This research project is a follow-up to the YAFF (Young Artist Feed Forward) project.
Young Artists Feed Forward is a collective of recently graduated artists that was set up in 2017 in collaboration with Caradt researcher Rob Leijdekkers.
YAFF explores and develops commercial models in connection with the changing social positions of autonomous visual artists. The collective also advocates substantial changes in the current understanding of the creative industry. Attitudes within the creative industry embrace the principles of creative autonomy (the idea of art playing an innovative role, for example) while, simultaneously, there is very little space for actually expressing that autonomy.
After two years of intensive collaboration, Rob Leijdekkers withdrew from YAFF. The collective now continues independently. Reflections on the YAFF collaboration provided Rob with the foundations for new research. Based on the initial findings, an educational module was developed that focuses on the dilemmas of young artists. The uncertain future is an issue for most students, but is often ignored through a dedicated focus on projects. Conversations with artists, colleagues, alumni and students have resulted in a working method that can be meaningful in practice.
The publication (currently in progress) The Conflict Model (working title) will be an invitation to place the arts within society, to engage in conflict, and to link a sense of community to a diversity of artist practices. The model advocates indirect benefits, as opposed to direct benefit. This is why our art students can no longer be kept at a distance from societal issues: we must let them take their place. We must not protect them from the dilemmas of being an artist, but rather make these dilemmas a part of their practice and approach.
The main result – in addition to a number of lectures and workshops – is that within the art education of St. Joost School of Art and Design and the Communication and Multimedia Design programmes more explicit attention is paid to the importance of collectivity, citizenship and, art and design’s contribution to social issues. A contribution that is not based on offering solutions to these questions, but on offering insights into possible alternatives.
What are the dilemmas for artists and designers who want to deal with and relate to social issues?Which (alternative) forms of (independent) practices are required for this?
Ongoing research, started in 2020.
Other researchers involved
Bart Stuart (external researcher / Caradt)
Collective YAFF: Mirron Looijmans, Gerrit-Jan Smit, Rob Leijdekkers, Reinier Vrancken, Lisette van Doren, Roel Neuraij, Eef Schoolmeesters, Ruben Mols, Carl Alexander, Eva Hoonhout, Amanda van Wijk, Rozemarijn de Booij, Camping Viervaart, Renée van Oploo, Dagmar Marent Esther Schaminée
Klaar van der Lippe
De Fabriek Eindhoven
Jeugd Cultuur Fonds
InBlik Radio (Malú van der Bijl and Sofie Hollander)
Avans University of Applied Sciences