SAVE THE DATE | Poetry of the Real: Imagination – Friction – Transformation | 12th – 14th June 2018

Following the FHNW Academy of Art and Design conferences Economies of Aesthetics (2015), Poetry of the Real – Conversations on Arts Research with the opening of the ECAM research center (2016), Poetry of the Real – Archives Values Futures and the opening of the ECAM graduate school (2017) this year’s transdisciplinary symposium Poetry of the Real: Imagination – Friction – Transformation explores the multifaceted transfer between the extended arts practice and contemporary discourse. For this it inquires the conditions of arts and design-based systems of knowledge.

The sections are grouped around the perspective of “Imagination – Friction – Transformation” and their interferences. This is based on an extended understanding of the generative processes, which involve the ability and motivation of the arts to develop or demonstrate the change and the original and new in genuine moments. Friction engenders dialogue or critical engagement that may suggest changes and point out new perspectives. This forms the discourse of Poetry of the Real, between the real and the art.

The former years brought together many international artist, researchers, intellectuals:
The 2015 conference Economies of Aesthetics – From Possible to Desireable attended: Hasan Bakhshi (Nesta, London), Kieran Corcoran (Dublin Institute of Technology), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Northwestern University, Chicago), Catherine David (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Desmond Hui (Communication University of China, Hong Kong), Tina Saaby Madsen (City of Copenhagen), Pierluigi Sacco (IULM, Milan)

The 2016 conference Poetry of the Real – Conversations on Arts Research attended: Corina Caduff (Zurich University of the Arts), Francesco Erspamer (Harvard University, Cambridge), Snežana Golubović (Frankfurt a. M.), Susanna Hertrich (FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel), Mikhail Karikis (Royal College of Art, London), Bernd M. Scherer (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Maxa Zoller (American University Cairo)

The 2017 conference Poetry of the Real: Archives – Values – Futures attended: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Brown University, Providence), Carla Delfos (ELIA, Amsterdam), Taco Dibbits (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), VALIE EXPORT (Linz), Reinhard Kannonier (Kunstuniversität, Linz), Pierluigi Sacco (IULM, Milan) and Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University, Cambridge)

The topics discussed related to the different strategies in contemporary archives, artistic research and aesthetic practices. This conversations and exchange we would like to continue this year.

Symposium Objectives:
How is imagination triggered? What are the underlying processes that generate imagination as the basis of artistic and creative processes? From the sources of perception and knowledge – how is the imagined synthesized?

Friction is the basis for a dialog about perspective changes / emerging perspectives and the genesis of the new. Can Friction be perceived as positive in its diversity of perspectives and opinions generate societal openness in and though the arts to highlight and strengthen current relevant discourses in society, digital media and design and art?

Showing disruptive developments, highlighting examples of art and extended practices revealing potential access to transformations methods, practices in art and theory which trigger transformation of thinking, perception and synthesizing complex understanding.

Tuesday 12th June
Celebrating Campus of the Arts
6 pm – 1 am Emerging Real – Electronic Music Night
6.30 pm – 7 pm Neu|Now (in collaboration with ELIA, Amsterdam) Opening reception
7 pm – 7.30 pm Teresa Solar – (title tbd) Opening Reception

Wednesday 13th June
Symposium Poetry of the Real: Imagination – Friction – Transformation
9.30 am – 10 am Opening and Introduction
10 am – 12 am Session I: Imagination
12 am – 1 pm Lunch 1 pm – 3 pm Session II: Friction
3 pm – 3.15 pm Coffee Break
3.15 pm – 5.15 pm Session III: Transformation
5.15 pm – 5.30 pm Coffee Break
5.30 pm – 6 pm Summary Day 1 7 pm – 10 pm Gala Dinner

Thursday 14th June
ECAM Graduate School invites:
Workshops “Clouds and Rocks – Embracing Friction Through Research in the Making”

9 am – 9.30 am Introduction
9.30 am – 11 am Workshop I
11.15 am – 12.45 pm Workshop II
2 pm – 3.30 pm Workshop III
3.45 pm – 5.15 pm Workshop IV
5.30 pm – 8 pm Opening Media Installation

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