The apexart Fellowship: An Experiment in Vertical Cultural Integration

The apexart Fellowship: An Experiment in Vertical Cultural Integration

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"The apexart Fellowship: An Experiment in Vertical Cultural Integration" explores the methodology, practice, and effects of apexart's unique Fellowship model. The apexart Fellowship is an alternative educational program that invites creative individuals to leave their familiar surroundings for a month-long stay in a foreign country. The program provides new sources of inspiration through exposure to new cultures, interests, and experiences. Unlike an artist residency program, the apexart Fellowship provides a rich, 30-day schedule of non-art activities, all while requiring Fellows to refrain from producing creative works. The apexart Fellowship schedule prioritizes educational experiences that are outside of the Fellow’s stated interests. This diversity of activities leaves Fellows with new ideas, approaches, and content to incorporate into their creative practices. In doing new and interesting things, and having time away from their usual responsibilities, apexart Fellows can reflect on what they do with greater perspective. apexart Fellows keep a public journal for the duration of their program, and participate in a recorded exit interview at the end of their Fellowship, which can be found online. By providing a space for contemplation and exposure to new experiences, the apexart Fellowship is designed to be a catalyst for creativity. This book brings together contributions by past Fellows, art funders, a psychotherapist, as well as reflections on the Fellowship program by apexart Founder and Executive Director Steven Rand. The entries share personal accounts of participating in the Fellowship, as well as thoughts on the merits of apexart's unconventional program where participants do not make artwork, but are rather vertically integrated into a culture by doing what locals do rather than what a traveling artist or tourist would do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933347929
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 12/09/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 142
File size: 435 KB

About the Author

Robert Punkenhofer is founding director of ART&IDEA and currently Trade Commissioner of Austria in Barcelona, Spain. In his work he crosses the limits of art, creative ventures and international business. He is responsible for more than 100 exhibitions and special projects on 3 continents, amongst others the visionary Mur Island with Vito Acconci; the Vienna. He served as Director of the Austrian Design Foundation and the Creative Industry Office at Austriás Foreign Trade Organisation. He serves as creative director of Carl Suchy & Söhne, the leading watch manufacturer of the former Habsburg empire. He is a member of the International Advisory Council at Princeton University/ PLAS and visiting professor at New York University.

Table of Contents

Been there, haven't done that Steven Rand 8

Apexart Fellowship Program Julia Knight 27

After all the smoke clears and the dust settles Stephanie Powell 33

Journal in Retrospect T.J. McLachlan 44

Therapy and the Fellowship Program Nancy Wender 56

Fields of Play Casey Smith 66

Re-imaging the Role of the Institution Yona Baker 76

If I had an Island: My Ideal Curatorial Residency Program Robert Punkenhofer 90

(One) Who Goes Back Anna Moschovakis 96

There is a Here There: Global Citizenship and the apexart International Fellowship Nicky Enright 106

A Month Without Words Joanna Ebenstein 121

Select Fellowship Journal Entries 129

List of Participating Fellows 136

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