Art and culture are among the very best instruments for promoting understanding and co-operation between different peoples and cultures.
Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, 1999.
NOMAD ACADEMY: Cultural Exchange
Denmark – United Arab Emirates.
Nomad Academy is a network consisting of artists, architects, poets and scholars. Nomad Academy is one of the buds of an agreement forged in 2001 pertaining to an educationally related cultural exchange between the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The official signing of the cultural agreement transpired in Sharjah in April 2004.
One of the overall goals of the cultural exchange project has been the establishment of networks and/or the widening of already existing networks conjoining the Arabic nations, Denmark and a few selected countries in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Consequently, Nomad Academy now involves a steadily increasing number of institutions and individuals in every one of these countries. Several of the different projects that are enumerated in what follows were not constituent elements of the original agreement between Sharjah and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts but have in fact been developed and administrated independently by these newly affiliated institutions.
The cultural exchange efforts are supported by a number of public and private foundations in Denmark and by the Department of Culture & Information in Sharjah.
Else Marie Bukdahl, Dr. phil., rector of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Dorte Dahlin, visual artist, project manager
Copenhagen, January 17, 2005
NOMAD ACADEMY: Transcultural Politics
NOMAD ACADEMY is a non-profit network of global citizens concerned about the future of Planet Earth. The academy members are working in different art and media worlds, the sciences and humanities, as well as creative industries and politics.
There is a strong focus on art as a special form of experience in this context.
The aim of NOMAD ACADEMY is to contribute to the solution of important global problems of our times. From 2007 to 2010 we focus on three major areas of transcultural politics:
- Arts and media creating and improving democratic forms of dialogue between cultures
- Art, Body & Environment
- World Wide Climate Change
The working strategy of NOMAD ACADEMY is based on a "pragmatist" approach. Pragmatism is a way of thinking and acting that tries to contribute to a global reduction of violence and humiliation as well as the improvement of solidarity between human beings and nature (James, Dewey, Rorty, Shusterman).
Mike Sandbothe, Dr. Phil. Habil. and Dorte Dahlin, Visual artist, Copenhagen, February 2007