About The Glass Virus

The Glass Virus is a Think Tank for educational strategies
The Glass Virus was founded to stimulate the discussion about the future status of education in the field of glass art and strives for a new interpretation of glass in arts and design. To define what glass art is and what it can be in the future, it is important to identify the various positions in glass art. As a European platform, the Glass Virus will develop, share and sustain a dynamic debate about the future direction of education and research in the field of glass art, design and technology.

Think Tanks are organized every two years and are for now the core activity of the Glass Virus. These conferences are aimed at exchanges between all academic glass art programmes, but are open to participants from all disciplines, artists, designers and other stakeholders. Our ambition is to create an internationally operating platform that focuses on expanding the strategies in glass art education.
The format of the Think Tank has been chosen because it focuses exclusively on the discussion between the participants and current topics in glass art and pedagogical practice.
The Think Tank has no audience. All participants are actively involved in the discussions and are encouraged to develop further-reaching activities.
We are convinced that advanced communication, exchange of expertise and an open educational structure will improve the potential of glass in arts and design.

THE GLASS VIRUS foundation board:

Jens Pfeifer, artist, head of The Large Glass Dept. at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Bert Willems, theoretician at PXL/MAD, Hasselt
Head of Research PXL-MAD, School of Arts, Hasselt (Belgium). As a professor he is attached to the Faculty of Architecture and Arts (University of Hasselt) where he is involved with the research policy and the supervision of PhD’s in the Arts.

Marie De Bruyn, artist, workshop manager at Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam



The Glass Virus Professional Practice Seminar Series 2020/2021
With NEW WORK, NEW AUDIENCES, the Glass Virus will end the first series of seminars on professional practice.
This new format for online exchange and conversation wants to share the different voices in glass education and art with a wider audience.
We will continue the seminars and try to reach more people out there, not the least by including more diversity and showing the variety and richness of our community.
THE GLASS VIRUS will host new seminars during the 2021 GAS conference on May 21 -23. More information will follow soon.
In the meantime, stay tuned, get in touch, get involved:
The Glass Virus needs your input and support to enable us to continue the work, but also to make it the accessible, shared platform that we strive to be. Please send us your thoughts and ideas or feedback on the seminars.
Your support is always appreciated, be it financially, in content or in deeds.

For more information, visit our website: www.theglassvirus.com
or contact us through theglassvirus@gmail.com
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