Starting in October 2019, the Independent School for the City will offer a variety of educational programmes ranging from a 4-day crash course on filmmaking in relation to architecture and the city, to an intensive 12-week programme on contemporary urbanism. The activist and multidisciplinary approach of the Independent School is strongly embedded in all activities, whether you participate in one single course or sign up for all of them.
DIRTY OLD TOWN
This intensive 3 month programme on Contemporary Urbanism takes the modern city as its subject and Rotterdam as its testing ground. Using the School’s methodological triad of Research, Stories and Strategies we will explore the contradictions and complexities of contemporary cities, like the effects of migration, inequality in the housing situation and the stubborn presence of a fossil fueled economy. Bringing together different fields from artistic expression to technical engineering, we will use Rotterdam as a pars-pro-toto for cities all over the world. Participants in the program will be offered weekly lectures and excursions, a series of workshops focusing on specific disciplines and methods, tutoring by a diverse team of specialists, designers and researchers, the chance to work together in a community of learning and the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and develop their ideas. Read more…
With this one-week course we aim to make visible what is invisible from the official imagery of the city. We want to confront the city with its own reality, perhaps with its own impending demise, in order to force a debate. The artist and photographer Ruben Dario Kleimeer, who has developed his reputation and craft with reportages on the aggressive growth of Chinese cities, together with Crimson Historians and Urbanists, will join with the participants in documenting and visualizing the landscape of fossil energy and economy in the Rotterdam area. The main result of the workshop will be a set of photographic images that complement a set of maps and statistics. Together they will make an honest portrait of a side of our western European economy that, even if it is being obscured from view, still dominates the way we live and breathe.
The studio is open to a wide array of people, students and professionals, with a creative, research, journalistic or technical background. Photographic skills are not required, a visual imagination however is. The workshop will culminate in a photography exhibition and a debate with city officials, planners and researchers. Read more…
In the summer of 2020, the Independent School for the City will organize a 2-Week summer school. More information concerning the exact dates and programme will follow soon.
Follow The Money Studio 2019
Film & Architecture Studio 2019
Summer School 2019: Climate Utopia
Spring School 2018: Borders are for Crossing