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2d Design

2d Design

First take a look at the press conference with Simon Pummell during the Venice Film Festival.

The Dutch/British cooperation 'Shock Head Soul' by film maker and Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) course director Simon Pummell has been selected for the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Pummell's film will take part in the Orizzonti competition. The prestigious festival, part of the Biënnale, will take place from August 31 until September 10 2011.

The film paints a picture of succesful German lawyer Daniel Paul Schreber, who claimed in 1893 that he received messages from God through a 'type writer' that spanned the kosmos. Schreber then spent nine years in an institution, where he suffered from delusions of cosmic control and the idea that he was slowly changing into a woman. During his confinement, Schreber wrote his now famous  'Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken', in which he claims that his faith is a matter of religious freedom and that he was mentally able enough to return to society.

The film, which took five years to make, is a combination of documentary interviews, fictional reconstructions and animation. The story explores the boundaries between religious visions, misleading fanaticism and the intimate connection between family secrets, psychiatric diagnoses and our society's image of psychiatric diseases.

Pummell became known internationally when he received a British Academy Award (BAFTA ) for his transmedia project 'Bodysong' in 2003. He's not only a writer and director of documentary, animation and fiction, but also a researcher, tutor and course manager of Piet Zwart Institute's master in Media Design & Communication: Lens-Based.Barend Onneweer, head of WdKA’s bachelor course in Animation and tutor of the PZI master Lens-Based, was the visual effects supervisor on Shock Head Soul.

Shock Head Soul is produced by Submarine and Hot Property Films, in collaboration with Keith Griffiths Illuminations Films and in co-production with Serious Film. This production is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Rotterdam Media Fund, with support from The Film Study Center at Harvard University. Besides a film, Shock Head Soul is also a research project affiliated to the lectorate of the Piet Zwart Institute Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University.

images: stills from 'Shock Head Soul'

First take a look at the press conference with Simon Pummell during the Venice Film Festival. The Dutch/British cooperation 'Shock Head... Lees verder

On Monday January 10, CrossLab kicks off the new year with its Open Design Event. From 19.30hrs onwards, you’re welcome in de Unie in Rotterdam. Make sure you get your tickets fast, because they’re almost sold out.

Is everyone a designer nowadays? The internet facilitates the customization of design; designers can publish and share their work online. As a co-designer, the user has become responsible for the form: ‘form follows user’. This recent practice is called ‘Open Design’. What is the new role of the designer in this context?

Bas van Abel shines his light on the philosophy and practice of ‘Open Design’ and introduces the new ‘Unlimited Design Book’. Studio Ludens demonstrates the role of ‘design templates’ and DIY products. Product designer Janne Kyttanen shows how to make your own objects with 3D-printing and ‘downloadable design’. We also take a peak at FabLab, a public lab that offers ‘state of the art’ prototyping machines. Besides this, several ‘cadaver exquise’ projects will be presented as a creative method for collective design.

CrossLab Event Open Design, De Unie / Mauritsweg 34-35 / Rotterdam. Monday January 10 2011, start 20hrs (doors open 19.30). Entrance: 7 euro (5 euro employees WdKA) / 2.50 euro for students with Student Card. Subscribe by email (name and number of persons). More info crosslabevents.wdka.nl.

On Monday January 10, CrossLab kicks off the new year with its Open Design Event. From 19.30hrs onwards, you’re welcome in de Unie in... Lees verder

Het lectoraat 'Communication in a Digital Age' van het Piet Zwart Instituut nodigt iedereen van harte uit om media en design projecten te presenteren tijdens het Second BarCamp Rotterdam. Of je nu een student bent, een ontwerper (freelance of bij een bedrijf, professioneel/niet-professioneel, commercieel of niet-commercieel), een kunstenaar, een software ontwikkelaar, iemand met een media, internet of ontwerp project; dit zal jouw ‘speaker's corner' zijn en geeft je de mogelijkheid om andere mensen uit hetzelfde vakgebied te ontmoeten.

Een bar camp is een open course/open deelname/'unconference' voor de presentatie van nieuwe media projecten, een collectieve speakers corner voor media mensen. Ontwerpers, kunstenaars en activisten zijn van harte welkom. Meld je aan en geef een presentatie.

Deze BarCamp zal worden gehost in de Doelen, en is een onofficieel, toch gratis toegankelijk, onderdeel van het European Design Festival 2010. Er zullen 2-3 presentatie schermen aanwezig zijn en gratis catering voor alle deelnemers.

Deelnemers kunnen zich aanmelden voor de presentaties tussen 17:30 en 18:00 uur.Locatie: De Doelen, Foyer Willem Burger Zaal, Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam

 

Het lectoraat 'Communication in a Digital Age' van het Piet Zwart Instituut nodigt iedereen van harte uit om media en design projecten... Lees verder

CROSSLAB LUNCH EVENTS                    

Thursday March 4: CD release: Radboud Mens / students elective Audio Art. 17.00 hrs, 2nd infill, Blaak 10.

The Music Of Sound – You Don't Have To Call It Music If The Term Shocks You is the result of Audio Art, a CrossLab elective. Think of sound installations at a festival or audio art in the public space. Sound artist Radboud Mens led the workshop and produced the CD. The unique piece of work will be launched today. Free music & drinks – please join in!

Saturday March 13: excursion symposium Transnatural. Trouwgebouw, Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam.

During the event Transnatural, well-known designers, scientists and architects take a close look at the consequences of the fusion between technology and nature. Speakers are Dr. Rachel Armstrong (metabolic materials, lliving architecture); Tobie Kerridge (Material Beliefs, biomedical and cybernetic technologies); Koert van Mensvoort (Next Nature, ‘man made' nature) en Jan Jongert (2012Architecten/SuperUse, grave-to-cradle method). Futuristic or reality?

Admission for students includes exhibition, excludes workshop.Info and reservation before March 11: Deanne Herst

Tuesday March 16: Hicham Khalidi, Transnatural. 12.30 -13.25hrs, 2nd infill floor, Blaak 10.

Transnatural is an event that explores the boundaries between technology and nature. Are we living in a world in which both have merged? Was there ever a difference/boundary between nature and technology? Transnatural showcases spectacular attempts from the world of arts, design and science to make a new fused reality 'experiencable'. Curator Hicham Khalidi on ‘spimes', ‘cradle-to-cradle' and ‘metabolic materials' in art and design.

Tuesday March 30: Marc Schwieger, Welcome to Inspiration Society. 12.30 -13.25hrs, 2nd infill floor, Blaak 10 – UNFORTUNATELY THIS LECTURE IS CANCELLED. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Welcome to Inspiration Society – How consumer participation changes (or maybe even ends) the world of advertising. This is the working title of Marc Schwieger's latest paper. Schwieger is a research fellow at WdKA's Communication in a Digital Age research programme. Schwieger is Creative Director at Scholz & Friends, one of Germany's and Europe most well-know advertising firms. In his blog inspirationsgesellschaft.de, he explores changes in marketing and advertising. These changes are influenced by user-created content and media. Don't miss this innovating talk!

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This Fall, another 40 students from various countries all over the world participate in WdKA’s exchange programme to study here. They come from art schools that are partners in WdKA’s extensive international network. To mark their arrival, WdKA is organizing a festive reception to introduce them to our academy. Just like on previous occasions, exchange students can meet with each other and with students and staff of WdKA. Information is being provided on the special course on Dutch that exchange students may take, on the lecture ‘Dutch Art & Design’ by Erna Flokstra, on the extra optional modules, and on the JIP Budget Guide.

WdKA wishes all guest students from abroad a happy and fruitful stay at WdKA and in Rotterdam!

The 40 foreign exchange students will be studying in the following courses:

School of Fine Art

BA Fine Art: Susanna Inglada (Barcelona), Joanne James & Jennifer Ross (Nottingham), Simone Meier (Basel), Kristin Orav (Tallinn), Ramona Proyer (Vienna), Saphir Shraga (Paris), Aistė Stančikaitė (Vilnius), Cecilie Størkson (Bergen), Sara Tur (Barcelona), Eglė Vaišutytė (Vilnius)

MA Fine Art (Piet Zwart Institute): Oguz Tatari (Weimar)

School of Media & Design, 2D

BA Graphic Design: Miguel Angel Barrero (Madrid), Omar Chafai (Ghent), Catarina Correia (Porto), Elektra Gerö (Budapest), Xia Li & Tao Mao (Beijing), Alberto Matallana (Barcelona), Charlotte Mayr (Strasbourg), Raquel Rei (Porto), Maria Smit & Tylor Wilson (Sydney)

BA Illustration: Marlene Simonsen Antonius (Kolding), Christoph Kaplan (Trier)

MA Media Design (Piet Zwart Institute): Loretta Borrelli (Milaan), Tobias Leingruber  (Stuttgart)

School of Media & Design, 3D

BA Fashion Design: Paula Caballero & Carlos Sáez Ripoll (Madrid), Marta Forn Capellas & Xènia Sànchez Ferré (Barcelona)

BA Interior Architecture: Jèssica Dellà Morte (Barcelona), Klaudija Oroshi (Basel), Mercè Ortega-Villaizán (Barcelona), Laura Plado (Tallinn)

School of Media & Design, 4D

BA Audiovisual Design:

Johanne Aarup Hansen (Kolding), Chong Dai & Jiehui Huang (Hangzhou), Mischan Gholizadeh Toosarani (Vienna)

School of Education in Art & Design

BA Art and Design Teacher Training: Ladina Gerber (Luzern)

This Fall, another 40 students from various countries all over the world participate in WdKA’s exchange programme to study here. They come... Lees verder

On Saturday April 19, 2008, Willem de Kooning Academy will once more open its doors. This time the focus will be with WdKA's four part time studies:

BA Drawing & Printmaking BA Visual Communication BA Spatial Design & Style, and BA Art & Design Teacher Training (including the full time course).

Full information will be available on the full time BA Leisure Management.

Concise information on all our other full time BA studies in art and design will be available at General Presentation Lectures, to be held twice on Saturday April 19: at 11 a.m. and 13.15 p.m.

Full information will also be available on the Master courses of WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute.

Be welcome from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. at WdKA's Wijnhaven 61 building – our Blaak 10 building will be closed.

The day's full programme can be found here

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On Saturday April 19, 2008, Willem de Kooning Academy will once more open its doors. This time the focus will be with WdKA's four part time... Lees verder