Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Piet Zwart Institute

Piet Zwart Institute

Location: Presentation: TENT., Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam Event program: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Opening hours: Presentation Opening Night at TENT.: Thursday July 6, 18.00 – 21.00 Friday July 7, 11.00 – 23.00 Saturday July 8 – 9: 11.00 – 18.00

Event program at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media Saturday July 8: 13.00 – 17.00

Graduates: Janneke Baken, Ilse Leenders, Marina Martinez Garcia, Shailoh Phillips, Annemarie Piscaer, Sebastian Schneiders and Robin Vermeulen.

The research and graduation projects of seven students will be presented to the public, taking shape as seven different attitudes towards contemporary issues at stake in education. Together they address the question: How to Act Otherwise? The graduation projects are interconnected with and referencing each other, reflecting the research of a learning community exploring the possibilities of alternative pedagogical views and approaches. Herewith the presentation discloses different contexts, social, pedagogical aspects and present-day challenges in art and design education, in which the students are embedded. Apart from the presentation in TENT. an extra programme of workshops and events will be presented at V2 on Saturday afternoon 8 July. Act Otherwise is generously hosted by TENT Welcomes.

For more information please consult our graduation website,our general website or TENT. 

Presentation team Curator: Irina Shapiro, course tutor MEiA Spatial design: Gulia Consenza and Albert Takashi Richters Graphic design: Studio Inherent (Dennis van Gaalen and Eline Wieriks) With special thanks to TENT and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media for their kind support and hospitality

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Location: Het Nieuwe Institute

Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00

Designers: Sofia Angelopoulou, Alejandra Calderón, Maria Duarte, Merle Flügge, Nancy Katri, Samira Müller, Agnese Pellino, Sanne van der Ploeg, Bhoomchaya Prakongpetch, Nao Sakamoto, Matteo Sandigliano, Jadranka Sic Gamarra, Katarzyna Skorupska, Michaela Vilucchi

“You are asked to remember that we are in a moment after Architecture (…), and to work accordingly.” Thus MOS Architects challenge the current with their manual  “Office Policy.” For the fourteen graduation projects on display at the fifth floor of Het Nieuwe Institute, we ask you to remember we are past ‘interior architecture’ and to look accordingly.

During this exhibition, international designers from the Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD], Piet Zwart Institute, present projects that acknowledge “the multiplicity of genres, which we should playfully subvert,” to quote MOS Architects once more. Together, the projects are contributions to sketch new, expanded disciplinary narratives.

Whether serious proposals or intellectual dreamscapes, satirical reversals of roles or poetical explorations of materials and means of production, these projects all share the inclination to subvert. They question standard perceptions of design, architecture, social and cultural contexts; a line is more than a border.

This exhibition is a gathering of multidisciplinary design research projects that engage with contemporary positions on ‘the interior’ and the production of space. Here design as research is viewed as circulating along numerous pathways and scales, from the local to the global, from objects to observers, from attitude to architecture – carving a multifarious space to consider other forms of practice.

Please visit our exhibition website

Location: Het Nieuwe Institute Opening Hours: Opening Night, Thursday June 29, 6.30-9.30 June 30 – July 2, 11.00-5.00 Designers: Sofia... Lees verder

Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain

Graduate exhibition Master Fine Art, Piet Zwart Institute locaties: Showroom MAMA, Galerie de Kromme Elleboog, WORM_UBIK

Opening 7 juli, 6 – 9 pm – 11pm (Kunstavond XL) 8 t/m 16 July, 2017 (opening hours, 11 am – 6 pm, closed on Monday 10 July)

Artists: Connie Butler, Angelica Falkeling, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anni Puolakka, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev, Daniel Tuomey.

For nine days, a versatile group of artists show their work in a winding route from the Witte de Withstraat, via Kromme Elleboog to the Boomgaardsstraat. The exhibition, which takes place at MAMA, Galerie de Kromme Elleboog and WORM, brings together the work of the 10 artists who complete their MA Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute in 2017. The exhibition Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain will be accompanied by a comprehensive performance programme taking place at Ubik and a publication of the same title, designed by Yin Yin Wong and published by Publication Studio Rotterdam.

More information on the programme to follow shortly.

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Each year the graduating filmmakers, designers and artists of the Master Media Design and Communication of the Piet Zwart Institute celebrate their graduation by creating an event:  screenings, lectures, and publications representing a diverse range of practice-based research. This year PZI Media Design adopts a two-day festival format spread across Het Nieuwe Instituut and KINO. 

The festival includes work in progress by first year students of both the Lens-based Media and Experimental Publishing study paths.


For the first part of this festival, located at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the first year students of the Experimental Publishing path will present their trimester work Interfacing the Law.  Later in the evening, graduating students present their graduation projects, and discuss their practice with guests.

17.00- 19.00 Special Issue #3: Interfacing the Law – in the library public event, presentations of projects with guest Séverine Dusollier (SciencesPo) http://www.pzwart.nl/blog/2017/06/07/special-issue-3-interfacing-the-law/ 18.00 – 21.00 Mystery Tour For All Ages Ministry Of Anomie and volunteers 21.30 – 22.30 Adversarial Interface Presentation, Q&A with Femke Snelting – 5th floor


The second day of the festival is an evening of public screenings at KINO Cinema: works by first-year students of the Lens-Based path, followed by films of graduating students.

18.00 – 18.30  Come and join us for drinks in the KINO GRAND Cafe 18.30 – 19.30  Lens-Based Cohort Screening  Works & Research In Progress 20.00 – 22.00  KINO 4 – Graduation Film Screenings.

Location JUNE 15th: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015CB Rotterdam: http://hetnieuweinstituut.nl Location JUNE 16th: KINO Cinema, Gouvernestraat 129-133, 3014 PM Rotterdam: https://kinorotterdam.nl/ Admission: Free


Samira Damato (DE/MT)  Pomegranate Seeds Samira Damato is a filmmaker who explores various facets of love and nostalgia. With her transnational background, Samira has experienced various cultures as a distanced observer, and uses these experiences in her practice. Her films have been screened at international festivals

Sara Hamadeh (LB)  The Face of a Refusing Machine Sara Hamadeh is an artist and researcher with a background in film studies. Her current research seeks to offer a critical reading of images of war together with the politics of their production and distribution online.

Julia Kul (PL) The Ministry of Anomie The Ministry of Anomie is a secret organisation that researches and develops the anomic policy. It gathers intelligence information and performs covert operations. Its sabotaging activities usually go unnoticed due to the MA’s radical invisibility and crashing inefficiency.  The MA was founded long before Mossad, the KGB, and the Vatican City State. In 1783 the MA was blessed by 8th Dalai Lama.  The MA is considered to be the actual 1990  Nobel Prize laureate:  Gorbachev was just a front.

Colm O’ Neill (IE)  Adversarial Interface Colm O’Neill is a designer and researcher based in Rotterdam and Brussels. His work is concerned with mediations of digital literacy through graphical, user and programmatic interfaces. The research and practice that result follow the ideals of free and open source development models.

Ying Shi ‘Stone’ [CN /石颖]  Bonsai Stone Ying Shi is a film maker and visual artist who works with photography, 3d images and videos. She has a BA Film Directing (Editing Art and Technology) from Communication University of China in Beijing. Her current projects play with human bodies, colours and an unknown space.

Nataliya Sinelshchikova (RU)  Screenscapes Nataliya Sinelshchikova is a researcher and media artist with a background in graphic design. Her interests revolve around generative art, media specificities and the aesthetics of distortion as an inevitable part of our relationships with technology.

Xiting Xu ‘Chloe’ [CN /石颖]  Fresh to Decay Xiting Xu has a  background of screenwriting and lens-base art.  Her work is  influenced by a variety of media such as film and cyber-culture. By combining the fictional narrative with real people’s online life, her work draws a unique picture of young people in the Internet age.

XPUB COHORT SPECIAL ISSUE #3: INTERFACING THE LAW Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska, Max Franklin, Giulia de Giovanelli, Franc González, Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Margreet Riphagen, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe & Kimmy Spreeuwenberg

XPUB: http://xpub.nl

LENS-BASED COHORT SCREENING WORK AND RESEARCH IN PROGRESS Ryan Cherewaty, Catalina Giraldo , Qian Hao, Fabian Landewee, Sigrún Lýðsdóttir, Anna-Lena Lystad, Irma Oldenburg & Paula Winkler



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Time: Thursday June 15, from 17:00-19:00, in the library of Het Nieuwe Instituut Address: Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

How to defend the access to knowledge in the current intellectual property regime? Interfacing the law is an attempt to experiment with and to openly discuss shadow libraries, piratical text collections and other forms of disobedient sharing. Interfacing each in their own way with legal and political frameworks, we want to consider those vibrant practices as experiments with the social contracts that link libraries, librarians, readers and books.

After a welcome by Het Nieuwe Instituut library staff, students from the XPUB program present four projects developed in the context of Interfacing the law. Followed by a discussion with Aymeric Mansoux and Séverine Dusollier. Moderation: Femke Snelting

With: Clàudia Giralt Monedero, Franc González, Giulia de Giovanelli, Max Franklin, Nadine Rotem-Stibbe, Kimmy Spreeuwenberg, Margreet Riphagen, Emily Buzzo, Karina Dukalska


Séverine Dusollier, Doctor in Law and professor at SciencesPo, Paris. She has carried out research in several European and national projects, namely for the Belgian Government, WIPO, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the European Commission and Parliament. Her current research relates to intellectual property, copyright and IP limitations, the public domain and the commons.

Aymeric Mansoux, artist, musician and media researcher. His research deals with the defining, constraining and confining of cultural freedom in the context of network based practices. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London on the creative misunderstandings between art, politics and the law within free culture.

Femke Snelting, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and Free Software. She is member of Constant, a non-profit, artist-run association for art and media based in Brussels.

Special Issue #3: Interfacing the Law is part of the PIET ZWART MASTER MEDIA DESIGN GRADUATE FESTIVAL 2017 followed  by Screenings Friday 16, June @ 18:30 in KINO.

PZI MD Experimental Publishing path (XPUB) http://xpub.nl PZI / WDKA / Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences www.pzimediadesign.nl

Upcoming event: OP = OP Publication Launch + Live Printing Tuesday June 20, 17.00 – 20.00 American Book Center, Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam https://www.facebook.com/events/456610141366882

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The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art presents Community Satisfaction, a multi-location three-part project including talks, an exhibition, and a publication, organized by and featuring artists in year one of their MFA program, plus invited guests.

MFA artists: Timur Akhmetov, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Marta Hryniuk, Alexander Iezzi, Anne Kolbe, Johanna Kotlaris, George Nesbitt, Collette Rayner, Victor Santamarina, Anastasia Shin, Nick Thomas, and Sophie Varin

Guests: Irina Botea Bucan, Orlando Cairo, Florian Cramer, Nicole Jordan, and Pawel Kruk

With the kind mentorship of Katarina Zdjelar

Trilogy Trilogy is a talk and performance program in which invited guests consider alternative communities, hidden histories, and interdisciplinary dialogues. Trilogy aims to produce generative sites for discussion and navigate tensions between a perceived cultural core and those perceived to be on its peripheries. Trilogy will consider shared experiences, challenging universalist utopian claims.

T H IS I S A LL U R E​ Taking the form, following the path, mimicking the movement, shadowing and repeating. A mold of multiple approaches. A gathering of selected sculpture, video, text and performance in a presentation by 14 MFA artists and one guest, Pavel Kruk.

The Community Satisfaction Reader A publication amassing practical and contextual information surrounding the exhibition and events, as well as a year working within the Piet Zwart Institute.


Opening: Friday, May 26, 6–9pm ​ T H IS I S A LL U R E​ Wolfart Project Space Wolphaertstraat 25C Exhibition: May 27–May 28, 12pm–5pm

Saturday, May 27, 4–5:30pm Kennis De Maken / Getting To Know Each Other Florian Cramer in conversation with Orlando Cairo Stichting Trefcentrum Wi Masanga Raw Hoffstraat 39

Saturday, May 27, 7:30–9:30pm Auditions For Revolutions Film screening and Q&A with Irina Botea Bucan Neverland Cinema Stad in de Maak, Pieter de Raadtstraat 35B

Sunday, May 28, 12–3pm The Bend In The Bough Sound and food performance with Nicole Jordan Piet Zwart Institute Karel Doormanhof 45 (limited capacity)

Guest bios Irina Botea Bucan is an artist based in Birmingham and Bucharest. Over the past twenty years she has used multiple forms to consistently question dominant socio-political ideas. She develops her works through a process in which the performers are active participants. As a filmmaker her role is in constant flux, shifting from an observational to a reflective, participatory and performative mode.

Orlando Cairo is a community organizer and board member of Wi Masanga, the oldest running immigrant community center in the Netherlands. The space was founded in the early 1970s as a squat by Afro-Surinamese immigrants and still serves as a hub for that community in Rotterdam-West.

Florian Cramer is applied research professor with Creating 010, Hogeschool Rotterdam. He has a background in comparative literature and art history combined with DIY culture, technical-critical obsessions with ‘radical’ media and analog filmmaking, and a research interest in both structural poetics and politics of the arts.

Nicole Jordan is a singer-scholar based in Rotterdam, with an interest in the psyche of the performing artist. She teaches Music Psychology, is an Artistic Research coach for Masters students at Codarts in Rotterdam, and performs and collaborates with artists from diverse disciplines.

Pawel Kruk is an artist based in Bolinas, California. Kruk approaches each new piece like a novelist would a blank page: true and untrue fuse together, projects evolve, change, and are rewritten according to which character enters the story.

Image: Collette Rayner, Note you but I (in the key of reading plumbing as partners) (still), 2017. Animation.

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Time: Wednesday, May 24 18:00 – 19:30 Location: KINO, Gouvernestraat 129-133, 3014 PM Rotterdam Admission: tickets 5 euro

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is pleased to invite you to KINO for an evening with the Brussels-based production and distribution platform Auguste Orts, founded in 2006 by Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer and Anouk De Clerq. The four artists, who all individually work predominately with the moving image, describe their practice as ‘…at the crossroads of cinema, video, audiovisual arts, documentaries, experimental films… where media and disciplines cross-fertilize each other.’ Closely collaborating with the organization’s director Marie Logie and business director Ann Goossens on facilitating both the production and distribution of their own projects, Auguste Orts attempts to address a wider discourse through supporting other artists (so-called guest productions) and occasionally organizing talks and screening programs.

Herman Asselberghs and Marie Logie have chosen to present two films at KINO, Asselberghs’s For Now (2017) and Fairuz & El Moïz Ghammam’s Oumoun (2017), the Dutch premiere for both.

For Now Herman Asselberghs, video, color, 4:3, stereo, Dutch spoken (Eng. St), BE, 2017, 32’ In times of great turmoil, time comes to a standstill. The central two movements in For Now are horizontal panoramas shots and firm, vertical edits. They show shifts of place without the journey. Nature, the wind, movement that occurs all on its own: this would seem to be the film’s real subject matter. The film unfolds in waves. Locations come and go, and come back again – Lewinsky Park, Maximilian Park, Habima Square, Lion Square, Zucotti Park, Times Square or pastoral landscapes at opposite ends of the Mediterranean Sea. The actions are the same: people wait, pass by, kill time. The contrasts between refugees and citizens, between tourists and activists, between Israelis and Palestinians, between Europeans and Americans, all become less clear. The repetition of these unclarified relationships, Asselberghs’ decisively filming after the fact, the enigmatic inclusion of hand signals – all these work together to reveal a certain constellation in which things again come together momentarily before taking their leave. It is a film running alongside the events, and alongside time. A contemporary film in the pure sense of the word – a way of being with time.

Oumoun Fairuz & El Moïz Ghamman, BE/TN, 2017, 14’ A dialogue across languages, across cultures, across generations. ‘Dear grandma, you’ll be surprised to hear my voice in your language…’ Those are the first words in a prerecorded, spoken letter never sent but instead played aloud in real time by the Brussels filmmaker to her elderly grandmother in Mahdia, Tunisia. In the company of the camera, the lines easily turn into a voice over that, merely by listening and looking attentively, in turn gradually transforms into a dialogue across languages, across cultures, across generations.

Image: Herman Asselberghs, ‘For Now’ (2017)

Time: Wednesday, May 24 18:00 – 19:30 Location: KINO, Gouvernestraat 129-133, 3014 PM Rotterdam Admission: tickets 5 euro The Piet Zwart... Lees verder


APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 5, 2017 START DATE: September 1, 2017

The Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, an English-language taught, two-year MA program based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is offering a part-time teaching opportunity starting in fall 2017.  We’d love to hear from experienced writers, academics, critics, artists, or curators with broad interests and professional backgrounds in writing in the context of contemporary art. We seek an associate with solid teaching experience and genuine enthusiasm for innovative writing pedagogy, as well as a collegial attitude towards curriculum development and collaborative work. The writing tutor will be sensitive to the expectations and needs of ambitious young artists who have a variety of linguistic backgrounds, approaches to working with language, and relationships to writing. The writing tutor will be a great communicator who enjoys sharing expertise and facilitating exchange within and outside of the MFA program. The role requires a presence of minimum two days and maximum five days per month in Rotterdam throughout the academic year (beginning September and ending mid-July), as determined by the course administration and the needs of the program. We can only consider applications with EU/EEC work authorization.

The writing tutor provides key support to enrolled students in the first and second year of MA study via seminars, workshops, and individual tutorial supervision. They work in tandem with the current writing tutor, the core studio research and practice tutors, and course coordinator and report directly to the MFA course director. In addition to teaching, PZI MFA tutors help shape the curriculum, participate in assessments, and are responsible for pro-actively dealing with administrative duties linked to their role. This is primarily a teaching role, but the MFA program endeavors to support staff research by providing resources for staff initiatives in public programming, excursions, and publications.


Contribute to MFA Methods seminar and conduct individual MFA thesis supervision. Curriculum development. Participate in moderated assessments, delivery of individual grades and feedback. Presence at extra-curricular and curriculum-related MFA program activities across the academic year. Effective self-organization and management of administrative responsibilities and duties, attendance at staff meetings, coordination with program staff.


Native-level fluency in English. EU/ECC work authorization. Relevant academic qualifications according to profession (minimum Master’s degree or equivalent). A range of prior teaching experience or experience mentoring writers within a higher education framework. A strong skill base in writing in English, and a record of accomplishment in writing practice. Editing experience is a plus. A keen interest in and knowledge of contemporary art and debates around contemporary art pedagogy. The capacity to work independently, to responsibly balance part-time workload, and adhere to deadlines.

Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specializations and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment. For more information about the Master Fine Art program, its students and staff, please visit: http://www.pzwart.nl/master-fine-art/

Salary and employment conditions  

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam) will initially offer a temporary contract, with the possibility for extension. The salary range is calculated pro-rata to HBO-CAO grade 12 (between € 4,122.09 minimum and € 5,301.29) for fulltime employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Benefits include an attractive pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate offsetting travel costs for appropriate candidates who live outside the Netherlands.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter with a brief statement on your teaching philosophy and description of prior teaching, curriculum vitae (including bibliography), and a published writing sample before June 5, to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl. Please indicate MFA Writing Tutor Application in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and suitable candidates will be short-listed and invited for an interview in mid-June. The position will remain open until filled. Queries may also be addressed to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl.





The Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design [MIARD] is inviting applicants for a newly established position as a postgraduate teacher of design with a strong focus on contemporary spatial and artistic practice with a multidisciplinary approach. An interest in materials, objects and craft is a plus.

We offer an international, professional and critical educational environment. The job involves a high degree of responsibility, contributory influence and the opportunity to make your mark working with talented students and staff on the production of space and design research.  We value good collegial collaboration with scope for mutual inspiration and professional conversation.  The post holder reports directly to the Course Director, and she or he would work collaboratively with other tutors within our integrated curriculum structure.

Our international program offers students a unique Master level multidisciplinary design-research education with a critical and experimental focus on the complex and developing field of Interior Architecture. For more information on the program visit: pzwart.nl/interior-architecture-research-design

Responsibilities Include 

Development of a multidisciplinary postgraduate design-research project. Design studio leadership. The teacher meets with students one-day a week from January to June (7 months) Organize relevant guest lecturers, critics, public talks, collaborations and/or excursions that are course related Productive, collegial teamwork, active participation in program activities Course administration, program staff meetings and coordination with staff Co-supervise yearly activities related to publication and exhibition Supervision, assessments, archiving course and student work Contribution to the growing reputation and profile of the program

Qualification Requirements  

Experience teaching at a postgraduate level Curriculum Vitae A portfolio of professional practice and a teaching portfolio (with samples of course and student work) A brief letter of motivation: teaching methods and pedagogical position Diploma at a postgraduate level Excellent English language proficiency is required Ability to handle research projects and other managerial functions Contact information of two professional references Letters of recommendations are a plus Work permit to be employed in the Netherlands

Piet Zwart Institute

The Piet Zwart Institute houses the international Master programs of the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University. Named after the pioneering Dutch designer Piet Zwart, who worked experimentally across different media and contexts, our institute offers a rich combination of in-depth specializations and interdisciplinary exchange in an intimate learning environment. For more information on the Piet Zwart Insitute: http://www.pzwart.nl

Salary and employment conditions  

The Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam) offers a temporary contract of FTE 0.2, with the possibility for extension. The salary range is HBO-CAO grade 12 (€ 4,122.09 minimum and € 5,301.29 maximum gross per month) for fulltime employment, exclusive of 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Our fringe benefits include excellent training facilities, an attractive pension scheme, and allowance for a proper work/life balance. It is possible to negotiate offsetting travel costs for the appropriate candidate.


Please send your Qualification Requirements: motivated letter, curriculum vitae, professional and teaching portfolios, references, educational diplomas, letters of recommendation and Dutch/EU work status, documentation for compliance with the qualification requirements listed above before 15 JUNE 2017 to wdka-personeelszaken@hr.nl. All documents must be in English.

A review committee will look at applications and invite short-listed candidates for interviews in July 2017. Position begins December 2017. – For questions please contact: Susana Pedrosa t: +31 (0)10 794 47 16 Or Petra van der Kooij t: +31 (0)10 794 74 05

Image credit: Agnese Pellino, Berlin excursion, TOMÁS SARACENO STUDIO VISIT


Rotterdam, 13 April 2017

“There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious 2011 anthology Toward a New Interior. It’s a statement and a publication that mark the increased critical interest which, in the past few years, has been directed at interior spaces and their attendant design strategies. A graduate course taking part in this re-evaluation of the interior is the Piet Zwart Institute’s two-year Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme in Rotterdam. On the occasion of the re-titling of the course – the “R” and “D” previously stood for “Retail Design” – Disegno speaks to MIARD’s course director, Alex Suárez, about the new remit, ethos and ambition of the course.

“The programme has a funny history,” says Suárez. In the five years MIARD has been in operation, he explains, “retail design became a very small component of a much larger interior architecture agenda. Little by little, we’ve realised that the name didn’t fully represent or reflect the type of students we had, the type of projects they were doing, or the expertise of the staff.” In keeping with the resurgence of critical discourse emerging in the field of interior spatial practice, the course responded by changing its name in January 2017, and by tweaking its curricular structure. “It’s been an organic, bottom-up change,” says Suárez. “It came about through conversations with staff and alumni, and an acknowledgement of the type of students we’ve attracted. What we do at MIARD is really more of a multi-disciplinary design research practice.”

The bulk of the curriculum will remain as it has been since the course’s foundation in 2011, with subtle revisions that reflect a more open-ended and cross-disciplinary approach. Three curriculum threads comprise the syllabus of the two-year programme. The first is Design Projects, the practice-based core of the course in which the students, numbering 14 to 15 per year, work on design projects in their own studio spaces provided by the Piet Zwart Institute. They are also free to make use of eight workstations – focused on interaction, audio, publication, material, fabric, drawing, business, and research – with the support of specialised technicians. “The different stations and the technical help in the workshops are really incredible,” says Suárez. “When you start at MIARD, one of the first things that happens is an introduction to the stations – we want the students to make the most of these internal resources.”

The second strand is Critical Strategies. “We think it’s very important for our students to consider the critical position of their work in a larger historical and theoretical context,” says Suárez. “In the context of interior architecture and interiors, there are very few masters programmes that really have as part of their agenda trying to contribute to the discourse.” By this token, MIARD has changed its third curricular strand, formerly Visual Communications, to Multiple Media. “We thought the visual was not fully representative the type of media that our students were working with,” says Suárez. “Multiple Media really expands the conventions available to the interior practitioner.”

The conventions of interior architecture are circumscribed by adjacent and overlapping fields. “Traditionally, interior design has borrowed heavily from architecture: the histories, theories, drawings, and the modes of representation. If you look at interior design curriculums out there,” Suárez says, “a lot of the projects are also grouped by typology: retail design, hospitality and residential.” Such classifications are not present at MIARD. “Those typologies are something we want to challenge by looking at the interior space multidimensionally and also at multiple scales: from the local to the global; from architecture to object and beyond.”

Delivering the programme is a roster of international tutors and lecturers with a broad range of skills and specialisations including architecture, interaction design, graphic design and design criticism. MIARD’s core curriculum is also augmented by national and international guest lecturers, who often visit in conjunction with joint projects. One such project coming up in October 2017 is the traveling exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association – MIARD will be one of three partners to respond to the show when it comes to Antwerp. The ethos informing MIARD’s programming is “making public”. For the five past years, for instance, students have shown projects at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. They have also exhibited on several occasions at Het Nieuwe Instituut, one of MIARD’s closest institutional partners, in addition to yearly graduation shows.

After following the three curricular strands, students will spend the final six to seven months of the programme working on their graduation project with they guidance of their tutors. This project can take many forms, in keeping with the experimental remit of the course. “One of our current students is a filmmaker,” says Suárez. “Her films are highly spatial in that they deal with the cinematic experience of the interior as a way of designing space.” Other students push the limits of what comprises a thesis. “We have a student with an amazing talent for drawing and representation, who is fascinated by Jacques Tati’s critique of modernity and technology. This student has appropriated Tati’s critique for modern times and is making a satirical comic looking at the smart house.” Another current student is producing her thesis in the form of a memoir set in 2071, looking at the significance of artificial intelligence in 2017. “There still so much to contribute to the practice of the interior and to its disciplinary canon,” says Suárez by way of summary.

Upon completion of the course, MIARD alumni have taken accordingly diverse professional routes. “I’ve seen alumni go into more typical roles, like working in top architecture and interior architecture offices,” says Suárez. “But mainly, what I’ve seen is diversity. We’re a very international program, so some go home and set up their own practices there while others stay and do so locally. Others go into research, working for offices here in the Netherlands such as Bureau Europa and Droog. Some go into exhibition design, and a couple continue along the academic route and do PhDs.” Local and international institutional affiliations also help develop the students’ network and other multidisciplinary forms of design practice. “We have an ongoing collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut,” says Suárez. “But the collaboration happens on different scales, with our current students also doing internships there.”

“I hope that our students leave with a very international, diverse experience and a set of advanced skills,” says Suárez. Key to this diversity is not only the fact the the student body represents approximately 20 different countries at any one time, but also the freedom to approach interior space through a multiplicity of media. “I hope the students will also leave with an acknowledgement that they can be a relevant and critical voice in the field and expand the boundaries of the profession.”

The call for applications to MIARD is open until 15 May 2017.

Image: MIARD alumnus Wojciech Gawronski’s graduation project, Objects in this room are closer to nature than they appear, 2016. Image courtesy of MIARD

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Rotterdam, 13 April 2017 “There is no such thing as a simple room,” wrote the architect and theorist Mark Wigley in the ambitious... Lees verder