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The circulating book project - Course

The circulating book project is a practice based course which is also an art project where the creating of a book as collective process is in the center. The course is for you who would like to explore writing, co creation and choreography.

The course highlights alternative methods for art production with a focus on collective artistic collaborations, experiments and exploration. During the course methods, tools and approaches are studied for artistic collective collaborations, especially those that are based on artists' correspondence. The course runs over two semesters of 25% and includes a series of workshops, longer periods for independent work, and feedback / tutorial meetings.

By letting a book be the place for co-creation and experimentation, groups of two to three participants develop their own artistic exchange for a long time. In the workshop series, the groups' different projects, and their development, will be supported by the students getting to explore different strategies, techniques and practices regarding the book's (or other materials) craft, visual design, communication and language. The focus will be on exchange and sharing, to move beyond the individual.

Feedback as a method will also be included, as a way of reflecting on the process, as well as a concluding part where the groups go in depth in different possible ways to let the process and the object / material meet a publicity, or an audience.

Litó Walkey, Asaf Aharonson and Gretchen Blegen are choreographers and visual artists based in Berlin and have created two so-called circulating books over the past three years. The books have been created through a choreographed chain of correspondence and "messengers" and have included over thirty persons in the process.

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    You are welcome to apply and combine these courses up to full time studies: Choreographing contexts - curating dance and performance, Dance and philosophy, Klein Technique™, STUFF: hybrid practices in choreography and The circulating book project. The courses are scheduled to encourage those who would like to study full time.

    The course is divided in two parts and runs over two semesters, with a series of workshops distributed between longer periods of independent work (which is part of a collective process), and feedback as well as supervision.

    Students must be able to attend all the workshops:

    Part 1

    September 9-15, 2019 (7 days, 4 hours each day)

    December 16-19, 2019 (4 days, 4 hours each day)

    Part 2

    April 27-30, 2020 (4 days, 4 hours each day)

    Maj 28-29, 2020 (2 days, 4 hours each day)

    Participants can apply as individuals, in duos or trios (it is encouraged to find new collaborations, but existing collaborations are also welcome to apply). It is important that participants are involved in how the course combines led workshops with independent work, which requires commitment and participation throughout the course period: September 2019 - June 2020.

    Course leader / teachers: Litó Walkey, Asaf Aharonson and Gretchen Blegen

    Biographies

    Litó Walkey, of Canadian and Greek origins, is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin. Her processes explore the potential of collaboratively re-routing patterns of attention within language and performance. Recent projects have been developed with Weld Company and Fylkingen (Stockholm); BCN and MEZANNINE (Porto); and Labor Sonor and Tanznacht (Berlin). Following her 9-year teaching position at HZT Berlin, Litó initiated a publication with 50 contributing writers on the entanglement of artistic and pedagogic practices. From 2002 - 2009, she performed and taught internationally with the Chicago-based performance group Goat Island. She teaches at DOCH and TeAK, and is invited to advise choreographic work. Litó completed her BA and Masters studies in Choreography at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.

    Asaf Aharonson was born outside Jerusalem. A graduate of the BA Dance Context Choreography of HZT Berlin. Aharonson is a choreographer, performer, dancer and interdisciplinary artist. Aharonson has collaborated and performed with Ruairi Donovan, Peter Pleyer, Mia Habib, Hana Erdman, Iris Erez, Tami Lebovits, Arkadi Zaides, Cecile Bally, and the collectives Breakfast Club and T.E.N.T. Through his practice he aims to prioritize the spending of time with others as the primary site for generation of material for live performance.


    Gretchen Blegen is an interdisciplinary artist navigating ways of seeing and listening to space, light, sound and image. These boundaries are explored through an ongoing book practice as well as in the broader realm of collaborative and collective project-spaces such as: ausland - an artistic venue and residency space; SissiFM - a queer/feminist radio show on Reboot FM; Labor Sonor - a music and performance series; and Vierte Welt - a political/discourse based theater. In the last years, these overlapping boundaries have brought her closer to the performance world during which she has collaborated with numerous wonderful creators on lights and staging.

  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    The course is aimed at dancers, choreographers and other artists who are interested in performative processes and expressions. Apart from the eligibility that is required for the course, it is valuable to have experience of running independent artistic processes, which means that previous experiences of this kind will constitute a certain weight in the application.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    • A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.

    Eligibility

    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle

    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/highschool you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates

     

    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • 30 credits within the artistic field or equivalent
    • if you do not have 30 credits within the artistic field or equivalent you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

     

    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation including a description of who you are and your expectations of the course. If you are applying with someone else, also mention who you are applying with. Maximum 1 A4 page (3000 characters).
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection of the course is done by a combined assessment of submitted application documents. The assessment takes into account previous education, work experience or other experience valuable to the course. The assessment takes particular account of experience in work with artistic activities focusing on and related to the course content.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 93 000 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.