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Bilal Alnouri, foto: Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker

Bilal Alnouri, foto: Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker

Elli Vassalou

Elli Vassalou

Ann De Keersmaecker

Ann De Keersmaecker

Bárbara Prada

Bárbara Prada

Multimedia design

Bachelor and master Visual Arts > Multimedia design / Autonomous Design

In this programme we do not start from a specific medium, but set out on an open-minded search for what might best be described as an individual philosophy and a personal method. Just like political ideas and projects can be propagated in theoretical writings and in concrete actions, we too use different media to shape ideas and projects.

We do not take artistic disciplines as our starting points; instead we prefer to look at what moves us: a body, an object, a text, a fragment of nature, a social or political context. Personality, trust, self-knowledge, autonomy, organization, image, taking position, political and social involvement, and commitment are key concepts in the programme.

In the spaces where art is made and displayed, or that are art themselves, there are people. It is this human presence that forms the basis in each of our creative processes. In autonomous design we try to transcend the perceived sovereignty of art. At the same time we also go beyond the overly univocal functionality that is characteristic of so much design.

As such we study the morphology of spaces and actions – a living installation, a manifestation, a film or theatre set, a concert – and we invite public and private bodies to come and look at it and collaborate on it; or we participate in the projects of others. We search for ways our work can flourish in various contexts that are not necessarily artistic. In brief: we generate new instances of interaction.

The programme consists of 3 bachelor years and 1 master year. In the bachelor the main trajectory is made up of the courses Autonomous Design 1, 2 and 3 and external projects. These are the laboratories where you experiment and develop a personal artistic practice. Important questions are: What are my interests? What do I want to convey? How do I achieve that? Who’s my audience? Where do I find it? Besides this you will also participate in collective projects, which are part of the regular courses as well as specific project weeks and help you to develop the necessary collaborative skills. We strongly believe that reaching out to others is beneficial to finding answers to the questions that lie at the heart of your own practice. Through contact with others you learn how your work functions in the outside world.

Besides this main trajectory the first bachelor features supporting workshops, focussing on different practices. In activated space we study meanings and possibilities of physical presence by means of performance, live installation, scenography, parade, protest march or street fair. We activate ourselves, space, context and the others (audience and/or participants). In spatial design we elaborate and diversify the notion of design and its methods. We redefine the tension field between art and functionality in every creation. In multimedia techniques we watch the world through the eyes of new media: photo, video, image processing programmes… We use these media to create our own story or as way to document and present our work, be it activated or designed. In the second bachelor we take part in two projects that are initiated from within an existing artist’s practice by exploring, applying and elaborating on the artist’s methods. By doing so we get new ideas and ways of working to apply to our own practice.

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