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Workshop “GOOD/ BAD” by Brenda Tempelaar and Isabelle Sully

On Friday, January 14th, sixty second-year students of St. Joost School of Art participated in the workshop “GOOD/BAD” convened by artists Brenda Tempelaar (a member of the research group Cultural and Creative Industries) and Isabelle Sully. Participating students were given one day to develop a collective proposal for an open call for an exhibition at A Tale of A Tub in Rotterdam. First, students were divided into groups of “BAD” and “GOOD” and discussed various dilemmas in contemporary artistic practice among their groups, such as authorship, funding and the need for artists to be visible. Exploring the meaning of “BAD” and “GOOD” in these contexts, students were encouraged to think about the consequences of their choices. In a round of feedback, students were encouraged to openly discuss what influenced and motivated their decisions. In doing so, students were able to get a first impression of what it means eliminate hidden agendas and unfair assumptions thus experiencing a situation of respectful negotiation and democratic interaction.

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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