International Art Collaboration is an educational framework that empowers students to connect with one another, and through online communication, work together to collaborate on dynamic art projects. INTAC employs a philosophy of an open team-based exchange of ideas and materials through blogs and social media. In this environment students develop projects under the guidance of their professors and instructors from each school, and are encouraged to become leaders in building new relationships in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and concepts that cross language and cultural differences. The virtual learning experience fosters a contemporary take on traditional individualistic methods of art-making practice.

Methodology

INTAC Method Schematic

Participants

To form groups students post introductions of themselves and their work.

Proposals

Students then post project proposals based around a theme, which then leads to groups being formed around different ideas.

REVOLUTION - noun

  1. An overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
  2. A sudden, complete or marked change in something.
  3. A round or cycle of events in time or a recurring period of time.

Depending on the field of study revolution can mean numerous things, but I would believe it is commonly known as a radical change in something. What I am interested in is the beginning of it, what gives the spark that brings on the breaking point where thoughts become art, text and speech and these lead to action. Philosophy has often spoken out about unjust social structures and governments not just criticizing but diving into the question of what could be better: Thomas Paine was prosecuted for his essay “The Rights of Man”, Locke argued that every citizen has a right to life, liberty and estate under natural law. In his opinion, a government acting against these interests could be deposed by a revolution against government tyranny, Copernicus dared to say that Earth revolves around the sun and these examples of texts unravelling revolution are just a few from all the thousands written.

In the time of social network and global world Internet is full of ideas, manifestos and groups, slowly bubbling communities of revolution: What I write in England can be grasped by someone who lives in China. The world is full of thought and sparks of revolution. My suggestion for an art projects is a performance live streamed to a website of our choice. We do the same action at the same time and do a split screen representation online. I figured the performance it self could be creating/drawing a labyrinth in the ground and walk through it in a public place. Details of this are open to conversation.

Projects

Final projects are then submitted most often as websites.

Exhibitions

Students are also charged with organizing and funding their own large group exhibitions.

Psuedo Poster

2015

Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan
CONTACT Festival of Photography, Toronto.
Vienna Photo Book Fair

2014

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Bratislava Festival of Photography, Slovakia
Backlight Festival of Photography, Tampere, Finland
CONTACT Festival of Photography, Toronto

2013

Tampere Art Festival, Tampere, Finland
Illum Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2012

CONTACT Festival of Photography, Toronto
Tampere Art Factory, Tampere, Finland

2011

Tampere Art Factory, Tampere, Finland

The work of INTAC has been presented by Peter Sramek in panels at the following conferences:

2014

Leadership Nouveau, MOMA, New York

2013

Society for Photographic Education, Annual Conference, Chicago (with Juha Suonpää from TAMK)

2012

Chaaya Conference on Indian Photography, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
Tampere Art Factory, Tampere, Finland

2011

International Center for Photography, New York

Resources

Member Institutions

OCAD University

www.ocadu.ca

“The International Art Collaboration Studio was initiated in the Photography program in 2010, but now includes students from many disciplines, this year – Photography, Sculpture/Installation, Integrated Media and Graphic Design. Cross-disciplinary practices are key to OCAD’s environment and INTAC embodies this philosophy, attracting students interested in international and collaborative experiences, in cultural exchange and online communication. This fits well with OCAD’s commitment to exploring digital culture and its relationship to contemporary art. Understanding that the local and global are inextricably linked in today’s world, INTAC hopes to create direct experiences for the participants and forge ongoing networks of creative individuals.”

~ Peter Sramek, Chair Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, OCADU

OCAD University is located in Canada’s largest urban centre, offers a full complement of Art and Design, as well as focused Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies programs leading to BFA, BDES and BA degrees.

TAMK University of Applied Sciences

www.tamk.fi

“Photography, Video, Performance and Media art in general are among interdisciplinary tools that students from TAMK are using in INTAC. The key aims are to develop an environmentally, socially and ethically sustainable learning platform and to motivate the growing number of participating students who have been intensively joining INTAC since 2010. INTAC is a new way of collaborative working – producing creative inventions, developing students’ project management skills and critical thinking in the international contemporary art scenes – denaturalizing a Nero myth, the romanticized idea of a lonely, Nero-like artist who does masterpieces alone in the studio.”

~ Dr. Juha Suonpää, Head of Fine Art Program, and Sari Tervaniemi, Professor of Photography, TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland.

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is located in the second largest city in Finland and is ranked as one of the most popular universities in Finland according to the number of yearly applicants. The Faculty of Art, Music and Media offers a variety of BA programs such as Music, Film and Television, Interactive Media and Fine Art. In 2014, the Fine Art Program is being merged into the international English-speaking Media and Arts program with a future, which is open for applicants from all over the world.

Chung-Ang University

www.cau.ac.kr

“INTAC is a creative art activity of working on collaborative projects with students from universities around the world. It uses a team-based environment in which ideas and materials have been exchanged through Skype, blogs and social media. Using group meetings, video conferencing and the online learning management system, as well as more public and popular social networking tools, students communicate and develop projects under professors and instructors at each school. Students should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Through the art project ‘Fake’ students were highly motivated and able to work well with each other in an environment where online communication activity is at the core of the process.”

~ YongHwan Lee, Department of Photography, and Hyun-suh Kim, Instructor of Photography, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea.

Chung-Ang University (CAU) is a private institution with 30,000 students and 982 faculty members. It consists of 10 undergraduate colleges and 16 graduate schools over two campuses, in Seoul and Anseong, Korea. Established in 1918, CAU has endured through the painful course of Korea’s modern history, upholding its ideal of “Truth and Justice”. Since then, CAU has taken a leading role in nurturing intellectuals of the nation. Respected as leading institution providing quality education, CAU has sped up the pace of innovation in local education. Fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science Technology of Korea, CAU offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs including a law school, global MBA programs and a medical school. Thanks to these schools’ vibrant activities, CAU gained top recognition in the nation from the MEST for the last eight years. As a major private institution, Chung-Ang University is fully committed to guiding its Korean and international students to envision their life goals and achieve their maximum potential in the increasingly competitive global society.

BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design

www.btk-fh.de

“Since 2013 BTK has participated in INTAC as a full member, cooperating with the other three schools, organizing exhibitions, collaborative research possibilities and guest lectures. The frame of INTAC is allowing BTK to open its curriculum to sharable, interdisciplinary art projects and in the last two semesters about 35 students from BTK have actively participated. Each school is working to create exhibition opportunities and my connections in Slovakia will take us next November to Bratislava.”

~ Walter Bergmoser, Professor of Photography, BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design, Berlin, Germany.

BTK University of Applied Sciences and Design (BTK) is located in Berlin. It challenges and trains the creative minds of the future in five Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs – Motion Design, Interaction Design, Communication Design, Illustration and Photography. Further opportunities exist in the Design/Media Spaces Master of Arts (M.A.) program.

At BTK, modern design is combined with the traditional aspects of applied art and the innovative possibilities of new media. BTK offers interdisciplinary study programs, which enable students to explore the interface of both analogue and digital means of visual expression, and in so doing, help them to influence and determine the future of design.

Osaka University of Arts

www.osaka-geidai.ac.jp

"INTAC is an ideal project for the university as students can learn to communicate about their art and ideas with students from abroad. Students from the photographic department have been taking part and it has proved a challenging and exciting experience. As we continue in the network, we hope our students will be able to work more collaboratively over the internet and we also want to encourage students from other departments to participate. We were delighted to hold the INTAC exhibition April of 2015. It was a wonderful opportunity for students from abroad to exhibit and visit Japan and also to introduce INTAC to the students here.”

~ YProf. Mineko Orisaku, Head of Department of Photography, OUA
Prof. Kiyotaka Morooka, Department of Photography, OUA
Assoc. Prof. Hiro Sato, Department of Photography, Distance Learning Faculty, OUA

Osaka University of Arts is located in Osaka in Western Japan. It is a private university founded in 1945 and is the largest art university in Japan with currently 5,500 students. It offers the full range of visual arts departments as well as architecture, music, media and education. The university values a spirit of freedom, and the curricula and courses are flexible to allow students to pursue their creative goals. Internationalization is an important part of the university’s philosophy. While respecting the Japanese cultural heritage, the university encourages art with a universality that can be understood by people throughout the world.

National Institute of Design

www.nid.edu

"The Photography Design Masters students have participated in INTAC, both through another international collaboration called Collective Body and now directly with the INTAC group.”

~ Rishi Singhal, Coordinator, Photography Design

NID offers professional education programs at Bachelors and Masters level with five faculty streams and 20 diverse design domains. The overall structure of NID’s program is a combination of theory, skills, design projects and field experiences. It is a unique institution with many problem-solving capabilities, depths of intellect and a time-tested creative educational culture in promoting design competencies and setting standards of design education. The rigorous development of the designer’s skills and knowledge through a process of ‘hands on-minds on’ is what makes the difference.