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PIET ZWART INSTITUTE MASTER FINE ART WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY ROTTERDAM UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES (Hogeschool Rotterdam)

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.

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

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.

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Time: Wednesday April 19, 7pm. Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free

In this talk, Jeremiah Day will briefly introduce his practice before diving into an exploration of what Debbie Lusignan has started to call “the shadow work” – a process of taking personal responsibility for our own “co-dependent enabling” of this political system.

Lusignan, an activist and independent political commentator, came to achieve underground prominence during the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign (for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrnACRaiuOU).

Intended as a response to Florian Cramer’s talk “The Alt-Right” Day will argue that while Trump and Wilders are for sure no solution, nor are they the problem.  Debbie Lusignan has started to suggest that we are the problem, and we are the solution.

Jeremiah Day (1974, USA) graduated from the art department of the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997 and lived and worked in Los Angeles until moving to Holland in 2003 to attend the Rijksakademie.  From 2000 to 2002 Day was artist-in-residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles working with Fred Dewey, where he organized such events as “The Great Silence: 10 Years After the Burning,” commemorating the 1992 riots.  From 2012 to 2015 he was a member of General Public, Berlin.

His performances and installations have been presented at such venues as the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Liverpool and Thessaloniki Biennials, the Emily Harvey Foundation, New York and the CCA Glasgow, and his work is included in such collections as Frac Champagne Ardenne and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.  Day is represented by Arcade, London and Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.

Image: The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, 2011-14, production still.

 

Time: Wednesday April 19, 7pm. Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free In this talk, Jeremiah Day will briefly introduce his... Lees verder

Time: Friday March 24 Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: Due to the limited seating capacity at our Karel Doormanhof venue we kindly request you RSVP to reserve a seat on pzwart-info@hr.nl, indicating MFA symposium in the subject line. We will offer seats on a first-come first served basis and announce when the event is fully booked on the MFA Facebook page and website.

  Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability A symposium and exhibition in conjunction with ‘The Art of Looking: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment?’, a thematic project for the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, led by Nana Adusei-Poku, Research Professor in Visual Culture at Rotterdam University.

Featuring Nana Adusei-Poku, Timur Akhmetov, Barby Asante, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Connie Butler, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Angelica Falkeling, Quinsy Gario, Alexander Iezzi, NIC Kay, Anni Puolakka, Collette Rayner, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Anastasia Shin, Eothen Stearn, Daniel Tuomey.

Does an artist’s identity matter? Or can we just focus on form?

Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability brings together MFA artists and invited guests to question notions of accountability and revisit identity politics in art.

This winter, in her thematic project, ‘The Art of Looking’, Nana Adusei-Poku and the MFA artists explored questions of decolonization, the contextual framings of artists and artworks, and the predisposition to read Blackness and treat Whiteness as ‘neutral’. Taking into consideration a recently published open letter by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who suggested that those living in the Netherlands should either ‘behave normally or go away’ (‘Doe normaal of ga weg’), the question of ‘normalcy’ and the presentation of cultural identities seem to us especially urgent topics.

We invite you join us in a collective process of discovering what strategies are used when we talk about ‘positions’, and which positions we take strategically, through an exhibition of work by MFA artists and a symposium with our invited guests, Barby Asante, Quinsy Gario, NIC Kay, and more!

Schedule: 10am-1pm:         NIC Kay movement workshop (reserved for speakers and PZI MFA students). 1.30pm-3pm:      Communal brown bag lunch and exhibition tour. 3pm-6:15pm:      Guest presentations and group discussion. 6:15pm-7:30pm: Reception with refreshments.

Guest bios:

Barby Asante  is a London based artist, curator and educator whose work explores place and identity through creating situations and spaces for dialogue, collective thinking, ritual and reenactment. Using archival material in the broadest sense, she is interested in breaking down the language of archive, not to insert or present alternatives to dominant narratives but to interrupt, interrogate and explore the effects and possibilities of the unheard and the missing.

Quinsy Gario was born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten and the Netherlands. He studied Theater, Film and Television Studies at the Utrecht University with a focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies.  His most well known work ‘Zwarte Piet Is Racisme’ critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete. His latest focus is on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance.

NIC Kay is from the Bronx. Currently occupying several liminal spaces. They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces. They are obsessed with the act and process of moving the change of place, production of space, position, and the clarity/meaning gleaned from shifting of perspective. (?) NIC’s current transdisciplinary projects explore movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and spirituality.

Image: Doreen Garner, Onika, 2014. Glass, teeth, Swarovski crystals, hair weave, gold chain, polyester fiber, glitter, and petroleum jelly. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Doreen Garner. © Doreen Garner.

Time: Friday March 24 Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: Due to the limited seating capacity at our Karel Doormanhof venue we... Lees verder

Date: Saturday February 11, 2017 Time: 10:00-19:00 Location: Master Fine Art Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Coinciding with the WdKA/PZI Open House, the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute is pleased to announce STUDIOS OPEN!, an occasion during Art Rotterdam week for visitors to meet emerging artists in their studios and engage directly with them about their practices.

In addition to opening their studio doors to you, the MFA artists will present their work in two group exhibitions in the Karel Doormanhof building.

Featuring: Timur Akhmetov, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Connie Butler, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Angelica Falkeling, Marta Hryniuk, Alexander Iezzi, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anne Kolbe, Johanna Kotlaris, George Nesbitt, Anni Puolakka, Collette Rayner, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Victor Santamarina, Anastasia Shin, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev, Nicholas Thomas, Daniel Tuomey, Sophie Varin.

Date: Saturday February 11, 2017 Time: 10:00-19:00 Location: Master Fine Art Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam, the... Lees verder

In 2016, the WdKA Research Prize was extended to not only include outstanding bachelor projects, but also exceptional work from the Master programmes. Moving away from the convention of research being solely conducted through writing a thesis, this award honours the research of artists, designers, and educators in its entirety. Research, in this context, is understood to encompass a broad scope of methodologies and a range of forms, such as visual work, installations, sonic and haptic pieces, campaigns, networking, writing, and performance. It also includes a breadth of possible orientations across autonomous, social and commercial creative practices. This year the jury based its decision on the preliminary criteria of originality, criticality, links between theory and practice, accuracy, clarity, crafts, storytelling and context awareness in the nominated projects. Carefully reviewing all of the nominees research, the jury decided to split the award between two projects which, seen next to each other, exemplify the diversity of artistic research and its potential. They are also excellent examples of autonomous and social artistic research practices respectively.

Tracy Hanna (Master Fine Art) “Can’t quite come to terms with perms” and a reflective text “Tingling”

“Tracy Hanna’s body of research consists of an installation, “Can’t quite come to terms with perms”, and a reflective and explorative text entitled “Tingling”. The installation combines crafted ceramic sculptures, video, pigment, with found elements, such as a fire extinguisher or a light switch, to create a lyrical grammar between various figurative elements and the space itself. Much like the installation a similar approach has been taken in her writing. Hanna, who graduated from the Master of Fine Art programme, continues her research into the sensual and visceral by reusing other artists’ writing, both in style and content, and turning her thesis into an artwork. It is a piece whose self-reflexiveness can be deceptive because the writing might be drawn from another source. Parasitic and appropriative writing has a long tradition in modern and contemporary art (from the Dadaists to Kathy Acker’s postmodernism to Kenneth Goldsmith’s contemporary Uncreative Writing), which the thesis acknowledges through its bibliography. As a whole, the jury found this a compelling, coherent, well-executed work of artistic research. The installation and writing were complementary, both sharing commonalities in content and approach, and at the same time showing a strong sensitivity to what each medium makes possible.”

Mascha van Zijverden (Master Education in Arts) “Recrafting Craft: A Synergy of Crafts within Fashion Design Education at Art Schools in the Netherlands”

Mascha van Zijverden “Recrafting Craft”, Photo: Waag Society

“Mascha van Zijverden’s research on “Recrafting Craft: A Synergy of Crafts within Fashion Design Education at Art Schools in the Netherlands”, a graduation project in the Master Education in Arts, had proven its value for the professional field even before the jury reviewed it. Van Zijverden characterizes the contemporary fashion system as “broken” because of unmet challenges in social innovation, sustainability and digital manufacturing. This analysis is widely shared in the field, supported through findings of major Dutch fashion researchers and further backed up by van Zijverden’s excellent field research on the Dutch and British fashion systems. In her project, Mascha Van Zijverden’s networked key players of the fashion system. In a series of workshops with fellow educationalists and students, visions of the “future fashion professional” and “craft as fundament for change” were collectively developed. The jury found Mascha van Zijverden’s project extensive in its scope and careful in its execution. As a classical piece of practice-oriented research, it found its validation in the professional field for which it was made.”

In 2016, the WdKA Research Prize was extended to not only include outstanding bachelor projects, but also exceptional work from the Master... Lees verder

Opening Tuesday 31st January 6pm-8pm 1st Floor, Karel Doormanhof 45

Also open 6pm-8pm Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd February.

“I am not interested in real time and also not in the dramatic and codified time of cinema that manipulated duration. Let’s say I take ‘my time.’” — Chantal Akerman

I set myself the goal to make interesting images within the restrained space of my room and using the visual material of my daily life. Not really knowing what I was searching for, I let the camera be an intruder into my intimacy, through a choreography between recording tool and myself. The video is a collection of moments, try-outs, improvisations of sound and moving images.

The Free Shop is a space for exhibition-making, experimentation and speculation outside of an academic framework. The space is programmed by Sophie Varin and Nick Thomas. Thanks to VSR and PvdK.

Opening Tuesday 31st January 6pm-8pm 1st Floor, Karel Doormanhof 45 Also open 6pm-8pm Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd February. “I am not... Lees verder

Time: Tuesday November 22, 19.00hrs Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: Free, but space is limited, and we don’t take reservations.

Spanning performance, writing, installation and sound, Tyler Coburn’s artwork measures the horizons of contemporary technology, in part, by uncovering hidden genealogies and imagining alternative futures. For this talk, Coburn will discuss three projects, I’m that angel (2012—), Waste Management (2013-2015) and Where 5 / A Wide Blank (2014-2015), which respectively engage digital labor and the physical Internet; electronic waste; and the logistics of online art spectatorship.

Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Coburn’s writing has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, Dis, Mousse, Art-Agenda andRhizome, among others.  His performances, sound works and installations have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; CCA Glasgow; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; LAXART, Los Angeles; and SculptureCenter, New York.

Image: Tyler Coburn, in collaboration with Where (R. Lyon and Lucy Hunter)Where 5 / A Wide Blank, 2014-2015, Courtesy of the artist and Where

Time: Tuesday November 22, 19.00hrs Location: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: Free, but space is limited, and we don’t take... Lees verder

A LECTURE BY JAN VERWOERT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time: Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 7 pm Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: free

It’s not a given that people still make art, say things or sing songs once they identify as an artist, speaker or singer. Being appointed the role of the one who must act, speak or sing before others is a burden. You raise expectations. Will you disappoint? This fear is paralysing. Unnamed others happily make art, speak and sing at home, on the street, or in the shower. They’re fine with it. Why surrender this joy and loose the agency of doing what you did freely and fearlessly, by naming yourself artist, speaker, singer? Even if this is who you may be? Why not call yourself by your name? Why not be your own nominee? Because others may find it pretentious. Friends, family, a whole country may agree: “Art? Come on. Get real. The people want politics. They need education. Teach them something useful. Don’t pretend you could make art, talk or sing. If you don’t want to do proper work, like us, you don’t belong here. Who do you think you are?” A foreigner to what a moral majority considers real, honest enough to admit that you are, you risk being cut off from reality: the reality of society around you, but also the reality of your very own life and practice. By calling yourself an artist, speaker or singer you may therefore become a foreigner to art, speech and song. Can you still belong? Never or nonetheless?

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine, his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam. He is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous, MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006, the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want, Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute 2010, together with Michael Stevenson, Animal Spirits — Fables in the Parlance of Our Time, Christoph Keller Editions, JRP, Zurich 2013, and a second collection of his essays Cookie! published by Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute 2014.

A LECTURE BY JAN VERWOERT                 Time: Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 7 pm Location: Piet... Lees verder

Opening: Friday July 1st 2016 Exhibition: July 1 – July 10 2016 Locations: ramfoundation, MAMA, TENT Rotterdam

ASSEMBLE RELATIVES

Featuring: Niels Bekkema, Clara J:son Borg, Madison Bycroft, Seecum Cheung, Raluca Croitoru, Mat Do, Michael FitzGerald, Daniel Fogarty, Tracy Hanna, Mitchell Kehe, Katherine MacBride, Kari Robertson, Natalia Sorzano, and Angharad Williams.

Guest curator: Maaike Gouwenberg

Fourteen international artists cordially invite you to Assemble Relatives, a temporary assembly across three contemporary art spaces in Rotterdam. The conversations, relationships and practices these artists have developed over two years, at the Master Fine Art of Piet Zwart Institute, coalesce in this single moment before they disperse into a new constellation. Three local contemporary art institutions—MAMA, TENT and ramfoundation—provide the stage for a guided script in which the artworks at first speak for themselves, then shift positions toward each other and the audience over the course of the ten-day event. There will be collaborations, artworks distributed en route, changes in the installations, bursts of songs, and performances inside and outside the three venues. Assemble Relatives is a collective array of singularities.

Programme Opening: Friday 1 July 2016

18.00 – 22.00 ramfoundation (Van Vollenhovenstraat 14) 20.00 – 22.00 MAMA (Witte de Withstraat 29-31) 20.00 – 22.00 TENT (Witte de Withstraat 50)

Opening: Friday July 1st 2016 Exhibition: July 1 – July 10 2016 Locations: ramfoundation, MAMA, TENT Rotterdam ASSEMBLE RELATIVES Featuring:... Lees verder

Please join us for: PRIORITIES: THE TALK SHOW

Any one of us could have done this, but we chose to do it together. We met for coffee: so, what are our priorities? We floated these words: agency, queer politics, materiality, artistic sustainability, ethics, ecology, normativity, and the position of the artist today. Priorities: The Talk Show is an exhibition and symposium initiated and produced by artists in year one of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute. We approach learning through conviviality and deep hanging out. Let’s have three days of fika! Comfortable seating doesn’t make lazy listeners. We want scholars to be present and the ignorant schoolmasters in the audience to interrupt. Questions?

SHOW We work well together. Let’s see if our works do the same. It will be a great exhibition! Featuring the artists Connie Butler, Angelica Falkeling, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anni Puolakka, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev and Daniel Tuomey.

TALK Based on the format of a live TV talk show, we are hosting workshops, talks, screenings, performances and meals across several spaces in the Piet Zwart Institute. We managed to come up with some shared territories. Even if we didn’t use a voting process, the outcome seems to be the same as if we did: a bit of compromise, and something for everyone. Joining us on the show with their own priorities are Florian Cramer, Egon Hanfstingl, Alex Martinis Roe, Sofia Stevi, Jan Verwoert, and Louwrien Wijers.

SCHEDULE (subject to modification) The exhibition in the PZI MFA studios will be open for viewing throughout the weekend, during the event times listed below.

Friday 3 June – 10am-4pm ‘Our Future Network: Workshop on trans-generational collective politics’, a workshop led by Alex Martinis Roe (reservation required: priorities2016@gmail.com) – 5pm-7pm PRIORITIES Exhibition opening – 9pm till late at Performance Bar, Boomgaardsstraat 69, 3012 XA Rotterdam

Friday evening Priorities: The Talk Show takes over Performance Bar for one night featuring live acts by Raluca Croitoru, Angelica Falkeling, Tracy Hanna, Katherine MacBride, NIKA MÚSICA, Anni Puolakka, Eothen Stearn, Daniel Tuomey, Angharad Williams, and Daniel van den Broeke.

– 9:15pm Daniel van den Broeke – 9:45pm Raluca Croitoru, A demonstrative session of Art History Aerobics perfect for both beginners and advanced – 10pm Katherine MacBride – 10:15pm The Post People, Sculptural Grunge and Live Song Writing – 10:30pm Angharad Williams – 11:00pm Making Sense of the “Ah” verse/A cult to the dead, by Nika Música Wall works, drawings, songs, printed images and stories found in real and imagined landscapes, tropical regions and space

– 12am Dear Fear, by Angelica Falkeling, Anni Puolakka, Eothen Stearn A performance collective working around improvisation. Composed into three chapters: emotions, rules and fears

Glass breaking onion eating komono; Slapping ass in white wig; Alien in hotpants

Until 2am DJ Piet

Saturday 4 June – 11am Cooking Together/Eating Together, preparing lunch with Egon Hanfstingl – 1:30pm Talk and Q and A, with Louwrien Wijers – 3pm ‘On Criminal Energy: and forces like hate, love or jealousy which give us a clear sense of priorities, but which are difficult to acknowledge openly and may cause us to never learn’, by Jan Verwoert – 5pm PMS: Piet Monthly Screening, with Erika Roux and Anni Puolakka

Sunday 5 June – 11am A walk together, with Sofia Stevi – 1pm Spinozist lunch (It might not be art but at least we can eat off it) – 2:30pm ‘A Critique of Total Automation and of Folk Politics and Priorities Poetry Lesson’, with Florian Cramer – 4pm-6pm Two Yeahs! Live radio broadcast and wrap-up drinks, with Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin and special guests

Location: Piet Zwart Institute-Master of Fine Art Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

Website: http://priorities2016.tumblr.com/

Please join us for: PRIORITIES: THE TALK SHOW Any one of us could have done this, but we chose to do it together. We met for coffee: so, what are... Lees verder