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Artistic Identity Exploration

Workshop Artistic Identity Exploration at the Institute Arts and Design Education (IADE)

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ECTS points
4 days
Teaching language
German / Englisch
CHF 900.– (view fees)
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Using hair as an example, participants learn, experience, and witness artistic methods for exploring identity and diversity.

Using hair as an example, the participants learn, experience and witness artistic methods for exploring identity and diversity: hair can be individual and fashionable accessories, but at the same time it also addresses origin, class and gender. Whether hair is covered, styled as braids, dreadlocks, extensions, a hair wreath, Mohawk, perm, or in braided form, it carries political, sexual, historical, and societal identity-defining meanings. Participants engage in a participatory and narrative exploration of hair as an artistic and reflective material, developing skills for an experimental, socially applied design practice.

They get hands-on and joyfully, playfully, and reflectively explore identity, intimacy, and body-hair practices. Participants manipulate wigs, expanding their perspective on themselves and their environment through artistic and socio-sculptural experiments. In this format, participants gain experiences in artistic and cultural design processes, dealing with tonality and performance, and learn open, experimental approaches to diversity and inclusion that they can integrate into their work with people. It involves a material, sensory dialogue, speculative encounters with others and the Other. The participants work in a studio located in a neighborhood characterized by multicultural density and historically evolved social structures in transition. This environment features a high density of barber shops, hair salons, and a great diversity of people and their cultural resources, which are also manifested in their approach to hair and its sociocultural significance.

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 Arts and Design Education (IADE)

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