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Events Series Learning With Others
Book Talk # 4: Thurs Nov 28, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Field Essays: Éloj Kréyol

Image: Field Essays 55.3_Couverture_©dach&zephir_2019

With: design-duo dach&zephir (Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach), Rolando Vásquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht/University College Roosevelt.

Moderator: artist/researcher Sophie Krier.

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61

Admission: free, the presentation is open to the public

How can we decolonize design, and its curriculum? The fourth issue of the experimental editorial series Field Essays brings to the fore the research Éloj Kréyol by design-duo dach&zephir (Florian Dach and Dimitri Zephir). Initiated in 2015, Éloj Kréyol is an attempt to reconcile, reactivate, and transmit neglected artisanal and cultural lifelines in the genealogy of the French Caribbean archipelago. Field Essays is a research platform that explores peripheral practices probing unknown territories, methods and works. It is initiated and led by artist / researcher Sophie Krier and released through Onomatopee.

After a short introduction by Sophie Krier on the process of making the book, designers Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach will share the cultural, ecological and economical stakes of their field research in Martinique. In a short statement, respondent Rolando Vázquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht / University College Roosevelt, will be asked to share the questions, which the book raises, from the position of his field of work, decolonial aesthesis. A concluding round table will open up questions regarding the book’s content, form, and motives to the audience.

dach&zephir is a design studio based in between Paris and Guadeloupe, transforming History, habits, and cultural contrasts into objects/things. They define themselves in between the industrial world and the research part in design. They aim to create a space where spreading is in fact reassembling, where cultures, stories, habits and technics become a way of creating. Stories and History are their entry point in design, from domestic behaviors, memories or cultural heritage there is always more than a “pretty shape” in their projects. For them objects are “a medium of the mind”, if we pay enough attention to it, it can tell you something, ask you something or make you realize something.

Sophie Krier is a relational artist, researcher, educator and editor. Through her work she interweaves biographies of beings and places, and conceives tools and situations for collective narration and reflection. Her practice moves between intense periods of fieldwork and editorial/publishing activities (book- and filmmaking, exhibition design and moderation). Between 2004 and 2009 Krier led the undergraduate programme designLAB (Rietveld Academie, NL). On invitation of University College Roosevelt (NL), Krier developed Art & Design Practice, an undergraduate programme on visualising ideas in the spirit of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Since 2008, Krier leads Field Essays, a series of hybrid publications, which enables listening pauses between practitioners and thinkers across disciplines.

Rolando Vásquez contributes to the movement of decolonial aesthesis and thought. He is associate professor of sociology at University College Roosevelt, affiliated to the research institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Gender Studies Department of the University of Utrecht. With Walter Mignolo he has coordinated for ten Years the Middelburg Decolonial Summer School. In 2016 with Gloria Wekker et. al. he wrote the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. His work seeks to transgress the dominion of contemporaneity, heteronormativity and modernity/coloniality. Developing the questions of ‘precedence’ and ‘the end of contemporaneity’ he seeks to contribute to decolonize institutions and subjectivities, epistemologies and aesthetics.


Events Series Learning With Others
Film Screening # 3: Fri Nov 22, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Film screening Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova, 2016)
With: Irene van Oorschot and Shailoh Phillips. In collaboration with Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam.

Location: V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
Admission: For this screening a reservation is necessary. Please reserve at: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-film-screening-donna-haraway-story-telling-for-earthly-survival-76427989173

In Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016), Fabrizio Terranova presents a playful, intellectual and intimate portrait of one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time. Haraway, a multispecies feminist theorist and leading scholar in science and technology studies, draws on the figure of SF (science fiction, speculative fabulation, string figures, so far…) to ask how we can think-with, live-with, and be-with other humans and non-humans on a damaged earth. The urgency in her writings and ability to create new and generative narratives on how to “stay with the trouble”, has seen her theories embraced by designers / artists / academics / feminists / environmental activists and many others. Terranova’s documentary is both an accessible introduction to Haraway’s works, and a visual statement in itself: making the materiality and visuality of her thinking come alive on the screen. For this screening, the MA Education in Art and Design of the Piet Zwart Institute/Willem de Kooning Academy, Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for the Unstable Media collaborate to bring together difference audiences and knowledges, woven together by an introductory talk by Dr. Irene van Oorschot and afterword by Shailoh Phillips.

Dr. Irene van Oorschot is senior lecturer in the humanities at Erasmus University College. With her background in feminist and postcolonial science studies and pragmatist philosophy, Irene approaches the humanities as an important resource in thinking with and through human and non- and post-human realities. Teaching and researching, to her, are first and foremost practices of building collectives and archives – important tasks in individualized and forgetful times. Irene is especially interested in the relationship between knowledges and ecologies; or, in the way various ways of seeing and accounting for the world are situated within specific spaces and problematics. Her current focus extends her engagement with knowledge practices to include a concern with the materialities and temporalities of cognitive labor, the affective texture of knowledge practices and sites/spaces of intellectual escape.

Shailoh Phillips is a polymash media artist / researcher / educator. Originally trained in Anthropology, Philosophy and Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam, Humboldt University), she has spent the past decade working in the field of digital media and design education, as well as cultivating a collaborative studio practice of cross-media projects and tinkering with electronics. She works along the interstices between digital/analogue, making/thinking, art/engineering, theory/practice, building interdisciplinary bridges. Her practice revolves around fostering playful forms of resistance and seeking out pressure points to act in the face of social inequalities and unfolding ecological disasters. In 2017, she graduated from the MA Education in Arts and Design (Piet Zwart Institute). She is a researcher in the Critical Making Consortium, teaches Hacking and Digital Crafts at Willem de Kooning Academy, and in the Design, Curating and Writing Master at the Design Academy Eindhoven.



Events Series Learning With Others
Master class # 2: Thurs Nov 7, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

BioTRANSlab: Hacking Science for a Transfeminism Narrative
Paula Pin, artist, trans-feminist performer, bio-hacker and initiator of BioTransLab
Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy
Admission: Free: the presentations are open to the public

BioTRANSlab is a nomadic laboratory open to experimentation with the body and
technology, based on the proposal to learn by doing. As a queer trans-hack-feminist
science laboratory (s), this lab seeks the opening of a particular space-time, a
place for the confluence of cyber-witches and alchemists. One of the BioTRANSab
proposals is to think of us as a constantly changing subject, multiple existences
that are no longer defined and do not focus on the division between object and
subject, but can be seen as a configuration of other possible narratives that no longer conform to the binarism inherited from modern Western culture. We flow and become, change and tans-form(C)tion, we are the constant re-articulation of complex entities, of
uncertain transits and bio-processes, we are meta-organic entities, degenerate
post.formations, we are the negation of the pre-existence through the traces that
leave the desire and the affections.

Paula Pin is a researcher and artist activist with a strong inclination towards research and experimentation processes with collective and free technologies. She has undertaken residencies at institutions such as CERN, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), KASK School of Arts (Gent), Prototyp_ome at Hangar (Barcelona), Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) and Quirky Ecologies at Click Festival (Helsingor). Although her work emerges from a scientific tradition of research and experimentation, it relates to drawing, abstract video, circuit bending and lab experiments, and is always located in the intersection where biology, science and queer art collide. Paula Pin has an interest in DIY-DIWO technologies, hacking and hardware electronics in a context of learning by doing. She co-founded a trans-hack-feminist electronics open laboratory (Pechblenda) in Calafou. Most recently she has been designing and fabricating the devices for the BioTRANSlab, developing a line of hardware (HardGlam) for a Gynepunk project that is used for autonomous gynecology practices and health ecological investigation.


Event Series Learning With Others

Dates: Oct 17 / Nov 7 / Nov 22 / Nov 28

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61, Ground floor and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (film screening), Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Admission: Free; the presentations are open to the public


Lecture # 1: Thurs Oct 17, 19.30 – 21.30 hrs

Surfing the Semiosphere: Exploring New Ways to Navigate our Worlds

Judith van der Elst, anthropologist/archeologist

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy


Master class # 2: Thurs Nov 7, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

BioTRANSlab: Hacking Science for a Transfeminism Narrative

Paula Pin, artist, trans-feminist performer, bio-hacker and initiator of BioTransLab

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy


Film Screening # 3: Fri Nov 22, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Film screening Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (Fabrizio Terranova, 2016)

Guests tbc. In collaboration with Erasmus University College and V2_Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam.

Location: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media


Book Talk # 4: Thurs Nov 28, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs

Field Essays: Éloj Kréyol

With: artist/researcher Sophie Krier, designers Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach and Rolando Vázquez, associate professor in sociology at University Utrecht/University College Roosevelt.

Location: Research Station, Willem de Kooning Academy

Hereby we cordially invite you for the event series Learning With Others. As part of the seminar ‘Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education’ we present a series of public events related to examining the role of experimental artistic and multidisciplinary learning practices. Hereby we aim to introduce students into diverse conversations on problematizing the structures and ecologies of knowledge production based on the human-centric Enlightenment paradigm. Today’s struggle to comprehend the increasing social complexities and ecological uncertainties, as well as the long-term implications of technology on the lives of humans and multiple species, calls for re-evaluating current habits of sense making about what we see, feel and know. Post-humanist discourse in affiliation with colonial studies, assemblage, multispecies and feminist paradigms, have a potential to see a greater image of today’s complexities, and call for new paradigms of interpreting, complicating and disturbing the very foundations of knowledge production constructed by Western scientific and philosophical thought.

The first lecture Surfing the Semiosphere by Judith van der Elst, explores new ways to navigate our worlds. Birds, not only do they communicate vocally, they can use their feathers to send messages, as gesture but also as sound during flight. Humans talk; we speak different languages, and yet we employ many other ways, such as gestures, to get messages across. This is an enriched sensory and multimodal repertoire that reaches beyond the dominant western knowledge system. Rooted in the fields of social- and bio-semiotics as well as in experiences in the outdoors, Judith van der Elst explores different ways to categorize our worlds and will argue that in order to move beyond our current institutional boundaries, we need a different framework in which these perceptions and categories can be grounded and understood. Getting (back) in touch with our sensory selves can help us navigate our current predicament of changing weathers. During her talk she will guide us into shifting scales and perspectives, serving as a springboard for designing new – embodied  – learning environments from which different knowledge can be created and emerge.

Judith van der Elst is an archaeologist and creative entrepreneur currently residing on the EU continent. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico (USA). With a passion for teaching and learning in the land, she currently leads a semi-nomadic lifestyle to explore the possibility of new rural-based ‘laboratories.’ As a creative practitioner she has long been interested and has used emerging, spatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing. Increasingly she focuses on near-surface/ambient sensing /biosensors- to expand our experiential and embodied learning and comprehension toolkit in order to access different worlds in our sphere. No longer just a personal desire, she believes a new way of doing research and practice focused on embodied knowledge is necessary to face our future challenges toward a just and healthy world. She has explored this approach through prior transdisciplinary collaborations, among others with Urbino University, Aalto University Media Lab: Systems of Representation, and BIoArt society Finland.



Master Of Education In Arts Graduation Presentation 2019: Pedagogy Of Insist_Ence Symposium

Welcome. Feel free to engage or just observe.
Take a seat, walk around, talk to us.
Listen to our presentations, join our discussions.
Have something to eat.

We are the class of 2019 and this is Pedagogy of Insist_ence.
A safe space, a learning space, an ‘other’ space.
Where going against the grain is something we believe in, even though it leaves its marks.
Where we push through our own discomfort and where we invite you to be uncomfortable with us.
So we can learn from it and create something new.
To see the quality of something that is different or unusual.

Pedagogy of Insist_ence is a symposium organized by the students of the Master Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute, and part of the WDKA Graduation Show 2019. During this symposium, the students will share stories about their graduation projects: their insights, their struggles, the beauty that came out of their discomfort (or the ugliness that came with it). From primary/secondary and higher education to museum education and participatory practices, they seek to inspire you – fellow educator / colleague / passing stranger – with performances, presentations, discussions, and interviews. They aspire to bring insist_ence to education.

Participating students: Darly Benneker, Marjolijn van den Berg, Mona Dekker, Andre Hasan, Mark Shillitoe, Jan Siebers and Ariadne Urlus

TENT, Auditorium
Witte de Withstraat 50
July 13, 11.00 – 17.00 (including collective lunch)

For additional information please visit: http://meia.pzwart.nl

Full Programme

With special thanks to the Willem de Kooning Academy and TENT for their kind support and hospitality.


Master Education In Art Publication: Class Running In Circles

The reader Class Running in Circles was produced in the context of the thematic seminar Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education, which took place from September until December 2018. Each chapter of this reader is a response of the Master of Education in Arts students to the problematics put in the center during the seminar’s kick-off: a three-day visit to the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. We don’t need another hero.

An important point of focus in this were the potentials of and possibilities towards alternative modes of knowledge production. As the curatorial team of the Berlin Biennale states, it is important to refuse seduction “by unyielding knowledge systems and historical narratives that contribute to the creation of toxic subjectivities. We are interested in different configurations of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.”

Starting from their unique contexts and positions as educators, artists or designers, thinkers and citizens, the students addressed the question: What are the mechanisms and languages of different or ‘other’ configurations of knowledge? And how can we practice them? The biennale inspired us to search answers to this question by disturbing our own habit of producing the meaning. Through insecurity in and disturbance of the conventional know-how, this publication is a students’ query for possible ways of teaching and for learning conditions that allow validation of multiple ‘others’ to be part of creating knowledge narratives. They made a conscious choice to publish it in a digital format so that it could be easily shared with others.

We would like to express our gratitude to the people who shared with us their thoughts, practices and struggles and without whom this reader would not be possible: the director and curator of the Mediation of the 10th Berlin Biennale Mona Jas, a member of the Biennale’s curatorial team Thiago de Paula Souza, and artist Khadidiatou Bangoura.

You can find the publication online below:



Un/Chronological Timelines Lecture/Workshop By Lineo Segoete / Another Roadmap To Arts Education

Time: Thursday November 8, 19.00 – 21.30 hrs Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Piet Zwart Institute, entrance Wijnhaven 61, 4th floor, large project space (W.4.320). Admission: Free, but because of a maximum number of participants (25), please register via demsm@hr.nl

Hereby the Master Education in Arts cordially invites you to participate in the lecture/workshop Un/Chronological Timelines by Lineo Segoete from Another Roadmap to Arts Education. Another Roadmap for Arts Education is an international network of practitioners and researchers working towards art education as an engaged practice in museums, cultural institutions, educational centres and grass-roots organisations in twenty-two cities on four continents. They view arts education as deeply embedded in social and political contexts – but also as a possibility to question and transform the social. Within the lecture/workshop, working in groups, participants engage with histories of arts education from different locations and their relations.

Lineo Segoete is co-founder and co-director of Ba re e ne re Literary Arts, an NGO in Lesotho, which promotes critical literacy creative writing and storytelling. She is also co-convener of the Another Roadmap to Arts Education / Africa Cluster, freelance writer, knowledge-management consultant and a 2016/2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow from Vanderbilt University in the USA. Lineo Segoete is a woman-child who engages in various forms of storytelling including writing, research and photography. Her restlessness drives her to wander in places and the head spaces of other Homo sapiens, in search of knowledge and understanding. Her curiosity and inquisitivity make her a lifelong scholar who likes love and beautiful things but also a sceptic and questioner of things.

The idea of making the Un/Chronological Timelines workshop into a card game evolved from an exercise introduced at a workshop within the Vienna Arts Education Festival in October 2017. During the game a temporary interactive timeline is constructed by the participants, including information from their own contexts. Such timeline has an un/chrono/logical character, because the elements of it are not fixed. New connections between cards are established every time they are played with. The way history is represented keeps changing and evolving and is open to be questioned, de- and re-constructed and represented in new ways.

The workshop is presented by the Master Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy in collaboration with Annette Krauss and Casco Art Institute’s First Annual Assembly for commoning art institutions.

See: http://casco.art/en/program/more


Master Education In Arts – Graduation Presentation 2018: Pedagogy In Context

Master Education in Arts – Graduation Presentation 2018 Pedagogy in Context Symposium Reading Room

Friday & Saturday July 6 – 7: Symposium Pedagogy in Context, TENT. (live screened in the Reading Room). TENT., Auditorium, Witte de With straat 50. July 6: 11.00 – 20.00 hrs (drinks afterwards) July 7: 11.00 – 17.00 hrs

July 4 – 8: Reading Room, WdKA, Piet Zwart Institute, 4th floor, Wijnhaven 61. Opening 4 July: 17.00 – 23.00 hrs July 5 – 6: 11.00 – 23.00 hrs July 7 – 8: 11.00 – 18.00 hrs

The Master Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute cordially invites you to her Graduation Presentation 2018 taking place at two locations this year: the Willem de Kooning Academy and TENT. Rotterdam. The graduation projects of the students are presented adopting two different formats: the symposium Pedagogy in Context, hosted by TENT., and a Reading Room at the Willem de Kooning Academy, both being part of the WdKA Graduation Show 2018.

The symposium Pedagogy in Context at TENT. consists of workshops, presentations, performances and discussions. It introduces the diverse experimental contexts and research methodologies of the students’ graduation projects as well as the diversity of their educational practices. Visitors are invited to participate in an open discussion on the urgencies of contemporary art/design education. The Reading Room at the WdKA offers a space where visitors can access the students’ research projects, as well as the ‘living archives’ of their theoretical and practice-based research. There is also a live screening of the symposium.

Participating students: Susana Carvalho, Fieke Dieleman, Felix Dorer, Marianne van Horssen, Emily Huurdeman, Amy Pickles, Desiree Kerklaan, Marian Ouwerkerk, Marine Poyard, Benjamin van der Spek, Maarten de Vugt and Viki Zioga.

Detailed information about the symposium program will be released soon on this website and our graduation website: http://meia.pzwart.nl

Full programme Symposium


Mascha Van Zijverden, Alumni (GRADUATE In 2016) Is Nominated For The Max Van Der Kamp Scriptieprijs 2017

The Nominees for the Max van der Kamp Scriptieprijs 2017 are announced.

Mascha van Zijverden, alumni from the Master Education in Arts (graduate in 2016) is one of the recipients of the Award, with her thesis: “Recrafting Craft”

Process making in biographical theater, artistic PhD research and crafts in fashion education. Three theses with these subjects have been nominated for the Max van der Kamp Scriptieprijs 2017. Onderzoeksconferentie Cultuureducatie en Cultuurparticipatie on the 5th of February, the LKCA will award this prize for the 5th time. The winner will receive 1,000 euros and may publish in the magazine Cultuur+Educatie.

Read full article here


You Are Already In It 


Time: Thursday November 9, 19.30 – 21.30 hrs
 Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam. Large project space, 4th floor.
Admission: Free

The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you for a lecture by Elizabeth Graham and Amal Khalaf.

You are already in it

Through a series of collective exercises and readings, we will discuss listening as a pedagogical space for collectivity, reciprocity and care. Sharing research developed from The Centre for Possible Studies and our current Serpentine Projects we will reflect on practices of listening, mapping, archiving and collective action. How do we move beyond the subject/object dynamic of social practice? Fred Moten says that ‘you are already in it’, you are already in the thing that you call for and that calls for you. What does it mean to work in socio-political context and how can community practice within arts institutions be a practice of solidarity?

* For the participants: Please bring a sound to share that responds to the question: what is the sound of solidarity? Recordings should last between 1 – 2 minutes.

Elizabeth Graham

Elizabeth Graham studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009. She is a curator and educator based between London and Amsterdam. She is currently Assistant Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, connecting artists, communities, self-organised groups and campaigns through long term residency programmes in the city. Alongside her role at Serpentine, Elizabeth also curates a range of public art commissions for UP Projects, including Constellations a working group at Flat Time House that supports artists to develop their practice by exploring socio-political contexts as the site for artistic practice. Prior to this, Elizabeth has worked at a variety of arts organisations including; Arnolfini (Exhibitions; John Akomfrah, Moving Targets), Tate Britain and Modern (Learning/ Artist-in-Residence Programme) and as an education researcher for the South London Gallery (ongoing). Since 2014, Elizabeth has been a tutor of Self-Directed Research on the Master Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and co-organises How To Show Up? an ongoing writing and performance series at Sans Serrife, Amsterdam.

Amal Khalaf

Amal Khalaf is an artist, researcher and currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. In addition she is the Commissioning Editor of Projects for Ibraaz, and a founding member of artist collective GCC.  Previously she has worked at Gasworks, London and the Townhouse gallery, Cairo as well as co-directing the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai in 2016.  Amal’s work has been presented at the University of Pennsylvania; Goldsmiths College, London; MoMA PS1, NY; New Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musee D’Art Moderne, Paris; The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Serralves, Porto;  amongst others in educational and cultural contexts.

Image caption: Sketch by artist Nicolas Vass as part of ‘Language, Resistance, Theatre’ project.


Making Things Public With Anna Santomouro

Time: Thursday October 12, 19.30 – 21.30 hrs Location: Willem de Kooning Academy, Wijnhaven 61 Rotterdam. Large project space, 4th floor. Admission: Free

The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you for a lecture by Anna Santamouro, course tutor of the seminar Making Things Public.

The field of socially and politically engaged art practices and their implications outside the artistic and institutional realm have been widely researched and discussed in the last decade. This lecture seeks to redefine such collective processes through the lens of the theories of micropolitics associated primarily with Félix Guattari and the cultural theorist Suely Rolnik. By drawing a genealogy of micropolitics and of the political and philosophical debates that have been accompanying this concept since the 1960s in Europe in the lecture I look at micropolitics through the lens of post-Operatist Italian theorists, in particular Antonio Negri, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Maurizio Lazzarato, who have incorporated this notion as a conceptual and operative tool in their work. Micropolitics here provides a productive framework to conceptualize the proliferation of artistic and curatorial collective forms of intervention in the social and political field as well as their organisational dimension and possibility to function as constituent practices, considering in particular the Southern European and Mediterranean context and the austerity climate in which they emerge.

Anna Santomauro is Programme Curator at Arts Catalyst, an arts organisation based in London. She is also the Co-founder and Chief Curator of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organisation that develops public programmes and alternative education projects to address contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Based in Birmingham for the last few years, Anna recently worked for Eastside Projects and is curator-in-residence at Grand Union. She is a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton.


Master Education In Arts Graduation Presentation 2017 – Act Otherwise 

Location: Presentation: TENT., Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam Event program: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Opening hours:

Presentation Opening Night at TENT.: Thursday July 6, 18.00 – 21.00

Friday July 7, 11.00 – 23.00

Saturday July 8 – 9: 11.00 – 18.00

Saturday July 8: 13.00 – 17.00

Graduates: Janneke Baken, Ilse Leenders, Marina Martinez Garcia, Shailoh Phillips, Annemarie Piscaer, Sebastian Schneiders and Robin Vermeulen.

The research and graduation projects of seven students will be presented to the public, taking shape as seven different attitudes towards contemporary issues at stake in education. Together they address the question: How to Act Otherwise? The graduation projects are interconnected with and referencing each other, reflecting the research of a learning community exploring the possibilities of alternative pedagogical views and approaches. Herewith the presentation discloses different contexts, social, pedagogical aspects and present-day challenges in art and design education, in which the students are embedded.

Apart from the presentation in TENT. an extra programme of workshops and events will be presented at V2 on Saturday afternoon 8 July.

Act Otherwise is generously hosted by TENT Welcomes. For more information please consult our graduation website or TENT.

Presentation team Curator: Irina Shapiro, course tutor MEiA Spatial design: Gulia Consenza and Albert Takashi Richters Graphic design: Studio Inherent (Dennis van Gaalen and Eline Wieriks)

With special thanks to TENT and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media for their kind support and hospitality.


Critically Committed Pedagogies: A Semi-Public Seminar

Time/Date: March 10, 10:00-17:00 Organized by: Master Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute in collaboration with Castrum Peregrini Moderated by: Renee Turner and Frans-Willem Korsten, course tutors Master Education in Arts Location: Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401, Amsterdam (The public entrance is at the back of the building in the Beulingstraat.)

As this is a working seminar with limited space to facilitate discussion, reservation is required. Send your request to: Susana Pedrosa: s.m.de.melo.pato.pedrosa.de.jesus@hr.nl

This event begins with a site, an apartment at Herengracht 401 in Amsterdam. Although small, the walls are lined with books and framed portraits. It is the former house of Gisele van Waterschoot van der Gracht, a Dutch artist who hid a group of young Jewish men and Dutch intellectuals during WWII. The place was known amongst them as Castrum Peregrini, or ‘the fortress of the pilgrim’. During their time of hiding, Gisele and her friend, the poet Wolfgang Frommel, taught them literature, poetry and art. Drawings were made in close proximity – a view of a rooftop out a window or a face within an arm’s reach away. Poems were read aloud or in silence, and meticulously indexed word for word. Once liberated, each, those who sought refuge and those who gave sanctuary, would recount how this intimate education conceived against all odds, nourished their souls in a time of political darkness.

Working from this unique place and its history, the seminar entitled, Critically Committed Pedagogies, examines unexpected sites and paradigms of learning, with the aim to plot spaces for maneuverability, if not resistance or possibilities for imagining and acting otherwise.

Guest Speakers

# 1 “Critical Pedagogy in Time-Space: Chronotopes of Learning” By Peter Kraftl This talk explores the interdependency between critical pedagogy, space and time. It argues that the spaces and times in which we seek to teach and learn do not merely constitute a passive background but actively shape the pedagogical situation and its outcomes. Taking as a departure point Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope – defined as a specific constellation of time and space that accommodates particular subjectivities and events – I reflect on how different types of space and the temporalities with which they are bound up facilitate or hamper critical pedagogies as fostering active, dialogic understanding. Specifically, I focus on the chronotopes of the parlor or salon (as discussed by Bakhtin), the classroom (in its different incarnations at the University of Amsterdam, from the see-through “fishbowls” of the PC Hoofthuis to the austere former board room of the East India Company), the hiding space (Castrum Peregrini during the Second World War) and the prison (as portrayed in the American television series Orange Is the New Black). While the physical openness of the learning space might seem to be a prerequisite for the emergence of a critical pedagogy, I will argue that confined spaces can also foster critical and creative understanding through the inherent dialogicity of language, which makes even the most isolated person a social node, and through the materialized traces all spaces bear of their histories, which manifest as hauntings demanding an active learning from both acknowledged and forgotten pasts. In the end, by paying greater attention to the time-spaces in and through which learning takes place, we may be able to apprehend and validate different ways of learning and new forms of knowledge and understanding.

Professor Peter Kraftl is Chair in Human Geography College Director of Internationalisation at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He is best known for his research on pedagogical geographies, and especially for research into the emotions, affects, materialities and practices that make up the everyday lives of children in education. He also publishes on geographies of education and architecture. His books include: Space, Place and Environment (2016); Emotions in Policy and Practice: Mapping and Making Spaces of Childhood and Youth (2015); Informal Education, Childhood and Youth: Geographies, Histories, Practices. Basingstoke (2014); Geographies of alternative education: Diverse learning spaces for children and young people (2013); and Cultural Geographies: An Introduction (2013). He is currently an Editor of the journals “Area and Children’s Geographies” and was a founding member of the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He is also an Honorary Professor at the School of Education, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

# 2 “Utopia, Alternative Education and Alter-Childhoods” By Esther Peeren This talk will reflect on a particular trajectory in my work on architecture, childhood and education. It will be split into three linked sections. In the first, it will critically explore how unsettling and uncanny forms of hoping might prompt a reconsideration of what counts as ‘utopia’. The second section examines how alternative education practices constitute material, embodied and affective spaces of autonomy. Finally, I ask, by extension, whether alternative education spaces constitute what I term ‘alter-childhoods’ – collaborations between adults and children, humans and nonhumans, which seek to imagine, practice and materialise ways of ‘doing childhood’ other than (neoliberal) mainstreams. In doing so, I will seek to raise critical discussions about the usefulness of frames of hope, utopia, autonomy and more-than-human (especially new materialist) thinking in terms of our commitment to critical pedagogies.

Dr. Esther Peeren is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Vice-Director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and Vice-Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS). With Jeroen de Kloet, she is also series editor of Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society.  She is the author of The Spectral Metaphor: Living Ghosts and the Agency of Invisibility (2014) and Intersubjectivities and Popular Culture: Bakhtin and Beyond (Stanford UP, 2008). She is co-editor of The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities (2007), Representation Matters: (Re)Articulating Collective Identities in a Postcolonial World (2010), Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (2010) and The Spectralities Reader (2013). Her research on globalisation focuses on how processes of globalisation influence the formation and representation (in literature, film, and television) of marginal subjectivities, on the underilluminated impact of globalisation on rural areas, and on the changing relationship between centres and peripheries.

# 3 “A Frightful Leap into Darkness: Auto-Destructive Art and Extinction” By Jack Halbersma This talk explores variations on Auto-Destructive art from the 1960’s to the present. Recent exhibitions, like Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. in 2013, and art events like The Serpentine’s “Extinction Marathon” of 2014, have returned to ADA from the 1960’s and have emphasized the links that were made then and continue to linger today between ADA and the ongoing environmental, health and military crises that define our own historical moment. This recent interest in ADA, however, attempts to draw out its productive and even positive function. And so curators like Kerry Brougher of the Hirshhorn have built shows around the idea of ADA but have emphasized the possibility that spectacles of mass destruction can morph into “something positive.” However, the spirit of the practice of ADA, which was born around the time of Adorno’s pronouncements about the impossibility of poetry after Auschwitz, invites us to inhabit corrosion, to sit with the deeply destructive tendency of the human and to see how the market exploits the contradictions between violence and art. I explore ADA against the backdrop of contemporary trans humanist thought and in relation to queer art projects that grow out of the earlier movement.

Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), Female Masculinity (1998), In A Queer Time and Place (2005), The Queer Art of Failure (2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

Photograph of Gisele’s apartment by Simon Bosch, courtesy of Castrum Peregrini


Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today

Dates: January 27-28, 2017
Location: Piet Zwart Institute / Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Admission is free, but due to the limited number of available seats (80), registration is necessary. Registration is possible for either one of the two symposium days (limited), or the complete symposium. We encourage full participation and early registration (because of a large interest). You can register here and for detailed information about the programme, please consult the symposium website: www.anthropoceneagents.nl.

The Master of Education in Arts warmly welcomes you to the symposium Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, which takes place at January 27–28, 2017. With this symposium we intend to explore the role of the art and design fields as active agents within the discourse about the so-called ‘Anthropocene’. Special focus will be given to the notion of trans-disciplinary research —with its cross-pollination of art, science, design, media, ecology and different cultural disciplines—arising as part of the (critical) discussion about the Anthropocene.

Confirmed speakers include: T.J. Demos (Professor History of Art and Visual Culture, UCLA, Santa Cruz; founding Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies); Alistair Fuad-Luke (educator, writer, activist, and Professor of Design Research at the Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) Frauke Huber & Uwe H. Martin (artists, part of the collaborative art and research project World of Matter); the artists Joshua Portway & Lise Autogena, and many others. In addition to keynote presentations and brainstorm sessions, the symposium includes a selection of eleven international Open Call Presentations of exemplary practices and research from students, tutors, artists, researchers, designers, scientists and collectives.

The Anthropocene is both a widely acknowledged and fiercely debated term for a new geological era caused by humankind’s destructive influence on the planet. A growing number of exhibitions and publications are studying the intersection of the so-called Anthropocene with artistic and cultural practices. Often they advocate for modes of trans-disciplinary research that incorporate visual, cultural, artistic, technological, architectural, ecological and political categories. There seems to be an urge for a new kind of aesthetics for narrating the contemporary global reality—whether measured by a scientist or framed by an artist, or collaboratively developed by both of them. This collaborative narration transforms separate creative disciplines into a new multi-disciplinary field, whose future appearance remains speculative. Is there an urge for ‘new mental equipment’ that will allow us to imagine the Human-Nature partnership differently? There is certainly growing engagement and activism among artists and designers—a motivation to work together as collectives within cooperative projects, laboratory research settings and the like. What can we learn from these new modes of operation and trans-disciplinary research? How are artists and designers able to act? How do we educate them in the face of the ‘Anthropocene’? What repercussions might these kinds of discussions even have for secondary art education? Or, how do we imagine the future of the environmental humanities?


Making Things Public Talk #3 With Marijke Steedman

Time: Friday November 4, 19.30 – 21.00 hrs Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: Free

The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you to the final lecture of the series: “Making Things Public”.

As our third speaker we welcome Marijke Steedman, who is a curator working in the field of art in the public sphere with an interest in the political and social conditions for producing and receiving art. She worked at Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery in the frame of gallery education where she developed projects such as The Street, Reclaim the Mural and edited the book Gallery as Community: Art, Education and Politics (2012). In recent years she has worked with the organisation Create where she commissioned projects outside of art institutions such as The Idol by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and The White House and sought to establish new infrastructure for making and receiving art in the public sphere.

Marijke Steedman will present a survey of about 3/4 projects she has worked on within the frame of gallery education, expanding to her work beyond the white cube, intersecting with public services and the public sphere. She will draw out the motivation for these projects, the challenges of working across art and political infrastructure,s and particularly what the effect on art and artists can be when we lose the art historical anchor of the white cube – and the potential frictions that may arise out of this.


Making Things Public Public Talk #2 With Anna Santomouro

Time: Saturday October 22, 19.30 – 21.00 hrs Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: Free

The Master Education in Arts cordially invites you to the lecture series: “Making Things Public”.

As our second speaker we welcome Anna Santomouro, independent curator and researcher based in Birmingham (UK), who will be lecturing about “Micropolitics and Soutern European Socially Engaged Art Practics”. Looking at artistic and curatorial processes that incorporate some of the methods and languages that the American art historian Claire Bishop identified as a “social turn” in contemporary art practice, Santomouro seeks to redefine such collective processes through the lens of the theories of micropolitics. Drawing a genealogy of micropolitics since the 1960s in Europe, her lecture looks specifically at Italian theorists like Antonio Negri, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Maurizio Lazzarato (who have incorporated the notion of micropolitics as a conceptual and operative tool in their work). Herewith she tries to generate a productive framework to conceptualize the artistic and curatorial strategies of intervention in the Southern European and Mediterranean context and the austerity climate in which they emerged.

Anna Santomauro is an independent curator and researcher currently based in Birmingham (UK). She is the Co-Founder and Chief Curator of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organization devoted to developing critical discourse around pertinent contemporary social, political, and economic issues. In 2015 Santomauro was ESP and Public Programmer at Eastside Projects (Birmingham). She has developed several projects and curated multiple exhibitions such as: The Pacifist Library – Sarajevo (2013); Giant Step, a collaboration between Vessel and the Van Abbemuseum, Mostyn Gallery, and Galeria Labirynt (2012); For an Ecology of the Museum at the Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy (2012). In 2013 Santomauro and her colleague Viviana Checchia were the recipients of ICI/Dedalus Research Award. She is PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Save the date: November 4Making Things Public – Talk # 3 with Marijke Steedman: “What Happens When Art Exits the Gallery?”. Marijke Steedman is a curator working in the field of art in the public sphere with an interest in the political and social conditions for producing and receiving art. She worked at Tate Britain and then Whitechapel Gallery in the frame of gallery education where she developed projects such as The Street, Reclaim the Mural and edited the book Gallery as Community: Art, Education and Politics.


Public Talk: Jan Boelen About Art And Design Education

Lecture #4 Time: Friday September 16, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: Open

Within his work Jan Boelen connects various fields and disciplines: design education, theory and curating, thereby placing the debate on art and design education outside a regular institutional context. He critically questions: ‘Should learning be methodologically or individually based? Which counts most: form or content, product or process, today or tomorrow? Should teaching focus on design or the designer? Are schools the appointed places to develop new politically- and socially-led teaching methods? In order to foster debate he started the platform: ‘Re-Inventing School from A to Z33’, offering a space to discuss educational developments in today’s schools. http://www.reinventingschool.net

Jan Boelen graduated as a product designer at the Media and Design Academy (KHLim). He now works as a curator, educator and artistic director. He currently holds the position of artistic director of Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt (B) and is Head of the Masters Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL).  Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner. Under the guidance of Jan Boelen Z33 has developed itself into a laboratory and a meeting place for experiment and innovation. In 2014 Jan Boelen curated BIO50, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (SI) and lead a series of international debates on the future of design.

How do you position yourself or act in what are always complex pedagogical situations? As part of last year’s program the students of the Master Education Art self-organized a series of lectures/events. They mapped out four areas most relevant to their current interests: #1 Embodiment/Interaction with theatre maker and artist Lotte van den Berg; #2 Institutional Public Programming with educator and curator Belinda Hak; #3 Education Innovation with media artist and educator Michiel Koelink and #4 Design Education with Jan Boelen.


Public Talk: Location, Networks And Avant-Gardes

Public Talk with Marc Tuters Time: Thursday June 16 2016, 18:30 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: Free

As part of the seminar Digital Cultures, run by course tutor Michelle Kasprzak, the Master Education in Arts would like to cordially invite you to a public lecture by Marc Tuters.

In the last decade Marc Tuters has produced numerous collaborative art/science projects and coordinated events for international new media festivals. Over this period he was also involved in establishing a series of cross-disciplinary research networks internationally, which examine social and creative aspects of wireless, including: the Locative Network in Latvia, the Mobile Digital Commons Network in Canada, and the PLAN Network the UK. Marc has been a practicing artist throughout his academic career and is also known for coining the term “locative media” with his collaborator, Karlis Kalnins.

Through the lens of contemporary debates in media theory and illustrated with examples drawn from avant-garde practices in media art and architectural history, this talk looks at how telecommunications networks challenge us to rethink the notion of location.

Bio: Dr. Marc Tuters is a researcher in new media. He holds degrees in Cinema, Media Studies and Interactive Media and was a research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Centre in Los Angeles. Recently he obtained his doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam with his monograph “Komoikos: The Search for Location in a Networked Age”.


Digital Cultures With Michiel Koelink And Peter Troxler

The Master Education in Arts programme would like to cordially invite you for two events:

Lecture Peter Troxler: The Third Industrial Revolution Time: Thursday May 26, 18:30 – 20:30 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: Open

Workshop Connecting Art, Technology and Education, with Michiel Koelink Time: Friday May 27, 19:00 – 21:30 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: As the maximum is 20 participants, the event is open to 6 additional participants. If you are interested please make a reservation at pzwart-info@hr.nl

As students within the Master Education in Arts, we are seeking to develop both a critical and pragmatic perspective on the role and position of arts and education in the ever-changing context of emerging and existing technologies and concepts. This lecture is intended to inspire to find productive ways to relate to digital and conceptual innovations in educational environments. In line with the seminar Digital Cultures, we ask Koelink to show us examples of his projects in the field of media and technology education. Together the participants will engage in a workshop to experience computer coding as a form of art and the diverse possibilities of media art in education.

Dr. Peter Troxler is a Lector at Creating 010 and independent researcher examining the intersection of business administration, society and technology. Currently, his main focus is investigating and developing business models of open source anything – design, hardware, inventions – and the corresponding formats and ecologies of innovation and co-creation. In addition to the organisational and interactional aspects of co-creation, he also looks at how structural and societal conditions influence and are influenced by various forms of co-creation, one example being the current intellectual property and copyright regimes. In this lecture, Dr. Troxler will share his thoughts on the role of digital fabrication in its many guises and the role of these technologies in what is termed the “third industrial revolution”.

Michiel Koelink (1972) is a media artist and senior lecturer at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (Amsterdam University of Arts). His main interest is the influence of media, technology and scientific developments on society and the individual. Next to video and photography, he uses computer coding as a form of expression. As a media artist and educator, he explores the connections between making and teaching art. He is currently involved in coordinating the ArtechLAB in Amsterdam, working on creating connections and productive collaborations between art, design and technology for primary and secondary education.


Belinda Hak On Public Programming In Art Institutions

Workshop #2: with Belinda Hak

Time: Saturday May 14, 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: As the maximum is 20 participants, the event is open to 6 additional participants. If you are interested please make a reservation at pzwart-info@hr.nl

From the contemporary perspective, museums and art institutions no longer simply aim to conserve or show their objects and art works. Their practice became increasingly complex. With the changing role and expectations of museums and institutions, internally and externally, the role of the artist, curator, educator, and other ‘agents’ also transformed. The question of audience, the public, became at least as complicated. Who is art for? What is it that gets us involved? What are the motivations and pay-offs? Simplistic as it may seem, these questions have many possible answers. Accordingly,educator Belinda would like to actively and creatively explore diverse methods and models of involvement derived from artistic, curatorial, educational and activist practices.

Belinda Hak is a curator, educator and change agent involved in contemporary art projects Additional roles include teaching, editing, committee work, providing artistic and business advice to institutions and artists. Her work involves a variety of subjects that are relevant to the current state of contemporary art, relating to learning, knowledge sharing, participation, communities, and networked forms of organization.

Having been involved with numerous institutions such as the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais in France and the Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, the students of the Master Education in Arts are interested in hearing about how her professional practice adapted to these different cultural and structural settings.

How do you position yourself or act in what are always complex pedagogical situations? As part of this year’s Master Education in Arts programme, the students self-organized a series of lectures/events. They mapped out four areas most relevant to their current interests: #1Embodiment/Interaction with theatre maker and artist Lotte van den Berg; #2 Institutional Public Programming with educator and curator Belinda Hak (May 14); #3 Education Innovation with media artist and educator Michiel Koelink (May 27) and #4 Artistic Research (tba).

Credits image: Marko Lulic, proposal for a Workers’ Monument, 2014 Commissioned by Le Mouvement, Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel/Bienne, 2014 video, 10‘25’‘, Courtesy of Gabriele Senn Gallery, Vienna and the artist


The Berlin Biennale For Contemporary Art: Temporality And Architecture As Spectacle With Kate Brehme

Time: Tuesday April 5, 19:30 – 22:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free

Master Education in Arts – Research Lecture

Starting 2016 the Master Education in Arts will regularly invite tutorial staff to present their on-going research and practice. Kate Brehme is course tutor of the module Making Things Public, which revolves around recent developments in museum education, public pedagogy and contemporary community art. Presenting the results of her first year of doctoral research into the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and its role in urban development, her lecture thematizes the concept of “Making Things Public” through the angle of art in public space.

Biennales across the globe are often charged with the task of responding to a city’s changing urban situation. Unlike most west-European biennales, The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art distinguishes itself as a fascinating case study for investigating the relationship between architecture, contemporary art and the identity of the city. Throughout its history, the Berlin Biennale has used non-traditional venues such as abandoned offices, apartments, schools, city streets, and even cemeteries for its exhibitions. The temporary use of these urban spaces has become a significant part of the Biennale’s production process and its very identity. Yet, these spaces are often referred to by Biennale curators as both a blessing and a curse due to their historically and politically charged nature. Juxtaposing the cyclical and ephemeral nature of the Biennale with the fluctuating urban landscape of the city, allows for a more in depth study of why and how over time, certain spaces in the city are deemed desirable as exhibition venues and how architecture serves as a form of spectacle.

Bio: Kate Brehme is an Australian independent curator and a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Berlin’s Technical University where she is researching Berlin Biennale and its role in urban development. Kate has worked in Australia, Scotland and Germany on a variety of projects, exhibitions and events and since 2008 runs Contemporary Art Exchange, a curatorial platform for international projects, exhibitions and events providing professional development opportunities for emerging and young artists. Her project and research themes include place and cultural identity, labour and work, globalisation, disability and socially engaged practices. Kate is also a lecturer for the Piet Zwart Institute’s Masters in Arts Education.


Time Loop Talk

Workshop #1 with Lotte van den Berg

Time: Friday April 8, 14:00 – 17:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45 Rotterdam Admission: As the maximum is 20 participants, the event is open to 6 additional participants. If you are interested please make a reservation at pzwart-info@hr.nl

“To strengthen our collective imagination and to sharpen our shared view of the future, we need to work on the fundaments of our togetherness; how do we speak with each other, how do we listen to each other, how do we think and dream together?” – Lotte van den Berg

Together with the first year students of the Master Education in Arts and additional participants Lotte van den Berg will explore a new format in her dialogic art series called Building Conversation. Building Conversation is inspired by wide variety of conversation techniques (philosophers like Bruno Latour and Chantal Mouffe, the practice of the Aboriginals, the Occupy movement, et cetera). She creates a program of conversations that focuses on the attempt to image ourselves in a future. Are we able to envision an alternative world together? And how is the way we speak connected to the world we create? The students invited Lotte van den Berg specifically because they feel her practice offers valuable insights into an urgent issue facing education today, namely the ability to talk – and listen – to each other. This seems under threat in the current situation. They are interested in Lotte van den Berg’s explorations of dialogue in that they suggest interesting ways to practice relevant and committed pedagogies.

Time Loop Talk is inspired by Indians from the Great Lake District in Canada and their custom of first consulting ancestors of 7 generations past and then future decedents 7 generations ahead, when making important decisions. Only in the third instance do they explore the potential impact of the decision might have on the present. In the Western world it seems as though short-term thinking predominates over looking ahead or looking back. Could a relationship with the distant past help us to form a relationship with the distant future? What happens if we zoom out in time: does this relativize the decisions we make, or do they rather become extra urgent. For more information on Building Conversation and Lotte van den Berg’s work please visit: www.lottevandenberg.nu/english/events/index/?page=werk&evt_id=38

How do you position yourself or act in what are always complex pedagogical situations? As part of this year’s Master Education in Arts programme, the students self-organized a series of lectures/events. They mapped out four areas most relevant to their current interests: #1 Embodiment/Interaction with theatre maker and artist Lotte van den Berg; #2 Institutional Public Programming with educator and curator Belinda Hak (May 14); #3 Education Innovation with media artist and educator Michiel Koelink (May 27) and #4 Artistic Research (tba).


Publication Launch: From 0 To Words

Time: Saturday December 12, 15:00 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute – Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free

The Master Education in Arts hereby would like to cordially invite you to the publication launch of FROM 0 TO WORDS: 12 X 12 Entries to Arts Education.

FROM 0 TO WORDS is edited, written and compiled by the 1st year students of The Master Education in Arts in the framework of the seminar Contemporary Issues in Art and Design Education, taught by Elisabeth Klement.

As the starting point of this seminar students visited the exhibition Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment,1933-1957 (Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin), responding to questions like: How can Black Mountain College serve to fuel the current debate about models of creativity and collaboration today in art and design education? What kind of urgencies are students, educators and participants facing today working side by side with the creative industry?

FROM 0 TO WORDS: 12 X 12 Entries to Arts Education is a lexicon of 156 words that touch upon important terms to teach participants artistic, design and educational practice. Using the concept of a primer (a small book containing basic facts used to structurally map a subject in order to learn), the key words are assembled in alphabetic order. The definitions given to the words take various forms: writings, image essays, republished texts, visual pieces, diagrams etc. Together they form of a compelling, shared vocabulary, addressing urgencies in artistic/design and educational practice.

We very soon got to six yards to the mile. Then we tried a hundred yards to the mile. And then came the grandest idea of all! We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile! (…) It has never been spread out, yet (…) the farmers objected: they said it would cover the whole country, and shut out the sunlight! So now we use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well’. 
- Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893) 

Contributors: Janneke Baken, Felix Dorer, Marina Martinez Garcia, Ilse Leenders, Ilon Lodewijks, Luca Menesi, Shailoh Phillips, Annemarie Piscaer, Marine Poyard, Sebastian Schneiders, Marta Alex Tur and Robin Vermeulen


Masters 2015: Art And Design Education In Times Of Change

As part of Masters 2015, the Master Education in Arts presents two events which conclude our current lecture and seminar series at TENT entitled Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically  Working with Liquid Logic. The series was developed by course tutor Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes, as part of her solo exhibition that runs until 5 July.

Public Seminar: Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically – Working with Liquid Logic Date: Thursday 9 July, 15:00–17:00 Location: Hofpoort, Event Space 13th floor, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten & first year students Public class in which ‘the practice of mapping and unraveling pedagogical structures’ will be tested together with the students and participants, ranging from the artistic, economic, cultural and technological context, to the professional environment and individual commitment, choices and actions.

Public Debate: Art and Design Education in Times of Change Date: Thursday 9 July, 20:00–22:00 Location: Hofpoort, Event Space 13th floor, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam With: Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten (moderator), Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann & Sophie Krier When circumstances are changing, a different “where are we?” is at stake. As such we need a different logic of dealing with issues of autonomy, both in how we want to assert and profile ourselves, as well as in response to current and historical examples.

Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann: Black Mountain Research: Raw and Ongoing Black Mountain Research is a collaborative interdisciplinary and inter-institutional project between Freie Universität Berlin and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The project negotiates both Black Mountain College’s historical importance (it operated from 1933-1957) and its potential as a model for contemporary creative, educational and community practice. How do research and education influence our experience of art and how do they influence the production of art? How are these processes connected with each other and how can we explore them? Which historical, educational models could be productive today and how could they change curatorial practices and the making of art and exhibitions? On what level does and will new media and the digital turn influence collective knowledge production?

Sophie Krier: How to Think Like a Mountain In this talk, Krier will share insights from her research as artist-in-residence at the University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, in relation to laying the groundwork for a new art and design curriculum at the school. To think like a mountain means, in the words of Creative Writing Prof. Chad Weidner, “to gain understanding of the deep interconnectedness of things, and to learn to ask real questions.” At the same time, the complex issues of the world we live in ask for highly specific ways of working across disciplines. The Art & Design Practice department at University College Roosevelt (expected launch: January 2016) intends to contribute to the emergence of such hybrid practices. Conclusions that emerge during Krier’s research will be translated into a pedagogical blueprint, which will address an array of questions, such as: On which qualities and potentials can such a course be built? Which professional and artistic needs will it address, and how will it attempt to do this? Which knowledge alliances can it initiate? And furthermore, how can we learn to make unexpected and meaningful connections between ourselves, things, people and situations in the world?

BIOS Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann Annette Jael Lehmann received her Ph.D. in comparative literature and aesthetics at the Freie Universität Berlin. She was a.o. visiting assistant professor at the University of California (UCLA) and the School of Critical Studies, CalArts. She was Assistant Research Professor at the DFG-Collaborative Research Centre SFB 447: “Kulturen des Performativen“ (1999-2005). Also she was executive manager of the “Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Kunstwissenschaften und Ästhetik” (2006). Since 2007 she is Professor of Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Theater at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She has a strong inter- and cross-disciplinary focus in research and in practise-based collaborations with various institutions in academia, art and culture.

Sophie Krier Krier runs an editorial design studio in Rotterdam since 1999, Atelier Sophie Krier. Initially trained as in textile design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Krier has developed a practice in which she combines her interests in design, research and education. Between 2004 and 2009 Krier led the Bachelor course designLAB (Rietveld Academie, NL). She lectures and conducts international workshops regularly, and has curated and moderated symposia on questions related to craft and industry, the future of education, visual culture, and urban ecology. Currently she is holding an artist-in-residence at University College Roosevelt, for which she is researching the pedagogics of Liberal Arts & Sciences in relation to art education, while testing a pilot for a possibly new Art and Design course.

Image courtesy of DBKV

The graduates of the Bachelor degree DBKV will also present their work:

Public Presentation: Creating Educators Date: Thursday 9 July, 17:00–19:30 Location: Event Space, Hofpoort, Hofplein 20, Rotterdam Language: Dutch The graduating teachers of the WdKA Bachelor DBKV (Visual Art and Design Teacher Training) also share their thesis work: lesson plans, future dreams, educational products and research on art. The audience has an opportunity to listen to project pitches, look at the work in the exhibition, be part of the discussion, or have an informal chat over drinks.


Lecture Series – Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic

Priscila Fernandes_Modern School_01

Photo credit: Priscila Fernandes, The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, 2014-2015. Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Dates: May 22, June 4, June 18, 20.00 – 22.00 h
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
Entrance to the lectures is free, please reserve via info@tentrotterdam.nl

The lecture series is developed by Prof. Dr. Frans-Willem Korsten, course tutor of the Seminar Critical Pedagogy, in collaboration with Priscila Fernandes.

Since the 19th Century the political and the artistic avant-gardes have been thinking about the role of art in education in relation to societal circumstances and change, predominantly with the goal of emancipation. This dynamic however, depended on a national educational system that concerned all layers of society. Now that both private and public modes of education are at hand, and most adolescents spend more time on gaming and social media than on school work, it would be foolish not to consider this investment in a fundamentally pedagogical way. To address such issues, the lecture series proposes to explore the potential of a ‘cartographies of acting pedagogically’. The aim is to use both the collective intelligence and practices of the students, guest speakers and theories to visualize the force field that actors are in when wanting to operate pedagogically. The lectures and seminars are constructed around the idea of ‘liquid logic’; a more open, networked and fluid way of approaching the otherwise structured and compartmentalized educational models.

The lectures will take place at and respond to Priscila Fernandes’ exhibition Those bastards in caps come to have fun and relax by the seaside instead of continuing to work in the factory (TENT, May 1 through July 5). Part of the exhibition space is set up as an informal classroom, functioning as an installation for joint production, reflection and debate. Among other work, Priscila Fernandes will present her recently published The Book of Aesthetic Education of the Modern School, inspired by the radical ideas of the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona (1901-1906). Although aesthetic education wasn’t officially part of the curriculum, the school published several articles on the implementation of artistic activities in the learning process. In her book, Fernandes investigates what the role of art could have been had the Catalan pedagogue Francesco Ferrer i Guarda been able to further develop his project.

Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 1
Friday, May 22 20:00-22:00
What Are We Up Against and What Are the Possibilities?
With Adelita Husni-Bey and Ine Gevers
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

High tech systems are interconnected on a global scale. The Internet of Things, for instance, is extending rapidly and gaining more power everyday, to such an extent that we lose overview. The internal mechanisms of institutions start to lead their own life more and more: services are automated, data are the new currency, efficiency has become the norm and is identified with everyone’s proper adjustment to machines. Technology’s promise of the quick fix is changing power structures everywhere and the appeal of solutionism is stronger than ever. How can we look for alternative ways? How could citizens take charge and reclaim their environment? And how to keep our relations ‘human’; or should we reconsider the very notion of humanity in education?

Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy, 1985) is an artist and a researcher whose practice involves the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary Western societies. Recent projects have also focused on re-thinking radical pedagogical models within the framework of anarco-collectivist studies. Solo shows include: White Paper: The Land, Beirut (in Cairo), 2014, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012, The Green Mountain, ViaFarini/DOCVA, 2010. She has participated in Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014, Jens, Hordeland Kunstsenter, 2013, Meeting Points 7, MuKHA, 2013,  Mental Furniture Industry, Flattime House, 2013, TRACK, S.M.A.K museum, 2012, Right to Refusal, 2012, Kunstverein Bregenz. She has recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and will be presenting chapter II of ‘White Paper’, a project based on the analysis of the changing face of legislation in relationship to private ownership, at Casco (Office for Design Art and Theory), in the spring of 2015. 

Ine Gevers is curator, writer and activist. In 2007 she started Foundation Niet Normaal with the purpose of mounting art exhibitions and artistic campaigns concerning socially relevant themes for broad audiences. The organization has its roots in 1994, when Ine Gevers curated Ik + de Ander. Art and the Human Condition. In 2009/ 2010 she curated the exhibition and publication Niet Normaal · Difference on Display. The visual art manifestation, Yes Naturally · how art saves the world organized in collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, researches how a non-anthropocentric perspective enables us to become more ecologically intelligent. Yes Naturally embraces artistic proposals for co-creation between human and nonhuman agents. Currently Ine Gevers is preparing the large scale research and art event Hacking Habitat, Utrecht.

Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 2
Thursday, June 4 20:00-22:00
Strategies of Empowerment
With Ane Hjort Guttu
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Cartographies are supposed to map out where things are, so we can get a better idea of where we are, or ‘how’ and ‘where’ we can become. Yet there were others, obviously, who use cartographies to shape environments as well, which redefine the very space we live in and which we, consequently, have to chart by following the fabrications of others. As an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo, Ane Hjort Guttu has been working with issues of power, empowerment and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state, through video works, picture collections, sculpture and photography. Guttu also writes analytical as well as poetical texts, and several of her projects discuss art and not just the history of architecture but also its modes of empowering people, or blocking their very potential of becoming.

Ane Hjort Guttu, b. 1971, is an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo. Latest projects and exhibitions include: Where Angels Fear To Thread, Sydney Biennial, Australia, 2014, Urbanisme Unitaire, Le Quartier, Centre d´Art Contemporain de Quimper, 2014 and This Place is Every Place, Tensta konsthall, Sweden, 2014. Forthcoming projects: Future Light, Vienna Biennial, Austria; Europe – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; and two solo shows in Bergen Kunsthall Norway and South London Gallery, Great Britain. An extensive publication on Guttu’s work is being published in 2015 by Bergen Kunsthall/Sternberg Press. 

Cartographies of Acting Pedagogically: Working with Liquid Logic
Lecture # 3
Thursday, June 18 20:00-22:00
Precarious Pedagogies: Knowledge Production in the Age of Cognitive Capitalism
With Joost de Bloois
Location: TENT, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Joost de Bloois is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, departments of Cultural Analysis and Comparative Literature. He has published on the nexus between art and politics in a.o. Rethinking Marxism, Volume and Historical Materialism. Recently, he has published an introduction into the work of Alain Badiou. He is currently working on two projects: ‘Cultures of Precarity in Europe’ and ‘New Communisms’. 


Surrounding Education At De Appel

Surrounding Education. Towards new integrations with the curatorial and artistic fields Dates: Saturday June 6, 15:00 – 19:00 & Sunday June 7, 11:00 – 19:00 Address: De Appel, Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam

De Appel arts centre and TAAK proudly present the two-day conference Surrounding Education, a program in which various topics from the educational field come together with the artistic field. Piet Zwart Institute Master Education in Arts professor Frans-Willem Korsten will join Mônica Hoff, Yoeri Meessen, Priscila Fernandes, Erick Beltrán, and Ane Hjort Guttu to share their experiences and most recent projects with the audience, and further expand on the limitations and commonalities of the aforementioned disciplines. More information on De Appel website

Students of the Master Education in Arts Seminar Critical Pedagogy, taught by Korsten and part of Fernandes’ solo exhibition at TENT Rotterdam, will be participating in the conference as well. More information on this year’s Critical Pedagogy lecture series here.

Image credit: Aufstieg der Begabten, 1950. Photographer: Friedrich Seidenstücker


Lecture Nana Adusei-Poku: Rewind Selecta – Challenging The Narrative Of Progress

Time: Thursday March 26, 19:30 hrs. Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free

There is a growing body of work on the notions of ‘time’ and ‘temporality’. Being a central aspect of our existence, time of course has been subject to philosophical debate for centuries. But time is also used as a social and political device to structure our daily lives and our biographies. This lecture will discuss this latter aspect through an analysis of two art works by the transdisciplinary collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, “Good Stock” and “thewayblackmachine”. Both seek to produce alternatives to a developmental/ linear / progressive concept of time as it is embodied, for example, by the notion of New Media; alternatives that counter the time cycles nation states and materialize in diasporic archives. Can critical art projects develop different concepts of time, and this way displace – among others – colonial concepts, normative concepts of the human body, and address limits of representation?

Nana Adusei-Poku is Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Rotterdam University and Guest Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich. She was a scholarship doctoral student at Humboldt University, Berlin, working on the curatorial concept post-black in relation to contemporary Black artists. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon; the London School of Economics; and Columbia University, New York. Among her recent publications are: ‘A Time Without Before And After’ in Not Now! Now! Chronopolitics, Art & Research, Sternberg Press, 2014. Her research interests are: cultural studies, visual culture, black diaspora art history, postcolonial, critical race theory and queer of color critique. As part of an interest to expand the means of knowledge production, Nana Adusei-Poku is developing collaborative performance lectures, which use the realm of the aesthetic in order to counter classical academic notions of presentation and communication. Next to her professorship, she is currently working as curatorial fellow at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rotterdam on a show with the artist collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, which will open on May 21st.

This lecture is organised by the Master Education in Arts, and part of the Seminar Digital Cultures taught by Levien Nordeman.

Image credit: Richie Adomako HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, Still from Installation thewayblackmachine, 2014, Courtesy the Artist


Not Working As Intended: Media As Accidents

Time: Thursday January 15, 19:30-21:30 Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: Free

This lecture is organised by the Master Education in Arts, and part of the Seminar Digital Cultures taught by Levien Nordeman.

Ever since cybernetics, technological devices have been supposed to carry their own social agency and reshape reality. This belief can be found in such diverse fields as media theory, systems engineering, design, hacker culture and pedagogy. It also informs contemporary philosophical debates, such as those on speculative realism. But to which extent is it actually possible to design social and cultural uses of media? From the birth of the Internet to the recent (allegedly North Korean) hack of Sony Pictures, the history of communication technologies is rife with social accidents and cultural misappropriations that often ended reshaping and redefining media as collateral damage. The implications for media design, media pedagogy and other “lab” approaches to media are humbling.

Within Hogeschool Rotterdam, Florian Cramer is a Research Professor in New Media, and the Director of Creating 010, a centre focusing on Communication in the Digital Age, and Cultural Diversity. Cramer collaborates with the Institute of Network Cultures to further thinking about the future of print in a post digital era. He is the author of numerous essays and books on literature, art, computer culture, copyleft and the politics of media, and a part-time programmer at WORM, Institute of Avantgardistic Recreation.

Next up in this series is a lecture on gender and digital media by Nana Adusei Poku (Research Professor at Creating 010) on March 12.


Date: Sunday December 14, 2014 Time: 14:00 – 17:00 hrs Location: Piet Zwart Institute: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam Admission: free

Offcourse is a collective project, organized by the second year students of the Master of Education in Arts of the Piet Zwart Institute, related to the Graduate Project Seminar Making Things Public. Offcourse takes you on a trip along eight inspiring activities, dealing with different ideas and thoughts about life and learning. The constant changes in society and the latest technological developments affect and influence our lives, and demand different approaches to daily problems.

In a joint effort, the students implement creative and critical thinking on the spot to deal with issues in art, culture and education from their individual perspectives. They encourage a dialog to open up communication, ask questions, invite interaction and stimulate discussion. Offcourse challenges you to rethink, reconsider and negotiate issues of education.


Lecture: Florian Cramer 17-4

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).


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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Lecture: Jonas Staal: New World Pedagogy

Time: Friday March 28, 19:30 – 21:00 hrs.Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45.Admission: free.

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? 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 third lecture the artist and researcher Jonas Staal will introduce several past projects (Allegories of Good and Bad Government – 2011, Social Experiment – 2011) which defined and inspired his thoughts on the relation between art and pedagogy, and which ultimately led to recent projects like New World Summit and New World Academy. New World Summit is an artistic and political organization which develops, what Staal calls ‘alternative parliaments’ for organizations excluded from democracy, for example by means of so-called designated lists of terrorist organizations. After the first three summits in Berlin, Leiden and Kochi (IN), he is currently preparing the fourth edition in the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels. He will further speak of theNew World Academy (2013), developed in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht: a new school that invites organizations invested in the progressive political project to explore with artists and students the role of art at the center of political struggle.

Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century is developed by the Master of Education in Arts as part of the seminar Critical Pedagogy. For more information about the complete lecture series please visit: http://pzwart.nl/nl/courses/mea/Public-Events/

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Lecture Series 2014: Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century

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

Dates: January 31, February 28, March 28 2014: 19.30 – 21.00 h

Piet Zwart Institute: Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
Witte De With, Center for Contemporary Art: Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam

Admission: Free

The lectures are open to the public

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.


Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century
Lecture # 1

Friday January 31 2014
Jan Masschelein: Making Art School: A Story about (Cave) Walls and Tables
Location: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
19.30 – 21.00 h

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

In his presentation Jan Masschelein proposes to discuss 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 (obtaining legitimacy from a transcendent idea or ideal), nor an organization (obtaining legitimacy from performance of functions). 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 commonality of making things public. Masschelein relates this scholastic form to the first cave paintings and to the time-space experiences, gestures and the kind of attention that this emerging (art) practice implied. His lecture is not an attempt to describe an ‘ideal school’: 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.


Jan Masschelein is Professor of Philosophy of Education and director of the Laboratory for Education and Society at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. His primary areas of scholarship are educational theory, critical theory and social philosophy. Currently his research concentrates on the public character of education and on ‘mapping’ and ‘walking’ as critical research practices. He is engaged with architects/artists in the development of experimental educational practices.

Together with Maarten Simons he is the author of In Defense of the School. A Public Issue. (2013, Leuven, free download here) and: Jenseits der Exzellenz. Eine kleine Morphologie der Welt-Universität. (2010, Berlin/Zürich: Diaphanes). Masschelein and Simons also co-edited the books The Learning Society from the Perspective of Governmentality (2007, Oxford: Blackwell) and Rancière, Public Education and the Taming of Democracy (2011, Oxford: Blackwell).


Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century
Lecture # 2

Friday February 28 2014
Dennis Atkinson: Events of Learning and the Poietic Materialism of Art
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
19.30 – 21.00 h

In his keynote lecture Dennis Atkinson will explore processes of learning through the themes of event, truth, pedagogies against the state and becoming in order to consider learning and how it might be supported in a world of becoming. He will focus on art in education at a time, particularly in schools in England and elsewhere, when it is under some threat. It will argue 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. The presentation will consider educational practices through two lenses: education viewed in terms of the power of production, commodification and calculation and education viewed in terms of an aphetic space of mutuality, enabling and poiesis. 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.


Dennis Atkinson is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for the Arts and Learning. He taught in secondary schools in England from 1971-1988 when he was appointed lecturer in art and design education at Goldsmiths University of London. Atkinson directed a number of programmes including, PGCE Secondary Art and Design Teacher Education, MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity and the Post Graduate Research Programme in Educational Studies. He was appointed Professor of Art in Education in 2005 and was Head of Department of Educational Studies from 2006-2009. He established the Research Centre for The Arts and Learning in the Department of Educational Studies in 2005 and was Director from 2005-2013. Atkinson was the Principal Editor of The International Journal of Art and Design Education from 2002-2009 and was a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s Publications Board until 2013. He was made a Fellow of the Society in 2009.

He has published regularly in a number of international academic journals since 1991 including The International Journal of Inclusive Education, Educational Philosophy and TheoryBritish Educational Research Journal, and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections. He has published five books, Art in Education: Identity and PracticeSocial and Critical Practice in Art Education, (with Paul Dash); Regulatory Practices in Education: A Lacanian Perspective, (with Tony Brown & Janice England,); Teaching Through Contemporary Art: A report on innovative practices in the classroom, (with Jeff Adams, Kelly Worwood, Paul Dash, Steve Herne, & Tara Page) and Art, Equality and Learning: Pedagogies Against the State.


Critical Pedagogies of the 21st Century
Lecture # 3

Friday March 28 2014
Jonas Staal: New World Pedagogy
Location: Piet Zwart Institute, Karel Doormanhof 45, Rotterdam
19.30 – 21.00 h

In the third lecture the artist and researcher Jonas Staal will introduce several past projects (‘Allegories of Good and Bad Government’ – 2011, ‘Social Experiment’ – 2011) which defined and inspired his thoughts on the relation between art and pedagogy, and which ultimately led to recent projects like New World Summit and New World Academy. New World Summit is an artistic and political organization which develops, what Staal calls ‘alternative parliaments’ for organizations excluded from democracy, for example by means of so-called designated lists of terrorist organizations. After the first three summits in Berlin, Leiden and Kochi (IN), he is currently preparing the fourth edition in the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels. He will further speak of the New World Academy (2013), developed in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht: a new school that invites organizations invested in the progressive political project to explore with artists and students the role of art at the center of political struggle.


Jonas Staal (1981) has studied monumental art in Enschede NL and Boston USA. He currently works on his PhD research entitled Art and Propaganda in the 21st Century at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit (NWS) that contributes to building alternative political spheres for organizations banned from democratic discourse and of the New World Academy that connects progressive political organizations to artists. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications, focusing on the relationship between art, politics and ideology. His essay Post-propaganda (Fonds BKVB, 2009) and publication Power?… To Which People?! (Jap Sam Books, 2010) provides the theoretical basis for this line of work. His most recent book is Art, Property of Politics III: Closed Architecture (Onomatopee, 2011), a research into a prison model developed by Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV) politician Fleur Agema.

His projects were exhibited in among other the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven NL (Trickster’s Trickers,2010; Freethinkers’ Space Continued, 2012); the David Roberts Art Foundation in London UK (History of Art, the, 2010); Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen BE (1:1, 2011); Kadist Art Foundation in Paris FR (Enacting Populism, 2011); BAK, Utrecht NL (How Much Fascism?, 2012; New World Academy, 2013); de Appel, Amsterdam NL (Vote Back!, 2012); the 4th and 5th Moscow Biennial, Moscow RU; the 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin DE and the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kochi IN 2012. He regularly publishes in books, newspapers and magazines – his written work appeared in NRC Handelsblad, de Groene AmsterdammerMetropolis MnYOpenArtleaksFrakcija magazine and Manifesta Journal, among others.

Staal lives and works in Rotterdam, NL




The Forgotten Book Of…

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