Artistic Ecologies, New Compasses and Tools

Evenings with WHW Akademija





From 2019-2022 the Rijksakademie, MACBA and WHW are developing the programme Education from Below, which explores art as a place for dialogue, collective learning and imagination. It recognises that art practices can dislocate traditional divisions between theory and practice, as well as build knowledge through sharing and mutual learning. Together the partners are exploring and sharing methodologies and models of art practice based on exchange.

While possibilities for meeting physically are drastically reduced, series of online events have been developed together. These explore tools that are being developed and experimented with by artists, thinkers and institutions in order to navigate a period of immense disruption and social change, and what kinds of artistic ecologies can be formed with these.

Program is a part of discursive series
“Evenings with WHW Akademija”

9 March, 8 pm
Denise Ferreira da Silva and Valentina Desideri: Sensing Salon

16 March, 7 pm
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz: Decolonise, Democratise, Deselitise
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Visits in Aymara, Museo Nacional del Arte, La Paz, 2019. Photo: Jhonny Beltrán

23 March, 7 pm
Yael Davids: One is Always a Plural: moving together over distance

Yael Davids, Diverse ways of distributing weights – elevating and sinking 19-09-2020- lesson with works by Shusaku Arakawa, Robert Morris, Toos Nissen and Ossip Zadkine , 2020, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Photo: Marcel de Buck

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This program is presented as part of the two-year collaborative project Education from Below, conceived in collaboration with the The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

Cover picture: Yael Davids, The school, 18-09-202 lesson with works from Van Abe collection: Force transmission – Reaching through breathing –  with work by Marinus Boesem, Marcel Broodthaersand Ossip Zadkine, 2020, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Photo: Marcel de Buck

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.