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First year students at the MIARD programme will present new full-scale design work created during our current thematic design project Altered.Appliances for exhibition at Ventura Lambrate 2013, during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

Thematic Design Project: Altered.Appliances

 Building upon the 2012 thematic project, research by making, and exhibition, named FABRIKAAT, which was shown at Ventura Lambrate 2012 during Milan Design Week, this year the project focuses on the domestic kitchen as the most technological, equipment-laden and factory-like room of the home.

We intend to use the kitchen as an inspiration for the project on two fronts. First, students will research historical examples of appliances/apparatus, particularly low-tech, hand powered devices. Secondly, the final application for the projects will somehow be related to the kitchen. Students will become experts in their particular appliance, use and effect to be able to extract the design parameters and techniques of fabrication method to use in their own projects and explore new 'altered' uses and design opportunities.

Final Application: The domestic kitchen

Develop a 'low tech' device/altered machine.

The appliance’s application can address but not be limited to one of the following kitchen tasks:

Storing Producing Cooking Eating Cleaning Waste

Exhibition: 'LIVE DEMO'

The final exhibition of the projects will be staged as a 'live demonstration' of the altered machines and appliances the students/designers create. The students will have the machine working throughout the exhibit so that the exhibition takes the feeling of performance. The users will experience, see and be informed about the process and results of the appliances and new their new use.

Project website: Coming soon!

Exhibition Dates: VENTURA LAMBRATE® 2013

Tuesday 9 April 2013 – Sunday 14 April 2013 Milan, Italy

Stay updated on this and other projects & lectures via the Piet Zwart Institute MIARD Facebook-page.

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The Piet Zwart Institute presented last week the work of students from the Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design (MIARD) programme at Ventura Lambrate from April 17 – 22 2012. Click below for an impression of the exhibition.

An exhibition that presents international design talent, simultaneously with the 51st Salone Internazionale del Mobile. The concept of the exhibition ‘FABRIKAAT' was organised around the idea of the (re)emerging role of the ‘domestic garden' through a ‘research through making' approach to design and craft.

The exhibition was planned as an immersive 35m2 greenhouse environment. The exhibited work is part of MIARD's educational programme. Through various processes of making and an exploration of materials and applications, the final full-scale projects will be defined. Both hand and digital craft will be explored to study the behavior of materials, form, structure, scale and function as ‘integrated systems' for both interior and exterior application.

The exhibition was divided into two parts: part one showed the process and experimentation of the work; part two was showcase four completed full-scale projects that have emerged based on the research of part one.

Piet Zwart Institute Master of Interior Architecture and Retail DesignExhibition: Tuesday 17 April 2012 – Sunday 22 April 2012, 10.00-20.00 hrsCocktail Party April 17, 16- 19hrs

Location:Ventura LambrateVia Massimiano 620134 Milan

More information can be found on this special website

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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'

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During the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Piet Zwart Institute – part of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam University – hosts two events.

Come to the Piet Zwart Institute at the Mauritsstraat and BLAAK10 Gallery & Store at the Witte de Withstraat for an international conference and an exhibition:

Imagine an audience

In collaboration with IFFR XL and Kino Climates, the Piet Zwart Institute organises a three-day conference from Monday January 31 until Wednesday February 2 2011.

For artists, making and distributing films is radically changing in a time where traditional pillars like theatrical screenings and tv co-production are breaking away. This conference will look at new spaces, audiences, modes and media for filmmaking beyond either YouTube or big budget: micro-cinemas, the contemporary art system, alternative systems in the Internet. What kind of filmmaking is emerging here?

Imagine and Audience, Mauritsstraat 36, 3012 CJ Rotterdam. Admission: € 5 per day (free for WdKA students and staff and for IFFR industry passport holders). Check out the complete programme on PZI's website.

CINEGRAPHIC/PHOTOMATIC

As cinematic images spill out of the cinemas and into the streets ­ leaking through mobile phones and media devices ­ the viewing experience of moving images has migrated to diverse spaces, both public and private.  Increasingly, one such space is the gallery.

With these changes, contemporary image makers are pressed to rethink traditional categories of moving and still image ­ photography, film and animation.

This exhibition showcases recent work done in the Lens-­Based branch of the Master Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute, a research ­oriented study programme created to give practitioners a context to explore these contemporary issues. Feel free to come to our opening reception on Monday January 31 (18-21hrs). Visitors of Imagine an Audience: your conference ends at 17hrs, so come and join us for drinks!

CINEGRAPHIC/PHOTOMATIC, Jan 27 – Feb 20 '11, BLAAK10 Gallery & Store, Witte de Withstraat 7a, 3012 BK Rotterdam. Opening hours: Tue till Fri 11-18hrs / Sat – Sun 13-17hrs. Opening reception: Mon Jan 31 from 18-21hrs.

Images: flyer CINEGRAPHIC/PHOTOMATIC with stills from VEINS, a documentary film by Vincenzo Onnembo,second year student Lens-Based programme of the Master Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute – Femke de Bruijn, Tanja Deman, Roeland Veraart, Vincenzo Onnembo and Sebastian Cimpean.

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From November 15, CrossLab kicks off  a series of events on media design and technology. First up is the 'DESIGNER & USERS ON THE MOVE' / MOBILE DESIGN event in de Unie in Rotterdam. It starts at 19.30hrs.

The popularity of 'apps' for mobile media platforms shows that a new domain for designers is born. What influence do the mobile user, 'real time' information and small displays have on the design practice?

In 2009, the agency 'Guppies in the Dark', a pioneer in 'apps', hit the media with its 'JeePee app' – starring former Prime Minister Balkenende. Marc Shepard's 'The Serendipitor' is a navigation 'app', inspired by art movements like Fluxus. With 'Palm Top Theatre i3DG', Maki Ueda is demonstrating a mini-installation for the iPhone, showing a 3-dimensional experience on an intimate screen. Sander Veenhof shows how you can become curator of MoMA through 'Augmented Reality' for smartphones. Marc Fonteijn and BERG (Skype) give their future vision on designing in an era of mobile media.

CrossLab event 'Designers and users on the move'. Mon Nov 15 '10, 19.30hrs. De Unie, Mauritsweg 34-35, R'dam. Entrance: € 7 (€ 5 employees WdKA) / € 2.50 euro for students with student card). Subscribe by email (name and number of persons).

Next CrossLab event on Monday December 6 2010:

'Products that live' / Design for the futureDesign for the future, how does it work? 'Speculative design' is based on speculative, utopian visions. With – among others – Koert van Mensvoort (Nano Supermarktet) and Jack Mama (Philips Design).

Special thanks to De Unie, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Nae Morita (Japan).

You will find more information on: http://crosslabevents.wdka.nl.

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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.

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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

 

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Today's mass communication often works like a viral infection: information and trends are created by users and spread from person to person, outside of the classical 'top-down' mass media channels. When people base their consumer habits on peer recommendations in social networks, when 'memes' from image boards like 4chan create the true popular culture of our time, what remains for the classical mass media, marketing and advertising industries? Will they be shaken just like the music industry has been shaken by mp3? What are the effects on, for example, political communication?

On April 12 and 13 2010, the Piet Zwart Institute – part of Willem de Kooning Academy – will host an international conference on these subjects, with high profile speakers from abroad and a local avant-garde of media creators: Bill Wasik (USA, inventor of Flashmobs, senior editor Harper's), Douglas Rushkoff (USA, media theoretician), Marc Schwieger (Germany, social media specialist, former creative director Scholz & Friends), Gordan Savicic (Austria/Rotterdam, developer of the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine), Thomas Knuewer (Germany, economic journalist and blogger on social media), ROFLCON (USA), speakers from Rotterdam-based companies IN10 and 105, and many more. The complete programme is available on: http://viralcommunication.nl.

The first day of the conference focuses on social media and advertising,the second day on viral 'memes' from Flashmobs to 4chan.

The conference consists of public sessions at the Piet Zwart Institute from 11-17hrs. These can be freely attended by everyone. On top of this, there will be roundtable evening sessions for media professionals in the building of Teldesign. (Attendance of the evening sessions requires registration and payment of a participation fee; please contact Leslie Robbins for more information.)

Addresses:

Piet Zwart InstituteMauritsstraat 36 
3012 CJ Rotterdam 
the Netherlands

TeldesignBlaak 5123011 TA Rotterdamthe Netherlands

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Zafer Topaloglu's video 'Destroying Sulukule' will be shown at the Darklight @ The Joinery Festival in Dublin on October 9 and 10. In September, Zafer started the WdKA master Media Design & Communication: Lens-Based Digital Media.

Zafer's short video shows the Neslişah and Hatice Sultan neighbourhoods, known as Sulukule, by the historical İstanbul ramparts in the Fatih district on the European side of Istanbul. The area faces total demolition and will be replaced by new villa style homes. However, Sulukule is home to a Roma community since 1054 and one of the oldest Romany settlements in Europe. The urban renewal project will not only destroy this historic neighbourhood, but will force 3,500 Sulukule residents 40 kilometers outside of the city. Though the mayor claims that the project is the most social project of the world, inhabitants say he hasn't asked them about their thoughts and opinions.

Click here if you want to read more about this Irish film festival for filmmakers, animators and artists. Alternatively, take a sneak peak at some at Zafer's work.

Zafer, good luck and enjoy!

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On Tuesday & Wednesday May 12 & 13, 2009 an international conference on the shifting relationship between online and print publishing will take place: ‘PRINT/pixel '. The conference is part of the new research programme ‘Communication in a Digital Age' of WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute. The conference offers both public sessions as well as professional sessions. The conference has its own realtime blog.

The conference investigates the shifting relation between online and print publishing. Both can no longer be separated, but complement each other. Yet few advanced comprehensive publication and design strategies beyond ad-hoc copy-paste do exist, and the recent crisis of print news media and advent of new technologies such as e-books and print-on-demand are about to upset the world of designers, editors and publishers. Will XML, cross-media content management systems, ePub, networked on-demand publishing and generative design soon be everyone's vocabulary? International cutting-edge designers, software developers, publishers and researchers – many of them being all of these at once – will give insight into their solutions and discuss the future of publishing.

Speakers include: Open Publishing Lab Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), Simon Worthington (OpenMute publishers, UK), Petr van Blokland (graphic designer and typographer, NL), Gerrit Imsieke (Le-Tex publishing services, Germany), Lou Lichtenberg (Stimuleringsfonds van de Pers, NL), media workgroup of NRC Handelsblad (NL), Alessandro Ludovico (Neural magazine and Mag.net cultural publishing project, IT) and Marc Schwieger (creative director Scholz & Friends, Hamburg); all of this is to be accompanied by a real-time newspaper project by Peter Zuiderwijk (NL), students of WdKA's Minor ‘Editorial Design', conference blogger Arie Altena (NL) and WdKA's CrossLab.

The PRINT/pixel conference offers both public sessions as well as professional sessions. Afternoon conference sessions (12-17 hrs) will take place at WdKA's main building at Blaak 10; these sessions can be attended freely. Professional sessions in the evenings (20-22 hrs) are primarily meant for media and design professionals; these sessions will include concentrated versions of the afternoon presentations along with workgroup-like peer discussions. These sessions take place at the Groot Handelsgebouw, right next to Rotterdam's Central Station. Attendance fee: € 50/evening or € 80/two evenings; for members of non-profit organizations: € 30/evening, € 50/two evenings.

Full programme information can be found here; contact: Saskia Brandt Corstius (PZI). The conference has its own realtime blog.

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