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ST | Berlin Travel Studio - Museums: art, culture, spectacle, access
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
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RMIT College (AUS)/School (VTN): Design & Social Context (DSC) RMIT School: Architecture and Urban Design
Study level: Undergraduate Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
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Program Details:
  • Program Leader/s: Dr. Caroline Vains
  • Dates: 01 -17 September 2017
  • Availability: 20 places
  • Accessibility to culture and cultural resources must be provided and guaranteed to the public. At the same time, however, there is a risk that an open, entertainment-driven museum becomes nothing more than a profitable cultural shopping mall. What are the appropriate tools to generate access? What is the museums role here in risk-taking to challenge norms?  How can museums be better designed to dissolve the barrier between internal and external both physically and on a content-level? What is the role of digital technology in such design?
     
    In this travel studio we will address these questions in both Berlin and Melbourne. We will compare the approaches of each city, discover opportunities for cross-pollination, and propose design interventions for improving accessibility to their existing museums. We will also explore the spatial strategies employed by alternative, underground and street artists in both cities and investigate how these may be applied to design new models for future museums.
     
    The first six weeks of the studio will be in Melbourne, followed by a two week intensive in Berlin at the studio of The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory ANCB. There will also be a 1-2 day field trip to Leipzig during this time. The work produced during the intensive and the weeks prior will be exhibited at an international symposium scheduled to be held at the ANCB on 15 -16 September. Working title for the symposium is currently ‘Museum as Activator: Strategies for Public Space and Access’. It is a partnership between the ANCB and the Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is part of the larger ‘Australia Now 2017’ cultural initiative. Australia Now is the annual international presentation of Australian Culture organised by DFAT. Every year it is held in a different country, and this year it is Germany.  
Program Cost:
Breakdown as follows:
  • Hotel Accommodation: Students are to be located in shared accommodation arranged by RMIT: $1,000 (approx.)
  • Living Expenses (meals and incidentals): AU$1,000 (approx.)
  • Airfare cost: Approximately AU$ 2,500 (subject to change)
  • Leipzig day trip: train additional $50, plus food and expenses 
  • Visa cost as necessary (no visas required for Australian passport holders)
Other costs to consider but not limited to:

  • Host country visa (if applicable)
  • RMIT Tuition fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional travel insurance
** Students are now covered by RMIT’s travel insurance, although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances. For more info, please refer here.

Cancellation Fee:
  • Last date for cancellation without penalty is 30 May 2017.
  • Cancellation fee $300.
Eligibility:
  • Students enrolled in Interior Design (honours) program BH115 only.
Academic Credit (as advised by your RMIT program coordinator):
  • ARCH1108, ARCH1109, ARCH1119 or ARCH1121
Application/Registration process:
  • Students submit their expression of interest to the program leader.
  • Students accepted in to this program will then be required to register here via Mobi by 26 July 2017 by completing the following questionnaires:
    • Outbound Student Mobility: General Information 
    • Short Term Mobility: General Information
Funding:
For the Spring 2017 term, there are: 5 x $1,000 mobility grants.

There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

 

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