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Please feel free to visit Willem de Kooning Academy's Graduation Festival in the Fenixloodsen in Katendrecht, Rotterdam.

From June 23 until July 3, you can enjoy work by our 325 bachelor graduates in media, art, design and education. Visit our graduation shows, festive diploma and award ceremony, fashion show and film festival.

For the complete programme, go to our special WdKA Graduation Festival page and keep an eye on the website for updates.

Please feel free to visit Willem de Kooning Academy's Graduation Festival in the Fenixloodsen in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. From June 23 until... Lees verder

In her work, Paulina Olowska explores forgotten aesthetics of modern movements in the twentieth century. Through repetition and the use of references, she redefines their narrations and romantic utopias. Employing a wide range of media, including painting, collage, installation, performance, video, fashion and music, she combines stories of women with social problems and functional art, often engaging with the public space and its sculptures, neon lights and wall paintings.

Paulina Olowska was born in Gdansk and currently lives in Raba Nizna, Poland. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Fine Arts Academy in Gdansk, before being invited to the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2001/2002. Her work has been shown in numerous international art venues, including KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (during the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art), Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej in Warsaw, Museu d'Art Contemporani (MACBA) in Barcelona and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. She is represented by Gallery Daniel Buchholz in Cologne/Berlin and Metro Pictures in New York.

A public lecture within the framework of the thematic project ‘Who if not She! – Gender Performance, the Feminist Concern: Towards a Different Artistic Repertoire' curated by Jan Verwoert.

We have seen enough of the same old patriachal patterns repeat themselves in society and the arts. But even though the protest against them by now has its own history, it doesn't mean that things have changed that drastically. Especially not in the art world where, despite the fact that there are so many incredible female artists, writers and curators around, certain prevalent role and career models – modes of presenting your persona and work, modes of claiming territory, modes of gaining, wielding and sustaining power – still give particular types of men access to privileged positions and make life considerably more difficult for women.

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. Next to being a contributing editor to Frieze magazine he also writes for contemporary art journals and magazines including Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006 by Afterall Books/MIT Press.

Piet Zwart Institute, part of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam UniversityPostgraduate studies and research'Is It About Man and Woman?'a performance by Paulina Olowska and Jan Verwoertdate: 08.03.2011time: 19.30h location: Piet Zwart Institute, Mauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam

In her work, Paulina Olowska explores forgotten aesthetics of modern movements in the twentieth century. Through repetition and the use of... Lees verder

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wanta book presentation by Jan VerwoertFebruary 17, 19.30hrsLocation: Piet Zwart InstituteMauritsstraat 36, Rotterdam

The presentation will focus on central themes that Verwoert has been developing in pursuit of a language to describe art's transformative potential in conceptual, performative and emotional terms.

Edited by Vanessa Ohlraun from Piet Zwart Institute, many of the selected essays published in 'Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want' explore the emotional power games that shape social relations. In his writings, Verwoert looks for an alternative ethos of action and feeling, asking: “How can a modernist approach to artistic form as a means of social critique be expanded to fully avow its subliminal affective undercurrents, and produce a pleasurably crooked form of criticality in art and writing?”

Jan Verwoert is an art critic based in Berlin. Next to being a contributing editor to Frieze magazine he also writes for contemporary art journals and magazines including Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006.

Interesting? Get yourself a copy of Verwoert's book:

Jan VerwoertTell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wantedited by Vanessa Ohlraunco-published by Piet Zwart Institute (part of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University) and Sternberg Press: Berlin/New Yorkdesign by Nienke TerpsmaJuly 2010, English12 x 18 cm, 312 pp., 20 b/w ill., hardcoverISBN 978-1-934105-14-6€18 /$22.95

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Wanta book presentation by Jan VerwoertFebruary 17, 19.30hrsLocation: Piet Zwart... Lees verder

Exhibition 'If you say something, see something'

July 10 – August 22 2010Opening: July 9, 20hrsLocation: TENT.Rotterdam, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Ghislain Amar (FR), Derek Brunen (CA), Diana Duta (RO), Priscila Fernandes (PT), Bitsy Knox (CA), Tom Kok (NL), Sjoerd van Leeuwen (NL), Bat Sheva Ross (IL), Marnie Slater (NZ), Jay Tan (UK), Selina Taylor (UK), and Annie Wu (AU).

Curated by Mai Abu ElDahab

From 9 July to 22 August, TENT. presents 'If you say something, see something', the graduation show of the PZI Master Fine Art. Twelve artists from various countries present new installations, photographs, videos and performances. The exhibition is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab in collaboration with artist Guy Ben-Ner. The title of the exhibition, 'If you say something, see something', is taken from the title of a poem by Charles Bernstein. Like this word play, it skews the habitual hierarchy of form and content.

Mai Abu ElDahab is director of the art space Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp, BE) and was invited as guest curator for the final presentation. For the past six months, she has been working together with the twelve participating artists on the basis of a brief informed by the students' interests and written by artist Ben-Ner on her request.

Presentation of Promotieprijs 2010

Before the opening, the Promotieprijs 2010 will be awarded to one of the graduates. The Promotieprijs is an initiative by Stichting Promotieprijs. The jury for the Promotieprijs 2010 consists of: chairman Hugo Bongers (secretary Rotterdamse Raad voor Kunst en Cultuur), David Baars (architect), Elizabeth Kleinveld (artist, director Artstart). Last year's Promotieprijs was awarded to Rachel Carey (US).

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication edited by Mai Abu ElDahab and the artists. Design: Kaisa Lassinaro. The publication is available from the reception desk at TENT. for € 4.

Exhibition 'If you say something, see something' July 10 – August 22 2010Opening: July 9, 20hrsLocation: TENT.Rotterdam, Witte de... Lees verder

Piet Zwart Institute alumnus Navid Nuur (Fine Art, 2004) is is nominated for the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010.

Last year, Eylem Aladogan (Fine Art, 1999) won this prestigious award and took away € 7,500. The jury, led by former minister of Culture Hedy d'Ancona, praised Aladogan (1975) for her 'extraordinary professionalism' and 'passion and perfectionism'.

The nominees for the fifth edition are: Sharon Houkema (Drachten, 1975), Navid Nuur (Teheran, 1976), Paulien Oltheten (Nijmegen, 1982) and Mounira Al Solh (Beiroet, 1978).

The winner receives €10,000. This prize is made available by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (in Dutch: Fonds BKVB). The jury consists of: Ronald Plasterk (former minister of Education, Culture and Science), Wilma Sütö (curator modern art Stedelijk Museum Schiedam), Joep van Lieshout (fine artist) and Sacha Bronwasser (art critic).

The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will hold a group exhibition with work by the five nominees. During a live television broadcast of the NPS programme Kunststof TV in Amsterdam's Studio Plantage on May 30, the winner of the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010 will be announced.

source: de Volkskrant March 1 2010

Piet Zwart Institute alumnus Navid Nuur (Fine Art, 2004) is is nominated for the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize 2010. Last year, Eylem Aladogan (Fine... Lees verder

In his lecture at Piet Zwart Institute, Michael Stevenson will present his new project 'A Question of How Things Behave' currently on show at Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp. 'A Question of How Things Behave' pivots around the equally elusive and mythical story of Manfred Gnädinger aka Man (1940-2002).

Alongside the apparently objective display of a selection of Gnädinger's ruinous archive, the project looks concurrently at the theme of uncertainty through the presentation of a new video work produced by Stevenson. In discussing this recent project and his research processes, Stevenson will elaborate on how his work brings together a disparate range of media-often by way of a documentary source-to take an anthropological look at historical events and their possible contemporary relevance.

Michael Stevenson is a New Zealand artist who has been living in Berlin since 2000. In the last five years, Stevenson has realizsed a number of solo projects including: 'Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad', Panama Art Biennial 8, Panama City, 'Lender of Last Resort', Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, 'Persepolis 2530', Arnolfini, Bristol, 'Art of the Eighties and Seventies', Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, 'c/o The Central Bank of Guatemala', CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 'The Smiles are not Smiles', Vilma Gold, London. He has also recently been included in group exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, Tate Modern, London, Athens Biennial, and MACBA, Barcelona.This lecture is presented in collaboration with Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, and Établissement d'en face, Brussels, on the occasion of Michael Stevenson's new solo project 'A Question of How Things Behave' on view in Antwerp from January 30 to March 20, 2010.

For more information please visit the PZI website. See you on the 17th!

In his lecture at Piet Zwart Institute, Michael Stevenson will present his new project 'A Question of How Things Behave' currently on... Lees verder

This lecture, scheduled to take place on the 24th, is cancelled because of illness of our speaker. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Economy and production have often been dressed up in gothic cliché, such as 'the dark satanic mills' of industrialisation or the equally uncanny 'free hand of the marketplace': a dead limb full of independent activity.



The sociology of the modern monster still applies. Also the zombi – with its highly ambiguous relationship to individuality, consciousness and life itself – begs a contemporary materialist analysis. In this way we may consider the zombi a model for immaterial labour and the way it is underpinned by a celebration of logistics and a colonisation of the brain and the nervous system. Deleuze and Guattari put it radically: “The only modern myth is the myth of zombis – mortified schizos, good for work, brought back to reason.”



With examples from horror literature, visual art and Hollywood zombi cinema, such an analysis – braindead or ridiculous as it may be – can help us dramatise the vegetal innocence and insatiable greed of today's immaterial worker and cultural consumer. An abject masquerade for the experience economy.



A public lecture in the framework of the thematic project “Masquerade” curated for the Piet Zwart Institute by If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part of Your Revolution.

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This lecture, scheduled to take place on the 24th, is cancelled because of illness of our speaker. Sorry for any inconvenience. Economy and... Lees verder

Art critic Jan Verwoert will give a series of lectures on secrets and how to handle them. 'Keeping and Sharing Secrets – How to Formulate an Ethics of Attitude' is organised by the master of Fine Art of the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI). The lectures will take place at the Mauritsstraat 36 in Rotterdam on October 14, November 4 and December 2 2009.

Verwoert, who lives in Berlin, writes for contemporary art journals and magazines such as Frieze magazine, Afterall and Metropolis M. His book 'Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous' was published in 2006.

If you wish to learn more about these and other lectures, please visit PZI's website.

Art critic Jan Verwoert will give a series of lectures on secrets and how to handle them. 'Keeping and Sharing Secrets – How to... Lees verder

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