[artinfo] Piet Zwart Institute - Call for Applications

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MA Fine Art - Piet Zwart Institute

Application Deadline: January 1, 2009

Institute for Postgraduate
Studies and Research
Willem de Kooning Academy /
Rotterdam University

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The Programme:

The Fine Art programme at the Piet Zwart Institute is based on an 
understanding of contemporary art as embedded within a larger field 
of cultural, social and political practices. It encourages critical 
discourse on artistic practice and places an emphasis on 
self-reflection and analysis. Furthermore, public interaction is 
given a special focus, inciting participants to connect with 
practitioners outside of the Piet Zwart Institute and present their 
works to general audiences.

Our English-taught two-year Master degree programme provides an 
international platform in which artists can develop their practice 
through independent studio work as well as a lively dialogue with 
artists, curators and theorists from a diversity of disciplines: art, 
theatre, literature, philosophy, film, and others. Our students, 
faculty members and guests come from a variety of different 
countries: Canada, Germany, Great-Britain, Israel, Lebanon, the 
Netherlands, New-Zealand, Rumania, Turkey, the United States, among 
many others, providing participants in our programme a truly 
international experience.

We offer generous studio space and a variety of technical facilities, 
including editing suites, photo labs, workshops for typography, wood, 
plastics and ceramics, etc. Students receive very strong individual 
tutorial support with weekly studio visits by both regular staff and 
guests. Furthermore, we offer a challenging programme of annually 
changing thematic projects, exhibitions, seminars, excursions and 
public lectures that provide a broad framework for the exploration of 
issues relevant to contemporary culture and society. The small size 
of the programme (20-25 students) makes for intensive and focussed 
discussions and allows for close interactions between the course 
director, faculty members, guests, and students, creating a very 
special community around Piet Zwart Insitute.

The Faculty:

Our faculty and guests are practitioners in contemporary art and 
culture with a very active professional practice. They include Ulf 
Aminde (artist), Liesbeth Bik (member of Rotterdam-based artist duo 
BikvanderPol), Marc Camille Chaimowicz (artist), Diedrich 
Diederichsen (writer), Anselm Franke (co-curator of Manifesta7 in 
Trento), Mika Hannula (writer and curator), Hila Peleg Franke 
(co-curator of Manifesta7 in Trento), Dieter Roelstraete (writer, 
associate editor of Afterall), Jalal Toufic (artist, writer), Jan 
Verwoert (art critic), among many others. For further information on 
our faculty and guests, please see 

The Public Lecture Series:

In addition to our curriculum, we organize an ongoing public lecture 
series based on issues related to the curriculum, but reaching beyond 
the framework of the seminars. The public lectures are an important 
ressource for students, tutors and guests, serving as bridge to the 
city and building a community around areas of interests. Recent 
lecture series have dealt with "Notions of Storytelling" (curated by 
Uqbar Foundation), "The Heroic" (curated by Maxine Kopsa), 
"Speechless: The Proximity of Gesture, Philosophy and Cinema" 
(curated by Hadley+Maxwell), "The Monstrous at Play" (curated by 
Felix Ensslin), among others. Please see< 
http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/fama/public/ for further information on our 
lecture series.


For application forms and further information on our curriculum or 
public programme, please see< http://www.pzwart.nl> 
http://www.pzwart.nl or contact us at fineart at pzi.wdka.nl.

Piet Zwart Institute

Mauritsstraat 36

3012 CJ Rotterdam

The Netherlands
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