Vacancy for post of Core Tutor, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media, Willem de Kooning Academy

The Master Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media is hiring core tutors for a position of 0.2 FTE.

We are looking for a practitioner-teacher with an established lens-based practice (photographer, filmmaker, animator, fine artist) who desires to work within an international cohort of students, artists and colleagues. You will be teaching in collaboration with a team of experienced tutors with a wide range of of lens-based practices.

The primary focus of the work will be focussed on one to one tutorials supervising the master students’ self-directed practice-based research. In addition tutors have the opportunity to run a focus group (a seminar on a particular aspect of lens-based media) as part of their teaching role.

Preferred applicants will have a developed professional practice and an ability and desire to mobilize their own experience and insights to support students research.  An ability to be articulate and reflexive in giving feedback to student researchers is crucial. A clear interest in and curiosity about de-centering established cultural norms and industry practices is appreciated. We warmly welcome applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities.

The candidates would be required to start teaching in March 2022.

About the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based 

The Lens-Based Media department focuses on approaching animation, photography, and the full range of contemporary cinematic forms as a single expanded field.  Within the program, digital visual media forms are approached using the lens as a central metaphor.

The curriculum and its credit structure places emphasis on the student’s self-directed research and practice, and is devised to provide students with the time and space to experiment and take risks, refine their research and working methods, and critically contextualise their motivations and positions as lens-based practitioners. 

More curriculum details and reels of student work can be found here: https://www.pzwart.nl/lens-based/

Requirements

A master-level degree in an appropriate lens-based discipline;

An interest in project-based education and a willingness to participate in team teaching;

A strong critical perspective;

Organizational ability;

Experience teaching graduate-level education;

EU/ECC work authorization;

An excellent command of verbal and written English. English is the working language of the Piet Zwart Institute.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to have a valid residence/work permit to work in the Netherlands.

Application Procedure

Deadline for applications: Jan 10th  2022

Please apply by uploading your  CV combined with a portfolio of recent professional work and a letter of motivation. All documents must be written in English. The vacancy will be posted at:

https://www.hogeschoolrotterdam.nl/hogeschool/werken-bij-hr/

The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn up followed by interviews  via Zoom.

Conditions

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from Mar 01, 2022 to Feb 31, 2023, with the possibility for extension into a permanent contract. The salary ranges from € 4.445,52 to € 5.717,25 gross per month based on full-time employment,  (salary scale 12 – level of appointment is based on previous experience) exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include an attractive pension scheme.

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km). = maximum of 20 KM one way. Retour = 40 KM maximum

All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences should be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security

Working at WdKA means that you can use time and facilities (via unlimited access to our Stations) for professionalization. You may avail of a Hogeschool Rotterdam discount on your healthcare via Achmea and participate in a solid pension scheme.

Any requests for additional information about the position can be directed to pzwart-info@hr.nl 

Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.

AQUARIUM 2.0

Date 29th Nov — 4th Dec 2021 
Time 15h — 18h 
29th Nov — 4th Dec 2021 (all day)
Location: De Buitenboel, Rosier Faassenstraat 22 3025 GN Rotterdam, NL

AQUARIUM 2.0 

An ongoing window exhibition with Clara Gradel, Floor van Meeuwen, Martin Foucaut, Camilo Garcia, Federico Poni, Nami Kim, Euna Lee, Kendal Beynon, Jacopo Lega and Louisa Teichmann

Tap upon the glass and peer into the research projects we are currently working on.
From Monday 29th of November until Saturday 4th of December we put ourselves on display in the window of De Buitenboel as an entry point into our think tank. Navigating between a range of technologies, such as wireless radio waves, virtual realities, sensors, ecological and diffractive forms of publishing, web design frameworks, language games, and an ultra-territorial residency; we invite you to gaze inside the tank and float with us. Welcome back to the ecosystem of living thoughts.

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Kendal Beynon
Bureau of Forgotten Futures (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

The Bureau of Forgotten Futures sifts through the ruins of the Internet’s past and present. Scan the prints to piece together these digital histories. 

Euna Lee
A confession box (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

A small confession box for your language crime will be left till saturday.

Camilo Garcia
A Brief Glossary of Glossaries (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

It is an ongoing publication that uses as a starting point the results from the workshop ‘Glossaries of Glossaries’ in the last Aquarium. The workshop was a collective and quick reflection about glossaries and their structures. This publication streches the results of the workshop by experimenting with it. It describes words, plays with hierarchies, over explains sources, makes annotations, switches between languages. 

Nami Kim – Online workshop
Fixed structure and Free content (4th Dec, 15:00-16:15)

Let’s have time to express our personal thoughts/regrets/experiences on the web context today! In the workshop, you as a participant will get a few Bootstrap templates of the HTML layouts. What you’ll do is putting your own thoughts/contents in the fixed standardised grids. You may share how you experience in the web context today, no matter it’s something positive, negative or whatever. With the ironic mechanism (Fixed structure vs Free contents), we will have a frank conversation about contemporary digital culture.
To join the workshop, please send an email to namik1m0109@gmail.com

Martin Foucaut
Aquarium LCD Portal (29 Nov – 4th Dec)

This interactive micro-installation composed of a LCD screen and sensor(s) invites users/visitors to change the color of the screen and displayed messages by getting more or less close from the window. 

Floor van Meeuwen
Index of excavations (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

Small man-made objects on display + a free catalogue! 

Jacopo Lega
Small Stones Could Make A Shelter (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

A small corner inside the BuitenBoel will host a small collection of (ongoing) editorial projects related to Habitat, an ultra-local residency and collective workshop running in the Apennines (Italy). The displayed objects start to trace back some of the first edition’s outcomes, realized in August 2021, as part of the archiving and publishing process. Aiming to bridge the local dimension with the outer world, Habitat is repopulating the rural areas thanks to the artists’ presence, contributions and reflections, and likely making them tangible as stones. 

See you there! 

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Aquarium website: https://hub.xpub.nl/sandbot/Aquarium/

Workshop with Natasha Marie Llorens:
Secrets + Site-Writing: Social Spatial Strategies

THURSDAY WORKSHOP
Secrets
Thursday, November 11th

This lecture and text workshop will explore the conjunction of Trevor Paglens series of photographs and Nina Valerie Kolowratnik’s architectural notion system in the context of her book, The Language of Secret Proof.  The workshop will think with Kolowratnik’s proposition for the experimental role architecture can play in decolonizing the discourse of space, as well as to whom the right to secrecy belongs in a self-avowed democratic society.

FRIDAY ALL-DAY WORKSHOP
Site-Writing: Social Spatial Strategies
Friday, November 12th

A two-part workshop to explore Jane Rendell’s notion of site-writing, which begins any analysis of space with observational notions and the experience of the body. The morning seminar will give students a chance to explore a new publication Rendell is involved in, Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of Radical Affection, ed. Carolyn F. Strauss, and consider the application of this technique in students’ own practices. The afternoon session is a walking session through iconic interior/exterior spaces in Rotterdam. Together we will generate notes towards site-writing, discussing them as we move through the city and reflecting on how to generate embodied descriptions of space with the MA thesis project in mind.

Image credit: Interior pages of The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik. Photographs by Trevor Paglen, “Limit Telephotography,” 2006-2012.

Display #2 The Price for Fire Rossella Nisio

DISPLAY #2 THE PRICE FOR FIRE

DISPLAY #2 – 05.11 – 13.11.2021
The Price for Fire
An exhibition by Rossella Nisio
In collaboration with Lorenzo Bassanelli / Organized by Sara Rajaei & Elian Somers

Het Wilde Weten / Robert Fruinstraat 35 / Rotterdam
 
Opening: Friday Nov 5, 18:00h*
Open: Saturday Nov 6, Sunday Nov 7, Friday Nov 12, Saturday Nov 13, 14:00h – 20:00h
Open by appointment: Monday Nov 8 – Thursday Nov 11, 16:00h – 20:00h
Message Rossella Nisio: r.nisio@mail.com
 
*Het Wilde Weten follows the current corona measures. To attend the opening on Friday a valid proof of vaccination or negative test (QR code) is required.

About The Price for Fire
 
In the afternoon of December 21, 1976, an accident shakes the torpid city of R, the artist’s hometown: a young man of 28 is killed when, ignited by faulty electric wiring, a can of paint thinner in his room catches fire. The accident was only succinctly reported in local and left-wing newspapers, but was deeply felt by the politically involved youth of R. The young man, M, was known as an activist and intellectual within a number of far-left groups. A proponent of spontaneous social action, he had been an adherent of the workers’ movements that had emerged in 1968. Born after World War II in a stifling provincial environment where no substantial change seemed possible, M held hopes of social upheaval, but ultimately wouldn’t survive the turn of the historical tide. Behind the engaged public persona however, M had entrusted his inner disillusionment and anguish to an alter-ego, whom he named “drifter,” subject of a number of poems he wrote. The poems, together with elements from the last years of his life, shape the core of The Price for Fire.
 
Through the elusive figure of M and the meandering eye of the camera, The Price for Fire explores narratives of unrest and resistance from an intimate perspective. Bridging collective and individual experiences of what became known as the Sessantotto in Italy, the work considers questions that era left open.

Rossella Nisio is an artist based in Rotterdam whose work has a focus on the relationship of history, memory and imagination. In 2019 she earned an MA in Fine Art and Design in the Lens-Based program at the Piet Zwart Institute. She is a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2021-22.

The Price for Fire was developed in collaboration with Lorenzo Bassanelli, and features the participation of Benjamin Akira Tallamy and Katherine Drake. It was made with the support of the Tijl Fonds and the Mondriaan Fonds.

The event is part of the public program DISPLAY initiated by Het Wilde Weten. The DISPLAY program is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds. With special thanks to Summer Lee for the poster design.

Multiple Media
Lecture Series: DATA

Data can serve to understand our society, it makes the invisible visible and diffuses it.
We can perceive data as a new material, which we can accept, reject or cope with?
Can we imagine life without data?

The Multiple Media lecture series 2021 is led by Daphne Heemkerk and Olivier Otten of studio High-Rise. They invite internationally noted practitioners to present and talk about their work and explore the complexities of Data.

Lectures by:

Jeroen van Loon
https://jeroenvanloon.com
September 27
Location:  PZI, Wijnhaven

Robert Kroos
https://duckfood.nl
October 8
Location:  PZI, Wijnhaven

Rafaël Rozendaal
https://www.newrafael.com
October 29
Location:  MONO Rotterdam

JODI
https://joid.org
November 19
Location:  MONO, Rotterdam

Kevin Bray
https://kevinbray.biz
December 3
Location:  TBA

preparations for being together in an unknown period of time

The class of 2021 of the Master of Education in Arts spent a significant part of their study during the COVID-crisis. This made them increasingly aware of physical presence as a meaningful aspect of education, as well as of an urgency to devote themselves to a collective decision-making process in preparing their research and presentation. In their search to stay connected to each other as a group, they experienced the complexities of participating in a collective practice for an unknown period of time, while at the same time going through their individual research trajectories.

This process influenced their sense of collectivity and spurred them to stay in constant “preparation for being together”. While the radical proposal of a collective graduation project didn’t fall through, alternatively, they started searching and probing to share a digital space and complied a website/publication together entitled: preparations for being together in an unknown period of time. We hope you will enjoy wandering through this binder and time capsule of a specific historical moment.

Class of 2021: Maud Berden; Annemarie van den Berg; Marjolijn Gunst; Anita Hrnić; Lisanne Janssen; Márton Kabai; Gundega Melberga; Diogo Rinaldi (Mark Liberman, Sanne Cobussen: present in their absence)

With special thanks to: Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart institute, WdKA

Susana Pedrosa (course coordinator), Ingrid Commandeur (course director)

The team of graduation supervisors: Ingrid Commandeur, Emiel Copini, Irina Shapiro, Renée Turner, Sjoerd Westbroek and Thijs Witty.

Design website/publication: Kristin Metho
Web development: Rob Peters

SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors

Saturday 9 October 2021
3–6 pm

Join us for a SESSION celebrating the poetics and circular temporality of harvest, on the occasion of Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s solo exhibition Bathed in Sacred Fire, presented in collaboration with Sour Grass and the Piet Zwart Master of Fine Arts.

This special SESSION moves through a cycle of gathering, preparing, sharing, and enjoying the produce of a garden in dialogue with the celebration of an exhibition. Its title ‘Laying a Table for the Ancestors’ is inspired by the grounding from the artistic practice of Trinidad and Tobago artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Europe as part of Kunstinstituut Melly’s SOLO DUETS series. Often embedded in material traces of the Caribbean such as seed and gourds, palm fronds, and feathers, Thomas-Girvan’s sculpture embraces a botanical temporality of place in which ancestry can be embraced as futurity as well as past.

For this program, we will gather at our downstairs bookshop and café MELLY, before taking a short walk to the Piet Zwart Instituut where we will be welcomed by students and staff for an introduction to their collaborative garden. The planting and cultivation of the garden will be introduced, as well as the pedagogic principle of the garden as a place of collective learning among artists.

Following this, we will return to MELLY for a conversation program featuring honored guest, the author, and poet Olive Senior. Connecting virtually, Senior will share insights from her award-winning works such as the Gardening in the Tropics (1994, winner F. J. Bressani Literary Prize) which explores a Jamaican literary consciousness of political, natural, and spiritual worlds. Senior will engage in conversation with Thomas-Girvan, as well as with guest curators Annalle Davis and Holly Bynoe of Sour Grass, a curatorial agency dedicated to cultural practitioners of the Caribbean region.

SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors – Experience – Kunstinstituut Melly

Kris Dittel

Kris Dittel is a Rotterdam-based curator, editor and occasional writer.

Informed by her background in economics and social sciences, her curatorial practice pays attention to the social, political and economic context of her work. Her long-term research projects materialise in a multitude of ways, as exhibitions, performances, publications, talks, public events, and other. Most recent research interests include Kinship & Community (Temporary Gallery, Cologne 2022); The Voice as Material (Post-Opera at TENT, V2_, Operadagen Rotterdam, 2019); and the question of value (The Trouble with Value at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016–19). With Eloise Sweetman Kris co-hosts I Hope This Message Finds You Well, a podcast about curating.

Currently Kris is co-editing two publications, The Material Kinship Reader with Clementine Edwards (2021) and Singing Beyond Human with Jelena Novak (2022). Other edited volumes include The Trouble with Value: Art and Its Modes of Valuation (Onomatopee, 2020), Marjolijn Dijkman: Radiant Matter (Onomatopee, 2018), The Economy is Spinning(Onomatopee, 2017), and Antonis Pittas: Road to Victory (co-edited with Clare Butcher, Mousse Publishing and Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2017).

Between 2013-14 Kris was participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She holds a master’s degree in art theory from Maastricht University (2010) and in economic policy and administration from Masaryk University, Brno (2006). 

Kris is 2021-22 Mediankunst fellow NRW, hosted by Temporary Gallery in Cologne.

krisdittel.com

MIARD Talks 2021-22: Mark Wigley

In a workshop with students of the Master Interior Architecture: Research + Design, Mark Wigley will discuss the contemporary relevance of Constant’s vision of networks – and the long life of the New Babylon project.   

The workshops are part of a larger program organized by Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut.  

Kunstinstituut Melly and Het Nieuwe Instituut are proud to co-present an evening talks program and parkour surrounding the legacy and 101-year anniversary of Constant Nieuwenhuys. The program centers upon Nieuwenhuys’ visionary utopic architectural project New Babylon, as well as the landmark exhibition held in 1998 and curated by architecture historian Mark Wigley. Created in 1956, New Babylon offered a vision of a future built environment spanning the entire surface of the Earth, held aloft on pillars; of a society organized around leisure and play, work only being performed by automated machines. How does this vision look today? How does the proposition of New Babylon change from 1998 to 2021? And what was the impact of this exhibition upon those who saw it?

5 – 6 pm
At Kunstinstituut Melly, conversations and refreshments with special guest Mark Wigley and Rotterdam’s MIARD centering on the vitrine display presenting materials from our exhibition archive of the 1997 exhibition Constant: New Babylon. We will then enjoy a short walk to our neighboring institution, Het Nieuwe Instituut. 

6:30 – 8 pm
At Het Nieuwe Instituut, a lecture by Mark Wigley on the historic exhibition Constant: New Babylon.  

https://www.kunstinstituutmelly.nl/en/engage/441-forum-new-babylon-continuous-now-with-mark-wigley

Badlands Poster

Badlands – Meet the New Generation of Filmmakers

2 — 23 September 2021 at Eye Filmmuseum.

Who will determine the future’s cinematic landscape? Which stories will be told and how?

Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them.

During the Badlands evenings, the filmmakers will illuminate their artistic and societal visions as well as explain their personal drives using their own works and excerpts from makers who inspired them. What do they dream of? Who inspires them and what would they like to see changed? How do these new talents depict the pressing issues in their own lives? Time to share personal experiences.

In September, Eye will celebrate Dutch cinema’s future with a selection of eleven talented up-and-coming filmmakers who work in various disciplines and have diverse backgrounds. What unites them is their individuality and unique artistic ideas on cinema as an artform, in short: as yet untold stories.

The talents of September: Lenina Ungari, Daniël Ernst, Rossella Nisio, Jemima de Jonge, Festus Toll, C.T.H. Fransen, Kevin Osepa, Aisha Madu, Emma Branderhorst, Vincent Tilanus and Daniël Kolf.

Badlands in an ongoing programme compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons and moderated by Noa Johannes (NTR/NPO3) and Marian Cousijn (art historian, curator).

Check here the full programme