EDUCATIONAL AND ARTISTIC RESEARCH PROGRAMME
SURVIVAL KIT is a long-term artistic and educational experiment undertaken by students of the Athens School of Fine Art (Ανώτατη Σχολη Καλων Τεχνων) and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München with the participation of invited artists, lecturers and institutions.
It is supported by the DAAD for the period 2014-2016.
The aim of the programme is the exchange between art students, teachers and art professionals from both countries.
We want to develop a joint theoretical perspective and concrete structures and strategies for artistic production through collaboration, which look beyond the horizon of the so-called economic crisis.
We want to distance ourselves from the idea that relevant, contemporary artistic practices are forced to stand in the shadow of the crisis, rather, we are concerned with the question of how to step out of this shadow and conceive artistic practices as part of our total reality and its constant transformation.
We believe that art, too, plays an important role in opening up new political and social horizons, but not a subservient one – art should not be reduced to a mere megaphone of political, social and economic themes and demands.
However, artists do not exist outside of the existing circumstances, and therefore have to address concrete and acute problems, whether material, theoretical or psychological, in order to secure new forms and contents of artistic production. In the long-term perspective intellectual and artistic freedom depends on this and ought to be defended against neoliberal attacks, market interests and material constrictions.
This leads us to the idea of a ‘survival kit’ which is neither satisfied with utopian enthusiasms, nor to limiting itself to a short-term view of how to manage to get by.
Main questions and tasks of the educational program are:
- How can we learn to understand the historical and economic developments through this exchange project?
- How can we learn to apprehend their political, artistic and aesthetic outcomes?
- How can we produce common ground as result?
- How can we form a common agenda against the undesirable effects (in both countries!)?
The intention is to identify, defend and develop the foundations necessary not only for individual artistic survival, but also for fulfilled existence and human activity in the context of society as a whole.
Partnerships with Greek Institutions
of Higher Education 2014 – 2016
A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)
Initiated by: Nikos Arvanitis and Anja Kirschner with Prof. Stephan Dillemuth, Prof. Zafos Xagoraris and Yiannis Skaltsas
Participating Students (2014): Jonas Beutlhauser, Elena Carr, Kyrill Constantinides, Kalliopi Chalouva, Johannes Fedisch, Philipp Gufler, Johanna Gonschorek, Veronika Götz, Panagiotis Gritzos, Tanja Hamester, Leo Heinik, Alina Hofmaier, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Ylena Katkova, Michael Karmann, Byron Kalomamas, Liane Klingler, Lefteris Krysalis, Aimilia Liontou, Lorenz Mayr, Marius Meusch, Lisa Nase, Giorgos Nikas, Elena Papastergiou, Marios Pavlou, Giorgos Palamaris, Mako Sangmongkhon, Angela Stiegler, Melina Toelle, Vasileia Dereli, Myrto Vratsanou, Nefeli Voutyra, Athina Veloudou, Julia Walk, Sarah Weber
With: Madeleine Bernstorff, Dora Economou, Konstantinos Hatzinikolaou, Elipda Karaba, Lothringer13/Florida, Karolin Meunier, Vassilis Noulas, Theo Prodromidis, Johannes Paul Raether, Kostis Stafilakis, Transmission Gallery, Kostas Tsioukas, Eva Weinmayr