Since the pandemic, our private spaces have taken on radically different meanings, merging office spaces into our homes. Simultaneously, our notion of the public sphere has changed dramatically: we are conscious of (social) distance, of places that have become inaccessible, and of locations that we now frequent under different conditions.

Public space has always been contested, a sphere where power relations are manifested, protests held, cultures embodied, and rules enforced. The experience of being in a public sphere varies dramatically – not just between locations, but also between different identities.
Streets will explore how decolonization affects public spheres and how social movements are played out locally. In collaboration with artists, activists and researchers from indigenous populations, students from Europe and Asia will challenge assumptions about ownership, identity and belonging through physical interaction in public space and through activities connecting them with local environments.

Week 1 will be dedicated to a series of off-screen studio exercises and to gathering diverse field recordings (sonic, textual, visual). In weeks 2 and 3, participants will work in groups and with mentors to create physical exhibitions in every location, which will be connected in a single virtual exhibition. We have established contact with the Kyoto-based conference “ICAS – Crafting The Future,” which will enable students to present their work to an international audience.

Learning Outcomes / Competences

• Doing research in a transdisciplinary setting
• Gaining in-depth knowledge of key concepts of decolonial theory and questions about urban dwelling
• Critical and conceptual reflection
• Gaining transcultural competence; building and expanding a cultural network
• Evaluating, integrating and applying appropriate information from various sources to artwork


9 – 27 August 2021


The programme offers places to 30 students from the participating partner institutions from a wide range of arts and design disciplines, including performing arts, film, music, fine arts, media arts, design, and art education.

Admission Criteria and Requirements

• Proficient in English
• Level: BA, MA, MPhil, PhD
• Disciplines: all arts and design disciplines

Application Documents

• Brief statement (max 1 page): What is your background? What are your interests? What perspectives would you bring to the workshop? What do you expect from the workshop?
• Portfolio: A work sample related to the aims and contents of the Summer School (pdf, video or sound file)


Awarded as stipulated by the home institution

Student Costs

• No course fee for students from Shared Campus partner institutions

Application Process

• Submission deadline: 30 APRIL 2021
Online application (incl. submission of documents):
• Participants will be selected by the responsible faculty
• Final confirmation of participation: MID MAY 2021