Body Sound DiVision is born

In collaboration with Accademia Nazionale di Danza and ISIA Roma Design, Saint Louis announces the birth of Body Sound DiVision (BsdV).

Body Sound DiVision is an Erasmus consortium formed by the three Institutes of Higher Education in the Arts, exquisitely Roman, although of national depth and relevance, which stands internationally as an interconnected entity constituted for the purpose of implementing Erasmus, European and non-European mobility projects.

The name, chosen by mutual agreement, is meant to represent in a simple and direct way the areas of action in which the Consortium Institutes intend to move – Dance, Music, Design – emphasizing the primary focus of the Consortium itself, multidisciplinarity.

Body Sound DiVision is composed of 3 Institutes of Higher Artistic Education, authorized by Miur to grant Level I and II academic degrees, all based in Rome and each representing the highest excellence in its discipline:

  • Saint Louis College of Music (SLMC), AFAM Institute, active nationwide since 1976, the first private institution authorized to award first and second level academic degrees in Jazz & Popular Music, Composition and Film Music, Sound Technician, Electronic Music, Music Applied to Images, Song-writing, Consortium Coordinator;
  • National Academy of Dance (AND), the only state-run institute in Italy that grants first- and second-level academic degrees that are equivalent to university degrees for teaching dance;
  • ISIA Roma Design (ISIA) – Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche – AFAM Institute of forty years of activity, structurally based on research and experimentation, strong in cultural heritage and scientific and teaching experience unique in Italy.

To date, Italian Institutes of Higher Education position themselves and interface with their foreign partners as single and fragmented units, often going head to head with Institutes within which the various arts coexist and communicate harmoniously and prolifically, such as the French “Poles Superieurs” and the “Universities of Applied Sciences” of Northern Europe. This occurs in a context where individual institutes have as their foundational individual target the professionalization of the student, a process that cannot occur in the absence of practical and direct application of learning and application in the field: the music composer must be able to compose music for a
dance performance or for an advertisement, just as a dancer needs to be able to have music to dance to and a designer needs to be able to experiment with new technologies in an expanded artistic sphere, and all need to be able to collaborate in concrete artistic projects with specific cultural, social or market purposes.

This is both an artistic and educational gap that Body Sound DiVision aims to bridge by positioning itself externally with an expanded force, for example, vis-à-vis foreign Institutes of prestige and magnitude, where the individual AFAM Institute would fail to generate sufficient design appeal.

With Body Sound DiVision, new spaces and prospects open up for the three prestigious institutes to expand their activities in the international arena:

  • Opportunities to create multidisciplinary Erasmus mobility projects;
  • share successful partnerships with institutions that encompass the different “arts,” and be able to carry out much larger projects with them;
  • maximize and speed up the internationalization process of individual institutions and exchange best practices among Consortium members in terms of implementing Erasmus Projects;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary dialogue with foreign institutes, where different disciplines do not already coexist in the institute’s curricula, encouraging dialogue with local businesses.

As a starting point, Body Sound DiVision aims to carry out Erasmus projects for individual mobility, both of European and non-European scope, involving students, postgraduate trainees and staff of the three Institutes, selecting Foreign Partners among the most inclined to the multidisciplinary approach and already partners of the individual Institutes of the Consortium, among which 3 non-European partners have already joined: the TSC – V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Georgia, the TAFU – Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University and the CAMM BFK, Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté in Bamako, Mali.

The best artistic products born within the activities of Body Sound DiVision-in terms of performances, new artistic teams and even innovative teaching methods-can certainly be taken out of context to proceed to a full-fledged national and international level artistic production, making available the skills and production means of the Consortium’s three partner institutions, such as record labels, management and booking agencies, publishing series and so on.

On the occasion of Erasmus Days 2020, on Oct. 16 at h 12:00, the video presentation of Body Sound DiVision will be premiered on the main social channels of the 3 Institutes involved.