Winter School 2020 begins with a new Artist in Residence: Building Conversation

Winter School 2020 © Kris Dewitte

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The Academy of Architecture has invited the artists’ collective Building Conversation, which was created on the initiative of theatre maker Lotte van den Berg and visual artist Daan 't Sas, as Artist in Residence for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Winter School 2020 has begun today, curated by the team from Building Conversation.

During the Winter School 2020, the Artist in Residence will set to work with first- and second-year Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture students from the Academy of Architecture. The students will participate in an interdisciplinary and interactive manner in a number of performative conversations developed by Building Conversation at different locations in the centre of Amsterdam. They will reflect with each other on their personal experiences and on this basis they will speak about the relationship between space and conversation, and about conversation as a space between people.

During the Winter School, we teach our students to work, in an interdisciplinary manner and as a team, on an assignment that seeks out, or crosses, the borders of the three fields of study, and thus ensure that the designer’s own horizon is expanded. As a student at the Academy of Architecture, you will work in a broader sociocultural context. That is why training your intuition and transforming it in a limited time from an idea into an inspired product are important learning objectives of the Winter School.

On Friday, January 17, the final results of the Winter School 2020 can be seen and experienced at the Academy of Architecture. There will be an opening in the canteen at 16:00 hrs. Afterwards, continuous presentations from nine different groups can be seen and experienced in various places in and outside the building. The tenth group will provide a final presentation at the Academy of Theatre and Dance. You will receive the detailed timetable during the opening. You can also check our Facebook and Instagram account.

This is the 15th Artist in Residence that we have been able to welcome thanks to the Artist in Residence programme of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. In recent years, surprising and high-profile projects and lecture series have been realised under the guidance of Artists in Residence, such as the artist and architect Alexander Brodsky, the artist and architect Sarah van Sonsbeeck, visual artist and film director Gabriel Lester and photographer Jeroen Musch. Luc Deleu was the first Artist in Residence at the Academy of Architecture in the 2004-2005 academic year.

Winter School 2020 © Kris Dewitte

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