical theory perspectives.

It is within these frequencies that students from varying disciplines are invited to apply for the post-graduate program Spatial Strategies. The approximately 40 graduate students selected for this program will be encouraged to redefine and challenge preconceptions of private and public spaces, virtual and physical spaces, political and non-political spaces using artistic and curatorial tools. Students will also be encouraged to work around and within sonic spaces as alternative spaces of navigation that re-situate the notion of physicality of space, as sound, though invisible, produces and marks spaces through waves.

Applications for the begin winter semester of 2020/21 are accepted until April 30, 2020. The two-year fee-based program is intended for graduates of universities and academies, artists, architects, culture and media scholars, designers, sociologists, scientists etc. who wish to acquire an additional artistic qualification and Master of Arts.

Tuition fee: EUR 1,250 plus EUR 109.09 administration fees and optional EUR 203.80 semester ticket. Part-time studies are also possible.

Contact: T +49 (0)30 47705 342; F +49 (0)30 47705 290; studienberatung [​at​]

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