The Master of Arts course in Space Strategies is founded on a conception of praxis in urban space that draws on architectural and artistic practices. However, it has become necessary to reconsider the concept of ‘space’ and the concept of ‘publicness’.
Space Strategies parses the concept of ‘space’ in terms of virtual, global and urban spaces, confronting ‘public space’, and artistic production within it, with the actuality of these three ‘spaces’. With global developments of the past two decades having completely undermined what is regarded the shared conception of ‘publicness’ (Öffentlichkeit), the Master course seeks to redefine the challenges and political responsibilities of the individual within contemporary contexts. Space Strategies aims to understand artistic work as an insistence on ‘publicness’ as a sphere where democratic participation constitutes social spaces, living spaces, and the allocation of essential resources.
Applicants are sought from all disciplines of fine arts and humanities, as well as graduates and professionals from the fields of architecture, urbanism, and cultural and social sciences. The Master course offers further qualifications in the cutting edge between artistic praxis and discourse, from art theory and art criticism to political theory and art history, critical urban research, migration studies, and automata theory. Catchphrases such as ‘artistic research’, ‘interdisciplinary’, ‘intervention’ and ‘artistic curating’ are critically scrutinized. In the same way, the structure of the course itself is interrogated as a product of the Bologna Process of European education reforms. This process is part of a trend that is rendering knowledge subordinate to efficiency, reducing it to an artefact that is expedient to the market one day, only to be rationalised away the next. Since the economisation of knowledge goes hand in hand with the economisation of urban space, it is of particular importance to tease out these parallels in relation to the urban, the virtual, the global and ourselves.
Spatial Strategies above all aims to develop an independent artistic or art-related praxis that above all draws on a sense of autonomy and a political sensibility.
The Master of Arts degree is awarded upon successful completion of the program.
Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann: Political Theory / Art in Public Space
Stephan Mörsch: Migration / Urban Interventions / Modell construction
Michael Schwarz: Automata Theory
Günter Nest, Elisa Bertuzzo: Intercultural Comparative Studies / Critical Urban Research
Giulia Palladini: Performative Space
Weissensee School of Art
The Berlin Weissensee School of Art is one of a kind. The foundation for its combination of theory and practice in the curriculum was laid more than 50 years ago and is just as relevant today. Students will eventually decide on a specialization, but all of them will start with a one-year interdisciplinary program covering the basic principles of art and design. To engage with themes and develop ideas, students are offered a broad range of courses in theory as well as opportunities to do practical as well as project-oriented work. This unparalleled interdisciplinary approach is supported by the school’s thirteen workshops and studios.
The exchange of ideas between the different disciplines is encouraged and supported all the way to the point when students finish their degrees. It enables them to develop the ability to think across boundaries, to take responsibility for contemporary problems, and to cooperate with a diversity of social groups. These overarching goals and the exposure to working with concrete problems provide students with unique challenges and promote imagination, creativity, and social responsibility.
Because of its network of international partners and collaborators, the Berlin Weissensee School of Art can offer a multitude of opportunities for students to be mobile and participate in intercultural exchanges. The global approach is evident in the high number of international students on the campus.
Studying at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art offers a unique opportunity and ideal conditions for all those who believe that art and society are mutually dependent.
Leonie Baumann, Rector