Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ Berlin Field School offers a broad introduction to Contemporary Arts in Berlin and their critical and theoretical context. Founded in the 12th century, Berlin has been both shaped and divided by history. Today, it is once again the capital of Germany, and is recognized as a global cultural hub; a city where history is intertwined with artistic intervention and innovation, and where international visual art, theatre, music, dance, and film thrive. Over six-weeks, a comprehension of the correspondence between the arts and their social, political, and material context is enriched through simultaneous study, discussion, and experience of art and the urban fabric of this complex city.
Field School Director 2022: Professor Sabine Bitter
Students: Kaila Bhullar, Teresa Donck, Mia Hope, Rebecca Kabesh, Audrey Kerridge, Kevin Kiju Kim, Joni Low, Alexandra McDougall, Carmen Milne, Taya Van Dyke, Samantha Walters, Viviane Wu
This website documents the Berlin Field School 2022 with its focus on artistic practices, which are engaged in urban contexts and collaborations between artists, architects, and activists. Initiatives such as Floating University, Haus der Statistik and Prizessinnengarten add to Berlin’s uniqueness, and offer insights and unexpected possibilities of how to imagine, shape, and produce the contemporary city.
These projects serve as examples for an artistic agency that shapes both the cultural spaces and urban fabric of Berlin.
Below you find a list of highlights during our 6 week period.