We would like to invite you to participate in the Autumn School of the TRADERS project, which will take place from Tuesday the 10th to Saturday the 14th of November in Genk (BE).
It will be organized by the research groups of LUCA School of Arts (CampusC-mine), KU Leuven / Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units in collaboration with the TRADERS partners (Design Academy Eindhoven / Readership City and Countryside, Chalmers / Department of Architecture, RCA / School of Architecture and University of Gothenburg / HDK).
The TRADERS Autumn School 2015 examines the crossovers between participatory approaches in art and design and reconfiguring labour in post-FordistGenk. If, as Hannah Arendt (1958) argues, there is a difference between labour (the biologically necessary efforts for maintaining life and body) and work (the specifically human endeavour to make a lasting and durable cultural world), the questions we pose are the following: what, if any, is the (critical) role of participatory art and design in reconfiguring labour and work? How can, and should, work be reinvented? And how can we support a debate concerning contemporary labour, forms of production and new types of creative work?
We will explore these questions specifically within the context of Genk (Belgium), which, since the recent closure of a Ford manufacturing plant, has ushered in, quite literally, an era of post-Fordism. The development of this small city started in the early 1900s by the establishment of three coalmines. Following the closing of these mines, the city developed new (manufacturing) industries, at the lead of Ford. By the end of the 80s, Genk almost solely relied on its manufacturing industry. By mid 2012 however, Ford Genk announced it would progressively run down its operations, until a definitive closure of the plant in December 2014.
Admissions and practicalities
Social, economic and environmental changes ask for a rethinking and repositioning of designers and artists in society. In this line of thought, the TRADERS project questions how designers and artists can engage people to participate in the debate about, and the construction of, public space. The project also aims to develop tools for training future art and design practitioners and researchers in doing so. Six design and art researchers investigate specific participatory approaches in public space (play, intervention, mapping, data-mining and modelling in dialogue), which eventually will result in a framework for training.
The Autumn School is intended for Master- and PhD students, researchers and professionals in art and design, Social Sciences and Humanities, Architecture and Engineering, Urban Studies and Planning, Communication and Media, Computer Sciences, Environmental Studies, Economics and Management and other relevant domains.
WHEN / WHERE?
Genk (Belgium), from 10th - 14th of November 2015. People are invited to come one day previous to the beginning of the Autumn School (9th), when activities for preparation and contextualization will be organized. They are also invited to stay one day longer (15th), for activities reflecting on the Autumn School.
For application, send expression of interest before the 10th of August 2015 to Evi Donné(firstname.lastname@example.org) with CV (including list of relevant work and/or publications) + a letter (max. 500 words) describing the motivation to participate in the Autumn School and how the Autumn School fits your past, current or future research interests (files should not exceed 5MB). We are on summer leave until the 10th of August, but will inform you about your acceptance by the 1st of September 2015.
For participation in the Autumn School, we ask a fee of 250 euros.