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Artistic Identity Exploration

Workshop Artistic Identity Exploration at the Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE), 21 – 25 June 2022

Key data

ECTS points
Next start
21 June, 2022
1 Week
Final application date
Jul 17, 2022
Teaching language
German / Englisch
CHF 900.– (view fees)
Study mode

Participants will learn about and experience firsthand artistic methods for exploring identity and diversity using hair as an example. Hair can be a distinctive or fashionable accessory, yet it also brings up issues like race, class and gender at the same time. Whether covered or styled in braids, dreadlocks, extensions, fringes, faux-hawks, perms or pigtails, hair carries with it a political, sexual, historical and social significance that contributes to the formation of identity. Participants will engage narratively and participatively with hair as a raw and reflective material for artistic and creative work, developing skills for an experimental applied social design practice.

They will roll up their sleeves and delve passionately, playfully and reflexively into the subjects of identity, intimacy and body hair practices. Participants will push wigs aside and broaden their perspective of themselves and their living environment with creative, social and sculptural experiments.

In this format, participants will gain experience in artistic and cultural design processes and navigating tonality and performance. They will learn open-ended, experimental processes for fostering diversity and inclusion which they can integrate into their work with people. The goal is to foster a material and sensory dialogue, speculative encounters with others and the other. Participants will work in a studio located in a neighbourhood in flux: it is a multicultural melting pot steeped in historical social structures that have developed over time. There is a high density of barber shops and hairdressers and an incredibly diverse mix of people and those people’s cultural resources, which manifest themselves in many ways, one of them being how they treat hair and its sociocultural sites.

Institute of Arts and Design Education (IADE)

Art and design, and imparting their contents open up new ways of perceiving and shaping the world. Learning in art and design is marked by an intense experience of self-agency and dealing with highly diverse contexts.

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Institute Art and Design Education (IADE)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Academy of Art and Design, Institute Art and Design Education (IADE) Building: A 1.18 Oslo-Strasse 3 CH - 4142 Münchenstein near Basel