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News junkies may have already heard of the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. It has been covered, among others, by HP de Tijd, De Volkskrant, de Telegraaf, the BBC, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Taking the word of the year 2009 – 'unfriending' – literally, the Suicide Machine removes your profile from Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter: every contact and every piece of personal information gets deleted one-by-one before your eyes. It is not simply a joke, but a useful tool. Members of social networks often do not know that their personal data is profiled and marketed to third parties for marketing. Even if you decide to end your membership, your data stays on their servers invisibly.

The Suicide Machine has been programmed and designed by Gordan Savicic, Walter Langelaar and Danja Vassiliev at the MODDR media lab of WORM in Rotterdam. They're all graduates of the Master Media Design and Communication: Networked Media of WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute. The computer programming and critical research behind the Suicide Machine is based on Gordan Savicic's 2008 Master graduation project.  Savicic is now a regular course and project tutor in the Networked Media specialisation of the Media Master programme. WORM/MODDR and the Piet Zwart Institute collaborate frequently on media workshops and public events.

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Between January and June 2010, visitors of Witte de With – Rotterdam's internationally renown center for contemporary art – will encounter a playful and empowering communication device. 'Expo[re]view' by PZI alumna Leonie Urff, originally developed as her 2009 graduation project for the Master Media Design/Networked Media.

Expo[re]view allows people to record their own personal experience and stories about art work in an exhibition with an oversize tie bearing a small video camera. The results are collected in a visitor-made 'video catalogue' on Witte de With's website for the Morality project. This project, an ongoing debate about art and morality, takes place from October 9 2009 until July 31 2010.

For more information and the results, visit Witte de With or its website.

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In 2008 and 2009 respectively, artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art. During a residency at Kunsthuis SYB on the Friesian countryside they will dissect traditional sing along songs (Dutch: ‘smartlab'): what is the relationship between image, sound and content?

The ‘smartlap' (sing along song) is a message of hope, desire, unrequited love and loss, packaged in a universal language that everyone understands. The meaningless emptiness, as a result of this universal language, is often accompanied by beautiful landscapes, folklore, flapping flags, a person in front of a backdrop facing the camera, a theatrical performance and cheap production.

Artists Gerwin Luijendijk and Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz will spend their residency at Kunsthuis SYB in pursuit of the answers to their questions: What happens when sound is separated from image? In how far does music play a role in generating meaning? What does it mean to perform in front of the camera? And how do backgrounds influence performance? Lyrics, video clips, photo shoots and the image of the ‘'smartlap', will be unraveled. The separated characteristics will make way for new productions. Kunsthuis SYB will play the temporary role of music and film studio alongside the idyllic countryside backdrop of the village of Beetsterzwaag.  In the last weeks of December, the results of their research will be presented in a window presentation at Kunsthuis SYB.

Video artist, performer and sculptor Gerwin Luijendijk  (Zaandam, 1980) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2008. In his installation the spectator and the video monitor become objects in one installation or his body becomes a thing in between things in a sculptural composition. In the installation Rai Uno '83, presented during It Hits My Hair in Wolfsart Project space in Rotterdam, he reconstructed, although with a twist, the background of the 80's video clip of the Italian disco king, Grand Miller. In another work he reenacted Grand Millers performance, but, reduced in this case, the background details to a minimum.   Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz (Berlijn, 1981) graduated from WdKA's master Fine Art in 2009. Wolkowicz usually works with film and text in installations and books. In her books and installations she investigates how man reads and spends time with text. She is particularly interested in how the physical relationship between the spectator and the art work contributes to the interpretation of the work.

VOORBIJ DIE WARME ZOMER – Gerwin Luijendijk & Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz'. Working period: November 11 through December 13,  2009; presentation period: December 14, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Kunsthuis SYB, Hoofdstraat 70, 9244 CP Beetsterzwaag/NL. Open: Sat-Sun, 13-17 hrs, and by appointment. Festive presentation: Sunday December 13 2009, starting at 16 hrs.

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In the summer of 2006, Katarina Zdjelar finished the master Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute; she was the winner of the first ‘Promotieprijs'. In TENT., she now presents a review of her video works of the last four years. In them, she formulates acid yet catching comments on contemporary social and political issues.

Parapoetics is the first comprehensive presentation of the emerging Rotterdam-based artist Katarina Zdjelar. The exhibition concentrates on recent work, presenting a group of her videofilms of the last four years, alongside with a series of live events. Katarina Zdjelar invites guests such as the performer/ writer Caroline Bergvall (London), sociologist Willem Schinkel (Rotterdam) and philosopher Mladen Dolar (Ljubljana), who has written extensively on the essence of the voice. A Parapoetics reader will be released at the end of the exhibition.

In Zdjelar's video works, the mispronunciation, reformulation or forgetting of language, challenges fixed opinions on the relationship between language and culture. And thus simultaneously opens a new perspective on representation, creativity and mediation.

Katarina Zdjelar (Belgrade, 1979) is a Rotterdam-based artist whose work is rapidly gaining international acclaim. Zdjelar has participated in many group exhibitions (incl. If I Can't Dance in MuhKa Antwerp, Soft Manipulation in Casino Luxembourg Luxemburg, Morality in Witte de With Rotterdam). In 2009 she represented Serbia in the Venice Biennale. Zdjelar attended Piet Zwart Institute (2004-2006) and will be in residence at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam from 2010.

Katarina Zdjelar – Parapoetics'. December 3 2009 – February 7 2010. TENT., Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam/NL. Open: Tue-Sun, 11-18 hrs. Opening: Thursday December 3 2009, starting at 20 hrs.

Source: press release TENT.

In the summer of 2006, Katarina Zdjelar finished the master Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute; she was the winner of the first... Lees verder

Willem de Kooning Academy’s début at the ‘Biennale Internationale Design 2008’ in St. Étienne/France, represented by three current and freshly graduated students of the Master Media Design program at the Piet Zwart Institute, could hardly have been more successful. Surveying the exhibition of international design schools, the Jury of the Biennial found Linda Hilfling's work ‘Google Misspelling Generator’ to be outstanding. The Jury and awarded her as ‘Best Young Designer’ 2008.

Linda's ‘Google Misspelling Generator’ is a plug-in for the Firefox web browser that allows to circumvent the censorship of, among others, Google China.Users who search a particular term also receive a clickable list of its most common misspellings in the Web. In most cases, political censorship filters do not catch those misspellings. In a Chinese Google image search result on ‘Tiananmen’, for example, one cannot see the tanks and military one would see on a Dutch or English Google page. But if the name of the square is misspelled, many of the censored images reappear.

Linda created this work as part of her Master studies in Media Design at the Piet Zwart Institute. It was supported with a project grant by Impakt Online. The work is included in the current exhibition  ‘Speaking Out Loud’ (Nov 15, 2008 – January 24, 2009) at the Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (Montevideo), Amsterdam.

Willem de Kooning Academy and her Piet Zwart Institute, both proud, warmly congratulate Linda Hilfling on this nice title. We hope to see more of you in the future!

Willem de Kooning Academy’s début at the ‘Biennale Internationale Design 2008’ in St. Étienne/France, represented... Lees verder

November 15-30, 2008 will see the Master Media Design presented at the ‘Biennale Internationale Design 2008’ in St. Étienne/France. Three students and alumni – Dennis  de Bel (NL), Linda Hilfling (DK) and Ricardo Lafuente (PT) – have been invited with works they made as students here.

Dennis de Bel shows sound installations made out of refuse and debris. Linda Hilfling presents a web browser plugin that generates spelling errors to override Chinese censorship. Ricardo Lafuente shows an electronic brush and a board full of LED’s that allows visitors to create their own lighting typography and to make photo’s of it.

The ‘Biennale Internationale Design 2008’ is an international design event, closely connected to the ‘Cité du Design’ and the ‘École Supérieure d'Art & Design’ in Saint-Étienne.

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Artist Navid Nuur (1976, Teheran) works and lives in The Hague. In 2004, he graduated from WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute, at the same time earning an MA Fine Arts from the University of Plymouth/UK. In 2007, Nuur's successful presentation 'THE RISE OF RE' at Stroom in The Hague, which we reported on elsewhere on this site, meant his final break through into the art world.

Earlier this year, Nuur was a participant at the Armory Show in New York. At Art Amsterdam, the major Dutch fair for contemporary art, his work is on view at the stands of Stroom The Hague (stand 117) and of van Martin van Zomeren (stand 30). Consecutively, Nuur has solo exhibitions at Buro Leeuwarden, at Galerie PlanB in Berlin, and at Martin van Zomeren. He'll also participate at the group show 'Liste 08' in Basel/Switzerland, at the Kunstverein Medienturm in Graz/Austria and at the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem/NL.

Art Amsterdam. May 7-12, 2008. Parkhal Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 2-22, Amsterdam/NL. Open: Wed 6-10 p.m., Thu-Mon 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Entrance fee: € 18 (after 5 p.m. € 10, except Wed May 7).

More information on the site of Navid Nuur.

Source: press release Stroom, The Hague

Artist Navid Nuur (1976, Teheran) works and lives in The Hague. In 2004, he graduated from WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute, at the same time... Lees verder

In 2002-2003 Navid Nuur (1976, Tehran) was a participant of the MA Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute. Since then, he has exhibited both at home and abroad. In October 2007 there are even two exhibitions, chronologically overlapping: one is at Stroom in The Hague, and the other one at Moira in Utrecht.

Navid Nuur investigates and changes the ways in which we see and experience a given space, starting from his interest in that which we register unconsciously or that which we almost fail to register at all because we concentrate on something else again. Nuur uses terms that deal with temporary 'in between' situations' that locate his work between the viewer and often abstract phenomena like light, air, or left over space. The results are mainly conceptual and cognitive by nature. in Navid Nuur's oeuvre, installations, drawings and objects present themselves as models for thought. Rather then drawings, installations, etcetera Navid Nuur like to refer to his works as 'interimodules'. 'Module' as in conceptual model, 'interim' as a temporary in between.

On the occasion of the exhibition at Stroom/The Hague the book ETIOLATION I will be published, containing texts by Haye van der Werf, Edith Doove and Mihnea Mircan.

A line up of Nuur's recent works and projects, his CV and some texts by him are to be found here.

'Navid Nuur: The Rise of “RE”'. October 14 – December 2, 2007. STROOM, Toussaintkade 55, The Hague/NL. Open: Wed-Sun, 12 – 5 pm. Admission: free. Opening: Saturday October 13, 5 pm.

'Navid Nuur InSIDEout'. October 27 – November 11, 2007. MOIRA, Wolvenstraat 10, 3512 CH Utrecht. Open: Fri-Sun, 1-6 pm. Admission: free. Opening: Friday October 26, 5 pm.

Source: website Stroom

In 2002-2003 Navid Nuur (1976, Tehran) was a participant of the MA Fine Art at WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute. Since then, he has exhibited both... Lees verder

Willem de Kooning Academy alumni from all courses often attract attention and praise for their professional achievements. In quite some cases right after graduation, but long afterwards as well. King of them all is alumnus Willem de Kooning (1904-1997): at present paintings that he did as an octogenarian are on show in New York.

With due pride, WdKA tries to keep track of her alumni, e.g. through the 'Alumni Projects'-section of this site. WdKA offers her alumni the opportunity to have special achievements and projects published on this site – please take up contact with us.

Apart from that, in its Academy Gallery BLAAK10 WdKA frequently presents projects by its alumni. Thus, through October 28 2007 BLAAK10 is showing 'Watching the River Flow: murals by Sonia Rijnhout, Gracia Khouw and Jasper van der Graaf' – all three of them alumni of Fine Art. 16 November will see the opening of an exhibition on Raoul de Leeuw a.k.a. 'deleo', a 1993 graduate at WdKA's BA Illustration. Presently, WdKA staff is programming a special 'Alumni Day', scheduled for May 2008. We'll keep you posted through this site.

Projects by our alumni are presented elsewhere as well. Paul van der Eerden (Fine Art, 1979) is the guest curator of the 'Enclosures' exhibition at Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Otto Egberts (Fine Art, 1982) is showing a retrospective of his drawings at the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam. Film maker Nanouk Leopold (Fine Art, 1992) has produced her third feature movie, 'Wolfsbergen' – as remarkable as the two previous ones. Two very new artists, Wendy Bos and Matrijs van Merg (Fine Art, 2007) are having a show at Rotterdam's berendsen, gallery for contemporary art.

Our alumni of the School of Media & Design quite frequently hit the spot light as well. Recently an extensive interview was published with Susan Bijl (who in 2000 refrained from graduating from WdKA's BA Audiovisual Design) on account of her internationally successful 'New Shoppingbag'. Earlier this summer, the fashion collections by Nada van Dalen, Daisy Kroon and Niels Brinkman (Fashion Design, 2007) were presented on a catwalk on Amsterdam's Museumplein.

Are you, too, a WdKA alumnus, and do you want to (re-)establish contact in order to get posted on our alumni activities? Please notify us digitally by the form elsewhere on this site.

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