Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals

The project ARTIST TRAINING: Refugee Class for Professionals is a qualification opportunity offered by the UdK Berlin Career College aiming to the qualification, counseling and networking of fled artists. During the two editions of the project from November 2016 to March 2018, in addition to an introductory course, five complementary modules provide information and contacts on the following five fields: music, cultural journalism, fine arts, performing arts and film. The networking-format  MindLab# facilitates connections within the respective artistic sector, while counseling activities examine in depth individual situations. Goals are the networking with the Berlin cultural and creative industries by getting to know the institutions and their employees, the establishment on the Berlin labor market and the strategic positioning in the respective artistic orientation. This is provided by the wide networking in the Berlin scene built up during the Artist Career Forum, which took place on December 7th 2016.

Documentation Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals

Modules of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals overview

Modules

Volume I
November 21st 2016
: Opening event
November 21st-25th 2016: Basic – Working as an artist in Germany
January 9th-13th 2017: Music
February 27th - March 3rd 2017: Culture and Media
March 20th-24th 2017: Performing Arts
April 24th-28th 2017: Fine Arts
May 8th 2017: Film

Volume II
September 4th-8th 2017: Basic – Working as an artist in Germany
September 25th-29th 2017: Performing Arts
October 23rd-27th 2017: Culture and Media
November 6th-10th 2017: Music
November 20th-24th 2017: Fine Arts
December 4th-8th 2017: Film

Module Basic – Working as an artist in Germany
Module Music
Module Culture and Media
Module Performing Arts
Module Fine Arts
Module Film

MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together?

The MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? is a format promoting the networking of fugitive artists, media creators and creatives with representatives from the Berlin cultural and creative industries at ZUsammenKUNFT, a model project for community life. Industry-specific workshops give the participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals opportunities to engage with Berlin-based artists for future joint projects.

Head MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together?: Chang Nai Wen

Volume I
January 16th 2017, ZUsammenKUNFT:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Music
March 06th 2017, ZUsammenKUNFT:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Culture and Media
March 27th 2017, ZUsammenKUNFT:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Performing Arts
May 2nd 2017, ZUsammenKUNFT:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together?  Fine Arts
May 15th 2017, ZUsammenKUNFT:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Film

Volume II
October 3rd 2017, Uferstudios – STUDIO 1:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Performing Arts
November 13th 2017, The Space Berlin:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together?  Music
23. November 2017, ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Fine Arts
December 9th 2017, Wolf Kino:
MindLab#: Cooperative Networking – Working together? Film

in practice

The practice offer of the Artist Training entitled in practice is an application-oriented and informal learning format for the fields of Fine Arts, Culture and Media, Performing Arts, and Film. In 48 hours, the participants of the Artist Training deepen their learning from the modules and become professionalized through the reflection of action strategies for the Berlin art and creative industry in order to be able to implement successful projects independently (exhibitions, theater projects etc.).

Artist Training in practice - FINE ARTS at the Rundgang 2017

From July 21st to 23rd 2017, the Rundgang took place at the University of the Arts Berlin – the doors of the UdK Berlin were opened! Participants from Fine Arts in practice presented an exhibition titled "same same but different - Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals".
The exhibition was accompanied by musicians of the module Music.

Artist Training in practice - CULTURE AND MEDIA
Within the framework of the workshop Artist Training in practice – CULTURE AND MEDIA that took place from November 3rd-5th the participants produced a radio show in the studio of Alex Berlin. All the tasks were assumed by the participants - beginning from the sound direction, the producing to the moderation. The three days workshop was accompanied by professionals from the media and was under the supervision of Wolfgang Bauernfeind, a renowned german radio journalist. After an introduction into the specific technique and workflow of a radio journalist, the show itself was conceived and produced by the participants. The produced radio show was on air November 13th  and at the same time presented at the UdK. The participants gained at Alex Berlin an extensive insight into the current production surrounding, the standard of todays broadcasting institutions.  The participation at the workshop was compulsory linked to the participation of the module CULTURE AND MEDIA of the “Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“. Participants of both modules CULTURE AND MEDIA from February and October 2017 were invited.

Listen to the radio show

Artist Training in practice - FILM
As part of the workshop Artist Training in practice - FILM (November 10th-17th) the participants produced a TV-Show in the studios of Medieninnovationszentrums Babelsberg (MIZ) including all related tasks – from camera, soundrecording to directing and acting. The weeklong workshop, a project of the „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“ at the University of the Arts Berlin | Berlin Career College | in cooperation with the Filmunversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, was supervised by media professionals from both institutions. After an introduction to the technique and workflow at the Medieninnovationszentrum, the script of the show was developed, individual Tasks were distributed and all components were tested and prepared towards the live show on the 17th of November 2017. The 6-day workshop provided its participants with a comprehensive insight into a professional production-environment. To be part of the in practice workshop the participation in Film Module in December was obligatory. All participants of the film-module in May and December 2017 were invited.  

Watch the TV-Show "Die andere Farbe"

Artist Career Forum

In the context of the project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals, a forum took place on December 7th 2016, in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung. It included discussions together with representatives of Berlin’s cultural and creative industry institutions as well as with associations handling activities for fled artists. The guest list was composed of industry representatives from the fields of music, culture and media, performing arts, fine arts and film as well as from transcending institutions and projects. The working group met again on January 26th 2017 in the Academy of Arts and on March 2nd 2017 in the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Künste (nGbK) to resume its work. As Transnational Artist Council (TAC)  the work group regularly meets in various participating institutions to support refugee artists.

Documentation „Artist Career Forum 2016“

Press

An interview with Creative City Berlin about the project „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“
Since 2016 the project “Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals” takes place at the Berlin Career College at the University of the Arts Berlin, funded by the European Union and the Federal Land Berlin. It addresses all refugee artists and persons engaged in the cultural sector and tries to integrate them into the Berliner employment market. In this interview the delegate project-coordinator Ewelina Dobrzalski presents the Artist Training and underlines the importance of such a project.

Creative City Berlin, 15.12.2017

Dramaturg Anna Volkland about the current situation of refugee dancers in Berlin
Anna Volkland – dramaturge and teacher of the module „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals – Performing Arts” at the Berlin Career College of the Berlin University of Arts – reports on the current situation of refugee dancers in Berlin. Thanks to projects such as the “Artist Training”, the “artists arriving from war and crisis areas in Berlin” or “still arriving” can gain an overview of the contemporary Berlin dance scene and then develop their own productions. How did artists such as the Syrian Medhat Aldabaal, who performed in the production “Come as you are # Berlin” and also brought his own play “Amal” (arabic for hope) on stage for the first time in June 2017, develop their careers in Germany? What role does now play their previous dance education? Anna Volkland explores these and other issues in her essay for the magazine tanzraumberlin.

tanzraumberlin, november/dezember 2017

Performing Arts – Two participants talk about their experience
Deutsche Welle editor Chokri Chebbi meets the team and the participants of the workshop „Performing Arts“ – the second module of the Projekt „Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals“ of the Berlin Career College, which took place from the 25th to the 29th of September 2017. In his interview he portrays the experiences of two of the participants: Rafi Gazani and Shahnaz Saleem.

Deutsche Welle, 30.09.2017

same same but different
The Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals gives fled artists in Germany the means to act independently on the local art market. After all, "professional artists who arrive here do not lose their professionalism. What they lose are their networks, their tools, their language". For the annual Rundgang of the Berlin University of the Arts, participants of the Artist Training took the opportunity to present an exhibition. Central themes of the exhibition were identity, migration and the exploration of the label "Refugee" - as well as the attempt to leave it behind.

Tagesspiegel, 24.07.2017

Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the UdK Rundgang
For the first time, participants of the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals at the Berlin Career College of the UdK curated an exhibition during the university's annual open days. In addition to large-format oil paintings, installations and films by participants of the Fine Arts module, there was also a framework programme, which included musical performances as well as practical art experience, for example with the calligrafie workshop.

ABWAB, 22.07.2017

Ankommen auf Deutsch - A pilot project for fugitive artists in Berlin
Mario Münster describes the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals organizer's passionate commitment - despite the bureaucratic effort and the high demand on the part of the fugitives.

Rosegarden, 07.03.2017

Oud of Damascus
After a year's escape, Nabil Aarbain, Syrian Oud player from Damascus, came to Germany. In this interview with VAN, he talks about the living conditions that forced him to flee Syria, about his way to Berlin, his music and his hope for his country. Nabil Aarbain participated in the Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals MUSIC at the Berlin Career College of the University of Arts.

VAN, 11.01.2017

Contact/Team

Patron: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hentschel

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer

Project Coordination: Dr. Melanie Waldheim

Communication: Kathrin Rusch

Module-Coordination: Manuela Goschy

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Partners and supporters

The project Artist Training: Refugee Class for Professionals was promoted from November 2016 to March 2018 with means of the European Union (European Social Fund) and of the Federal Land of Berlin. With the kind support of the Freundeskreis der Universität der Künste Berlin | Karl Hofer Gesellschaft e.V. In cooperation with the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.