Founded in 2012 by the city of Cologne, the Academy of the Arts of the World is organized as an extended group of cultural practitioners – visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers, film-makers, curators – from different backgrounds and continents that engages critically with political and social issues as the basis for innovative and experimental practices. The Academy works in close cooperation with a diversity of cultural institutions and communities both locally and internationally. Ranging from member-developed projects to the funding of external projects and residencies, or the running of a Youth Academy, our programme reflects on the cultural flows, ruptures and questions that arise in a world where intercultural contact is increasing and inevitable. In the period 2012-15, we focus on the key themes of: The Body - Rites & Sites; Fugitive Knowledges; Protest, Politics & Art; Re-inventing Traditions, and Re-assembling the City. Through 2014-2016, we also explore subjects around Pre-Modern Practices and Nation/Tribe.
The members of the Academy are appointed on an honorary and volunteer basis.
Current members are:
Ekaterina Degot, Madhusree Dutta, Galit Eilat, Monika Gintersdorfer, Liza Lim, Faustin Linyekula, Tienchi Martin-Liao, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Holert, Soyoung Kim (a.k.a. Jeong Kim), Lemi Ponifasio, Walid Raad, David Riff, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Mark Terkessidis, Rosemarie Trockel, Terre Thaemlitz, Stefan Weidner, Liao Yiwu, Tom Zé.