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ArTechS - Intervention School

Merging Art and Technology for a Sustainable Now

The thorough analysis of society-nature relations helps to perceive the ecological crisis not as a crisis of nature itself. Instead, conflicts among people and the domination over nature may be identified as the primary cause for the interconnected social-ecological problems. Thus, only a full shift towards a comprehensive democracy warrants the chance to vanquish suppressive and exploitative power relations including the domination of wo_men over nature. Indeed, democratization might be the only chance for a social-ecological transformation of society and a sustainable living. In addition, a whole-hearted strengthening of democracy within society helps to address rising authoritarian tendencies around the globe.

Before this background, Technische Universität Berlin and the staatl. Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Künste (HMdK) Stuttgart (State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart) partnered up for the ArTechS Intervention School - Merging Art and Technology for a Sustainable Now". This school aims to further democratize teaching and research in order to contribute to a peaceful and just global society that transcends borders between nations and within societies. This includes reaching out and intervening in society through transformative learning/research which cuts across the technology and arts.

The ArTechS School brings together ten interdisciplinary/artistic research groups. Through the school, the participants will acquire the competence to unveil the complex interdependency of their artistic, social, political, ecological and economic surroundings. This includes the consideration of different values, interests and needs within a global perspective as well as within their own research group. In addition, they will get to know various practices which they might incorporate in their research projects.

The research groups are free to choose any power relations within their societies as well as the means of their interventions in order to publicly expose these power relations. The overarching questions for their student-led research is: How can groups tackle the existing power relations? Which interventions may contribute to overcome these power relations? - Thus, the groups will conduct an intervention research, which comprises the design and realization of an intervention as well as its evaluation and documentation.



Key Facts - ArTechS Intervention School

When? - 25 + 27 Nov - 02 + 04 Dec 2020 - 15 Jan - 05 Feb 2021

  • 25 Nov 2020 - Wednesday - Welcome - Introduction - Getting to know each other - General Objectives
  • 27 Nov 2020 - Friday - Reciprocal Relations of Technology, Individuals, Nature, Society and Democracy (TINS-D) - in Theory and Arts
  • 02 Dec 2020 - Wednesday - Artistic/Scientific/Technological Practices/Reflections/Theories linked to the Intervention Design and Research Projects
  • 04 Dec 2020 - Friday - Public Communication - Public Presentation - Public Documentation - Peer-to-Peer-Feedback of the Intervention Research Projects
  • 15 Jan 2021 - Friday - Check-In - Across Intervention Group Support
  • 05 Feb 2021 - Friday - Final Presentation


Where? - In your “Neighbourhoods” and via a Video Conference

The intervention research projects will take place in your “neighbourhoods” in its broadest sense. The members of one group may cooperate to intervene in their direct neighbourhood but may also intervene across borders in their respective neighbourhoods/societies/environments/etc. thus members may live in different places.

The ArTechS Intervention School will take place online via a video conference based on Zoom provided by TU Berlin. All group members should participate in all meetings of the school, see schedule above.


What is possible with an intervention research project? - Power Relations

The groups are invited to address any concrete power relations that they deem relevant for their societies. Accordingly, they also choose how they want to intervene into their surroundings/environments and create situations in their “neighbourhoods” that bring people together to listen, to reflect,  to engage,  to speak and/or to act. The interventions take place in the public of their “neighbourhoods” and might use various media like installations, performances, exhibitions with text, print, photography, painting, acting, dancing or musical expression etc. 


What comprises an intervention research project? - Intervention - Research

1) Identifying and analysing the power relations to be addressed as well as possible outcomes - 2) Design and realization of the intervention - 3) Evaluation - 4) Documentation - The results will be made publicly available and released as open access.


Who organises the school? - TU Berlin - HMdK Stuttgart - DAAD

The ArTechS Intervention School is organised by the following partners: TU Berlin: Study Reform Project Blue Engineering and Sustainability Certificate for Students - HMdK Stuttgart: CAMPUS GEGENWART. The school is funded through DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service with funds of the Federal Foreign Office Germany.


Whom to contact in case of questions? - Julia Wirsching and André Baier

For any kind of question please write an email to Julia Wirsching - Wirsching.hensche@hmdk-stuttgart.de and to André Baier - Andre.Baier@tu-berlin.de



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