Utrecht Consortium: Spring 2008

Utrecht Consortium: Spring 2008

MaHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design

April 1, 2008
Utrecht Consortium: Spring 2008
Utrecht ConsortiumMaHKU


Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory


Expodium, Platform for young art


MaHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design

MaHKU aims at reflecting on the position of artistic research in the topical domain of visual art, implying the significance of the current research attitude for the implementation of an adequate, didactic program for art education at a graduate level.

April: The issue of artistic research will be delved into by Mika Hannula – author of many publications in the field of artistic research – in both the series Utrecht Research Lectures and in a two-day workshop. Utrecht Research Lecture: Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan 50, April 9, 4.30 p.m.

May: At the international conference Arts Research: the State of Play 2008, Dublin (Project Arts Centre), May 8-9, 2008, MaHKU/Utrecht Consortium researcher Irene Ko:pelman will present the PhD research project she develops in collaboration with the Utrecht University Museum.

For more information on MaHKU’s Journal of Artistic Research (MaHKUzine), DARE (the yearly Dutch Artistic Research Event) and the research-based Master programs in Fine Art and Design (deadline applications, May 31): http://www.mahku.nl

Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory

Casco will begin its program for the Utrecht Consortium with a newly commissioned research project by Ricardo Basbaum, titled re-projecting (Utrecht). A drawing of an abstract shape was applied to the map of Utrecht determining nine locations for collaborative projects. In each location events will be conducted by invited artists, artists’ groups, people from the local communities, thinkers, philosophers, curators, writers, which take a variety of formats and duration, in some cases responding to the specificities of the location.

Events include Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum’s Overvecht Zombie Walk, Steve Rushton’s radio play, The Germ, a conversation with Simon Sheikh about the public sphere, Mieke Van de Voort’s game, General States, about the spreading of a virus, and Ricardo Basbaum’s Me and You Exercises and Games. The events are linked through conceptual threads that Basbaum has been using in his work over the last few years, such as notions of transformation, subliminal contact, the organic line, contact zones, micro-perception, repetition and the politics of the subject.

The project will involve the participation of MaHKU students, and many of the events are also open to other participants. Events: 17-26 April. Exhibition: 26 April-25 May. Further information http://www.cascoprojects.org

Expodium, platform for young art

In the context of the Utrecht Consortium, Expodium will involve a research group for an investigation of urban developments. The first trajectory (Jewel of the…HC on the Move) includes expert meetings, small presentations, seminars for MaHKU students and public lectures, with a focus on the ideologic basis of the Utrecht shopping mall Hoog Catharijne constructed in the 1970s.

April 4: Expert meeting, Luuk Boelens. Boelens is extraordinary professor of Urban Planning at the University of Utrecht.

April 28, Expert meeting and Public Lecture, Saskia Sassen (Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at Chicago University). Saskia Sassen is a specialist in transnational streams of immigration, a subject underscored by Sassen’s concept of the global city. Location Public Lecture: Tumult, Domplein 5, Utrecht. Reservation: http://www.tumultdebat.nl

May 29, Opening exhibition resulting from the first research period. Participants: Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, Sebastiaan Verhees, Eric von Robertson, Edward Clydesdale Thomson and Tilmann Meyer-Faje. (Exhibition May 29 – July 13). Further information: http://www.expodium.nl

Utrecht Consortium

Utrecht Consortium is a new initiative of the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design (Professorship Artistic Research, Henk Slager) and the Utrecht art institutions Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, and Expodium, Platform for young art that is focused on artistic research. The collaboration aims to investigate the specificity of artistic knowledge production in the context of exhibition making, and the significance of research–based practices for the (reformulation of the) curriculum in the current art academy. These questions will be explored through seminars, lectures, PhD trajectories, and experimental exhibition models. Utrecht Consortium is made possible by the financial support (sia raak) of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

For more information go to: http://www.mahku.nl

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