We address systemic challenges such as climate change, democratic resilience and social cohesion.
We identified three key topics to structure our input and ideas.
Enter the mapping for each topic below and leave your thoughts and perspectives as comments.
OUR KEY TOPICS
ROLE OF ART + DESIGN
Art and Design play an important role for societal transformation, cultural identity and cross-sectoral innovation.
They help to create shared visions and utopias, foster empathy, change attitudes and mindsets, provide emancipatory potential, open new perspectives and foster purpose-driven impact.
A circular mindset fosters sustainability in numerous ways. It enables us to overcome the exploitative infinite growth mindset. It helps us to acknowledge the reality of the Anthropocene and heightens our awareness for local particularities.
Art and design play a central role in fostering a circular mindset to help overcome the systemic challenges we are facing today.
DISTRIBUTION OF POWER
The access to and the distribution of power is the central political demand of our generation. This is where the climate discourse enters the realm of justice.
We demand a seat at the table when it comes to decisions that will shape our future. Not only because we want to be heard, but also because we can help.
“Teaching in the arts is behind the times and does not take into account the greatest humanitarian catastrophe, the climate crisis. We would like to see the New European Bauhaus advocate for teaching that does justice to this crisis. Teaching that makes students aware of their agency. That creates a transdisciplinary space for reflection, design and realisation of socio-ecological change.”
– David Reitenbach, BA Visual Communication, Berlin University of the Arts
“Our central demand as a generation that no longer has the patience to witness these injustices from near or from afar is that the visions and solutions for our future should be inclusive and collective. And most importantly, that on the road to achieving our goals we could distribute the power held by a minority in which we all do not feel represented, as well as finding alternatives that will not reproduce colonial structures and dynamics, moving away from a Eurocentric perspective in order to relearn the global history and to see people from other territories as producers of knowledge and not as objects of study.”
- Dalís Pacheco, MA Art and Media, Berlin University of the Arts
“Sustainability MUST be a holistic and in-depth commitment. Seeing interwoven generations that hold responsibility and are accountable. Seeing intra-action and inter-action, nurturing inter and transdisciplinary approaches, considering earth and beyond as living spaces and not just territories and borders, thinking the possibility of creating a legal frameworks that dare to support otherness as a subject just like many nations have already proposed, thinking otherness as a fundamental part of our diversities as ecosystems. For us to thrive, we need empathy and collective intelligence, understanding fully that we are interdependent. Here the local level plays a huge part in the aim for change.”
- Yris Apsit, MA Transdisciplinarity, Zurich University of the Arts
"When facing the future way of living, to all of us, it is very important to involve the young generation, listening to them, hearing their voices. Creating this truly interdisciplinary exchange is another key factor when shaping new vision and co-producing new ideas. Be bold, brave, outspoken, blunt, dream big!"
- Norbert Palz, President, Berlin University of the Arts
“We felt that the voice of art students was missing in the NEB, so this collaboration of ELIA member schools seemed a crucial ingredient. And already, this student conversation has completely transformed the debate. We hope that many more students from all over Europe and beyond will join in!”
- Maria Hansen, Executive Director, ELIA