Young Critics Program by SPHERE open doors for second edition
Young critics program organized by SPHERE is opening their virtual windows for the second time starting from 5th November 2022. 25 fellows from around 16 countries will explore the question of how we as a global community of next generation thinkers can deal with the effects of artistic reflections and critique culture. Guided by renowned international industry experts, Scholars, Philosophers, Academicians, Professional executives and artists they will develop a language to communicate with the contemporary or post-contemporary art world and their socio-political placement while searching for a tool to find the complexity of one of the greatest challenges of our time through a period of coming 16 weeks.
It’s very gratifying that interest in the YCP is so great and that young people are grappling with the important question of how our world can remain livable for future generations through critical and philosophical understanding and analysis.
A groundbreaking initiative of SPHERE, the Young Critics Program was initially presented in December 2021 as an additional component of the World Cinema Carnival. It was a field experiment with enduring consequences. Not only has the Young Critics program, stretched its horizon across many countries than last edition and but implemented a broader understanding of the critical perspective as YCP (Young Critics Program) Director of Programming Hyash Tanmoy explains: “More than 300 applications from all over the world with an extreme enthusiasm is the main streamline of our strength to keep on doing what we aimed for without any financial/ logistical support or institutional mobility. Among them 25 participants selected are young people from around 16 countries from all corners of the globe and from completely different disciplines ranging from cultural studies, social sciences or law to technology or so on. This cultural and professional diversity makes the Young Critics Program a prototype of a ‘transnational and transdisciplinary space for educational exchange of the 21st century,’ where internationality and diversity are not just words, but lived values to critically evaluate not the arts but also our immediate realities with a motivation for a glocal change.”
YCP Program Manager Soumyabuddha Debnath adds: “The program’s adaptability and viability also make it open to everyone without any prerequisites. Our largest obstacle was reaching out; it wasn’t simple for us to make the programme open to fellows from the global south, where there is essentially no artistic mobility. Still, we believed that we could one day open our doors for the second iteration of the YCP programme to give young fellows from practically every country in the world the chance to interact with the most talented media creators, renowned researchers, cutting-edge developers, and tenacious activists of our time, exchange ideas with them, learn from them, and then contribute their wishes, hopes, and concerns to the programme. The curriculum combines internationality, interdisciplinarity, interculturality, creativity, and publicity to help us establish tactics and images for a future where everyone, not just a select few, may discover themselves.”
The YCP has drawn a lot of attention from all around the world, which is a testament to its allure as an open door, unconventional organization that will soon become a safe haven for the fellows chosen this year.
Ayan Dawn, Assist to the Director of Programming says: “the extensive and diverse activities will speak for itself about the program that will gather and instigate these emerging young fellows to create a space for the open thinking and initiates the conversations. What’s more, the curriculum of this year’s YCP is more topical than ever. YCP builds interdisciplinary bridges to find answers to the complex question of global responsibility toward our planet and the next generations. It’s very gratifying that interest in the YCP is so great and that young people are grappling with the important question of how our world can remain livable for future generations through critical and philosophical understanding and analysis.”
Hyash Tanmoy also emphasizes the importance of the YCP for the methodical and flexible mode of individual and group wise research, which is providing the necessity to find the essential threads for the artistic expressions: “The YCP has drawn a lot of attention from all around the world, which is a testament to its allure as an open door, unconventional organization that will soon become a safe haven for the fellows chosen this year. Additionally, it supports the possibility for collaboration between science and the arts. I want to express my gratitude to everyone in the community for spreading the news about the open call to expand it globally from the beginning.”
Connecting the dots
The focus of this year’s program is the YCP’s wide curriculum. The challenge is how to make connect the dots. The focus is not only on critical analysis and its effects, but also on the important question of how we as a global community can respond to the challenges. How can we shape our coexistence so that our earth remains livable for future generations by facilitating arts, creating new spaces and opportunities for everyone exits in the spectrum and sphere?
Since critic culture knows no boundaries, cooperation and conversation are eventually necessary for the program’s advancement. The YCP programme expands on this vision of the future by encouraging participants to leverage their vast cultural and professional variety to create connections across disciplines, nations, and people groups.
Transdisciplinary Research Approach
This is intended to illustrate the complexity and multi-layered nature of critic culture as global phenomena — and how important dialogue and compromise are for finding solutions. The focus is less on the medium aspects than on the fellows adopting different perspectives in a dialectic process and conducting sound research on problems or arguing their solutions in a well-founded (scientific) manner.
An international faculty
Over the entire sixteen-week period of the Festival University, the fellows will be accompanied and supported by an international faculty consisting of academics and top-class experts from the fields of art, culture, journalism, philosophy and civil society.
Facts about the YCP 2023
- Period: November 07 2022 to March 04 2023 (Sixteen weeks)
- Place: Virtual (CET Time zone)
- Participants: 25 young next generation thinkers between the ages of 18 and 30 from around 16 countries (e.g. India, Mongolia, US, Pakistan, Nigeria, UK, Canada, Kenya, Brazil, Jamaica, Algeria, Morocco, Peru, Slovakia, Russia). Their professional backgrounds are diverse and range from cultural studies, social sciences or law to technology or natural sciences.
- Language: English
- Time required: Flexible
- Credits: Participants will receive a YCP certificate upon full completion of the program, inclusive of a LOR on request for the year of 2023-2024. And many additional industries related guidance and so on.
- Costs of application/ participation: Free, no monetary contribution required.
- Master class by and with international experts, artists, scientists and managers impart knowledge, stimulate reflection and encourage participants to overcome professional boundaries.
- Workshops by research scholars and eminent experimental artists.
- Guided Case study based on contemporary social headlines.
- Art + Creative Thinking: FORESIGHT. Creating a model for new methods of education.
- Manifesto: Fellows will be working on three individual manifestos to add-on their ideas to the works made by the fellows from last year.
- One week/ Artist: A Story.
- Surprise Screening room.
- Together we change: As a part of the YCP curriculum, the social initiative “Together we change” focuses on inclusive, cutting-edge, and effective solutions in one of the following four major domains: Gender equality and diversity; high standards in work and education; peace, justice, and understanding; environmental awareness and climate action; and fostering public access to the arts.
- Round Table: Response/ opinion is an alter-ego program of the Passing the mic. The idea is to have an online roundtable of sorts, exchanges ideas and voices about the immediate social narratives and talking about the world, the arts, the sciences and everything in between. These discussions will be forming a dictionary of anecdotes for a logical discourse and comparative research tool for tomorrow at a wider space.
- Praxis: An extensive practice across disciplines.
- Read, write and reflect: Understanding philosophy and philosophers individually or with the support of PhD scholars.
- Afterword: In conversation with the officially selected artists for the WORLD CINEMA CARNIVAL 2023.
- Final Presentation: Major contribution to the program.