@ main building no.1, 1st floor
How does democracy relate to art? The seminar “Art and Democracy” approached democracy with and through art. It aimed at sharpening our perception of democratic processes and structures in society. The objective was to deconstruct a core concept of political and societal life – democracy – through visual art so that it becomes meaningful to the individual. The student work is displayed in a public exhibition in the main building of the University of St Gallen, 1st floor, until May 25.
Following a discussion of the most important models of democracy in political sciences, students engaged with art on the HSG campus and practiced how to express their dialogue with democratic realities through collage and small- and large-scale pictures. It is through art that new mental figures and experience can be created. Art enables us to discover new horizons of the world and, of course, ourselves. Students learn to create something without knowing what the result would be. Cultural education also promotes intellectual openness as well as empathy. Due to its active, physical link to reality, such immediate (analogue) learning experience appears ever more important in a digitalizing world.