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19 February 2020
Curiosity as a leitmotiv

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When a master’s program communicates by appealing to curiosity, nature, genre, difference and the ability of art to resist convention, it touches our hearts.

Directed by Chus Martinez, this is how the Institut Kunst – HGK FHNW in Basel summarizes its Master: “The program is oriented towards curiosity. But it is not one of superfluous flaneuring through subjects, but a force that encourages you not only to like what others do, but to commit to forms of making that mark a difference, that offer resistance to conventions. Since the world is turning more and more into a very normative space, where freedom is not a given, art may provide us with eccentric spaces of quality where a different sensing of matter and the relations between forms of life can be preserved”.

Within this conceptual framework, and in addition to all the theoretical background, the program offers learning of artistic techniques, access to studies and first-hand knowledge of what it means to be an artist as an independent professional today. And here, more details about organization and logistics. Applications deadline: 15 March 2020.

A*DESK, Independent Institute of Criticism and Contemporary Art, is dedicated to learning, publishing and research related to the criticism of contemporary art. Taking the view that critical thought makes individuals free, its mission is to defend actively the importance of criticism: to generate debate about contemporary art, to enable each individual to establish their own opinion and by doing so promote culture.

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19 February 2020

Curiosity as a leitmotiv

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