Followed by the example of initiatives at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, where students from different faculties get together to work on a common project during one week time, I offer to facilitate similar process of encounter and common creation among students of different departments of a university. An interdisciplinary project is designed in order to encourage an exchange, dialogue and collaborative creation between students from diverse backgrounds. The focus is on a common interest, a shared vision, to which different disciplines, experiences and points of view can contribute in order to create a more enriched common project. It is a process where different abilities are needed: attention to what is true for each person, creativity, imagination, collaboration, ability to deliver, to land a vision, to give one’s best, to learn from each other. I believe wisdom can be born in an encounter and synthesis. This kind of common creation can initiate a process for people from different perspectives and walks of life to find points of connection, to move beyond the exchange of opinions, even to contribute to a broader re-intergration of our world and culture.

Images from working with students at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Greifswald University

 

 

Performance is an example of a common project. Here is one created during the Interdisciplinary Week at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg, in April 2016
by the students of Rock Academy, Classical Music, Fine Arts, Dance, Theatre and Circus schools:
Cal Courtney, Helena Berry, Noah Schitknecht, Tinka Dzalas, Doreth Donkers, Manon Timmermans, Anais Timmerman, Marijke van Gestel, Dirk Hulsenboom, Lotte Melisse, Jon Van Mulders, Bas Koster, Sonja Oberkofler, Tom Mandersloot, Eefje Wevers