Intimacy over (Long) Distance

– working together on shared thematic outline in different locations

AADTE Working Group Session

Friday 14th April
Room s.K.101
Antwerp, 2023

We are happy to see you and look forward to your contributions.

In this AADTE CWG session we aim to discuss how to keep international joint projects alive and develop them further despite the current ecological crisis.
We also see this approach as an attempt to make methods developed during the Corona crisis fruitful and to develop them further in our teaching and research practices.
By discussing exemplary projects together at this AADTE meeting, we hope to further develop possibilities, methods and criteria for artistic collaboration across (great) distances.
Among other things, we want to find out how we can work with the conditions and materials on site and exchange our experiences and ideas via media and (long) distance.

We invite you to share methods and practices on this topic. Members of the Cumulus community are welcome to give a short presentation in the workshop. Please send an email to Minna and Andreas with a short outline of your project if you wish to contribute!

Minna and Andreas will also present 2 projects:

Minna will share experiences from pandemic time teaching methodologies within courses Contemporary Art education, Lens-based contemporary practices and Art, Ecology and Ethics. These courses used a structured frame and regular gatherings in online platforms but was based on simultaneous artistic processes in individual locations. Based on these locally gained experiences we will discuss how the gained experience and methods could support more sustainable ways of international collaboration.

Andreas will share experiences from the project Remote Guide to Extractivism: During the “Remote Guide to Extractivism” Summer School, students work in parallel for 2 weeks in Athens, Melbourne, and Taipei, studying extractive sites in their respective local contexts. Students and faculty work locally while networking with their overseas colleagues. It is an experiment to investigate the global forms of extractivism in a comparative way and nevertheless have a low carbon footprint.

If you want to contribut, please get in touch:

Minna Suoniemi,
lecturer, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art.

Andreas Kohli
professor, Zurich University of the Arts, Department of Cultural Analysis.