Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Education in Arts

Education in Arts

We are seeing the world being potentially transformed by the massive popular resistance to racism and anti-black violence that has been prompted by recent displays of racist brutality. The master’s courses of the Piet Zwart Institute stand in support of movements for racial justice around the world and we hold ourselves accountable to address the urgent demands being issued through protests and community-led actions. We recognize that to stand in solidarity with this movement is to commit to do the work of reflecting its aims of justice and equity within our educational and creative community. We must continue to support and empower diverse perspectives. We must deepen our commitment to making our resources more accessible to a local and an international student body. We must platform voices of resistance and amplify their work through our curricula and programming. And we will continue to engage in active and persistent dialogue and self-critique. We remain committed to manifesting the transformative change we hope to see in the world as educators, artists, and designers. Black Lives Matter.

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Very proud to announce that our current second year student Adam Patterson will have a solo exhibition at TENT. Rotterdam!

Adam Patterson uses masquerade, textiles, performance, video and poetry to tell new stories or to repeat old stories and provide them with new meaning. The new video installation “A Ship of Fools” is a vehicle for several voices, who try to find words for their experiences in the difficult times in which we live.

The exact opening date is yet to be announced.

Can we find ways to feel each other’s pain, mourn each other’s loss, and relate to what is happening right now? And how do we want to continue together after we have shared our experience of the crisis?

Patterson translated this desire for empathy, connection and solidarity into a way of working in which cooperation is central. “A Ship of Fools” is a collaboration with Clementine Edwards, Nicole Jordan, Ark Ramsay and M. Maria Walhout. A leading role in the new work is music and kangas – printed canvases that you give as a personal gift to someone during joyous or sad events.

Adam Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) works as a visual artist and writer, and lives alternately in Barbados, London and Rotterdam. Patterson was a participant in the Hamburger Community of Art in Rotterdam (2019); exhibited at Live Art Development Agency (London), Barbados Museum & Historical Society (Bridgetown), Little Red Riding Hood (Rotterdam), Ateliers ’89 (Oranjestad), Alice Yard (Port of Spain); and published in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.

More info here.

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In compliance with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and to respond to the ongoing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), educational activities and offices of the Piet Zwart Institute are operating differently.

The deadline for applications for NONEU applicants has been extended until 31 March, 2020. The final EU deadline has been also extended to May 18, 2020.

Should you have questions concerning your application, *do not use pzwart-info@hr.nl*, please email directly the corresponding Course coordinator from the Master of your interest: Master of Fine Art and Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Zoraima Hupkes: z.hupkes@hr.nl Masters Experimental Publishing and Lens-Based Media Leslie Robbins: roblj@hr.nl Master Art in Education, Susana Pedrosa: demsm@hr.nl

Master Design. This course follows a different application process. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.wdka.nl/application-deadlines-master-design/

Important for application of the Master of Education in Arts. The portfolio should give a balanced overview of educational/pedagogical projects and experience, next to artistic/design work.

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The annual Piet Zwart Institute Open Day will take place on February 1st 2020, from 10.00 until 15.00.

Throughout the day both the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) Master studio spaces will be open to the public. It is a day when many PZI staff and students are present to field your questions. Some Masters hold presentations, and it is also a time when the ten WDKA stations located throughout the WdKA Blaak 10 and Wijnhaven 61 Buildings are open for you to roam in and out of, giving you a better idea of our current facilities.

The Masters Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Education in Arts; Experimental Publishing; Lens-Based Media and Master Design are located in the Wijnhaven 61 building on the fourth floor and the Master Fine Art is located in the KDH building, Karel Doormanhof 45.

In addition to this year’s open day, the Master Fine Art welcomes you to visit the Karel Doormanhof 45 building during their Open Studios event on February 8th 2020, as a part of Art Rotterdam.

For further information about the Piet Zwart Institute, please contact us via:

Phone (Monday to Thursday): +31 (010) 794 7405 and  +31 (010) 794 7401 E-mail: pzwart-info@hr.nl

We strongly advise you to visit us during our open day.

If you are not able to join us it may be possible to make an appointment for an individual visit. Please note, we cannot guarantee this option, due to the limited time between now and the approaching application deadlines.

Application Deadlines:

March 6, 2020: Priority deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants. And, Final deadline NON EU applicants.

April 24, 2020: Final deadline for completed applications of all EU/EEA applicants.

Note: the Master Design follows a different application process. Find more on our website.

Mailing list Each department sends regular email announcements for its public events. If you would like to be on this mailing list, please send an email to pzwart-info@hr.nl and refer to the Piet Zwart Institute public programme mailing list.

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Book Talk # 4: Thurs Nov 28, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Field Essays: Éloj Kréyol

With: design-duo dach&zephir (Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach), Rolando Vásquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht/University College Roosevelt.

Moderator: artist/researcher Sophie Krier.

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61

Admission: free, the presentation is open to the public

How can we decolonize design, and its curriculum? The fourth issue of the experimental editorial series Field Essays brings to the fore the research Éloj Kréyol by design-duo dach&zephir (Florian Dach and Dimitri Zephir). Initiated in 2015, Éloj Kréyol is an attempt to reconcile, reactivate, and transmit neglected artisanal and cultural lifelines in the genealogy of the French Caribbean archipelago. Field Essays is a research platform that explores peripheral practices probing unknown territories, methods and works. It is initiated and led by artist / researcher Sophie Krier and released through Onomatopee.

After a short introduction by Sophie Krier on the process of making the book, designers Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach will share the cultural, ecological and economical stakes of their field research in Martinique. In a short statement, respondent Rolando Vázquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht / University College Roosevelt, will be asked to share the questions, which the book raises, from the position of his field of work, decolonial aesthesis. A concluding round table will open up questions regarding the book’s content, form, and motives to the audience.

dach&zephir is a design studio based in between Paris and Guadeloupe, transforming History, habits, and cultural contrasts into objects/things. They define themselves in between the industrial world and the research part in design. They aim to create a space where spreading is in fact reassembling, where cultures, stories, habits and technics become a way of creating. Stories and History are their entry point in design, from domestic behaviors, memories or cultural heritage there is always more than a “pretty shape” in their projects. For them objects are “a medium of the mind”, if we pay enough attention to it, it can tell you something, ask you something or make you realize something.

Sophie Krier is a relational artist, researcher, educator and editor. Through her work she interweaves biographies of beings and places, and conceives tools and situations for collective narration and reflection. Her practice moves between intense periods of fieldwork and editorial/publishing activities (book- and filmmaking, exhibition design and moderation). Between 2004 and 2009 Krier led the undergraduate programme designLAB (Rietveld Academie, NL). On invitation of University College Roosevelt (NL), Krier developed Art & Design Practice, an undergraduate programme on visualising ideas in the spirit of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Since 2008, Krier leads Field Essays, a series of hybrid publications, which enables listening pauses between practitioners and thinkers across disciplines.

Rolando Vásquez contributes to the movement of decolonial aesthesis and thought. He is associate professor of sociology at University College Roosevelt, affiliated to the research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Gender Studies Department of the University of Utrecht. With Walter Mignolo he has coordinated for ten Years the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School. In 2016 with Gloria Wekker et. al. he wrote the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. His work seeks to transgress the dominion of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and modernity/coloniality. Developing the questions of ‘precedence’ and ‘the end of contemporaneity’ he seeks to contribute to decolonize institutions and subjectivities, epistemologies and aesthetics.

Image: Field Essays 55.3_Couverture_©dach&zephir_2019

 

Book Talk # 4: Thurs Nov 28, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs Field Essays: Éloj Kréyol With: design-duo dach&zephir (Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach),... Lees verder

Events Series Learning With Others Film Screening # 3: Fri Nov 22, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs Film screening Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova, 2016) With: Irene van Oorschot and Shailoh Phillips. In collaboration with Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam.

Location: V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam Admission: For this screening a reservation is necessary. Please reserve at: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-film-screening-donna-haraway-story-telling-for-earthly-survival-76427989173

In Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016), Fabrizio Terranova presents a playful, intellectual and intimate portrait of one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time. Haraway, a multispecies feminist theorist and leading scholar in science and technology studies, draws on the figure of SF (science fiction, speculative fabulation, string figures, so far…) to ask how we can think-with, live-with, and be-with other humans and non-humans on a damaged earth. The urgency in her writings and ability to create new and generative narratives on how to “stay with the trouble”, has seen her theories embraced by designers / artists / academics / feminists / environmental activists and many others. Terranova’s documentary is both an accessible introduction to Haraway’s works, and a visual statement in itself: making the materiality and visuality of her thinking come alive on the screen. For this screening, the MA Education in Art and Design of the Piet Zwart Institute/Willem de Kooning Academy, Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for the Unstable Media collaborate to bring together difference audiences and knowledges, woven together by an introductory talk by Dr. Irene van Oorschot and afterword by Shailoh Phillips.

Dr. Irene van Oorschot is senior lecturer in the humanities at Erasmus University College. With her background in feminist and postcolonial science studies and pragmatist philosophy, Irene approaches the humanities as an important resource in thinking with and through human and non- and post-human realities. Teaching and researching, to her, are first and foremost practices of building collectives and archives – important tasks in individualized and forgetful times. Irene is especially interested in the relationship between knowledges and ecologies; or, in the way various ways of seeing and accounting for the world are situated within specific spaces and problematics. Her current focus extends her engagement with knowledge practices to include a concern with the materialities and temporalities of cognitive labor, the affective texture of knowledge practices and sites/spaces of intellectual escape.

Shailoh Phillips is a polymash media artist / researcher / educator. Originally trained in Anthropology, Philosophy and Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam, Humboldt University), she has spent the past decade working in the field of digital media and design education, as well as cultivating a collaborative studio practice of cross-media projects and tinkering with electronics. She works along the interstices between digital/analogue, making/thinking, art/engineering, theory/practice, building interdisciplinary bridges. Her practice revolves around fostering playful forms of resistance and seeking out pressure points to act in the face of social inequalities and unfolding ecological disasters. In 2017, she graduated from the MA Education in Arts and Design (Piet Zwart Institute). She is a researcher in the Critical Making Consortium, teaches Hacking and Digital Crafts at Willem de Kooning Academy, and in the Design, Curating and Writing Master at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

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Events Series Learning With Others

Master class # 2: Thurs Nov 7, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs BioTRANSlab: Hacking Science for a Transfeminism Narrative Paula Pin, artist, trans-feminist performer, bio-hacker and initiator of BioTransLab Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy Admission: Free: the presentations are open to the public

BioTRANSlab is a nomadic laboratory open to experimentation with the body and technology, based on the proposal to learn by doing. As a queer trans-hack-feminist science laboratory (s), this lab seeks the opening of a particular space-time, a place for the confluence of cyber-witches and alchemists. One of the BioTRANSab proposals is to think of us as a constantly changing subject, multiple existences that are no longer defined and do not focus on the division between object and subject, but can be seen as a configuration of other possible narratives that no longer conform to the binarism inherited from modern Western culture. We flow and become, change and tans-form(C)tion, we are the constant re-articulation of complex entities, of uncertain transits and bio-processes, we are meta-organic entities, degenerate post.formations, we are the negation of the pre-existence through the traces that leave the desire and the affections.

Paula Pin is a researcher and artist activist with a strong inclination towards research and experimentation processes with collective and free technologies. She has undertaken residencies at institutions such as CERN, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), KASK School of Arts (Gent), Prototyp_ome at Hangar (Barcelona), Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) and Quirky Ecologies at Click Festival (Helsingor). Although her work emerges from a scientific tradition of research and experimentation, it relates to drawing, abstract video, circuit bending and lab experiments, and is always located in the intersection where biology, science and queer art collide. Paula Pin has an interest in DIY-DIWO technologies, hacking and hardware electronics in a context of learning by doing. She co-founded a trans-hack-feminist electronics open laboratory (Pechblenda) in Calafou. Most recently she has been designing and fabricating the devices for the BioTRANSlab, developing a line of hardware (HardGlam) for a Gynepunk project that is used for autonomous gynecology practices and health ecological investigation.

Events Series Learning With Others Master class # 2: Thurs Nov 7, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs BioTRANSlab: Hacking Science for a Transfeminism... Lees verder

Dates: Oct 17 / Nov 7 / Nov 22 / Nov 28

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61, Ground floor and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (film screening), Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Admission: Free; the presentations are open to the public

 

Lecture # 1: Thurs Oct 17, 19.30 – 21.30 hrs

Surfing the Semiosphere: Exploring New Ways to Navigate our Worlds

Judith van der Elst, anthropologist/archeologist

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy

 

Master class # 2: Thurs Nov 7, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

BioTRANSlab: Hacking Science for a Transfeminism Narrative

Paula Pin, artist, trans-feminist performer, bio-hacker and initiator of BioTransLab

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy

 

Film Screening # 3: Fri Nov 22, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Film screening Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova, 2016)

Guests tbc. In collaboration with Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam.

Location: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media

 

Book Talk # 4: Thurs Nov 28, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Field Essays: Éloj Kréyol

With: artist/researcher Sophie Krier, designers Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach and Rolando Vázquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht/University College Roosevelt.

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy

 

Hereby we cordially invite you for the event series Learning With Others. As part of the seminar ‘Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education’ we present a series of public events related to examining the role of experimental artistic and multidisciplinary learning practices. Hereby we aim to introduce students into diverse conversations on problematizing the structures and ecologies of knowledge production based on the human-centric Enlightenment paradigm. Today’s struggle to comprehend the increasing social complexities and ecological uncertainties, as well as the long-term implications of technology on the lives of humans and multiple species, calls for re-evaluating current habits of sense making about what we see, feel and know. Post-humanist discourse in affiliation with colonial studies, assemblage, multispecies and feminist paradigms, have a potential to see a greater image of today’s complexities, and call for new paradigms of interpreting, complicating and disturbing the very foundations of knowledge production constructed by Western scientific and philosophical thought.

The first lecture Surfing the Semiosphere by Judith van der Elst, explores new ways to navigate our worlds. Birds, not only do they communicate vocally, they can use their feathers to send messages, as gesture but also as sound during flight. Humans talk; we speak different languages, and yet we employ many other ways, such as gestures, to get messages across. This is an enriched sensory and multimodal repertoire that reaches beyond the dominant western knowledge system. Rooted in the fields of social- and bio-semiotics as well as in experiences in the outdoors, Judith van der Elst explores different ways to categorize our worlds and will argue that in order to move beyond our current institutional boundaries, we need a different framework in which these perceptions and categories can be grounded and understood. Getting (back) in touch with our sensory selves can help us navigate our current predicament of changing weathers. During her talk she will guide us into shifting scales and perspectives, serving as a springboard for designing new – embodied  – learning environments from which different knowledge can be created and emerge.

Judith van der Elst is an archaeologist and creative entrepreneur currently residing on the EU continent. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico (USA). With a passion for teaching and learning in the land, she currently leads a semi-nomadic lifestyle to explore the possibility of new rural-based ‘laboratories.’ As a creative practitioner she has long been interested and has used emerging, spatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing. Increasingly she focuses on near-surface/ambient sensing /biosensors- to expand our experiential and embodied learning and comprehension toolkit in order to access different worlds in our sphere. No longer just a personal desire, she believes a new way of doing research and practice focused on embodied knowledge is necessary to face our future challenges toward a just and healthy world. She has explored this approach through prior transdisciplinary collaborations, among others with Urbino University, Aalto University Media Lab: Systems of Representation, and BIoArt society Finland.

 

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Welcome. Feel free to engage or just observe. Take a seat, walk around, talk to us. Listen to our presentations, join our discussions. Have something to eat.

We are the class of 2019 and this is Pedagogy of Insist_ence. A safe space, a learning space, an ‘other’ space. Where going against the grain is something we believe in, even though it leaves its marks. Where we push through our own discomfort and where we invite you to be uncomfortable with us. So we can learn from it and create something new. To see the quality of something that is different or unusual.

Pedagogy of Insist_ence is a symposium organized by the students of the Master Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute, and part of the WDKA Graduation Show 2019. During this symposium, the students will share stories about their graduation projects: their insights, their struggles, the beauty that came out of their discomfort (or the ugliness that came with it). From primary/secondary and higher education to museum education and participatory practices, they seek to inspire you – fellow educator / colleague / passing stranger – with performances, presentations, discussions, and interviews. They aspire to bring insist_ence to education.

 

Participating students: Darly Benneker, Marjolijn van den Berg, Mona Dekker, Andre Hasan, Mark Shillitoe, Jan Siebers and Ariadne Urlus

TENT, Auditorium Witte de Withstraat 50 July 13, 11.00 – 17.00 (including collective lunch)

For additional information please visit: http://meia.pzwart.nl

Full Programme

With special thanks to the Willem de Kooning Academy and TENT for their kind support and hospitality.

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The reader Class Running in Circles was produced in the context of the thematic seminar Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education, which took place from September until December 2018. Each chapter of this reader is a response of the Master of Education in Arts students to the problematics put in the center during the seminar’s kick-off: a three-day visit to the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. We don’t need another hero.

An important point of focus in this were the potentials of and possibilities towards alternative modes of knowledge production. As the curatorial team of the Berlin Biennale states, it is important to refuse seduction “by unyielding knowledge systems and historical narratives that contribute to the creation of toxic subjectivities. We are interested in different configurations of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.”

Starting from their unique contexts and positions as educators, artists or designers, thinkers and citizens, the students addressed the question: What are the mechanisms and languages of different or ‘other’ configurations of knowledge? And how can we practice them? The biennale inspired us to search answers to this question by disturbing our own habit of producing the meaning. Through insecurity in and disturbance of the conventional know-how, this publication is a students’ query for possible ways of teaching and for learning conditions that allow validation of multiple ‘others’ to be part of creating knowledge narratives. They made a conscious choice to publish it in a digital format so that it could be easily shared with others.

We would like to express our gratitude to the people who shared with us their thoughts, practices and struggles and without whom this reader would not be possible: the director and curator of the Mediation of the 10th Berlin Biennale Mona Jas, a member of the Biennale’s curatorial team Thiago de Paula Souza, and artist Khadidiatou Bangoura.

You can find the publication online below:

CLASS RUNNING IN CIRCLES

The reader Class Running in Circles was produced in the context of the thematic seminar Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education, which... Lees verder