Art school gives out grants for ‘doing nothing’

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A scholarship for doing nothing? That sounds absurd. But it makes sense, says the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Here’s what it is all about. “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and good morning, dear artists”: That greeting sums up a preconceived and widely popular notion of an artist’s lifestyle. The University of Fine Arts Hamburg has taken that notion to the next level: It is offering three scholarships for “doing nothing.” Anyone can apply, actually, whether they are artists or not. Friedrich von Borries, the initiator of the project, pledged €1,600 ($ 1,900) each to the three applicants the jury finds the most convincing.