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Public lectures

Public lectures

In the context of the course of Materials 2 at MIARD (Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design) at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, we organized a lecture by Ed van Hinte with the title: “Living Light”.

In the lecture Ed will explain principles of lightweight design and the reasons behind them. He will show what thinking in lightweight structures may imply for building and architecture with an extra focus on interior design. The most important question: how to circumvent architectural conventions.

Ed van Hinte (1951) graduated in Industrial Design and Engineering at the University of Technology in Delft. He practised this profession during the '80s, but also started writing for magazines. Later he became an author of books, some of which concerned a theme that is important to him: the consequences of diminishing material production and consumption, by product lifespan extension (Eternally Yours) and mass reduction (Lightness Studios). Because of this focus he became a teacher and gave workshops on design and architecture all over the world. He was a curator of travelling exhibition Connecting Concepts, commissioned by Premsela Dutch Platform for design and fashion, the Netherlands Architecture Institute and Design Cooperation Brainport. He addresses the theme of lightweight structures in housing at DRS22 in The Hague, a multidisciplinary research facility for young designers that he started with graphic designer Renate Boere. Apart from that he continues working as a design critic and writer.

Date: 04 Nov. 2014 at 10AM. Location: PIET ZWART INSTITUTE Mauritsstraat 36 3012 CJ Rotterdam / Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 GC Rotterdam.

In the context of the course of Materials 2 at MIARD (Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design) at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, we... Lees verder

Time: Tuesday 23rd of September, 7 pmLocation: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 GC Rotterdam

  On the specifics of corporeal mediumship

The gift and curse to channel the history of the clan via the body of the self, and share, with whoemever is within reach, the pain and joy of that which never stops arriving in the guise of new emotional throws and spasms of the imagination: manic depression, hysteria, spiritual mediumship, witchcraft, carnival and obscene language are channels through which the deep knowledge of what, where, when, why and how the hell/fuck was/is happening is being transmitted. A history of power and its patriarchal repression, and an ongoing story of unsettling potentials.

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, who has been a core tutor on the fine art program at the Piet Zwart Institute since 2005, He is author of 'COOKIE!', a collection of texts edited by Vivian Sky Rehberg and Marnie Slater for the Piet Zwart Institute/Sternberg Press publication collaboration, which follows on his first collection of texts 'Tell me what you want, what you really really want', edited by Vanessa Ohlraun.  Jan is also a contributing editor of Frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in different journals, anthologies and monographs. He is the author of 'Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous', (MIT Press/Afterall Books 2006) and, together with Michael Stevenson, 'Animal Spirits—Fables in the Parlance of Our Time' (Christoph Keller Editions, JRP, Zurich 2013).

For more info email fineart@pzi.wdka.n

Time: Tuesday 23rd of September, 7 pmLocation: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 3012 GC Rotterdam   On the specifics of... Lees verder

Time: Thursday April 17, 19:30 – 21:00 hrs.

Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45

Admission: free 

Lettuce – analogue heart – Flickr.com https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/#

Hereby we cordially invite you for the public lecture From the Digital Revolution to a Post-Digital Age by Florian Cramer, organized in the context of the Seminar Digital Cultures. 

For a new generation of students ‘new’ media are not longer that new. In a post-digital age the concept of ‘new media’ is dated. Now that the seductive and playful facade of new media is coming off, there is conversely a seductive trap for art and design schools to react just like the Arts and Crafts movement in the 19th century reacted to the industrial revolution: withdrawal from the present, to traditional core values of craftsmanship and the hand-made analog. With the post-digital age increasingly defined by commodified technology, we need a critical revision of ‘new media’. With the focus on 2020 Florian Cramer would like to propose to depart from Alessandro Ludovico’s notion of post-digital media as critically hybrid art and design practices that transcend the dichotomy of “old” and “new” media while being the opposite of a conservative resort to craftsmanship.

With a Q&A by Levien Nordeman (Lecturer/researcher WdKA/Piet Zwart Institute).

Biography

Florian Cramer is a practice-oriented research professor for new communication technologies, their cultures and their impact on art and design professions at Creating 010, Rotterdam University of Applied Science. He also is dean of the Parallel University of WORM, Rotterdam’s Institute of Avant-gardistic Recreation.

Seminar Digital Cultures

The Seminar Digital Cultures offers both a wide and intensive course on the impact of digital media on culture, education and the arts. The main aim of this course is to develop a critical perspective on changing contexts, roles and practices of emerging and existing technologies. Digital media are viewed against the backdrop of (media) historical and social developments. To form both a critical and pragmatic perspective students map their own context of (art) education and discover how to implement digital and conceptual innovations.  

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Time: Thursday April 17, 19:30 – 21:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Admission: free  Lettuce... Lees verder

MOVING IMAGES OF SPECULATION #5:ARTISTIC (NON)LABOUR AND ITS DISCONTENTSA SYMPOSIUM WITH MARINA VISHMIDT, ANTHONY ILES, RACHEL O'REILLYAND JELENA VESIĆ

Curated by: Jelena VesićCuratorial and organization collaborators: Rachel O’Reilly and Bik Van der PolSupported by: Jan Van Eyck Academie – Maastricht, Piet Zwart Institute, Master of Fine Art – Rotterdam, and School of Missing Studies – Amsterdam

Mladen Stilinovic, Work Is Disease [Karl Marx], 1981

Time: Monday April 14, 11:00 to 17:00Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45Admission: Free, please send an email to fineart@pzi.wdka.nl to reserve a place

‘Speculation’ comes from a series of Latin verbs, which all stem from a Greek root, deriving from Sanskrit ‘spàs’: to spy, see, or observe – to perform an act of mastery over an object observed. Since financial speculation became fully global in the XVII century, the Latin speciẽs (linking to specêre, outward appearance and form) has come to signify coins, money, or bullion. The etymological linking of speculation, spectacle and species encapsulates the formal imbrication of thought and money, cognition and economics – especially in their way of putting claims on time and the future. To speculate at the level of thought and production is also to be open to loss – of value and of identity; it is to risk the transfer of finitude to infinity, and matter both to immateriality and nothingness.

Amidst the present day operations of speculative finance, the economy culturalizes, while culture is increasingly tied to economic logics and analytics. In this double bind, artistic (allegedly non-alienated and autonomous) activity is transformed into 'exhausting immaterial labour', while conditions for 'regular workers' become increasingly pervaded by ideologies of creativity, free labour and self-management. The following lecture series will speculate on these processes in various, less expected ways …—————————Moving Images of Speculation is an artistic-theoretical research InLab of the Jan Van Eyck Academie exploring contemporary links between post-cinematic form and finance. It is especially attentive to different artistic approaches to forms and technics of speculative and essayistic practice, in the context of fictional economy. The InLab incorporates readings, screenings, talks, research tours, exhibitions, lectures and roundtables.

Schedule:11:00 – 11:30 Gathering and Introduction11:30 – 12:30 Jelena Vesić: Administration of Aesthetics or On Undercurrents of NegotiatingArtistic Jobs – Between Love and Money, Between Money and Love …12:30 – 12:45 immediate Q&A12:45 – 14:15 Marina Vishmidt and Anthony Iles: It’s Not Her Factory: Art, Abolition and the Labour of the Negative14:15 – 14:30 Immediate Q&A

14:30 – 15:00 Break (SOFT DRINKS PROVIDED/PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH)

15:00 – 16:00 Rachel O’Reilly: Poetical Unworkings of Cultural Economy Romantix16:00 – 17:00 Discussion

————————————-Jelena Vesić is curator, writer, researcher and lecturer.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer, researcher and editor who lives in London. She recently obtained her PhD on Speculation as a Mode of Production in Art and Capital.

Anthony Iles is a writer of fiction, criticism and theory, and a contributing editor with Mute.

Rachel O’Reilly is writer, poet, editor, researcher and curator based in the Netherlands.

MOVING IMAGES OF SPECULATION #5:ARTISTIC (NON)LABOUR AND ITS DISCONTENTSA SYMPOSIUM WITH MARINA VISHMIDT, ANTHONY ILES, RACHEL O'REILLYAND... Lees verder

PIET ZWART INSTITUTE – MASTER OF FINE ART PRESENTS

Geoffrey Farmer: The Grass and the Bananago for a walk.

Date: Monday March 3rd, 2014 Time: 19.00 hr Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam

In MATERIALITIES, a lecture series organized by the artists enrolled in the Master of Fine Art program at the Piet Zwart Institute.

We are delighted to present Geoffrey Farmer’s lecture The Grass and the Bananago for a walk.

From Geoffrey Farmer:

“The banana arrives by boat. It rings like a phone and slips us up if we are not careful. The grass appears everywhere. It materializes the wind, grinds in the mill and enters into the gut of the Ungulates. The banana laughs, the grass coughs. The banana is a poet and the grass is a photographer. For my talk at Piet Zwart, I will meander through the material methodology of my knowledge. From learning to spell as a child by using bread dough, to growing perennial grasses and cutting out 17,000 images from LIFE magazine to make a work.”

Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967, Vancouver, lives and works in Vancouver). At once fragile and multiform, discreet and omnipresent, Farmer’s work is the product of simple yet strategic manipulations. It operates on the same level as everyday experience: simultaneously rational and chaotic, undeniably concrete yet shaped by the imagination. In a voice that combines poetry and social commentary, his work conjures and reactivates a variety of narratives drawn from history, popular culture, art history and social environments. It also reflects an interest in the exhibition itself – both its fictional power and its temporal component. Farmer focuses on particular features of these diverse sources, notably concepts of the work and process, transformation and performance. Geoffrey Farmer has a forthcoming retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2015 and his major installation Let’s Make the Water Turn Black was shown at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich and Nottingham Contemporary in 2013, opened at the Hamburg Kunstverein on March 1, and will travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include The Grass and Banana Go for a Walk, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2014); a new solo project for the fourth installment of Hybrid Naples (with Bettina Allamoda), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples; A Light in the Moon, Mercer Union, Toronto(2013); The Surgeon and the Photographer, The Curve, Barbican Centre, London (2013); Mondegreen (with Jeremy Millar), Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011); Casey Kaplan, New York (2011); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011); Walter Philips Gallery, Banff (2010); Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2010); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008). Recent group exhibitions includes The Intellection of Lady Spider House, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2013); Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stadt Fellbach (2013); dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Stage Presence, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2012); Tools for Conviviality, Power Plant, Toronto The Garden of Forking Paths, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2011); Istanbul Biennial (2011). In 2013 Farmer was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

Future speakers include: Mark Leckey, and more…

 

PIET ZWART INSTITUTE – MASTER OF FINE ART PRESENTS Geoffrey Farmer: The Grass and the Bananago for a walk. Date: Monday March 3rd,... Lees verder

Date: February 28 2014, 19.30 – 21.00 h 

Location:
Piet Zwart Institute: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
Admission: Free

The lecture is open for public

Lecture # 2Dennis Atkinson:Events of Learning and the Poietic Materialism of Art

Hereby we cordially invite you for the public lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century. What is a school? How does it influence and construct politics and social relations in our present day society? Society seems to be ready for implementing change in schools. On the one hand this is based on the premise that we have to rethink education in relation to the future and challenges of the 21st Century. On the other hand there is a critical evaluation of conventional institutions and formats, fuelled by a clear interest from artists and theoreticians alike in alternative educational models.

The film Postcards from the Desert Island from the artist Adelita Husni-Bey documents a 3-week workshop with students from an experimental, self-run elementary school in Paris. The artist asked the pupils to turn the school hall into a desert island, and to relate themselves to this new territory. The video documents the children’s approaches to self-governance and the possibility of imagining institutions and social relations from scratch. What if we break down the concept of school to its bare essence? What is a school? This question is the starting point for the lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century, which deals with the phenomenon ‘school’ on a philosophical, theoretical and fictional level.

In the second keynote lecture Dennis Atkinson (Professor Emeritus Goldsmiths University of London Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for the Arts and Learning) will explore processes of learning through the themes of event, truth, pedagogies against the state and becoming. He will focus on art in education at a time when it is under threat. Arguing for the importance of art in education in terms of the force of art, by taking the line that the transformational and ‘vital’ force of art is deeply significant for processes of learning and pedagogic action. Here the emphasis is not upon the art object in its more traditional or contemporary guises, but upon art’s process of becoming or its event: an event that will be considered in terms of a poietic materiality. A space whose force, put in the words of Deleuze, is to restore a belief in this world when today for many the distance between involvement in the world and a belief in it is increasing.

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century is developed by the Master of Education in Arts as part of the seminar Critical Pedagogy. It is indebted to the inspiring meetings of the ‘New School Collective’. 

Fore more information and the biographies of the speakers, see this page:http://www.pzwart.nl/nl/courses/mea/Public-Events/

(Credits photo: Adelita Husni-Bey, Postcards from the Desert Island, 2010-11, SD video transferred to DVD, 23 mins.Courtesy the artist and Galleria Laveronica)

Date: February 28 2014, 19.30 – 21.00 h  Location:
Piet Zwart Institute: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
Admission: Free The... Lees verder

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century

Date: January 31 2014: 19.30 – 21.00 h 

Locations:
Witte De With, Center for Contemporary Art: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Admission: Free

The lecture isopen for public

Lecture # 1Jan Masschelein: Making Art School: A Story about (Cave) Walls and TablesLocation: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art

Hereby we cordially invite you for the public lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century. What is a school? How does it influence and construct politics and social relations in our present day society? Society seems to be ready for implementing change in schools. On the one hand this is based on the premise that we have to rethink education in relation to the future and challenges of the 21st Century. On the other hand there is a critical evaluation of conventional institutions and formats, fuelled by a clear interest from artists and theoreticians alike in alternative educational models.

The film Postcards from the Desert Island from the artist Adelita Husni-Bey documents a 3-week workshop with students from an experimental, self-run elementary school in Paris. The artist asked the pupils to turn the school hall into a desert island, and to relate themselves to this new territory. The video documents the children’s approaches to self-governance and the possibility of imagining institutions and social relations from scratch. What if we break down the concept of school to its bare essence? What is a school? This question is the starting point for the lecture series Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century, which deals with the phenomenon ‘school’ on a philosophical, theoretical and fictional level.

The first lecture entitled Making Art School: A Story about (Cave) Walls and Tables is organized in cooperation with the educational department of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, and marks the starting point of a structural cooperation.

In this lecture Jan Masschelein (Professor of Philosophy of Education and director of the Laboratory for Education and Society at the University of Leuven) proposes todiscuss the (art) school in terms of ‘forms of gathering and actions’, rather than in terms of functions and institutions. The school is neither an institution nor an organization. It refers to a particular ‘scholastic form’ of gathering: a time-space-matter arrangement including architectures, technologies, practices and figures – that allows for a particular relation to the world and for an experience of making things public. By identifying what makes a school a school, Masschelein wants to pinpoint why the school as form has value in and of itself and why it deserves to be reinvented today.

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century is developed by the Master of Education in Arts as part of the seminar Critical Pedagogy. It is indebted to the inspiring meetings of the ‘New School Collective’. 

Fore more information and the biographies of the speakers, see this page:http://www.pzwart.nl/nl/courses/mea/Public-Events/

(Credits photo: Adelita Husni-Bey, Postcards from the Desert Island, 2010-11, SD video transferred to DVD, 23 mins.Courtesy the artist and Galleria Laveronica)

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century Date: January 31 2014: 19.30 – 21.00 h  Locations:
Witte De With, Center for Contemporary... Lees verder

Lecture by Mecanoo Architects – Nuno FontarraTitle: “Asian Experience: Exploring New Opportunities”

Date: November 13 2013, 18:00 hrs.Location: Piet Zwart InstituteAddress: Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam [studio W1.145]

Admission is free

Working in Asian offers European architects and designers a brand new spectrum of challenges but also major new opportunities that if well used can produce rewarding results. The National performing center in Kaohsiung takes advantage of the opportunities given by the context and scale of the assignment in order to challenge the traditional definition of interior/exterior and blurs the boundaries that detach architecture and nature.

Nuno Fontarra, Associate Architect Mecanoo. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto he join Mecanoo in 2002 where since 2004 he has been responsible of some of Mecanoo’s most unique international projects.

At Mecanoo, Nuno Fontarra has played a crucial role as an lead architect of numerous award-winning cultural projects and competition entries including La Llotja de Lleida Theatre an, Congress Centre in Spain (opened in 2010) Palace of Justice in Córdoba, Spain (2006-2011),  Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (under construction, opens in 2015), and Shenzhen Museum Complex in China (2011-2014).

Nuno has also been lecturing and teaching in diverse institutions both in the Netherlands and abroad.

 

Lecture by Mecanoo Architects – Nuno FontarraTitle: “Asian Experience: Exploring New Opportunities” Date: November 13 2013,... Lees verder

Lecture: 'City Life Takes Place Inside' by Brendan Cormier

Time: October 8 2013, 14:00-15:30 hrs.Location: Piet Zwart InstituteAddress: Wijnhaven 61, Rotterdam [studio W1.145]

Admission: free

The master Interior Architecture & Retail Design course [MIARD] of the Piet Zwart Institute, cordially invites you to a lunch seminar lecture by Brendan Cormier from Volume Magazine, Rotterdam. The lecture will be held in the realm of the history and theory module at MIARD.

Chair: Füsun Türetken, MIARD tutor.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

Brendan Cormier will talk about his essay, 'City Planning the Interior' and projects, published in Volume 34 'Interiors'. He will challenge the traditional notion of urbanism taking place out on the streets and in public space and will present an expanded idea of urbanism that takes into account the interior.

Brendan is a Canadian editor and urban designer, based in Rotterdam. He is currently the managing editor of Volume, and contributes to the curatorial projects of Archis.

Lecture: 'City Life Takes Place Inside' by Brendan Cormier Time: October 8 2013, 14:00-15:30 hrs.Location: Piet Zwart InstituteAddress:... Lees verder

Dates: Sep 26 / Oct 24 / Nov 1: 19:30-21:00hrs

Location: Piet Zwart Institute Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam

Admission: free; the lectures are open to the public

Lecture # 1 Thurs Sep 26 ’13 Jeroen van den Eijnde: Bauhaus a conceptual model for design education?

Lecture # 2 Thurs Oct 24 ’13 Wendelien van Oldenborgh: La Javanaise

Lecture # 3 Fri Nov 1 ’13 Priscila Fernandes: The Forgotten Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School

“Now the world has been mapped by satellites, and nowhere is unknown, artists are exploring history as a new terra incognita. Artists mine both their own archives and those of institutions or organizations, connecting chains of ideas. They remix, re-present and re-enact, using the past as part of an understanding of the present.” Nicolas Bourriaud

The Master of Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute takes of this academic year with the lecture series ‘The Forgotten Book of…’, organised in the context of the thematic seminar ‘Artistic Research and Critical Design’.

The title loosely refers to a project by the artist Priscila Fernandes called ‘The Forgotten Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School’. In her lecture Priscila Fernandes discusses her research into the Escuela Moderna, an early twentieth century school experiment that had the ambition to offer education grounded in rationality and science. The purpose of the school was to educate free thinkers who could work towards a just society. Although there is still a lot of material to find in the archives of the Escuela Moderna, a curriculum for art education is lacking. The Forgotten Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School is Fernandes’ enterprise to search for and imagine how this forgotten book of art education could look like. A project which raises interesting questions about how form and ideology may be intertwined and how this has an impact on a concrete (pedagogical) structure.

In his lecture researcher and teacher Jeroen van den Eijnde explores the historical influence of Bauhaus on design education. He starts of by examining the different historical categories of design education incorporated in the illustrious and eclectic history of Bauhaus. His account of the history of design education takes us along the ‘the workshop’ (theory of doing): ‘the design studio’ (theory of form and design processes), ‘the drawing room’ (19th century classes for the grammar of ornament) and last but not least ‘the theory class’ (scientific knowledge integrated in design education). Jeroen van den Eijnde relates his historical and archival research to the current, highly topical discussion about design education and the societal tendency to merge art and design with science and technology.

On the basis of a recent work La Javanaise (2012), Wendelien van Oldenborgh will try to expose how research plays a role in her practice. La Javanaise is an installation with projected video on two screens connected to one dialogue sound track. It is a filmic exercise, which centers on the circularity of relations between a Dutch textile company dealing with Africa, former colonies in the East Indies and the display of colonial history. Filmed in the former Colonial Institute – now Tropenmuseum and Royal Tropical Institute – the work features fashion model Sonja Wanda, artist Charl Landvreugd and theorist David Dibosa. Through unrehearsed dialogue staged in the museum spaces, La Javanaise addresses the inextricable links between imagination and authenticity and between colonialism and globalization.

The Forgotten Book of… is part of the thematic seminar Artistic Research and Critical Design.

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For more information about the master programme, please visit: http://pzwart.wdka.nl/education-in-arts/

Piet Zwart Institute
Master Education in Arts P.O. Box 1272
3000 BG Rotterdam the Netherlands pzwart.wdka.nl
/ pzwart-info@hr.nl

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images: Priscila Fernandes, research material of Escuela Moderna. Wendelien van Oldenborgh, La Javanaise, 2012. Production still by Bárbara Wagner.

 

Dates: Sep 26 / Oct 24 / Nov 1: 19:30-21:00hrs Location: Piet Zwart Institute Address: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free; the... Lees verder