An International Symposium on Interdisciplinarity in Arts Practices
at the Maastricht Academy of Music - Bonnefantenstraat 15, Maastricht
10 and 11 February 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Why do we need art? The current global financial and economic crisis, and the rise of populism in politics are challenging artists and art worlds to give convincing answers to this question. During the symposium Experimental Crossings, we explore inter-disciplinarity in arts practices as a way to find new openings in the debate on the legitimacy and relevance of the arts.
In this debate, we often end up in the deadlock of a dualism between the ideal of artistic autonomy and the requirement of instrumental value. Interdisciplinarity – not only between artistic disciplines, but also between art and science, and art and society – can be thought of as a way to move beyond this dualism. The relational, networked character of today’s art practices challenges the romantic notion that artists can work in complete isolation. More and more artists become hybrid cultural workers, art works become art processes, and art practices become site, community, and context specific. Some artists present art works as knowledge claims. Other artists engage in interventionist art. These developments suggest that interdisciplinarity is not just a ‘niche’ in the art world, but a fundamental way of understanding and evaluating contemporary art practices.
This symposium investigates experimental crossings between the domains of the arts, the sciences, as well as politics and the public sphere. It has two major goals:
- The first is to explore how artists and cultural workers actually create these crossings and how this work can be taught in arts education.
-The second is to investigate how interdisciplinarity can help to re-evaluate the artistic, scientific, economic, social and political value of the arts.
The symposium is organized by the research centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts of Zuyd University in collaboration with the Maastricht Academy of Music, the Theatre Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University.
Conference fee: 85 euro / Students reduced fee od 40 euro
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