Is a performance and pioneering education model ME; AK von Malmborg starting my own art university, designing and executing my own MA FINE ARTs program. I am the principal and the only student.
I want to take a quantum leap as a painting artist, to not only survive but to thrive.
A few years ago I made a promise to myself to spend the rest of my life becoming the best artist I can become during the rest of my life. I was researching and thinking about how to develop my practice, and I realized there are no Universities, no MA programs, no gurus, nor idols, that addresses or answers my questions or needs.
I decided to make it an art-performance work in which I design my own university and my own MA-program, with my own curriculum, subjects, advisors, collaborators, manifestos, reading lists and degree show.
I will be the only student in the program. And Principal.
There will be no tutors.
There will be the International advisory board consisting of the most intelligent and interesting human beings I can gather, An advisory board to give me advise, reading suggestions, and tasks.
There will be no essays
But I will write manifestos.
During the 2 year performance I will communicate everything I do, including research and reflections on experiences within the education program in the form of a blog on THEMAKEADEMY.COM . As a part of the Degree-show I will make an edited and printed version of the blog that may serve as inspiration or hopefully even a support for self education among other artists.
THE TOPICS ADDRESSED IN THE MAKEADEMY WILL BE WHAT IS NOT TAUGHT IN ART SCHOOLS (or anywhere) (don´t get me wrong, I LOVED the education I got as a Bachelor Art Student but there are a lot they DON´T teach too)
don’t teach us what we need to not only survive but to thrive as artists and contribute to society
don’t teach us how to leave your comfort zone to travel the empty parts of the map
don’t teach us about the business of art
don’t teach us to dream beyond the known
don’t teach how to practice self discipline
don’t teach us about creativity and the science of creative process
don’t teach us to form a network of fellow artists and supporters
don’t teach us about art as a language in its own right language without words that speaks directly to the soul
don’t teach about the spirituality of art
don’t teach about sacred geometry
don’t teach us to dream of utopia
don’t teach us about time and money management
don’t teach us exploration of the subconscious
don’t teach us thinking with your body and not your head
don’t teach us to carry yourself with inspirational style
don’t teach time-travel
don’t teach talking with trees
don’t teach us how to face defeat
don’t teach us about how to practice facing our fears
don’t teach us about how to practice forgiveness
don’t teach us to go into the unknown
don’t teach us how to be like a musician that hits a tone with our artwork that lets every viewer be a resonance box for the tone for decades to come
In a best case scenario they teach us the materials and techniques Of the physical work but in many cases…not.
And they don’t teach us that if society is a garden artists are the flowers. if society is a body artists are vitamins. If Society is a house, artists are high ceilings.
THE WORLD WAS NEVER FLAT
AK VON MALMBORG
a short / long introduction
who am I ….
I am a self taught painter but I have a Bachelor of fine art from Central Saint Martins, London, Pratt Institute, New York, and I did my pre-university studies at Konstskolan i Stockholm.
I mostly paint very large oil paintings of pre-puberty girls and their connection with nature.
I have also studied music for one year at Stockholms Musikkonservatorium and most recently I enrolled to Marina Abramovic Institute for ”cleaning the house” workshop 2019. Normally I would not mention a workshop in my merits but in this case I feel that for me there is a before-and- after the Marina Abramovic Institute experience.
My home and studio is located in an old house in a horse farm by the water on the North tip of Adelsö, an island in Lake Mälaren, one hour from Stockholm, Sweden. Adelsö was where the first viking kings used to live, and also the home of Hilma af Klint.
I like to invent stuff and not ask for permission. Previously I have named myself Hens Majestät, started my own currency, toured Europe with an electronic opera the I wrote together with a colleague, started my own record company and done tree full length LP productions.
I have made a mass-performance piece where me and my fellow artist dressed 100 persons in London and 100 persons in New York in metal-spandex naked — uniforms, creating a unisex uniform monument. I have made a performance in which I wore nothing but a metal spandex bodysuit and shoes for three months in a row-what ever I was doing, including shopping bread for breakfast or flying cross atlantic flights. I wrote my own theatre-play and acted it - with a live symphony orchestra onstage (and sold out shows).
I sold and executed 100 live art-performances in 2014 to fundraise the last music album release.
I killed myself as a musician onstage and rose again as a painting artist 2015.
I’ve done some illustration works for SVT, DN, Bob Hund, Fotografiska, various posters and most recently label art for natural wine, to mention a few.
I was teaching creative process leading my own course with 25 students for four years at Berghs School of Communications as a part of their full time education in graphic design.
I’ve been teaching creative process with my own course at Ekskäret Island.
I have composed and performed a lot of musical recordings in various constellations for Theatre, Tv, Film, Opera and Performances
I have been employed as theatre actress at Orionteatern in 2 shows and performed over 100 performances there.
I have recorded and performed duets with Ane Brun, Olle Ljungström, Freddie Wadling, Jenny Wilson and Jennie Abrahamson.
Things that would have made my mother proud if she still lived is that I have received a bunch of grants and prizes such as from the Swedish Arts Council Konstnärsnämnden, Performing Rights Society Stim, and that I have been featured quita a bit in Swedish media, such as DN, SVD, SVT, TV4, SR P1, P3, P5, Värvet episode162, Göteborgsposten,Sydsvenskan, Dagens Industri,TT, as well as local and a few international media.