THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING
This year we are organising of a series of events around Comics, VR, drawing, interaction and how to tell stories in an engaging way in 2D and 3D. Next year we are opening a physical school in Berlin starting courses 2018. This journey is connecting artists, researchers and practitioners and attempting to understand better the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of traditional visual arts in the age of digital transformation – a continuous learning process. The objectives is to be integrative & practical across the various disciplines: to reach the current state-of-the-art, to cover the multidisciplinary aspects of visual storytelling and to assure high level of practicability & fun.
tech & art
Visual thinking: cognitive modes and learning styles
Visual Art approaches, strategies, methodologies and tactics
Problem solving: skills, recognition procedures, development
The meaning of innovation and creativity, in theory and practice
Character design and development
Story design philosophy
Landscape & Spatial design
3D modeling and 2D design
Story & understanding : exploring uses and usability
Participatory design systems
Visual Arts knowledge management
Visual Arts in social policy, planning, and politics
Messing around in the mass consciousness for a living
Visual Arts as business
Markets for design and designing for markets
Creative process & originality
Creative writing & Storytelling
Breaking through creative blocks
Inspiration and the brain
The business of visual art is in a state of flux. The roles, the tasks and the personae of designers are changing.
No longer the genius artist, the heroic aesthete or the inspired individual of our earlier modern past, the contemporary designer draws upon dispersed sources of creativity and innovation – and is expected to be also a technical expert. Collaboration, today, is key. For practitioners of traditional skills, a central paradox of our times is the increasing specialization, on the one hand, but on the other, the need for more broad-ranging and holistic integration of design tasks, working between and across disciplines. Visual arts are becoming an ever-more social, indeed sociable, process!
The imperative to collaborate, moreover, extends well beyond the domain of professional interaction and working in design teams. It also extends to the relationship with the users, clients and consumers of design. Designers today need to build deeply collaborative relationships with their ‘public’. Participatory design and user-centered design are just two key phrases that capture the spirit of this imperative.
The College of X is designed for artists, students, creators of all kind, lovers of visual arts and talents who want to venture into professional production or enhancing their skillset.
The Company, which is based Berlin, Germany and is backed up by an international network of visual art schools works towards developing a wide range of professional tools to suit its community.
Visual artists need to able to ‘do’ a multimodal professional design discourse. They must speak and write their way through complex collaborations with co-designers, programmers and interactions with users. They need to be able to ‘do’ visualization as they explore design alternatives through mental images and picture their visions into reality. They need to be able to represent spatial realities, prefiguring the three dimensional through the two dimensional and turning plans into tactile artifacts, manipulable objects, architectural spaces and navigable landscapes. The new, digital media provide newly flexible and accessible tools for multimodal and synaesthetic thinking, challenging our brain with multi-layered cross-references, social media & 24/7 inspirations in a globally connected visual market. Being up to date and getting inspired by new technologies is a baseline of professional attitude to stay a step ahead and getting paid as a human facing automated or aggregated cost-efficient solutions – also for creativity.
Modalities in Visual Art are also in a state of flux, its working tools of representation, communication, visualization and imagination. Digitization of text, sound, and still and moving image is one important site of transition. This has spawned new practices of modeling and simulation, of prefiguring the real in the virtual. It has also introduced the virtual as a design end-in-itself. We help to assess the benefits and traps of digital production and its roots in traditional design, writing and drawing skills.
College of X is a result of the professional realization that we there is a need for a continuous learning process to stay competitive in visual arts. We are offering courses from 2018 on and are connecting artists, researchers and practitioners attempting to understand better the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of traditional visual arts in the Age of digital transformation.
HUMAN REBELLION guest talks
We proudly present for our event in CRCLR on 1st of December: minds which stand in between the analogue and the digital, fusing both worlds in a joyful and professional way:
What will happen in “HUMAN REBELLION – Analogue minds in the Empire of Machines”? Check it out!
Ongoing admission till midnight. Be early, if you we are full (LIMITED tickets to 200!!) we are full...sorry! 😉
CARLO PIU will give you a guided intro to life-drawing with costumed sci-fi models. See and hear how he approaches the quest of finding the right lines and shadows in a one hour session!
Costumed models and the fun and expertise of Berlin art collective DRINK & DRAW!!
What Do People Have to Say About the College of X?
We are located in BETAHAUS, Prinzessinnenstr. 19-20, 10969 Berlin, Kreuzberg. Office hours and Meetups will happen there as well, if not announced differently.
Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the first and most experienced co-working space in the city which connects a diverse crowd of DIY spirited people and start-ups.
We are set up in Betahaus, you can meet us there or @Factory Berlin!
Address: Prinzessinnenstr. 19-20, 10969 Berlin
GPS coordinates: 52.5025407,13.4121984
Are you looking for a place to stay?
Berlin has the accommodation for everyone, whatever your budget.
We recommend, when selecting a hotel, going for nearby facilities like Motel One or the wilder Rock´n´Roll Hostel!
We always happy to help you with any questions or recommendations.
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