Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations

The Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute are proud to announce that their former bachelor students Stefan Rijsmus & Tayfun Sarier (Advertising), Fernando van der Vlist (Graphic Design), Amanda Nedermeijer (Animation), Alex Starr (Graphic Design), and their former master students Tomas Navarro (Media Design and Communication), Laurier Rochon (Media Design and Communication), Lieven van Speybroeck (Media Design and Communication), Laura Macchini (Media Design and Communication) are on the HOT100 list of 'most talented art, media and technology students'.

On September 17, Virtueel Platform ('Virtual Platform') will host the sixth HOT100 event during the PICNIC 2012 Festival in the film institute EYE in Amsterdam. The HOT100 is a list of the most talented and promising alumni of Dutch academies and universities that offer courses in media, art and digital culture.

Besides our own academy students, we would like to congratulate their fellow students of the Institute for Communication, Media and Information Technology (CMI).

Sources: Pinterest Virtueel Platform and website Virtueel Platform

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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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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

The Master Media Design of WdKA's Piet Zwart Institute is a master course on media and the arts that is operating on an international level. Participants come from all over the world, and the PZI regularly presents itself across the globe. The upcoming Transmediale.08 festival in Berlin is a natural partner. Transmediale is one of the most important international festivals on digital media and the arts, comparable to ars electronica in Linz/Austria, Siggraph in the United States and DEAF in Rotterdam.

PZI's Master Media Design will be presented in Berlin quite prominently. Student Gordan Savicic is a nominee for the Transmediale.08 Award for his project 'Constraint City' – more information is to be found on his website. Student Linda Hilfling is a participant of the Transmediale exhibition with her video 'Terms of Service' on 'second life' and Flickr. Florian Cramer, course director of the Master Media Design has been invited to moderate one of the festival's panel discussions.

Transmediale.08. January 30- February 3, 2008. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin/Germany. The award ceremonie is scheduled for February 2, 2008.

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