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Youth Is An Art

Youth Is An Art

'Youth is an Art' is the title of a quite moving series of 105 photographs under the same title, in which Dutch artist Daan van Golden portrays, onwards from her birth, the life of his daughter Diana. Van Golden in his turn, adapted the title from Oscar Wilde, who, by using this exclamation, subtly managed to strike the ambiguity of ‘being young’.
To all of us the subject appears to have an intense, personal meaning. Everybody is young, or has been young and each of us has to deal with a mainstream culture in which that miraculous sensitive state of ‘being’ is both celebrated and exploited. As commercials so eagerly want to convey: being young is being ‘alive’. Being young is a state of transition which sometimes seems to capture all factions of modern life. Who doesn’t want to linger forever in the area between the new beginning, the mythological early childhood and the dull, inevitable declining into old age, of dead?
The romantic idealisation of the child, flourishing in the 19th century, was supplemented in the 20th century with a fascination, penetrated with existential melancholy for the adolescent. Till today the (self)representation of the adolescent produces enchanting (sub)cultural expressions, sometimes with groundbreaking potential for new developments in the arts and society.
We invited 6 outstanding guests who, themselves at very different stages in their life and careers, will shed light on the subjective joys and horrors, as well as on the theoretical knowledge produced by the status of being young. The inspiration for their papers derives from their ongoing research on subcultures, youth culture, the culture of adolescence and/or their personal experiences with the world as it is.

Seminar and lectures of Youth is an Art will be moderated by the German artist Anette Krauss. Her project 'Hidden Curriculum,' which recently was at show in Casco Utrecht, looks at the unrecognized and unintended knowledge, values and beliefs that are part of the learning process in schools. The project involved groups of 16–17 year old students. The project was realized through a series of workshops with two groups of 16–17 year old students from the Rietveld College and Amadeus Lyceum in Utrecht.

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