A nest is a place of growth, of being together and departing simultaneously. Here, preparation and exchange toward an independent existence takes place. Here, discussions and further thinking, which are often not so easy, take place in shelter. The Kunstakademie Münster sees itself as a cosmopolitan and ideology-free place that wants to promote a culture of open, critical dialogue and discourse. As a university, it is important to make a courageous statement that stands for these values.
The workshop with Rodolfo Samperio, in which students across classes took part, was already an important starting-point towards not taking these values purely as theory. A spatial structure was developed collaboratively, and now Das Nest enables us to continue in this direction. It creates a place where, together with guests, views are directed beyond the boundaries of the academy.
The foyer with its central location lends itself to this. While you experienced it in everyday life, in particular during previous Rundangs, as a place of passage rather than a place to stay around, this now will have changed due to Das Nest. The Rundgang will now be supplemented on an important level - that of the participation and involvement of our guests. Leaving the passive attitude of consuming and being entertained, becoming active yourself, developing an opinion and representing it, is more important than ever.
By making Das Nest possible, the academy itself becomes active, and will for example not shy away from confrontations. By taking the concerns of students and teachers seriously at a site like this, it offers a platform for various opinions and forms of expression and makes a decisive contribution to ensuring that students and thus the Kunstakademie Münster as a university, are succesfully positioned in a future international realm.
A motivation statement by Katharina Kneip