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Glocal Academy. Whose culture is it anyway?

Glocal Academy. Whose culture is it anyway?

How can the art school take into account its new context on the global stage?
Are artists "rootless cosmopolitans"?
Do artists want to adhere to discrete categories of one culture, one nation, one ideological framework? Do "tribal forms of knowledge" come into conflict with global interactions between artists? Where should the glocal campus be located?
Who has access to it and who is excluded?

How can the art school take into account its new context on the global stage? Are artists “rootless cosmopolitans”? Do artists want to adhere to discrete categories of one culture, one nation, one ideological framework? Do “tribal forms of knowledge” come into conflict with global interactions between artists? How can ‘hybrid identities that speak to a complex interconnectedness of global and local identities be created?’ Where should the glocal campus be located? Who has access to it and who is excluded?
Governments claim that culture connects us to the past — but to whose culture are we meant to be connected? Whose culture is it anyway? The Glocal Academy does not pretend to present you with any clear answers. Rather, it tries to bring together critical reflection with very concrete proposals for new forms of energetic exchange and collaboration. Glocal Academy wants to encourage you to question hidden hierarchies and ideological boundaries that are hard to pin down but definitely do exist, not only in the world at large but even in the so-called “autonomous” and “free” zones of renowned European art schools.
It is in zones of crisis, conflict or poverty that it becomes clear where the “powers that be” draw their lines and it is here that the urgency for artists to invest in agency and to connect and collaborate outside the “splendid isolation” of the studio becomes manifest.
The invited speakers at the Glocal Academy either have been studying how art, identity and ideology relate, or have been involved in creating spaces of emancipation within existing institutes or in curating and organizing alternative spaces for the exchange of knowledge in a glocal context.

Katarina Zdjelar is a visual artist based in Rotterdam. Her artistic practise focuses on language, belonging and cultural identity. She develops audio-video works, book projects and platforms for speculation, exchange and knowledge building, such as reading groups, discussions, workshops and symposiums.
Recent exhibitions in 2008 include: 'Ellen de Bruijne Projects', 'Katarina Zdjelar - everything is gonna be' (Amsterdam) and 'Right to stay for all', Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

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