Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Research Centre: Creating 010

Research Centre: Creating 010

Hogeschool Rotterdam has diverse research centres. The Piet Zwart Institute works closely with Creating 010, a centre focusing on: Revolution in Manufacturing, Creative Business and Human-Centered ICT, Communication in the Digital Age and Cultural Diversity.

The Piet Zwart Institute aligns itself with the latter two fields, Communication in the Ditigal Age and Cultural Diversity. Collaborations have resulted in Research Professors, Florian Cramer and Nana Adusei-Poku teaching modules, tutors working in research groups within the Centre, joint publishing ventures, panel presentations at international conferences and graduate students and alumni participating in events organized by Creating 010. To promote further cohesion and continual shared research between the Piet Zwart Institute and Creating 010, Nana Adusei-Poku also serves as an advisor on the Interdepartmental Think Tank.

Nana Adusei-Poku: Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Creating 010 and Advisor on the PZI Interdepartmental Think Tank

Nana Adusei-Poku is Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Hogeschool Rotterdam and Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich. She was a scholarship doctoral student at Humboldt University, Berlin, working on the curatorial concept post-black in relation to contemporary Black artists, following degrees in African studies and gender studies at Humboldt University, and in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon; the London School of Economics; and Columbia University, New York. She published “The Challenge to Conceptualise the Multiplicity of Multiplicities–Post-Black Art and Its Intricacies” in Post-racial Imaginaries, a special issue of Dark Matter, among other articles, last year. Her research interests are in cultural studies, visual culture, Black diaspora art history, postcolonial and critical race theory. Read more about Nana Adusei-Poku’s research.

Florian Cramer: Research Professor and the Director of Creating 010

Within Hogeschool Rotterdam, Florian Cramer is a Research Professor in New Media and the Director of Creating 010, a centre focusing on two areas of research: Communication in the Digital Age and Cultural Diversity.  As a part of his post, he works with both the Willem de Kooning Academy and the Piet Zwart Institute in different capacities.

In collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures, he has also worked actively to bring publishers, writers, designers and theorists together to think about the future of print in a post digital era.

He is the author of numerous essays on literature, art, computer culture, copyleft and the politics of media.  His book, stemming from his doctoral research, Words Made Flesh: Code, Culture, Imagination, offers a succinct cultural history of imaginative computation, reconstructing both the obsessive persistence and contradictory mutations of the phantasm that turns symbols into the physical, and words are made flesh.

His most recent publication, Anti-Media: Ephemera on Speculative Arts, challenges a variety of conventions and discusses a range of topics that come together in an critical and at times playful manner. Topics range from internet art, pop culture and 17th century poetry, to electronic literature, amateurism and post-digitality.

Prior to these activities, he was a researcher and teacher at the Peter Szondi-Institut of Comparative Literature, Freie Universitaet Berlin, with a focus on literature, arts and media. From 2006-2010, he was Course Director of the Master Media Design and Communication programme (Networked Specialisation) at Piet Zwart Institute.

Parallel to his many activities as a writer, photographer, filmmaker and theorist, he is a part-time programmer at WORM, the Rotterdam-based Institute of Avantgardistic Recreation.

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