The Master of Arts in Fine Art & Design: Lens-Based Media program focuses primarily on artistic and experimental lens-based practices (both still and moving image/animation) that embrace the use of artifice, formal and technical innovation, fictional strategies and other unconventional visual approaches to create new and meaningful visions of the world.
We support visions that seek to move beyond the conventional narratives of our society and create new impetus in the viewer towards an open-eyed engagement with myriad challenges humans (and non-humans) collectively face in a world saturated with disinformation, increasing polarisation and fragmentations of communities, centuries-old political and social injustices, marginalisation of the most vulnerable, and a rapidly degrading global environment.
Such work is necessarily based on a solid artistic research practice: allowing makers to take responsibility for the specificities and narratives of the images they create in such work, and the complexities and histories of both the forms they employ and the topics they explore. However fictional the worlds we create, we must take responsibility for their claims to truth.
SHOWREELS LENS-BASED MEDIA
Above:Performing the Lens 2020 Graduation Exhibition virtual walk-through
The course is taught by core tutors with international reputations in their respective fields: course Leader Simon Pummell is a BAFTA and BIFA winning filmmaker and animator and 2009 Harvard Film Study Center Fellow currently completing his fourth feature film; Barend Onneweer is the owner and director of the established NL film VFX company R3MWERK; Ine Lamers is a visual artist with a practice based in photography that has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally; David Haines is a visual artist working with a range of media, predominantly drawing and video exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum, The Turner Contemporary, the Drawing Room London among many other museum shows.
In addition to the core tutors, we regularly bring key professionals within the field into the program both as advisors and as tutors (see curriculum). The development of the curriculum is in continual discussion with this rotating team of professionals in the field.
Please see Staff and Tutors for a listing and full profile of all our tutors.
Core to the approach of the program is maintaining an active set of institutional relationships with key institutions in the Netherlands relevant to our professional field. We have recently co-organised exhibitions, seminars and symposiums with EYE Filmmuseum, IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave science museum, KINO cinema and arts centre, WORM and V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.
For an overview of current courses and the work that’s being developed within the department, please refer to our wiki. Functioning as an ever-changing and growing archive, we use it as a teaching tool where course descriptions are posted and students can sign up for tutorials, but also as an online workspace where students keep an active log of their research, projects and thesis progress.
We seek students who recognise that the future of lens-based images lies in the proliferation of new forms, working methods and delivery platforms: new forms of cinematic narrative, inter-active visual media, photographic and cinematic gallery installation, cross-media narrative, database film technologies, site-specific projection projects, and many more hybrid forms that loop together both digital and analogue techniques.
If you wish to develop a critical and creative practice within the expanding field of lens-based media, this Masters program will be a stimulating environment for your research and studio practice.
Open Day – February 11, 2023
Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) online open day which will take place on Saturday February 11, from 10am–3pm. Throughout the day, both the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) and the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI) master studio spaces will be open to the public. It is a day when many PZI staff and students are […]
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 […]
DISPLAY #2 THE PRICE FOR FIRE
DISPLAY #2 – 05.11 – 13.11.2021The Price for FireAn exhibition by Rossella NisioIn 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 – 20:00hOpen by appointment: […]
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 […]
PERFORMING THE LENS: THE CHOREOGRAPHY, ALGORITHMS AND MATERIALITY OF IMAGEMAKING
In recent decades, our engagement with the world has become increasingly virtual. This shift has profoundly affected our relationship with and understanding of images. The global pandemic has exacerbated the situation: we now interact with the world almost exclusively through images on screens. In discussions of how the new reality is affecting people’s everyday lives, […]