Open call for - Summer School 2012 ‘Using Art’ in Liverpool

Monday, 27. August 2012 um 10:56 Uhr

Place for 6 students Date 8 – 14 October Costs € 200,-

Give the academic year an autonomous start and sign up for a seven-day (late-) Summer School and Mobile Art Academy in Liverpool taking place October 8 until 14, 2012. Team up with a broad international group of MA and graduate students to debate the state of art today and how it can be useful. The week is organized by John Moores University Liverpool, a founding member of The Autonomy Project, and takes place during the Liverpool Biennial. The University of Hildesheim will fund 50% of the costs of 6 places, which leaves approximately 200 euros to be paid per participant.

In the last two years the University of Hildesheim has been an active member in The Autonomy Project dedicated to inspiring debate on the possibilities and challenges of this old, but central concept in the (Western) understanding of art. Key to The Autonomy Project aims to inspire active dialogue between young practitioners both in theory and practice. In the last two years this has resulted in two Summer Schools in which Hildesheim students also participated. This year the focus will be on how art in its autonomy has delivered a very specific contribution to modern society historically as well as today. In other words, how autonomous art has and can be used. During the week the participants will collectively work on a manual for ‘useful art’ together with a group of visiting lectures, among them: Alistair Hudson (deputy director, Grizedale Arts), Annie Fletcher (curator Van Abbemuseum) and Charles Esche (director Van Abbemuseum).

To sign up, you have to be either a MA-student or be in your 6th semester, also you need to send an letter of motivation to Steven ten Thije (tenste(at) of min 500, max 1000 words, explaining your interest in participating in the Summer School. Before August 24st.

For more information on The Autonomy Project see: There you can also download the three Autonomy Project Newspapers that reflect previous activities.

The Autonomy Project

The Autonomy Project is organised by a network of institutions who, in the last years, have felt a growing unease concerning the non-reflexive use of the notion of autonomy in contemporary discourse. The Autonomy Project is neither a defense of nor attack on the notion as such, but seeks to stimulate research and reflection concerning the complex history of a complex idea born in modern societies, now used in a contemporary context. To do this, the Autonomy Project seeks to connect more established intellectuals and artists with MA and graduate students within concentrated settings where dialogue, research and education can take place. Next to that, through public events and publications, the Autonomy Project aims to stimulate general debate and reflection on this key term for a broader public of art professionals and interested publics. The Autonomy Project partners are: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Onomatopee, Eindhoven; Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte, Rietveld Academy/University of Amsterdam; Universität Hildesheim, Germany; the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ, Arnhem; and John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. The Autonomy Project is supported by the Mondrian Fund and the generous contributions of its participants.