- krist gruijthuijsen
- on: tailor-made
Course director: Krist Gruijthuijsen
The Fine Arts master is about exploring the idea of ‘autonomy’ through practice-based reflection, structured in custom modules. I believe in a dedicated and tailor-made education.
Addressing acute social and economical issues from traditional parameters indicates that one can raise questions like could this conversation be viewed as sculpture?
tailor-made / flexible / dedicated / structure / making / autonomy / sense and non-sense / friction / plurality / authenticity / linguistic / performative / visual / madness / attitude
The remodelled Fine Arts department of the Sandberg Institute retains its focus on the notions of autonomy and making while simultaneously addressing the social and economical roles and implications of these traditional parameters of art production.
The structure of the program rethinks conventional notions around the division of artistic labour by placing different aspects of production into three open models; Language, Image, Play/Object. A main tutor develops the curriculum for each model over the course of two years, whereby the Sandberg Institute will function as headquarters from which each program can modify and manifest itself internally as well as externally.
Fine Arts is thus a more tailor-made form of education, with the ambition to guide artistic practitioners / artists to position and differentiate their existing body of work. The course offers a constructive pallet in which the student applies with a proposal for one specific model. This causes each group to become smaller and more flexible, enabling them to properly research and reflect upon the different aspect within their practices.
Students can apply with a proposal for one specific model but nevertheless will have the opportunity to follow the other models as a minor. This allows each group to be small, flexible and focussed.
Language, is of language, and about language, Language as description, as well as the languages of what is seen, heard and written. The program will be divided between developing artistic practice and tasks designed to broaden ways of seeing and working. Language concentrates on a holistic way of approaching art making expanding and exploring the potential of what artist practice can include. Language will visit and be visited by a variety of people from various fields related and unrelated to creative practice.
Main tutor: Jason Dodge, artist (US)
Image centres around the notion of representation, time and context in various (audio-) visual practices. Although the program will not disregard technical or formal considerations, or issues of public presentation, the emphasis will be on the development of individual strategies for production: strategies for processing and materializing thought, intuition and knowledge; strategies commonly developed through making-experience and through the consideration of the strategies of others.Several times a year, the Image group spends some days together in a group critique, an elaborate session of thinking and talking through each other’s works (in progress). Common interests that emerge through these sessions, can be addressed with the help of expertise that is invited accordingly.
Main tutor: Nicoline van Harskamp, artist (NL)
Play/Object focussed on the contemporary constructions of performativity and object-based productions within a cross-disciplinary (public) context (theatre, dance, music). It will concentrate on the invention and exercise of one's discipline that is open to conversation as a mode of developing thoughts. This could include walks in the forest, studying the same subject with experts of various disciplines, art's role in life-writing at large, autobiography as a tool of collective speculation, infinite games where one is not fully aware of what type of decision will be asked to be made next, time-based ways of being, collective forms of authorship, insurrection of experience and emotions, non-causal reasoning, spaces of attention
Main tutor: Raimundas Malašauskas, curator (LT)
The Fine Arts department is looking for eager, active and ambitious candidates willing to participate in group tutorials, workshops and other (un)conventional forms education: authentic makers, who are open to fundamental reflection on their work. A sound background in art or equivalent expertise in affiliated fields is requested.
Candidate students will be evaluated on their motivation, previous experience, and portfolio. The admission committee will focus on the authenticity, artistry, and autonomous visual quality in the work presented.
Candidates who have successfully completed the master’s program Fine Arts earn a master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.
Krist Gruijthuijsen, course director (NL)
Judith Leysner, coordinator (NL)
Raimundas MalaŠauskas, main tutor (LT)
Nicoline van Harskamp, main tutor (NL)
Jason Dodge, main tutor (US)
Praneet Soi, tutor (IN)
Aaron Schuster, theory tutor (US)
Jeroen Boomgaard, theory tutor (NL)
Goldin + Senneby, Celine Condorelli, Katya Sander, Carey Young, Mladen Dolar, Robert Snowden, Angie Keefer, Vilem Flusser Archive, Lisa Oppenheim, Tirdad Zolghadr, Dennis Cooper, Pierre Bismuth, Lisette Smits, Marcos Lutyens, Christiana Ricupero, Tim Etchells, Koen Brams, Stuart Comer, Sally O’Reilly, Chus Martinez, Trevor Paglen, Stuart Bailey, Joachim Koester, Sissel Toolas, Wayne Koestenbaum, Red Vaughan Tremmel, John Menick, Lidwien van de Ven, Nils Norman, Doug Asfhord, Sam Ashby, Marie de Brugerolle a.o.
Yosuke Amamiya (JP), Roi Alter (IL), Daniela Bershan (DE/NL), David Bernstein (US) Valentina Desideri (IT), KroOt Juurak (EE), Geraldine Longueville (FR), Aapo Nikkanen (FI) Jurgis Paskevicius (LT), Diego Tonus (IT), Sophia Holst (NL), Pedro de Moraes (BR), Perrine Bailleux (FR), Alissa Šnaider (EE), Richard John Jones (UK), Matthew Shannon (AUS), Tamara Kuselman (ES), Alex Bailey (UK), Victoria Durnak (NO), Joyce Vlaming (NL), Rikke Ehlers Nilsson (DK), Adam Ulbert (HU), Melanie Ebenhoch (AT), Johan Gustavsson (SE), Hrafnhildur Helgadottir (IS), Veniamin Kazachenko (RU), Nina Frankova (CZ), Marcello Spada (IT)
KRIST GRUIJTHUIJSEN (1980, NL) is a curator, writer, publisher and course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Recently he has been been appointed artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz, Austria.
As co-founding director of Kunstverein in Amsterdam, he has organized exhibitions, events and publications of o.a. Ian Wilson, Ben Kinmont, Dennis Cooper, Ray Johnson, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Adam Pendleton, Simon Martin, Dexter Sinister, Robert Wilhite, Richard Kostelanetz, Nedko Solakov and Raimundas Malasauskas. His exhibitions and projects have been presented at a.o. Manifesta 7 (Italy), Platform Garanti (Istanbul), Artistsspace (New York), Extra City (Antwerp), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade), Swiss Institute (New York), Anthology Film Archives (New York), A Gentil Carioca/ Galeria Vermelho (Rio de Janeiro/ Sao Paulo), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.
Gruijthuijsen has produced many publications amongst others ‘The Encyclopedia of Fictional Artists + The Addition’ (JRP Ringier), ‘We all Laughed at Christopher Columbus’ (Revolver), ‘Novella (not yet another story)’ (Revolver), Ben Kinmont: Prospectus, works from 1989 – 2011, (JRP Ringier), ‘Paper Exhibition: Selected Writings of Raimundas Malausaskas’ (Sternberg Press).
RAIMUNDAS MALAŠAUSKAS (born in Vilnius, lived and works in Brussels) is a curator and writer. From 1995 to 2006, he worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, where he produced the first two seasons of the weekly television show CAC TV, an experimental merger of commercial television and contemporary art that ran under the slogan "Every program is a pilot, every program is the final episode." He curated "Black Market Worlds," the IX Baltic Triennial, at CAC Vilnius in 2005. From 2007 to 2008, he was a visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and, until recently, a curator-at-large of Artists Space, New York. In 2007, he co-wrote the libretto of Cellar Door, an opera by Loris Gréaud produced in Paris. Malašauskas curated the exhibitions "Sculpture of the Space Age," David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); "Into the Belly of a Dove," Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2010), and "Repetition Island," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010). His other recent projects, Hypnotic Show and Clifford Irving Show, are ongoing.
NICOLINE VAN HARSKAMP lives and works in Amsterdam. She has been a resident artist at, amongst others, Platform Garanti Istanbul, Project Studio Büro Friedrich Berlin, the Christiania Researcher in Residence Program Copenhagen and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. In 2009 she received a Science Fellowship with the Rijksakademie and the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam. For her series of works on surveillance personnel she was short listed for the Beck’s Futures 2004 prize. In 2009 she won the national award for young artists in the Netherlands, the Prix de Rome. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Yours in Solidarity – Episode 1’ at D+T Project Brussels, ‘Any other Business – a scripted conference’ at Spinoza festival Amsterdam. The live piece ‘Expressive Power Series’ was staged at Witte de With in Rotterdam, the New Museum in New York and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 2010.
JASON DODGE his work is born out of love for a simple economy of visual and literal language. The artist’s seemingly minimal sculptures and spatial interventions belie an intense interest in the emotional potential for objects to transmit meaning. Unexpected combinations of apparently familiar objects, presented out of place and stripped of their function or purpose, create an elusive and poetic narrative sustained by a broad network of associations. Evocative of something unseen or somewhere else, Jason Dodge’s works explore surprising histories and untold tales.
Dodge studied at the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, USA, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Solo exhibitions include the Villa Arson in Nice, the Moderna Museet Projekt in Stockholm and Casey Kaplan in New York. He is represented by Casey Kaplan in New York. Jason Dodge lives and works in New York and Berlin.
AARON SCHUSTER received his BA from Amherst College (USA), where he specialized in legal theory, and MA and PhD in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). His doctoral dissertation, The Trouble With Pleasure: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, examined the concept of pleasure in the history of philosophy, concluding with Freud and Lacan. He was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2005-2006, and has taught at PARTS (Performing Arts Research Training Studios) in Brussels and the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He has written on contemporary art and culture for Cabinet, Metropolis M, Frieze, Mousse, De Witte Raaf, and others, and has collaborated as a writer with artists on a number of projects, including a performance piece with Mario Garcia Torres, an opera libretto with Loris Gréaud and Raimundas Malasauskas, a science fiction film with Alexis Destoop, and a comedy show with Nicolas Matranga. He is currently preparing a book on Deleuze and psychoanalysis (MIT Press, forthcoming 2011), and a study of the history of levitation in twentieth century thought and culture.
PRANEET SOI is born and educated in India and the United States. He currently lives and works between Calcutta and Amsterdam. Soi's work maintains a number of fundamental underpinnings at its core, relating to both the individual and the context within which they live. What are the possibilities to recover a sense of landscape in the face of incessant territorialism? And how can the individual be represented within this struggle, in respect to the fragmentations caused by progress and its extensively manipulated representation within the media. His work has been presented at the 55th Venice Biennial, Manifesta 9, Van Abbemuseum and Artspace, Sydney.
JEROEN BOOMGAARD is an art historian and art critic. He is currently Professor of Art and Public Space at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and head of Master Artistic Research at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, both in Amsterdam. Boomgaard also directs the research group Art & Public Space (Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte), a partnership between the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Sandberg Instituut, the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and the Virtueel Museum Zuidas (or VMZ), which stimulates research and theoretical reflection on the role of art and design in the public domain. He regularly writes articles about art and public space for publications such as Open. Cahier on Art and the Public Domain. In 2008 he edited a collection of essays on art in public space, High Rise – Common Ground, Art and the Amsterdam Zuidas Area. He also co-edited (with Bart Rutten) the book The Magnetic Era: Video Art in the Netherlands 1970–1985 (2003). Boomgaard lives and works in Amsterdam.