Julian Weber visited Theatre Academy and Fine Arts Academy

TRANSLATIONS & TRANSITIONS - art pieces defining themselves freshly in a situation
Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy

Course instructors and lecturers: Julian Weber (Berlin), Kirsi Monni, Tarja Pitkänen-Walter 
Visiting lecturer: Olli Pyyhtinen


Characteristic to contemporary art is how it forms itself in transitions to different connections. For example, appearance and meaning of a painting changes when situated as a part of a public event, fashion, concert…. On the other hand, painting as an object – and as a verb – can in itself be an assemblage of different media. Often art pieces are realised as spatial events and choreographed performances where the viewer’s bodily movement is unavoidable or even a part of the piece. The practices of exhibiting visual arts, e.g., exhibitions and openings, processes and situations where audience and the art pieces meet, are constantly redefined. The situation calls for reinterpreting the concepts and comprehension of both the art piece and the meeting.

Respectively, in the field of choreography the transitions away from solely body-centred starting points for movement have been put into practise for a long time already. Choreographic discussion has expanded to problematize the concept of composition, not only concerning the bodily movement but the movement of materials, perceptions and meanings in various contexts. The division between abstract or ’performative’, modern or post-modern dance or painting is no longer a meaningful way to describe the various material and discursive layers of art piece.

In the course, art is seen as material discourse (Chantal Mouffe). This starting point is not necessarily about the aesthetic quality of medium or material as such, except for how the acquired history of a certain field of art bears material-discursive information with it. In the course, form, articulation, materiality and materials refer to a process where things and objects are tied to different flowing relationships; all things form within themselves always already vibrant assemblages of compositional and discursive relationships.

In the current phase of art, it is interesting to observe how certain conceptual or methodological starting points or philosophies resonate from different artistic starting points, what do they produce as art pieces or artistic thinking; what kind of new viewpoints their closer examination will open up to students of different study programmes.

The workshops and lectures encourage the students to create situations where art pieces can be defined in a new way. In this course, the meeting of different art fields can happen as, for example, artists and art pieces meeting, cooperation, mixing the fields up, blending in, translations, processes, and materialistic loaning or sharing.

The lectures of the course:

  • Matter and Processes of Materialization –– some concepts of the Alfred N. Whitehead’s process ontology (lecture Kirsi Monni) & Painting in Transition (Tarja Pitkänen-Walter)
  • Julian Weber: lecture-presentation of his work and a workshop
  • Professor Olli Pyyhtinen: Translation

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