Boyan Slat The Ocean Cleanup

Leveraging the past to create the future: Part two of our Bricolage feature

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In our first part of this Bricolage feature, we explored Bricolage as a potential answer to tackle problems, and to enhance creativity through improvisation, playfulness, and experiments. However, not all the problems are easily resolvable, and often the solutions are more harmful than the actual issue. In his interview with AoA , artist Bernard Pras, explains that it is difficult to anticipate the malicious effect of innovation: “we create new products as we need it, and it is often fantastic, but there is always a negative side that one could – or not – anticipate, and sometimes the malicious side takes on the initial magic of the invention.”

By taking a look at environmental issues on our starship earth and the research for new energy sources, a clear example lies in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels.

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Bernard Pras Einstein

Bricolage: Innovation without destruction

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‘Pour explorer le champ des possibles, le bricolage est la méthode la plus efficace’ (‘To explore the scope of possibilities, bricolage is the most efficient method’)
Hubert Reeves 

Yes, the world became extremely complex and it is fair to admit that we engage with problems and new challenges on a daily basis – on a personal and societal level. We strive to find new solutions most of the time by innovating.

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Bernardo Bellotto The Neuer Marktplatz in Dresden

Age of Artists: Based in Dresden, located in the world !

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“Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.” Victor Hugo

Between 1747 and 1763 Bernardo Bellotto, Venetian also known as Canaletto has created some of the most extraordinary paintings of the city of Dresden, which until today help to shape the collective identity of the people who live there – no matter if they were born and raised in city or came to Dresden to settle with their families.

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Siyan Ren Without Title

Artful living: Be balanced now and acquire skills for the future

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What all art genres have in common is they support the emergence of a skill set that is desperately needed in the Information Age. But what are those skills? It is European educational policy to emphasize the development of transversal skills. Examples of transversal skills are the ability to think critically, take initiative, problem solve and work collaboratively–all needed to equip individuals for today’s varied and unpredictable career paths. Transversal skills can also be called cross competencies or generic skills.

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Keynote at the Alumni Conference of the German Foundations Academy

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At Age of Artists we are interested in discovering how and what humans or individuals may learn from art, in order to bring about change in society. Change that, in our view, is urgently needed. That’s why it is very important to us to engage with key players in driving social change. This week we had the opportunity and pleasure to speak at the alumni conference of the German Foundations Academy (Deutsche Stiftungsakademie).

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Factory Concert bv the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hietaniemi, Helsinki, ca. 1945

Art-Based Processes: A Unique Contribution to Problem Solving in Many Areas

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Art-based processes have the potential to make a unique contribution to problem solving in many areas and on various levels–in combination with other approaches–to re-establish a desperately needed balance. We believe such an approach can help in three major areas:

Challenges in a global society of individual people: making progress with wicked problems. Many challenges in the world are extremely complex and referred to as wicked problems. Success in addressing them as a global society is more likely when an artistic mindset and processes are applied.

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Greetings (Schiller)
Picture source: Taken in Friedrich Schiller’s birthplace in Marbach am Neckar near Stuttgart early, respectively a museum nearby in early November. It shows a page of a diary where Schiller put a note to his friend Johann Christian Weckherlin: "Forever united with you; your doctor, your poet and your friend." In German the note actually rhymes. Weckherlin was probably delighted about the note except for the outlook of having Schiller as his doctor. Reports exist according to which he sometimes exaggerated with his prescriptions.

Inauguration of The Peace Maker-Franklin-Emerson Circle

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Kirsten Gay participated last week on behalf of Age of Artists at the Inauguration of the The Peace Maker-Franklin-Emerson Circle. This was the first formal meeting for this group whose purpose is to enhance the United States of America in the eyes of the world by promoting a cultural conversation. The circle was held in the home (Historical Museum) of Ralph Waldo Emerson. At Age of Artists we are grateful to be part of this emerging effort.

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The head, hand and heart of art – Age of Artists publishes white paper with preliminary research findings

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The head, hand and art of the arts – Age of Artists publishes white paper with preliminary research findings.

We have already developed a great appreciation for artists of all genres and the way they approach their individual missions. This is a mission where work and life cannot be separated from each other and yet there is room for family, friends, hobbies and even the most mundane things. 

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