Self Design Academy

Self Design Academy

18 September - 8 November

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18 September - 8 November 2020


18 September 2020



8 November 2020

From self-malleability and self-realisation to selfcare and self-reliance, a good life seems to begin and end with a well-functioning self. A flourishing self-help industry is more than happy to assist us with books, workshops, courses and inspirational quotes. At the same time, our existence is determined by hyperrealities like climate change, mass migration, big data, and now a pandemic, that we as individuals can’t comprehend, leave alone influence. But can we at least try to understand our self? Can we start at a small level, with the I?

Self Design turns design practice inwards and takes a look at the self beyond the selfie culture. How can/shall/should we re-design our selves in view of the inescapable and drastically changing realities we live in. How can design processes help to develop alternative ways of being, in relation to the other(s)?

The Self Design Academy will explore these questions in a close collaborations between artists, designers and the audience. To integrate the real and virtual self as closely as possible, each work will be presented in real life in the Self Design Academy Space at MU and online at the Self Design Academy Site. Closely linked to the off- and online Academy, we will develop a Self Design Academy Share programme of webinars, workshops and talks, which can be followed at MU and on the site as well.

Until 21 June, curators Mieke Gerritzen and Angelique Spaninks would be happy to receive your proposals for the Self Design Academy. Click here for the Self Design Academy Open Call.

Details about the programme will follow soon.