DARE # 5: maHKU Platform, Utrecht, The Netherlands

DARE # 5: maHKU Platform, Utrecht, The Netherlands

MaHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design

August 23, 2010
DARE # 5: maHKU Platform, Utrecht, The Netherlands

maHKU Platform:
Graduate Presentations

August 27 – September 12

Aorta, Academiegalerie, Expodium, SWK


maHKU Platform
Opening, August 27

maHKU Degree Show MA Fine Art: Collective Individualism
This presentation is based on a situated and committed take on the chances and challenges of temporal and immaterial works of art outside the white cube. The focus and the starting point of the actions is the Jaarbeursplein: the square located behind the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall. The vast and varied activities by the students there are then connected with works articulated as interventions and documentations at the Expodium space.

Curator: Mika Hannula (Professor of Artistic Research, Gothenburg University) in collaboration with Expodium, Platform for Young Art.

Location: Expodium, Krugerstraat 11, Monday-Friday 10-17. Sunday 9.12: 12-17.


maHKU Fine Art: Open Studio: August 28 and 29. 11-17.
A presentation of the studio-based research projects by the Ma Fine Art students.
Location: SWK, Van Asch van Wijckkade 28-30, Utrecht.

maHKU Degree Show Spatial Design: Subtle Revolutions
Despite the fact that the Spatial Design students originate from eight different countries their presentation shows a striking unanimity in the involved, process-oriented, approach of the design discipline. The projects demonstrate that process-oriented research leads to transformations in the relationship between public and private spheres. Such research aims to stimulate new ways of thinking and new strategies to generate discussion in the field. In line with Doing Dissemination, students also investigate whether the current openness and diversity in communication leads to more quality, attention and dissemination.

Curator: Arjen Oosterman (Editor in Chief, Volume Magazine)
Location: Aorta, Achter de Dom 14. Wednesday-Saturday: 12-17 (and Sunday 9.12).


maHKU Degree Show Communication Design: No Title
“Here I was surrounded by fashion and editorial and my so-called mates and I’ve never felt so inspired. Never in all my puff. Since I was on remand, they’ve had me on this program, this state sponsored addiction. Three sickly sweet doses of workshops a day instead of lectures. But it is never enough. I need to visit the maHKU Platform for one hit. One final hit to get us over this long, hard year.” (After Trainspotting)

Location: Academiegalerie, Minrebroederstraat 16, Wednesday-Saturday: 12-17.


maHKU Research Screenings
Communication Design: Academiegalerie. Critical Referent: Joke Robaard. September 2, 14-16.

Spatial Design: Aorta. Critical Referent: ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles), September 2, 19-21.

Fine Art: Expodium. Critical Referents: Pilvi Takala and Joshua Thies. September 3, 14-16.30.

Twice a year, under the title DARE (Dutch Artistic Research Event), maHKU organizes a public event: an international artistic research symposium in spring and a presentation of current maHKU research in September (maHKU-Platform).

On April 1 a symposium was held, entitled Doing Dissemination, dealing with the problems surrounding dissemination of artistic research. The keynote presentation was held by Nicolas Bourriaud. Other contributions were by, among others, Geert Lovink, Jurgen Bey and BikvanderPol. A report about this symposium will appear in maHKUzine 9, Journal of Artistic Research.

DARE is a project initiated by the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (maHKU). DARE # 5 is also made possible with the support of Dutch Design Double.

Since 2004 the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (maHKU)* has been the sole master program in the Netherlands to offer one-year, interdisciplinary graduation courses in research. Through an intensive seminar program with artists, designers, architects, curators, and theorists, two main research themes are addressed. Departing from the question of intermediality, the department of Fine Art focuses on the position of the artistic image in a culture of visual information, whereas the department of Design focuses on topical forms of engagement from a transdisciplinary attitude. These research trajectories are developed and realized in close collaboration with local and global partners.

*Note: maHKU application and Admission for MA Fine Art and MA Design (Editorial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Public Space Design) 2011-2012 are possible from September 2010 – April 2011. Look for more information on: http://www.mahku.nl

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