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Sebastian Olma, Rob Leijdekkers and YAFF @ Digital Bauhaus Summit in Weimar

Professor Sebastian Olma, Caradt-researcher Rob Leijdekkers and the Dutch collective Young Artists Feed Forward (YAFF) present lectures and workshops at the Digital Bauhaus Summit, June 28/29 in Weimar.

Learning Spaces

On the first conference day, Leijdekkers and Olma will deliver the opening lecture of the track Learning Spaces. As a prelude to the workshop of the Dutch collective Young Artists Feed Forward (YAFF), they will propose some preliminary principles of a pedagogy of disruption (“disruption” being intended here strictly in the non-Californian sense of the term). The objective is not to develop a new general model of Learning Design, but to sketch the ethical, political and pedagogic contours of a Future Learning Design that has the capacity to empower the young generation of artists and designers to break through the aesthetic misery of our time.

On the second day YAFF takes centre stage with The Problem Venue, that will include the first ever public presentation of their manifesto.

Young Artists Feed Forward (YAFF)

YAFF is a nomadic artists collective working on strategies for injecting artistic autonomy into new possible markets; offering supply without much regard for demand. Works, projects or themes are proposed by individual members and worked out by the group. The collective approach allows for a more defiant attitude and guards against the temptations of easy concessions. Rob Leijdekkers cofounded YAFF in 2018 while investigating possibilities for a timely practice of artistic autonomy in art and design for Caradt.

Digital Bauhaus

Digital Bauhausarrow is an annual summit for the creative economy. Set in Weimar, home of the original Bauhaus, it focuses on a specific topic each year and features hands-on workshops, keynote talks, panels and ample time and space for exchange and dialogue among the participants. This year the central topic of the summit is Learning Design.

Cultural and Creative Industries / YAFF

This research involves intensive collaboration with ten recently graduated visual artists from St. Joost School of Art & Design. The Young Artist Feed Forward (YAFF) collective is working on research aimed at the increasing value of an autonomous position in relation to issues within the Creative Industry. Instead of artists bringing innovation to the economy, research is being conducted into how you can bring the skills and know-how that you acquire as a visual arts student to the market. The research is carried out by organising collective work sessions. The aim of these sessions is to give meaning to concepts that play a central role in the research, such as conflict (Dont avoid it, deal with it). 

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‘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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