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Bard Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Summer Studio

Summer Studio

Berlin Summer Studio

Get an insider’s view of Berlin’s vibrant art world through a unique course which features a different theme each summer.

Summer 2017: Sound and Necessity

This course grows out of the relationship between art, public space, and the urban environment, as well as new genre and hybrid practices such as social engagement and sound art. Students will treat Berlin as a studio, immersing themselves in the rich artistic offerings of the city and its surroundings. Group examination of Berlin-­‐specific artworks in public spaces and museums, as well as research in archives and acoustic spaces throughout the city, will strengthen students’ critical engagement with histories of artistic production in the German capital. In addition, excursions will include individual artist studios, special exhibitions, and notable international art events.

Studio Work

Each week of the program will focus on one of the following themes:
  • Site and Sound
  • Resonance
  • Field Visits
  • Necessity
Students’ own production during the course will utilize the city as site, material, and audience. Students will create independent projects using their own field recordings, as well as using materials from renowned archives in the city. Assignments will encourage experimentation in the use of sound in a variety of disciplines, such as drawing, sculpture, performance, and durational media.


Art events
  • documenta 14, a contemporary art exhibition that takes place every 5 years in Kassel
  • Skuptur Projekte, Münster, a free exhibition of public sculpture held every decade in Münster
Berlin archives
  • Tierstimmenarchiv (Animal Sound Archive) Museum für Naturkunde
  • Lautarchiv, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Deutschlandradio Archive