Future Academy. A research collective’s questions to the future of art academies in a global context

Lecture by Clémentine Deliss (Paris)
July 6th, 2004

For the past two years, Clémentine Deliss has been collaborating with art, design and architecture schools in Bangalore (India), Dakar (Senegal), London and Edinburgh, which address questions about epistemological, architectural and structural parameters of future research and educational institutions. This research is principally carried out with students in the respective locations. Clémentine Deliss presents results of the exchange in the framework of a think-tank (“Synchronisations”) that took place recently in Bangalore. It was attended by 45 students from more than 12 countries. The issues raised are not only related to the space of theoretical possibilities, but also extend to economic and communicative strategies.

Clémentine Deliss is a curator, researcher and editor. She was born in London in 1960 and currently lives in Paris. Her dissertation project was on the question of eroticism and exoticism in 1920s French Anthropology. Early exhibitions she curated include “Lotte or the Transformation of the Object” (Steirischer Herbst, Graz 1990; Akademie der Künste, Vienna 1991) and “Exotic Europeans” (national traveling exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London). From 1992 to 1995 Clémentine Deliss served as artistic director of “africa95”. In this context she curated “Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa” (Whitechapel Gallery, London 1995; Kunsthalle Malmö 1996). Since 1996 she has published seven issues of the artist and writer magazine “Metronome”, each time in a different location (including Dakar, Berlin, Vienna, London). She is currently in Paris for research for the new issue.Clémentine Deliss has worked as a consultant for the European Union as well as for various cultural organizations. She has been a visiting professor/researcher at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and at art academies in Oslo, Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and London, among others.Her theoretical interests include research on mechanisms that connect artists working in different parts of the world, the place of language in current artistic practice, and curatorial practices that go beyond the format of the exhibition.