The master in Critical Studies is a two- year postgraduate programme for research and theory. The programme offers an open, interdisciplinary environment for the development of an independent research practice, while providing a rigorous grounding in critical theory, research methods and writing techniques. We are especially interested in forms of inquiry and study that are at odds with traditional academic frameworks, including practice- led research and other intersections of research, practice and theoretical inquiry.
The graduates of the Critical Studies department are presented at Butcher’s Tears in Karperweg 45 Amsterdam from Fri 16 - Sat 17 June 2017.
With a selfless, committed, curious, serious, humorous and above all hazardous mentality — plus a wide diversity of tools — the Design Department finds out what matters through design. Moving between reality and fantasy, chaos and systems, data and dreams, the course addresses the contradictions of our time. It responds to world issues and questions the relationship between practice and politics. Dealing with issues that are becoming post-human and post-technological, our world itself becomes technological.
The graduates of the Design department are presented at Shelter Amsterdam in Overhoeksplein 3 Amsterdam from Wed 14 - Sun 18 June 2017.
The Dirty Art Department presents itself as an open space for all possible thought, creation and action. It sees itself as a dynamic paradox, flowing between the pure and the applied, the existential and the deterministic, the holy and the profane. It is concerned with individuality, collectivity and our navigation of the complex relationship between the built world and the natural world and between other people and ourselves. It is a place to build objects or totems, religions or websites, revolutions or business models, paintings or galaxies.
The graduates of the Dirty Art Department are presented at Krux in Cruquiusweg 120A (krux 3) Amsterdam from Fri 16 - Wed 21 June 2017.
A big part of the fashion industry works just fine, but what if you love fashion but don’t feel like you want to be part of this current sys- tem? What if you cannot find a place for your understanding of fashion within this industry? It’s important to start, from the very beginning, with an understanding of what your possibilities and responsibilities are. Basically, you cannot produce anything anymore without full awareness of the environmental, social and economical conditions that shape the fashion industry. It’s all part of the contemporary process of creating. Anything less would be plain ignorant.
The graduates of Fashion Matters are presented at Nieuw Dakota in Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41 Amsterdam from Thur 15 - Sun 18 June 2017.
Sandberg Instituut’s Fine Arts department retains a focus on autonomy and making, while addressing the social and economic roles of art production. The programme structurally redefines conventional notions of artistic labour in three open modules: Language, Image and Play/Object. A main tutor develops the curriculum of each of these modules over the course of two years. Throughout this period, the Sandberg Instituut functions as a base, while encouraging each programme to modify and manifest itself both internally and externally.
The graduates of the Fine Arts Department are presented at various galleries across Amsterdam from Wed 21 - Sat 25 June 2017.
Materials and techniques — both traditional and modern — carry a wealth of characteristics. In addition to the understanding of their physical qualities and of the possibilities that those offer, their diverse cultural and histor- ical references, when properly analysed and eventually mixed up, are of great potential to the artist or designer. Materialisation in Art and Design (MAD) challenges the conventional hierarchy between ‘concept’ and ‘making’, ‘content’ and ‘process', by making the material expression of works paramount.
The graduates of Materialisation in Art and Design are presented at Looiersgracht 60 in Looiersgracht 60 Amsterdam from Wed 14 - Wed 21 June 2017.
The Studio for Immediate Spaces (SIS) investigates spaces in all their forms and implications. It is a temporary autonomous platform for reflections ranging from commentary and analysis to current spatial realities and production processes. Using the tools of the geographer, the urban planner, the architect or the designer, we create new grounds for research, blurring the boundaries between science and politics, art and architecture. Through field observation, analysis or physical construction we dig into the spaces created by popular culture and contemporary society to reveal new meanings. Public or intimate, permanent or temporary, material or virtual, we are interested as much in the physical quality of space as in its social and political out- comes. By questioning preconceived notions and searching for new strategies, we aim to dismantle the syntax of contemporary urban spaces and expand the definition of architecture.
The graduates of Studio of Immediate Spaces are presented at Station Noord in Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg Amsterdam from Wed 14 - Sun 18 June 2017.