We are glad to announce that the fifth edition of WHW Akademija was launched at the beginning of April 2023. It combines live and digital sessions, starting in April and intensifying in May with the Summer School program that takes place from May 16 to 23, 2023 at the Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb. WHW Akademija 2023 aims to create an environment for engaged eco-social participatory cultural production. Focused on eco-social and somatic practices, artistic ecologies, care, collectivity, and degrowth, the 2023 program explores methodologies developed by artists and cultural workers to engage with their environments.
The public program of the Summer School includes two events:
Friday, May 19th, 6 pm
Centar mladih Ribnjak, Park Ribnjak 1, Zagreb
Join us for the conversation with the members of the professorial team: Yael Davids, Adelita Husni-Bey, Pablo Martínez and Marina Naprushkina, as well as the participants of WHW Akademija 2023 Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić and Rita Süveges and the Summer School guest participants Pennie Key and Lena Pozdnyakova.
We will be discussing how we can collectively become and emerge as a temporary collective by being and thinking together. How in educational situations can we co-create supportive environments? How can care and education be emancipatory practices? In this informal get together followed by drinks and snacks with the whole line-up of the fifth edition of WHW Akademija we are inviting you to welcome the 2023 WHW Akademija season.
Sunday, 21th of May, 10 – 11 am.
Centar mladih Ribnjak, Park Ribnjak 1, Zagreb
Feldenkrais lesson with Yael Davids will be a practical session with the participants taking part in the class. The Feldenkrais Method looks at the structure that holds us – the skeleton, and the correlations between each of its parts, emphasising their interdependence. The core Feldenkrais premise is to enable maximum support with minimal struggle – becoming aware of one's micro-movements – and seeking alternative movements when faced with strain. The number of participants is limited, please register here.
The summer school program includes Fendelkrais sessions, interventions, seminars and workshops with Adelita Husni-Bey Yael Davids, Pablo Martínez and Marina Naprushkina. Through a series of bodily and somatic collaborative exercises, seminars, presentations, discussions, workshops, and collective actions, the WHW Akademija summer school initiates an intense exchange between the participants, the professorial team, and the local setting.
The professorial team for 2023 are: Yael Davids, Adelita Husni-Bey, Miguel A. López, Pablo Martínez, Marina Naprushkina, farid rakun/ruangrupa and WHW. Alongside this professorial team’s lectures, Evenings with WHW Akademija, a series of public lectures and workshops, brings together further artists, curators, and thinkers, and alumni of WHW Akademija, who will present public conversations and lectures.
Through seminars and workshops, the program rethinks and redevelops the structures that hold us—our bodies, communities, and the environment.
More information about the participants and the professorial team is available on the this link.
WHW Akademija is an independent, tuition-free, interdisciplinary study program for emerging artists, founded in 2018 and realized in partnership with the Kontakt Collection, which focuses on experimental and neo-avant-garde art in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. As in previous years, the 2023 program remains focused on strategies that take art practices from the Kontakt Collection as a point of departure and a source of inspiration.
The main funders of WHW Akademija are Kontakt Collection / ERSTE Foundation and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.
The program of WHW Akademija 2023 is realized in conjunction with the two-year collaborative project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances coordinated by WHW in collaboration with the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit. Focused on art, ecology and social inclusion, the project consists of an intersection of three educational programs: WHW Akademija, Rijksakademie and Moabit Mountain College, run by the partners. Workshop by Marina Naprushkina is part of the platform Communities of learning, and workshops by Yael Davids and Pablo Martinez are part of WHW´s program Practice of care.
Alumni of the Rijksakademie residency program and Moabit Mountain College will take part in the Summer School program. We would like to thank the Ribnjak Youth Culture Centre for collaboration in realizing the program.
WHW Akademija is supported by:
Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Foundation Kultura nova
City Office for Culture, Intercity and International Relations, and Civil Society
Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia
Trust for Mutual Understanding