Today a very special teaching period ended. It has been an intense but also very enriching period. Artist Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL and I have for over a month now had an opportunity to activate some of the ideas behind The Academy of Emergency Art at two different host organizations, Holbæk Art School and Borup Højskole.
The Academy of Emergency Art is a new international education where artists are educated and trained to become emergency artists. It focuses on working in the now, on training of the awareness muscle and on the ability to express artistically about the emergencies in the world.
The Academy of Emergency Art vision was first time published in a national Danish newspaper Politiken in 2014.
Now the first students from the The Academy of Emergency Art are being graduated and we believe they will carry on the spirit of emergency art along their carriers in order to make a change in the world, which for every day is more and more in need of artists who care.
It is not an easy task for a student to constantly be taking the pulse of the developments in the society, to be spotting dysfunctions and to be responding immediately to them. It takes some very awake and brave students. But after seeing the final show today and digesting the experiences from the teaching period, I have a feeling that we actually did succeed in stimulating the students in becoming more aware and do art of great importance. I don’t know if we succeeded in creating the moment of clarity for the students, but when we talked to each of them in the evaluation interview earlier this week, we got a clear impression that all of them felt a certain transformation. They felt that they were part of a journey. They explained that they have moved from their starting point into a direction of pulsing reality. For most of them it was chocking to realize how unfair the world situation is. In the process some got sad, and others frustrated because they could not find an immediate solution for the problems that now stood clear in front of their eyes. But then we gave them more tools to keep going and producing important reflections. We pushed to make sure the journey would not stop. To keep turning their observations into pertinent artworks was the only way forward. They kept producing. Each in their different way they found a balance between the place and state of mind they came from and the new more turbulent reality they now were facing. They gained courage and hope. The artworks and collaborations between the students only got better by the end of the period.
The combination of intuition and sensibility on the one hand and knowledge and information on the other seamed to be a perfect setting for a valid artistic development.
Now, even though tired after an intense period, I have a feeling of an accomplishment and a feeling of have learned something about the moment of clarity. I’m still not sure if the moment of clarity can be provoked or it only happens by hazard, but it for sure has to do with energy, as Thierry said in one of our debates.