Kutsu Jan van Eyck Akatemiaan

Dear Sir, dear Madam,

The Jan van Eyck Academie is an international post-academic institute for research and production in the areas of fine art, design and theory. For the upcoming academic year, starting on 1 January 2011, the JVE has research positions available in the Departments of Fine Art and Design. The Academie is inviting artists and designers to apply for a one-year, two-year or variable research period. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2010.
We know from experience that many promising applicants are introduced to the JVE by someone in their network – a teacher or (assistant) professor, a current researcher, a guest, … Since the Jan van Eyck could be of interest to your current students and alumni, we would be most grateful if you could help us reach candidate researchers by forwarding the ‘Call for applications’ to your network and to publish the call on your website and/or distribute it via other means of communication. Naturally, we welcome any other suggestions you may have in order to proclaim that the JVE is seeking artists and designers.

Below, you will find the ‘Call for applications’. Please contact us if you would like to obtain more information on the Jan van Eyck Academie in general, or the recruitment campaign in particular.
I hope that you are interested in assisting future researchers in your network to find their way to our institute where they are given further opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Koen Brams,

/Apologies for cross-posting/


*Jan van Eyck Academie*
Post-Academic Institute for Research and Production
Fine Art, Design, Theory

*The Jan van Eyck Academie is an institute for research and production where artists, designers and theoreticians work alongside each other and establish cross-disciplinary exchange. *

The Jan van Eyck Academie has positions available in the Fine Art and Design Departments for the next academic year, starting on 1 January 2011. Artists are invited to submit proposals for individual research projects; designers can apply for one of the projects formulated by the department.

*Application deadline*
1 October 2010

The Fine Art department offers a unique space for experimentation, production, reflection and debate. Researchers conduct their artistic research in an environment that encourages questioning of the assumptions, forms, meanings and contexts that are tied to the practice of making art today. We welcome artists, individuals and groups, without stipulating conditions regarding form, content and media.

Artistic practice is supported by a programme of events and sustained conversations organised by the researchers and advising researchers, according to their interests. Throughout the year professionals from different fields are invited to set up discursive events, on formal and informal levels, such as presentations, lectures, studio visits, performances and other forms of intervention. The programme is open to researchers from all three departments.

The academy offers expertise in all media and production areas, in-house or in cooperation with partner organisations. These areas include photography, digital and silk-screen printing, video and audio production, computer applications and other digital technologies, and materials including wood, metal, ceramics, glass and bronze. The academy encourages publishing through the Jan van Eyck publication series of artists’ books, monographs, theoretical and other writings or forms of publishing. Everybody at the Jan van Eyck Academie can make use of its extensive library.

The Fine Art Department is headed by advising researchers Hans-Christian Dany, Imogen Stidworthy and Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi. Their principal task is to advise the Fine Art researchers in the development of their work.

Candidate researchers for the Design Department can apply for one of the following projects:

Various areas close to Maastricht have undergone processes of economic crisis followed by a restructuring that is usually characterised by the attempt to attract cultural or ‘creative’ industries.
Strijp-S is an urban development plan that tries to turn the 66-acres of the former Philips factory in Eindhoven from a ‘Forbidden City’ into ‘The Creative City with an unequalled character’.
The project sets out as a visual research into new divisions of labour, which emerge as soon as heavy industries and mass-production of consumer goods along the assembly line have been replaced by what is coined as cognitive, immaterial or affective labour.
/Forbidden city/ calls for designers, urbanists, video- and filmmakers.
Advising researcher: Florian Schneider

A project exploring the practice, methods and messages of type-design, /*Latent stare*/ proposes a gathering and study of selected typefaces and stories, originating from the time of the 1900s onwards – when technology had accelerated, and begun to affect, the production and distribution of new types. The binding feature of the selected material is affiliated to a political, social or spiritual set of beliefs which feed back into the typefaces creation, design and/or use. The designer has been held accountable in some way for their creation. /*Latent stare*/ suggests an investigational approach to the material, with the thought of re-evaluating ideas surrounding the designed alphabet; including proposals, rejections and possibilities.

Advising researcher: David Bennewith

NEUTRALITY_Polity and Space in the Post-Eurocentric City
The investigation researches the modalities and substances that contemporary practices of neutrality give rise to and contribute in sustaining. By looking at how international, super-national and state institutions, together with individual organisations, NGOs and other polities carve and mould the inhabited spaces of post-continental EU Europe, Brussels and a number of other non-Eurocentric European cities, the research programme will aim at outlining innovative paths towards design agency and creativity. The research programme analyses forms of transformation and control of contemporary space: international, local, urban, infrastructural, humanitarian, political, conflictual, economical, financial, military, institutional, natural, global, individual.
The research materials will be architectural analysis, maps, diagrams, charts, interviews, texts, graphics, photographs and films that will be organised as a complex representations of the transformation processes of the physical spaces shaped by international and non-governmental organisations.

Advising researcher: John Palmesino

HTML5, the next revision of the HyperText Mark-up Language, is supposed to open a new chapter in web design and web-based publishing. The support of multimedia content by self-explanatory video and audio tags will have major impact for developers, designers and content producers. Most importantly, it allows the seamless integration of open-source encoded audio and video content into the native browser environment. Furthermore, it opens up exciting and yet unforeseeable possibilities to revaluate and to re-invent the rather peculiar relationships between text, sound and moving or still image. The /Open Video/ project will research into past and present open-source video implementations with the goal to develop an independent platform that explores the specific potentials of self-authored and self-managed, open-source video publishing initiatives against the backdrop of the overwhelming dominance of mass-media like content providers.

/Open video/ calls for code developers, web designers and digital content producers.
Advising researcher: Florian Schneider

REMOTE SENSING_Biopolitical Imagery
The research investigates how new remote-sensing technologies – the design of information gathering and distribution – are shaping and carving contemporary spaces of operation and sovereignty, and on the other side it will focus on the agency that these new technologies elicit and entail. The research will focus on sets of new image-making and processing technologies and their link to the space of law, the space of finances and the space of inhabitation. The rise of new possibilities of measuring and describing the complex systems that form the Earth and shape human life has unexpected connections with contemporary reshaping of the notions of sovereignty, exclusive economic licensing and more in general on notions of inhabitation.

The research will single out a series of contemporary situations and will trace the complex links and exchanges between the production of new images through remote sensing and the outline of new legal and governmental issues.

/Remote sensing/ calls for data visualisation designers, interaction designers, urbanists, architects, photographers, video and filmmakers.

Advising researchers: John Palmesino and Florian Schneider

The Design Department is currently headed by advising researchers John Palmesino, Florian Schneider and Daniel van der Velden. Their principal task is to advise the Design researchers in the development of their work.

Researchers can avail themselves of facilities that support their projects from first concept to public presentation, including the library, the documentation centre and various workshops. They can also get assistance with their print work, the editing and distribution of publications and the publicity of events. All researchers receive their own studio and a stipend.

Research candidates can apply for a one-year or two-year research period starting annually on 1 January. It is also possible to apply to do research for a different period and with a different starting date.
*More info*
Please visit our website at http://www.janvaneyck.nl (button ‘applications’) for more information and for the series of video messages by Kim de Groot, designer of the JVE 2010 recruitment campaign.
*Jan van Eyck Academie*
Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht
The Netherlands