SFU Field School: Berlin School for the Contemporary Arts 2019

Germany, Europe May 2019 Visual Arts Performing Arts Interdisciplinary

Recommended Credits: Students will complete 11 or 13 units
Program Website: https://sfu-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=programs&mode=form&id=4338fee9a81c3ffa64b0e5b9f6e20252

The Berlin Contemporary Arts Field School offers a broad introduction to Contemporary Arts in Berlin and their critical and theoretical context. Founded in the 12th century, Berlin has been both shaped and divided by history. Today, it is once again the capital of Germany, and is recognized as a global cultural hub; a city where history is intertwined with artistic intervention and innovation, and where international visual art, theatre, music, dance and film thrive. The Field School introduces students to the formative forces and contemporary realization of art and culture in Berlin. A comprehension of the correspondence between the arts and their social, political, material context will be enriched through simultaneous study, discussion and an experience of art and the urban fabric of this complex city.

Students may earn 11 or 13 credits in three SCA courses:

Contemporary Arts Field School I, CA 308 (4) This course includes assigned readings, seminar discussions and outings in Berlin. The course's focus is on contextual discussions and site visits through which participants will reflect on art historical examples, historical events, theoretical writing, and urban space to provide a background to the Contemporary Arts in Berlin. Students will gain an introduction to a number of historical movements and artists including: Berlin Dada; Tanztheatre (Expressionist Dance Theatre); The Bauhaus School; Berthold Brecht's Theatre; the Third Reich's oppression of modern art and music; the art of East and West Germany during the post WW II division; foundations of musical modernism in Germany; New German Cinema. The writing about aesthetics and culture by German theorists including Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School will be discussed. Readings will be paired with a relevant site visits and cultural examples in Berlin.

Contemporary Arts Field School II, CA 309 (4) This course will engage directly with examples of the contemporary arts presented in Berlin at the time of the Field School. The course will include preparatory readings, gallery visits, visits to artist's studios and discussions about works of contemporary art with the opportunity of interacting with local artists and academics. The legacy of Berlin reunification, the specific history of technical media in relation to art in Germany, German musical avant gardes and electronic music, experiments in dance and theatre will be viewed and discussed.

Explorations in Contemporary Arts I CA 305 (3) (5 credits as CA 405) Students will work under the guidance of the Field School director to develop a research program focused on a particular artistic discipline, history, or thematic interest related to Contemporary Arts in Berlin. Students will propose an independent researched based project which can include artistic practice as a form of response and analysis but must also included a well researched and organized written component detailing research, including discussions with artists.


February 12, 13 or 14 (TBC) Acceptance Session
March 6 - 20 Field School 101 Online Canvas Program (mandatory)
March 21 Pre-Departure Orientation
May 15, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25 Sessions at SFU
June 1 Study in Berlin
July 13 End of Program

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Information Sessions
Students are encouraged to attend an information session. Students will have an opportunity to meet the Field School Director and learn additional details about the destination and program.

Thursday, January 17th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) GC 4390
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Thursday, January 24th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) GC 4390
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Please email fieldschools@sfu.ca for more information. 

Application Deadline: January 29th, 2019