PLAYING THE STUDIO

ARTIST TALK ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS

Date: Tuesday November 3rd, 7pm
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This exploration into my work and practice will borrow concepts from the music recording world. Using the notion of the studio as instrument, I will refer to various experimental producers in pop music history (Joe Meek, Daphne Oram) to frame the unique type of knowledge an artist might glean from a focused studio practice. Attempting to understand the continuous practice of making as a tool in itself, we will touch on some ideas discussed in Hammer and Silence by Jyrki Siukonen. Realizing each of us is different in our way of making, I hope to offer some ideas that are not specific to medium or method, but more a discussion of the notion of a practice itself. Of course, there will be some surprises along the way.

Alexandra Phillips (b.1988) is American currently working in Rotterdam. Although she was born in New York State, she spent much of her formative years in North Carolina. Attending an art-centered high school program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she went on to complete a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her practice explores a range of medium from sculptural forms, to sound, to text and printed matter. Phillips has worked with various institutions in the United States and Europe, receiving a Van Lier Fellowship (2013), Atelier Mondial is supported by the Zaeslin-Bustany-Scholarship in collaboration with Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland (2016), Jan van Eyck Academie (2017). For the past year her research has been supported by CBK Rotterdam. In 2011 Phillips and artist Jan Henderikse (b.1932) founded Purepropaganda.org Magazine, an absurdist design firm that continues to operate in various forms today.

It is this passion for materials—far more than the interest in what it is—that sets Phillips’ work apart from the narrative and anecdotal. Because Phillips is expressly not a creator of tableaux: “I’m not an image maker, illusion is not my thing.” She does reflect on the people who once felt desire for what now passes through her hands discarded—the wonder, sometimes with a dash of melancholy—but this never resurfaces in the work. Ultimately her art is meant to be concrete, to represent nothing other than what it is. Phillips works with the characteristics of her materials, but does not transform them. These are characteristics that are so often overlooked, precisely because they may contain a certain degree of randomness, as they are unintended characteristics. Hard cardboard becomes soft when it ages, colorfast plastic fades, and rigid polystyrene eventually crumbles. Alexandra Phillips gives precisely that neglected a second chance, she revisits the obsolete. Because everything deserves “a day in court,” as she likes to put it. The cards are reshuffled, it is a “new round, new opportunities,” for the functional and the functionless, for the unnoticed, worn and discarded, for that which has acquired a new meaning, value aesthetic with the passage of time.

– From Antoon Melissen, “A Day in Court” 2016

Open Day WdKA/PZI Master Design

Open Day WdKA/PZI Master Design

>Wednesday 18 November, 19.00-20.30 pm / Zoom

Based on their own design question, students within the Master Design learn to do design and in-depth design research. They constantly reflect on what they discover and convey their work and expertise through storytelling. They combine and integrate this part-time master with their design practice, renew their own role and in this way that of creative professionals in society and organizations. They contribute to social, environmental and technological change. The combination of participatory work and authorship is fundamental.

Join us in the Open Day to find out more on our course, in a program where the course director, a tutor and two students share their insights and answer questions.

Subscribe before Friday 13th November via the email: wdka.masterdesign@hr.nl and tell us your name, background (discipline) and what you expect from our master (short text).

Image credit: Design research, by Wiesje Korf.

Interactive Audio Tour Gill Baldwin

Interactive Audio Tour – Gill Baldwin of the Hamburger Community of Art – Roodkapje

Date: Saturday, October 17th, 31st and November 14th 2020.

Time: 13h – 14h, 16h – 17h CEST/UTC+2.

Place: Roodkapje, Rotterdam, Delftseplein 39.

Gill Baldwin of the Hamburger Community of Art would like to invite you to the interactive audio Tour, There is Something I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You…

An alternative audio tour through the city center of Rotterdam. The audio tour was brought together interlinking a series of interviews with architects, designers, and AI researchers about the increase of surveillance in their (and our) daily lives. 

Comprised during the summer months as the pandemic, track and trace paranoia, and protests ran throughout the world, the audio tour takes you along architectural highlights along the way, giving an intimate and personal look into place and structures you think you know, and allows you to reconsider your everyday surroundings as active sites of surveillance. 

  • Guided tours will take place on Saturday 17 and 31 October, and 14 November.
  • There are two tours each day, starting 13:00 and 16:00 hours, in groups of max. 3 people. We will be following corona measures and social distance guidelines.
  • Tours begin and end at Roodkapje, and take about 45 minutes.
  • The price of the tour is free but you must reserve a time slot.
  • To participate in the tour you need a working SMARTPHONE and HEADPHONES.
  • In order to start tours in time we ask you to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
  • Tours take place rain or shine, so please dress warmly! 

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Written and produced by Gill Baldwin

Co-producer: Louisa Teichmann

Sound: Ymer Marinus

Voices: Sophie Bates, Carlijn Olde Beverborg, Beatriz Pero Giannini, Luke Murphy and Salvador Miranda.

Gill Baldwin (b. 1992, Canada) is a multi-disciplinary artist. Using analog and digital methods she explores the biases and behaviours of contemporary digital technology. Her background as an interior architect explores the incorporation of digital technologies within the built environment and their affect on the neighbourhood, the self, and human agency.

Web: https://gillbaldwin.com

THE HAMBURGER COMMUNITY OF ART (HCA)

The Hamburger Community of Art (HCA) is Roodkapje’s year long residency and development trajectory for young and emerging artists, based on the principles of experimentation, collaboration, and developing new artistic practices. What can artists learn from each other? How can (young) artists stimulate their development collectively? And, how can they find new and intriguing ways to connect to diverse audiences?

This project is supported by Roodkapje and Stimulerings Fonds NL.

Agora Digitalis Program Live Stream

Live on Thursday, 10 September at 15:45 – 16:00.

Live on Friday, 11 September between 14:30 – 15:00.

The complete Agora Digitalis Program Live Stream will be here: https://ausstellungen.ufg.at/wildstate/agora-digitalis/

Pedro Sá Couto, Artemis Gryllaki, and Rita Graça, Piet Zwart Institute Experimental Publishing alumni 2020 are presenting their graduation projects at Agora Digitalis, Ars Electronica Festival 2020.

Agora Digitalis is the Interface Culture’s presentation stage at The Wild State, the Art University Campus exhibition in Linz. It is a physical and virtual place where everyone should be able to express and share their ideas, for informal learning and critical debate about developments in the arts, technology and science.

The Best Off – Live Stream Feed of the complete ’THE WILD STATE’ program will be here: https://ausstellungen.ufg.at/wildstate/

Tactical WatermarksPedro Sá Couto : Live on Thursday, 10.9.2020, at 15:45 – 16:00.

Tactical Watermarks is an online republishing platform that exists in both the clear and dark web, exploring topics such as anonymity, paywalls, archives and provenance through digital watermarks.

Syster Papyri MagicaeArtemis Gryllaki : Live on Friday, 11.9.2020, at 14:30 – 14:45.

Syster Papyri Magicae is a web-based project that unfolds the phenomenon of gender exclusions in male-dominated tech environments, aiming to discuss and activate feminist practices that respond to this issue. 

Networks of CareRita Graça : Live on Friday, 11.9.2020, at 14:45 – 15:00.

This project offers a collection of user guidelines for you to browse, dissect and analyse. Delve into the conversations with different community members and find useful templates, resources, and experiments. Let’s explore the networks of care generated together.

[XPUB] [online event] Collectiveioning 10 July 2020 19:00 CEST

Date: Friday, July 10th, 2020

Time: 19h-20h30 CEST/UTC+2

Place: https://project.xpub.nl/collectiveioning/

Occasion: ULTIMATE Extraordinary Very Special Issue Indeed

Attire: Birthday Suit or Business Casual or Casual Business or Come As You Are

The Experimental Publishing (XPUB) class of 2020 would like to invite 

you to the launch of our final publication, Collectiveioning.

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/ko ‘lek tiv yon ning/ The gathering of collective memory. A pre-literate notion of memory, in a communal way, something commemorative rather than putting a memory in a container. What we thought it was going to be changed completely. We are in that way changing our memory of what it was supposed to be. What are you able to collect? Memories? Objects? People? A collection of texts and people, collecting and composing each other? Somehow it’s not even important that we have all the knowledge, what’s important is the living, generative sense of the collection.

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Collectiveioning is a publication that collects the work generated in our time at XPUB, from collective Special Issues in the first year (Special Issues 07, 08, 09), with threads that connect to the second year graduation projects.

We will present our collective and individual research on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 19:00, followed by a Q & A session. Although the presentation will be concise and spectacular, if you miss it, a web-to-print website will remain online, where you can choose to make your own co(ll/nn)ections. You may also print out what you collect from it at your own leisure. A complete, deluxe, shelf object (i.e. a printed version) will follow in October 2020.

XPUB Class of 2020:

         Simon Browne

         Bohye Woo

         Paloma García

         Artemis Gryllaki

         Tancredi di Giovanni

         Pedro Sá Couto

         Biyi Wen

         Rita Graça

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XPUB is a two-year course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues and social practices within the fast changing field of art, design, and cultural production. More specifically, XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context, and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, how these are, or can be, used to create publics.

The online launch of the Collectiveioning XPUB publication is part of Willem de Kooning’s graduate programme The Chain of Events. This programme will present the work of both Master and Bachelor alumni in the form of an online Graduation Catalogue and a Graduation Show programme that will last until the end of March 2021. The official launch of the catalogue is planned for the 17 of July 2020. For more information please visit 

https://www.wdka.nl/news-events/graduation-show-2020.

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The Collectiveioning launch is made possible with the support from Open 

Source Publishing, servus.at and lilimit. 

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Announcement text (MAKE SURE TO RETAIN ITALICS!!!!!11111!!!111!!!):

The Experimental Publishing (XPUB) class of 2020 would like to invite you to the launch of our final publication, Collectiveioning.

/ko ‘lek tiv yon ning/ The gathering of collective memory. A pre-literate notion of memory, in a communal way, something commemorative rather than putting a memory in a container. What we thought it was going to be changed completely. We are in that way changing our memory of what it was supposed to be. What are you able to collect? Memories? Objects? People? A collection of texts and people, collecting and composing each other? Somehow it’s not even important that we have all the knowledge, what’s important is the living, generative sense of the collection.

Collectiveioning is a publication that collects the work generated in our time at XPUB, from collective Special Issues in the first year (Special Issues 07, 08, 09), with threads that connect to the second year graduation projects.

We will present our collective and individual research on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 19:00, followed by a Q & A session. Although the presentation will be concise and spectacular, if you miss it, a web-to-print website will remain online, where you can choose to make your own co(ll/nn)ections. You may also print out what you collect from it at your own leisure. A complete, deluxe, shelf object (i.e. a printed version) will follow in October 2020.

Date: Friday, July 10th, 2020
Time: 19h-2030h CEST/UTC+2
Place: https://project.xpub.nl/collectiveioning/
Occasion: ULTIMATE Extraordinary Very Special Issue Indeed
Attire: Birthday Suit or Business Casual or Casual Business or Come As You Are

XPUB Class of 2020:

  • Simon Browne
  • Bohye Woo
  • Paloma García
  • Artemis Gryllaki
  • Tancredi di Giovanni
  • Pedro Sá Couto
  • Biyi Wen
  • Rita Graça

XPUB is a two-year course that prepares students to critically engage with societal issues and social practices within the fast changing field of art, design, and cultural production. More specifically, XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. XPUB’s interests in publishing are therefore twofold: first, publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context, and cultural processes through which things are made public; and second, how these are, or can be, used to create publics.

The online launch of the Collectiveioning XPUB publication is part of Willem de Kooning’s graduate programme The Chain of Events. This programme will present the work of both Master and Bachelor alumni in the form of an online Graduation Catalogue and a Graduation Show programme that will last until the end of March 2021. The official launch of the catalogue is planned for the 17 of July 2020. For more information please visit https://www.wdka.nl/news-events/graduation-show-2020.

The Collectiveioning launch is made possible with the support from Open Source Publishing, servus.at and lilimit.

MIARD History and Theory Design Natures Symposium

On May 7, 2020, MIARD invited three leading practices – Formafantasma, Cooking Sections, and Counterspace – to take part in an online symposium with the first year students. Each of the three was asked to present a recent project, after which the students had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with them. The three participants were selected as they all share a strong commitment to critical spatial work, which challenges the usual boundaries between design, architecture, and art – as well as a focus on linking architecture to ecological processes. This has resonated with the MIARD 1 work both in the TDP and History and Theory programs, and has a chance to be an inspiration for students as they think about their own future practice. 

FORMAFANTASMA

Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Formafantasma, an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009.

Since then, Formafantasma’s practice has been characterised by experimental material investigations and detailed explorations of the history, context and implications of the transformation of natural resources into commodities. Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums such as New York’s MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert and New York’s Metropolitan Museum. Most recently, their solo show Cambio opened at the Serpentine Gallery in London. 

>>> Reading: Web exhibition Cambio

COOKING SECTIONS

Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was born to explore the systems that organise the WORLD through FOOD. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture, ecology and geopolitics. Their work has also been exhibited at the 2019 Los Angeles Public Art Triennial; Sharjah Architecture Triennial and 13th Sharjah Biennial; Manifesta12, Palermo,Tate Britain and elsewhere. They currently lead a studio unit at the Royal College of Art, London.

>>> Reading: “Littoral Ambiguities”“Boundary Gazpacho”Climavore

COUNTERSPACE

Counterspace is a Johannesburg-based collaborative architectural studio, directed by an all-woman team of Sumayya Vally, Amina Kaskar and Sarah de Villiers. Counterspace is inspired by their location – Johannesburg – and aims to work with developing design expression particularly for Johannesburg and the continent – through urban research, publications, installations and architecture. They also teach at the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witswatersrand. 

Counterspace has been selected to design the 2020 Serpentine Pavilion. 

>>> Reading: “Golden Plateaus”

BLACK LIVES MATTER – PZI solidarity statement

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.

ADAM PATTERSON | THE WHOLE WORLD IS TURNING – TENT ROTTERDAM 10.07.2020 – 27.09.2020

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.

XPUB1 Special Issue # 11- Post-Digital Itch Launch of We Have Some Secrets to Tell

Image credits: Anna Sandri, Damlanur Bilgin.

From the other side of the world, we were given data about a past dictatorship threatening to reinstate itself. A portion of an archive that exists to keep history truthful and educate the present, the recurrent time of political urgency and authoritarian repression. We were entrusted to secure it, manage it, and publish it anonymously. We cannot share the archive itself, but we can share our stories (experiences) and process (tools, methods) at this collectively assembled website:
https://issue.xpub.nl/11/index.html 

Special Issue #11
Post-Digital Itch 
Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design
Experimental Publishing, Piet Zwart Institute
January–April 2020

Archivists: Anna Sandri, Avital Barkai, Clara Noseda, Damlanur Bilgin, Ioana Tomici, Mika Motskobili, Mark van den Heuvel, Max Lehmann, Sandra Golubjevaite, Tisa Neža Herlec

Workshops: <Digital Activist>, Mayday Rooms (Rosemary Grennan, Jan Gerber), OSP (Stéphanie Vilayphiou, Pierre Huyghebaert)

Contributors: Jérémie Zimmermann, Monoskop (Dušan Barok), Warp and Weft of Memory (Cristina Cochior, Renée Turner)

Teachers: André Castro, <teacher>, Sami Hammana, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Leslie Robbins, Steve Rushton

In collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, Stichting NAC, <Archival Institution>, and <Digital Advocacy Group>.

Looking forward, into the future. 

Your XPUB1.