New Collaboration Forms in Site-specific Blended Courses Abroad: Lessons Learned in the Curriculum Development Project

By Peter Purg and Daniela Brasil.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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A condensed programme of international courses with site-specific focus was developed as part of the collaborative art study programme Media Arts and Practices. Among higher-education partners from Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia the collaboration crossed the realms of new-media and contemporary art, film, animation, photography and scenography. Aiming at art pedagogy practitioners including art-school managers, who plan to develop or implement similar forms of intensive courses or programmes, the article discusses several key phenomena emerging among different stakeholders of the artistic or media-production education process. A plethora of research-and-development data, gathered along the three years of the collaborative study programme provision and intensive short-term course deployments, were condensed into lessons-learned that focus around the aspects of (blended) course design, interdisciplinary teaching and production methods, academic feedback and critique, as well as impact on local stakeholders. By shedding multi-layered light at site-specific art pedagogy along four short case-comparisons (from Graz, Komiža, Rijeka, and Venice), the article reflects an important trend in the arts—increasingly hybrid, multidisciplinary practices. It shows how social and (aesth)ethical change is well possible within a culturally reflected art pedagogy-cum-production setting that can materialize a collective and meaningful impact on a specific site, and its social tissue.

Keywords: Site-specific, Academic Experience Abroad, Collaboration

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 11, Issue 3, September, 2016, pp.35-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: May 19, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 758.566KB)).

Dr. Peter Purg

Assistant Professor, School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Dr. Daniela Brasil

Assistant Professor, Institute for Contemporary Art, Graz Technical University, Graz, Austria