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Dérive Berlin Spring School – the documentary

Twelve students from AKV|St.Joost (graphic and spatial design) and from the Communication & Multimedia departments of Avans participated in the Derive Berlin Spring School 2018 research program.

The students share their experiences in Berlin in the video below.

Research experience
Dérive Berlin Spring School is organized by Avans University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Belius Foundation (Berlin) and the Center of Applied Research for Art, Design & Technology (Caradt). The program offers students a guided learning and research experience within an environment of cutting-edge projects on the crosslines of art, design and technology. The participants immerse themselves for a week in the creative urban space of the German capital. They increase their research skills and capabilities and gain momentum for their own creative work.

Student pilot 2018
The 2018 edition was a pilot, which will be repeated annually. Twelve students were chosen to participate in this research traineeship, four from each of the three participating schools.

‘Our research group investigates the role artists, designers and cultural producers in general can play in developing the aesthetics and poetics of a desirable future.’

Sebastian Olma is professor Cultural and Creative Industries. He works for the Expertise Centre Art, Design and Technology.

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‘As a result of my current research, I ask the students the questions “what is your work” and “what works for you.’

Rob Leijdekkers is a researcher at the Cultural and Creative Industries research group and a tutor at the Art & Research programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design. 

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Research Group: Cultural and Creative Industries

The research group Cultural and Creative Industries investigates the role of artists and designers as creative innovators and drivers of social and economic change. Affiliated researchers analyse the cultural and creative industries from a critical point of view and examine the conditions under which timely forms of aesthetic expression and social connectedness can actually take place within the precarious reality of this field. What economic models are required by artists and designers to create a meaningful practice within the aesthetic, social, and economic intentions of the cultural and creative industries? What skills sets are required for those artists and designers who don’t just want to follow movements, but actually shape novel social and economic models of the future?

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