AM – requirements – Dérive Berlin – Urban Explorations in Art & Design

Dérive Berlin is a 2 months residency awarded by Belius Foundation Berlin in collaboration with the Research Centre for Art & Design (CAD), Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda/Den Bosch. The award is granted twice annually; each time to one student currently enrolled in Avans University’s Art Academy St. Joost or in one of the Communication and Multimedia Design programs. Dérive Berlin honours excellent performance that – in the eyes of the selection committee – qualifies the candidate for the program.

The name of the stipend is a reference to the famous artistic exploration strategy employed by the Situationists. La dérive stood for the strategy of drifting aimlessly through the city subconsciously directed by its aesthetic contours as well as unexpected encounters, with the ultimate goal of making an entirely new and authentic experience. One of the key elements of la dérive was called le rendezvous possible which points to one of the crucial principles in the philosophy of Belius Foundation: Serendipity.

Consequently, while Derive Berlin grants awardees the greatest possible autonomy with regard to the artistic activities, we expect the candidates to have shown an affinity the aleatory nature of the urban experience in the orientation of their work. Derive Berlin is intended as a residency allowing the artist or designer to immerse her/himself in the creative urban space of the German capital in order to generate new impulses for their artistic/aesthetic work.

The awardee is expected to produce least one new piece of work before the end of the residency period. Belius Foundation facilitates and supports the preparation and production of this work. The awardee presents the work during a self-organised Derive Finissage, i.e., a final ‘art party’ in Berlin reflecting the experiences made during the residency. After returning to Avans, the awardee organizes a presentation of his/her work at the host academy. After completion of the residency, the awardee becomes mentor of his/her successor.

Info & Requirements
Program start: March/April 2016
Duration: 2 months
Frequency: twice annually for one student
Eligibility: students of AKV|St.Joost or CMD at Avans University of Applied Sciences

Travel costs (to a maximum of €250)
Accommodation: use of a room in shared flat at Oranienstrasse (near Moritzpaltz)
Introduction to Belius’ networks through mentoring program
Workshop Access
Monthly scholarship of €500 from Belius foundation
Support in organizing Derive Finissage for the Belius Foundation

Form of Application
CV & motivational letter to:
Application Deadline: 31.12.2015
Award Announcement: Before 31.01.2016

Requirements candidates

You are:

  • an advanced student of AKV | St. Joost or CMD at Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • willing and able to stay in Berlin for the duration of the full two months

You have:

  • an excellent academic performance record at your academy
  • a clear vision on art & design in urban context
  • the proven ability to independently initiate and realize  projects
  • the capacity to make relevant connections within a new network and use them for your creative purposes

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