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Jan van Eyck Academie
Post-academic Institute for Research and Production
Fine Art, Design, Theory
Call for applications
Deadline: 15 April 2007
Artists, designers and theoreticians are invited to submit research and production proposals to become a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Candidates can either apply with a topic of their own or for a project formulated by the institute itself. In order to realise these projects, the Jan van Eyck offers the necessary made-to-measure artistic, technical and auxiliary preconditions.
The Jan van Eyck Academie is an institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design and theory. Every year, 48 international researchers realise their individual or collective projects in the artistic and challenging environment that is the Jan van Eyck. The institute is not led by predetermined leitmotivs. Artists, designers and theoreticians can submit independently formulated proposals for research and/or production in the Fine Art, Design and Theory department or candidates can apply for collective research projects formulated by the Jan van Eyck (see below). The miscellaneous nature of these research projects and productions makes the Jan van Eyck into a multi-disciplinary institute. This also shows in the programme of the institute. Researchers, departments and the institute organise various weekly activities, to which special speakers are invited: lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, discussions,… External interested parties are welcome to attend these activities. The result is a dynamic and critical exchange between the different agents from within and outside of the Jan van Eyck.
Researchers are advised by a team of artists, designers and theoreticians, who have won their spurs globally. They receive their own studio and a stipend. Furthermore, researchers can make use of all kinds of facilities, which support their projects from first concept to public presentation: the library, the documentation centre, various workshops (wood and other materials; graphic productions and photography; digital text and image processing and editing; time-based media). Furthermore they are assisted with print work, editing and distribution of publications and publicity of events.
Candidates can apply for a department or a collective research project as listed below. The duration and start of a research project are variable. The minimum is one month, the maximum 24 months. One, two year or variable research projects at a department can start as of January 2008. The start and duration of research periods of collective projects differ. More information about the application procedure can be found at http://www.janvaneyck.nl/_devices/frames_applications.html
For practical questions concerning the application procedure or to request an information brochure, please contact Leon Westenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For content-related questions on the Jan van Eyck Academie in general, its departments or on the collective research projects, please contact Kim Thehu (email@example.com).
Fine Art department
The Fine Art department encourages both personal and discursive exchange amongst its researchers in order to establish a context of practice-oriented discussion; a context that considers issue-orientation alongside other artistic approaches, as well as being driven by processing, producing, organizing and going public.
Advising researchers: Orla Barry, Aglaia Konrad, Hinrich Sachs, Imogen Stidworthy
More information: http://janvaneyck.nl/4_0_departments/fineart_statement.html
The Design department focuses on design as research, design as discourse, design as publishing. It initiates and supports research projects in the areas of cultural and corporate identity, mapping, print and new media publishing, urban and regional identity, and book design. Coming from a focus on graphic and communication design, the department is widening its scope to include spatial, product and service design.
Advising researchers: Wim Cuyvers, Will Holder, Daniël van der Velden
More information: http://janvaneyck.nl/4_0_departments/design_statement.html
The Theory department offers a stimulating environment for critical inquiry and intense debate to explore alternative ways of shaping intellectual horizons. The department welcomes researchers who pursue their artistic and/or intellectual vision anywhere on the interface of critical theory, philosophy, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis with the visual arts.
Advising researchers: Norman Bryson, Katja Diefenbach, Hanneke Grootenboer, Dominiek Hoens
More information: http://janvaneyck.nl/4_0_departments/theory_statement.html
Collective research projects
Traces of autism. Wander-research in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine
This research project concerns the making of an inventory of public space in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine, based on journeys made through the area and following a number of strict parameters. During the research the inner borders of the Euregion function as a reference line and a kind of reading axis. Gypsies, refugees, migrants, drug addicts can possibly function as indicators, although other indicators may come to the fore in the Euregion. The emphasis is on maps: on the one hand, existing maps are collected, on the other, new maps will be developed. During the entire research period, the French pedagogue Fernand Deligny (1913-1996) is considered a supporter, someone who walks in the footsteps of the researchers, as he did for thirty years: following autistic patients, without intervention, only registering, not even wanting to ‘learn’ anything.
Advising researcher: Wim Cuyvers
More information: http://janvaneyck.nl/tracesofautism
Logo Parc. Challenging the aesthetics of ecomony
Logo Parc is a design research project for public space. Its main focus of interest is the Zuidas (South Axis) in Amsterdam; a prestigious area of high-rise office blocks, residential and cultural facilities on both sides of the A10 motorway. The Zuidas is considered a new typology of city, dedicated to the symbolic representation of economy, information, knowledge and mobility. Logo Parc is driven by a critical interest in the representation of power and economy; both to deconstruct it, and to create it. As a machine for comments, ideas and visions for the Zuidas, the project aims to fuel discussion as well as trigger actual design issues, operating freely in an area in between architectural, spatial and communication design.
Logo Parc is a joint project of Jan van Eyck Academie, Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte, Gerrit Rietveld Academy / Amsterdam University, and Premsela Dutch Design Foundation.
Advising researcher: Daniël van der Velden
More information: http://logoparc.janvaneyck.nl/
Tomorrow book studio
The project Tomorrow book studio aims at carrying out research into the future of the book, taking a multi-disciplinary approach. At the same time, the project concerns itself with commission-based book design where research can be directly tested and applied in practice. Convinced that the book will never cease to exist, the Tomorrow book studio focuses on the specific qualities of the book as a medium. The book, after all, has a physical reality that is part of a complex and process-like entity that involves acts such as conceptualizing, making, distributing, reading, using, reusing and keeping.
The Tomorrow book studio is a joint research project of the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Charles Nypels Foundation.
Advising researcher: Will Holder
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The pensive image
The pensive image is a research project on thinking images. This project studies the extent to which images (painting, photography, cinema etc.) are able to philosophize on the status of their own representation, and on the nature of vision. The project is based on the hypothesis that monocular models of vision such as perspective and the camera have shaped our binocular perception of the world. Following Hubert Damisch, W.J.T. Mitchell, among others, The pensive image aims at formulating a theory as to how images ‘think’ about vision through a study of images that ‘look back’ at us, viewers.
Advising researcher: Hanneke Grootenboer
More information: www.janvaneyck.nl/thepensiveimage
Circle for Lacanian ideology Critique
The Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique (CLiC) gathers researchers who are interested in Lacanian theory and consider it an open set of tools that enable researchers to critically consider contemporary (post-)modern culture. CLiC intends to activate the psychoanalytical – and especially Lacanian – background of many current philosophers and critics, such as Agamben, Badiou, Jameson, Laclau, Mouffe, Negri, Derrida, Nancy, Rancière, Žižek and Zupancic. Insight into the Lacanian background of these theories is indispensable to discover the very core of their critical potentialities, which is why a confrontation with and a reading of the Lacanian text is one of CLiC’s objectives.
Advising researcher: Dominiek Hoens
More information: http://clic.janvaneyck.nl
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