International Spring Academy
Scheersberg International Education Centre, 1- 7.6.09
Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus-Ove Kahrmann
Crossover represents the various forms of synergy and association between
objects, situations and processes that normally have little or nothing
to do with one another. All new associations that we experience have
a creative character, open new doors, and enable the generation of creative
potential. And it is these new associations that will be the focus of
this academy. We are interested in the mutual exchange of information
and communication, and the mechanisms needed for this process.
Variety and unconventionality determine the nature of crossover activities.
Professional artists will direct the week’s intensive creative
work. Important feature of this event will be international cultural
exchange and its general international character. During the week long
academy the students will work in one of the workshops offered, but will
also have contact with the activities and participants of the other workshops.
Co-operative activities are not planned, but are welcome. The following
creative workshops are on the agenda: Painting, Music and Voice, Photography,
Video Film and Land Art. There will be artistic and scientific presentations
on relevant topics in the evenings.
Drawing – the High Art of Friction (Direction: Prof. Suse Wiegand,
Music and Voice (Direction: Dr. Martina Krause, Bielefeld)
Slide Photography (Direction: Prof. Dr. Klaus-Ove Kahrmann,Tjeerd de
Jong Posthumus, Bielefeld)
Video Film (Direction: Fabio Magnifico, Bielefeld)
Wood Cuts – Mirror Image (Direction: Eva-Maria Mehrgardt, Ringsberg)
Participants will be students from Poland, Italy, Denmark, the Czech
Republic and Germany.
This event is organised by the University of Bielefeld in association
with Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and the Scheersberg International
‘CROSSOVER’: THE WORKSHOPS
DRAWING – THE HIGH ART OF FRICTION
We will be drawing both outdoors and in the workshop. Lines are always
there, even before you think of them. We have to spontaneously decide
for some of them and
Where intuitive drawing is concerned the decisive factors are the distance
between the drawer and the subject, the perspective, the proportions,
and his/her attitude to their counterpart and their own self.
We will apply and try out different drawing techniques, random operations,
and practical rules. Which lines should one best avoid, which should
be emphasised? How much pressure, how much space and how light a touch
does the drawer need, in order to express their personal and general
Please bring along your private drawing and painting paraphernalia, overall,
and possibly a folding easel and stool for outdoors; and if you have
one: drawing board, T-square, cutter knife, scissors, adhesive, and DIN
Klaus-Ove Kahrmann / Tjeerd de Jong Posthumus
Seeing, registering, perceiving, transcribing – a camera’s
viewfinder shows a detail, a single frame, and shows details that need
not have anything to do with each other. Similarities can often be detected
in different images in terms of shape and colour, or in the type of image.
These “affinities” in the way the individual images are made
up become clear when the images are superimposed, resulting in third
images – images between the images.
Combined with a customised soundtrack it is possible to create an impressive
visual experience, a slideshow. The technical equipment will be provided
by the university. The participants can then later operate the equipment
themselves. In this workshop we will develop and frame the slides, create
the series of images, add the soundtrack and then present the shows.
Please bring along your own photographic equipment (small picture single
lens reflex camera with as many lenses as possible), tripod, E-6 process
slide films (100 to 400 ASA), slide pouches, slide frames (Quickpoint
or Gepe), audiocassettes, writing material, overall, rags, and scissors.
MUSIC AND VOICE
In this workshop we will be learning and trying out different ways to
cross over borders using the human voice.
Crossover, in the closest meaning of the word, relates to a fusion of
different styles such as classical choral music with jazz and rock elements.
Using selected examples we will experience aesthetically what can be
created by combining opposite styles.
In another sense, crossover can also relate to what happens when singing
meets speaking. By dedicatedly studying selected spoken pieces of contemporary
choir music we will use different ways of dealing with the voice for
new creative processes.
Crossover can also mean the fusion of voice and percussion, as the term “vocussion” suggests.
Through improvisation it is possible to go beyond the limits of ones
own voice and release undreamt of tonal qualities.
In this workshop we will dedicatedly work towards a final presentation
in which we will perform the various crossover opportunities that can
be created using voice.
This workshop will teach the most important knowledge and expertise
required for making short films. First of all we will explore the principles
of film language using practical exercises. After an introduction to
the film equipment we will move on to the creative work. This includes
familiarisation with the most important tools, camera, sound and light
equipment, and working on set.
The compositorial film work will be done using computers with the appropriate
editing programmes. Besides the actual editing we will deal with the
handling of raw material, adding soundtrack, and the relationship between
visual and tonal language.
Please bring along laptops and film editing programmes (preferably Premiere)
if you have any.
WOODCUTS – MIRROR IMAGE
Like a mirror image, the printed result of a woodcut is a mirror image.
In the work process the random, unforeseeable, element is the inducement
to get to grips with the ‘other’.
What reflects what where? I mirror myself in others, the world is reflected
in our consciousness and experiences an inversion. Lines of action which
intersect, connect, disappear and then reappear.
A series of related images creates a defining context which overrides
the interpreting and fixed view, thus generating frankness.
Each line points out the limits of what is visible; every position taken
radically alters reality in relation to what was before.
Please bring along an overall, old towels or rags, folders for the work
you will create; drawing equipment (sketch block, drawing and painting
materials), cutter knife, scissors, adhesive, drawing board.