About

Enhanced Practice

Enhanced Practice is a new artistic development and mentorship programme, which provides recent graduates from the seven institutions of higher artistic education with an opportunity to develop their practice in research-based, collaborative and socially committed directions. Across music, film, performing arts and visual arts, it aims to provide insight into, and support sustainable development of working methods for artists who increasingly find themselves in a hybrid cultural landscape. It is a landscape, where boundaries between current genres and disciplines are increasingly fluid, and where art and artists are required to respond to the societal challenges that are emerging today..

For each programme, we select 10 participants (individuals or in groups) from different disciplines, who are then allocated an individual mentor from a cultural institution and/or context relevant to their practice. They then follow a joint course, which introduces them to different artistic working methods, strategies, knowledge exchange and practice across their artistic field and other disciplines and fields. It aims to promote reflection on their own practice and career opportunities, focusing on the relationship to society as a whole and artistic development. The programme merges with the other activities of the International Center for Knowledge in the Arts and the focus on Artistic Research.

Overall, the programme aims to:

  • Contribute to artistic development with a trans-disciplinary and/or post-disciplinary focus.
  • Support the participating artists in the development and realisation of a sustainable practice, collaboration and collective processes.
  • Enhance the participants’ knowledge of artistic development and methods.
  • Provide young artists with tools and perspectives to tackle different types of careers in a complex, post-pandemic landscape.
  • Expand the interface between art and other knowledge/professional areas.

The programme’s approach to artistic development is transdisciplinary, sustainable/long-term, community-oriented and collaborative, involving mentorship as a sounding board and artistic research as a method.

The programme runs from 2021 to 2023, by which time two development courses of 9-months duration will have been completed. The first course will take place from September 2021 to May 2022. Another call will be announced in the spring of 2022.

You can learn more about the artists selected for 2021-2022 here.

Theme

Each of the two development courses will have an overall theme. In 2021, the theme is Transformation & Interdependence, focusing on contexts and common dependencies both within the field of art and within the societal changes we are facing today. The current situation has revealed a vulnerability in our interconnected global world and boosted our awareness of the ecological crisis. How can artists respond to, and take part in what can be described as a much-needed and interwoven change in culture, ecology, technology and the environment? ‘Transformation & Interdependence’ implies that any sustainable change will inevitably occur, and must be viewed as interconnected and collective. The theme is an invitation to identify and create interdependent connections – both within a participant’s own practice and in relation to other areas of society. The desire is to develop formats and working methods in artistic practice that correspond to the hybrid cultural landscape we see evolving today.

Format & output

On the basis of on-going discussion and feedback, (peer) exchange and process documentation, the participants must design and elaborate a ‘programme statement’ for their practice – a direction and method for their artistic activity. It should be a statement of a standpoint and the future development of their practice with an open result. The goal is not a finished work or production, but a qualification of their practice. The programme declarations will be presented in a concluding forum and may be substantiated with the help of artistic formats. It also involves work on an educational output, focusing on what a transdisciplinary platform such as Enhanced Practice can contribute to the interaction between artistic educational programmes and their environments in the future.