[artinfo] Piet Zwart Institute - Call for Applications

dora hegyi hegyidora1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 10:53:08 CET 2009


Master of Fine Arts - Piet Zwart Institute

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

Application Deadline: April 1, 2009


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
seehttp://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 or contact us at
fineart at pzi.wdka.nl.

*Piet Zwart Institute*
Mauritsstraat 36
3012 CJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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