ACADEMIÆ is a new biennial event entirely dedicated to the academy, international art schools, and university-level art students. It focuses on the multiplicity of interests and approaches in contemporary art research, considering education in the art world and the artistic community as models of openness, interdisciplinarity, and mobility. The first edition—which took the title “Throwing Balls in the Air,” based a series of works by the American conceptual artist John Baldessari—was curated by Christiane Rekade and Francesca Boenzi and welcomed the participation of thirty-five emerging artists, selected in collaboration with eleven artists working as professors in as many European academies. This publication accompanies the biennial and represents yet another instrument by which to reflect on art schools and their methods. It explores the meaning of artistic education with respect to education in other disciplines: the reason for art, the role it plays, its importance in current times, and the thought patterns it can represent. The book features an introductory text by the curators, Christiane Rekade and Francesca Boenzi, an essay by Chus Martínez, head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, and contributions by professors and guest artists.