The Self Design Academy

The Self Design Academy

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Visit The Self Design Academy also online, for more info about the artists, exclusive online works and the program during the expo!

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?

In The Self Design Academy, a joint initiative of MU and Image Society, 18 artists and designers together with the visitors investigate how we can define, understand and design ourselves. Inspired by Mieke Gerritzen’s upcoming book Help Your Self about the ever-increasing popularity of the self-help industry, we focus on the creative strategies and techniques we can develop ourselves, and how to share these with others. At the same time, the Academy is a place of critical reflection on the malleability of the self. Is it actually necessary to constantly improve or (re)design ourselves, and if so: on whose terms? To what extend are we being formed by forces around us, and how do we (re)gain control? 


Hanneke Wetzer, Living alone (together)

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  The Self Design Academy Share program of webinars, workshops and talks, which can be followed both at MU and on the website.

MU Hybrid Art House and The Image Society

On show: 18 september - 22 november
Curators: Angelique Spaninks and Mieke Gerritzen

Participants: Alix Bizet, Briony O ClarkeMargriet CraensJonas ErslandAnna Maria FinkAna Maria Gomez LopezBrigitte JansenIvi van KeulenJonathan LevainTom LooisMarlot Meyer, Paradyme, PentHouss, Thom van RijckevorselNoam Youngrak SonEmma VerhoevenHanneke WetzerZwermers