Context & Installation

Tutor: Edwin Zwakman

The central question in this tutor group is how a valuable but very vulnerable activity like art can be part of contemporary social reality. To ensure their work is visible and meaningful, contemporary artists should be like inventors in their thinking, mentality and practice. It is essential they develop their work in dialogue with the context in which they operate. A hands-on, experimental approach works best. Making work, reflecting on it in the group and showing it in public three times a year is what this group strives for, because it is in this cycle that connections between the artistic, the philosophical, the political and the practical are revealed.

Critical Practice

Tutor: James Beckett

The type of art practice this tutor group strives for arises when we examine, undermine and leave our cultural comfort zone of assumptions, conventions and privileges. Critical practice is a way to discover unknown and hidden connections, absurdities and free space. Art is a special, sophisticated form of communication. To learn about it one needs an open, inviting environment that finds its inspiration in the method of the Socratic dialogue. Art, considered as a critical and meaningful way to play with the perception of knowledge, conventions and social codes, requires imagination, intuition, humour and a keen eye for presentation.

Meaning at the Margins

Tutor: Vincent Vulsma

Art is not the same as producing and exhibiting images and objects. It is a cultural expression that not only shows, but also acts. Artists mobilize and question meaning through the choices and interventions they make. This tutor group focusses on researching the socio-political dimension of art and culture. Every student brings his or her history, imagination and cultural identity into play. Values such as autonomy as a human being and a citizen, solidarity and collaboration, equality, diversity and transparency are vital and central, both within the group and in the activities the group deploys inside and outside the academy.

Art & Process

Tutor: Hester Oerlemans

How do you become an artist with a viable independent practice and artistic position? The development of your own perspective is only possible by acquiring more knowledge of and getting a grip on your artistic process. That involves doubt, freezing up, conflict and failure. The tutor group is a safe environment in which the students encounter criticism in an instructive setting, learn to deal with a professional point of view, and acquire experience with deadlines and public showing their work in public.

Materiality & Humanity

Tutor: Gijs Assmann

There is a valuable way of thinking that does not use words and concepts, because it is visual by nature and exists in a cycle between what the hands, the eyes and the mind do. It does not centre on critical and analytic rationality, but rather on dedication to the making process and the courage to trust the encounter with desires, fears, dreams and intuitions. This confronts students with themselves, not as psychological persons but as human beings. In this tutor group, art is a sensory and hands-on adventure where human and social values are at stake.

Facts & Fiction

Tutor: Korrie Besems

The camera, the digital machine, mass media and the internet: this is our contemporary visual culture. The facts and fictions we live with are produced in a global image economy. Learning to work in that culture as an independent and critical maker requires a specific education. This tutor group is a learning environment in which critical sessions, assignments and excursions offer a perspective on contextuality, re-appropriation, post-production and the relation between photography, moving images and installations.

Performance

Tutor: Zhana Ivanova

Art is not only a collection of images and objects. It is also an event in time and space. This tutor group is all about learning to work with this ‘live’, performative aspect of art. Space, rhythm, mise-en-scène, dramaturgy, repetition and duration are the elements artists use to build patterns and systems. How do I learn to charge those forms, logic and techniques of the performative aspects of art with the experiences and urges that precede language a shared imagery? This tutor group invests a lot of time in exercises, assignments and teamwork.