JUNGE AKADEMIE (Young Academy) – International Fellowship Programme

A key role of the Akademie der Künste is to foster the work of young, international artists from all disciplines by awarding prizes and fellowships. Young artists from all over the world, working in areas represented in all of the Akademie’s art sections, have been mentored and supported for more than 20 years. They are invited to the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg – a very special place for encounters, with appealing, spacious rooftop studios and guest apartments, that serves as the hub and main sphere of activity of the JUNGE AKADEMIE (genius loci).

2016 Fellows

Rooftop Studio 3 with 2014 Fellows

2013 Fellows (left: Christian Schneegass, director, JUNGE AKADEMIE; far right: Nele Hertling, Akademie vice-president)

The JUNGE AKADEMIE commits itself to cooperation between the arts and artists. The unmistakable potential for each generation of fellows to redefine as creatively as possible a “Kultur des Mit-ein-anders” (Culture with one/an(d)other) each year is the particular appeal, challenge and incentive of the JUNGE AKADEMIE in the sense of “Vielfalt JA! – über Grenzen hinweg” (Pluralism JA! – Beyond Borders). Thus, the JUNGE AKADEMIE stands for a broad spectrum of diverse tasks and oversees a total of five international fellowships, with orientations that are both collaborative and interdisciplinary.

The JUNGE AKADEMIE develops an annual program, as well as internal and public events with fellows, members/mentors, sponsors and partners, both within and outside the Akademie. There are two main focuses of the “Fellows’ Month”, which occur in parallel with the spring general members’ meeting: AGORA ARTES/an interplay of the arts (with final work presentations of the Berlin Fellows of the previous year), and the public PLENUM, showcasing personal introductory presentations of the newly invited fellows from diverse countries around the globe, who have just come to Berlin. Moreover, the JUNGE AKADEMIE participates in the interdisciplinary and thematic main focuses of the entire Akademie, such as Kultur:Stadt (Culture:City, 2013), Schwindel der Wirklichkeit (Vertigo of Reality, 2014) and DEMO:POLIS (2015-16).

The JUNGE AKADEMIE became firmly anchored in the Akademie statutes as its own specialised area in 2007. Its work is accompanied by an advisory committee made up of members from all of the art sections, appointed by the Akademie president.

JUNGE AKADEMIE participation in the thematic main focus / Akademie-wide project: “Double Projection” – a transdisciplinary group production and performance night for Vertigo of Reality, 2015

Workshop / Part of the PLENUM for new 2015 Fellows with Ulrich Peltzer and Kathrin Röggla (Akademie vice-president), both members of the Literature Section

AGORA ARTES – Interplay of the Arts, 2016 / Programme Night / Partner of the exhibition DEMO:POLIS – The Right to Public Space: “Wassermusik Suite No.2” by Sebastian Gräfe and Matthias Kranebitter, both 2015 Fellows

AGORA ARTES – Interplay of the Arts, 2016 / Partner of the exhibition DEMO:POLIS – The Right to Public Space: transdisciplinary team project “Present People” by Felix Lüdicke and Theresa Schütz, in which nearly all of the 2015 Fellows participated

AGORA ARTES – Interplay of the Arts, 2015 / Programme Night: Artists’ Talks moderated by Nicola Kuhn, Der Tagesspiegel

AGORA ARTES – Interplay of the Arts, 2014 / Programme Night

“Brunnenspiele 2: Regatta”, public space project of AGORA ARTES – Interplay of the Arts, 2016 / Partner of the exhibition DEMO:POLIS – The Right to Public Space and part of the transdisciplinary team project “Present People” by Felix Lüdicke and Theresa Schütz, both 2015 Fellows

Excursion with the 2015 fellows and Micha Ullman, member of the Visual Arts Section, to the Book Burning Memorial on Bebelplatz in Berlin