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PART 2 The second part of the interview was the potential added value of the manifesto towards the art academy. Chabot mentioned that if he would recreate the art academy in current state, the manifesto would be an interesting fundament for the curriculum to build on. “A fundament for radical change” within education. He agreed that the manifesto should be presented to the educators before it starts to take on a big role within the curriculum for students. Working on the cultural dis-balance in the academy. Putting the manifesto alongside of the contemporary curriculum can be interesting, but he also sought challenges. He is trying to shift the culture towards a 21st century mindset for the past six years and stumbled upon problems mainly because of ‘traditional’ design educators that seem to value their profession as it was before. Many problems lie within the crafts based disciplines like illustration, photography and fashion. All of the disciplines carry the fear of loosing their profession. The disciplines are built up on creating one sort of product what makes the shift towards data not very natural. Chabot seeks value in the platforms like the manifesto for Willem de Kooning Art academy because of of its close connection to a wider University network. The first steps are already taken towards other disciplines, but Chabot not only finds resistance towards change within the art academy. Reaching out towards other disciplines is a journey with many hazards to undertake. Disciplines are closed hubs and scared to loose students to the other disciplines. Chabot is however interested to find a way to use this within his program and would like to talk about creating workshops around the manifesto to open up the platform towards the educators. The challenges Chabot is facing are (unfortunately) well known topics when referring to organizational change. Big organizations seem to adapt very slowly. But I argue that the form of the manifesto is open for own interpretation. Criticality’s can be built from off their own stance point without being pushed in to a framework. I do however understand the struggle, and when using the platform as a way to help (traditional) designers build a new perspective towards their own craft or even their own representation, the manifesto will have to carry workshops more research towards cultural change. 85

So you want to be a designer  

Dissertation Eva Auer

So you want to be a designer  

Dissertation Eva Auer

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