"What about the Body?" - School of Experience

feb - sep 2021

“What about the Body?” – School of Experience is a three-module project for and by students* of four faculties. The project was initiated by Düsseldorf choreographer Ben J. Riepe and his team, and it will be realised within the framework of #TakePart, a support grant programme by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds provided by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media.

The School of Experience deals with artistic questions on reality and on the relevance of our physical and sensual live experiences. With students from different departments we will embark on a three-module journey to contrast our traditionally exclusively cognitive path to perception with a resonant physical as well as sensual space, nourished by one’s own physical experience in times of increasingly digital meetings. Together, we will explore how to find the way back into, to, and with our bodies, and we will broach the issue of the effects and differences of digital encounters and physical co-presence in real space as well as shining a light on them during specific tools and experiences as well as in various performative and participatory formats, both in nature as well as indoors, in virtual and analogue spaces. In contrast to an exclusively cognitive “schooling” which often neglects the experience and does not allow for it or the inclusion of one’s own prior set of experiences, this School of Experience emphasises the development of exercises and practices that lead to intuition – and, therefore, to creativity. Through a comprehensive, as sensually experienced, understanding of performative arts and artistic processes we will also try to broaden the scope to gain experience in dealing and acting with and in this „new world“ of ours as well, with all its utopian and dystopian implications for society.

“What about the Body?“ – Schule des Erlebens is a project by Ben J. Riepe and Team.
Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Cultural Department of the City of Düsseldorf.

Modul #3
Summer School Campus

Admission to the Summer School »Sainte Réalité« is free for students*, FREIRAUM artists* and people with insufficient financial means, but we would like to ask you to register your “Summer School Campus” application beforehand (until September 1st, 2021) with Jan Kollenbach (project manager) jan@benjriepe.com.


Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Prof. Dr. Timo Skrandies
Department of Art History
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Maren Butte
Department of Media and Cultural Studies

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Prof. Mischa Kuball
Media and Fine Art

Folkwang University of the Arts
Prof. Stephan Brinkmann
Institute of Contemporary Dance