WHAT IS THE MAKEADEMY
what is THE MAKEADEMY and how will it work
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. As the only student I enroll to the MAKEADEMY on September 16 2019.
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 realised 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 unconsious
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.
I will be the only student in the program.
The duration of the MA is from September 16, 2019 to June 11, 2021
There will be five semesters:
Year 1 = 111 days, 111 days
Year 2 = 111 days, 111 days, 111 days
The purpose of the MA is to remove obstacles and find ways to make me unstoppable in my aim to become the best artist I can become during my lifetime.
The image is how you would prepare a sailing boat before the cross-atlantic sail. You would trim the sails AND you would pack and prepare to be ready to meet any storm or wind in the sails, come what may.
I hope the questions I try to answer will raise new questions, and spur discussions.
I hope what I find and learn will serve other artists and our communities at large.
I hope to change peoples minds. And to change myself. To look at all aspects of my creative life with brutal honesty and take actions to remove energy-thieves and creative blocks, open myself, challenge myself, go far outside my comfort zones, fill my knowledge-gaps, find ways to not only survive but to thrive as an artist and human being. To flower.
I will be brave
I will be truthful
I will be bold
I will be open
I will be brutally honest
I will do what needs to get done
The advisory board will include;
great people with great minds
and a tree
YOU ARE WELCOME TO DISCUSS WITH ME /FOLLOW MY WORK AT WWW:THEMAKEADEMY.COM / VISIT ME ON MY ISLAND (yes I mean it)
PLEASE WISH ME LUCK
AK VON MALMBORG