- Lectorate Art Theory & Practice
- Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
- Prinsessegracht 4
- NL – 2514 AN Den Haag
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In September 2015, the new Research Group of the lectorate Art Theory & Practice took off. Participants for the academic year 2015-2016 are Anja Hertenberger (Interactive/Media/Design), Els Kuijpers (Graphic Design), Ewoud van Rijn (Fine Arts), Judith van IJken (Photography) and Joost Grootens (PhDArts). The Research Group is chaired by Janneke Wesseling.
question underlying this project is: What are the narrative devices for maps
now some of its fundamental notions have lost significance through developments
in digital technology? And as a sub-question: How can maps on paper remain a
relevant and urgent format in the Information Age?
Hertenberger (Interactive/Media/Design) –
Intuition and Sensibility in relation to soft-electronics and sensor technology.
Anja Hertenberger works with so-called wearable technology and e-textiles. In these fields the relationship between body, technology and environment takes centre stage. In her proposal she combines theories about the body, movement and the senses with material-technical and technological experiments and an exploration of body awareness methods. The aim is to develop new teaching tools for alternative uses of sensor technology and soft electronics in art practices.
Els Kuijpers (Graphic Design) –
The politics of design: the liberating potential of communication design in post/modern times. Towards a critical methodology.
Graphic design as a form of visual communication is part of a
long and interdisciplinary history of communication. Els Kuijpers asserts that
conventional research did not invest (enough) in this rich and complex design
discourse. In order to address this lacuna a history of mentalities of the design practice would need to be
written. The insights following from this account may constitute the
preconditions for a broader concept and practice of design, because of its
van Rijn (Fine Arts) –
Ewoud van Rijn proposes that play and ritual, held to be central to spiritual practices, also are active constituents in the production and presentation of art. In case of the art practice, however, the possibilities for the audience to partake in the production of art on the level of content, meaning and significance seem to be limited. That leads to the research question: how can play and ritual be conditions for art production and at the same time function as frameworks for audience participation?
van IJken (Photography) –
The influence of the ubiquity of one’s own representation on the photographic portrait.
Today, more than ever before, we are surrounded by pictures of ourselves, states Judith van IJken. With these images in our head we are well aware of what we look like from different points of view. What is the influence of this (hyper)consciousness of one’s own representation on the development of the photographic portrait? Van IJken combines sociological, art historical and philosophical literature research with practical, photographic experiment. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the meaning and significance of the photographic portrait in our time and to open up discussions and debate with students.
|Anja Hertenberger, work in progress, 2016||/1|