Research department innovative visualisation techniques in art education

Researcher / Lector: Yolande Kolstee

Research assistant: Reba Wesdorp. Research assistent: Mariana Kniveton. Project assistant: Imke van den Ende. Webmaster / graphic designer: Esmé Vahrmeijer

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The Research Department IVT focuses on the use of innovative visualisation techniques in the artistic and cultural domain and its relevance for higher art education.

Nowadays, offline, online, mobile, virtual and real-life have become more and more intertwined. The Research Department Innovative Visualisation Techniques [IVT] focuses on the use of novel techniques in the context of the artistic and cultural domain. IVT  is closely tied to the Art Academy's AR Lab. The  AR Lab has contacts at various international companies, labs and artists that are involved with innovative visualisation techniques. Additionally, the Lab also works together with Delft University of Technology and Leiden University's Media Technology department. The AR Lab uses workshop facilities in order to work with, for example, 3D scans, 3D prints and Augmented Reality. AR is not simply about adding information to objects; it is medium in its own right. Fine art artist Marina de Haas, KABK alumna, shows objects which cannot be generated in film or with analogue techniques; a virtual mosquito dies and goes to heaven piece by piece. Whilst wearing an AR headset, these pieces seem to float up all around you.

During the 2013 – 2014 study year, on 28 November 2013, a mini-conference on digital techniques in art education was organised by the Research Department IVT. A tour around the KABK’s workshops was part of the gathering, alongside the launch of:

  • The KABK’s workshops website
  • AR[t] issue 4
  • The centre point digital techniques in art education
  • Raak-award nomination (on 22-11-2013 during SIA’s conference that was attended by Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker, Thom de Graaf en chairperson Gerdi Verbeet) for the AR Lab’s Smart Replicas project with Maaike Roozenburg en Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The 3D print of Rembrandt’s painting Jewish Bride was shown together with a spectacular image of it on a 3D screen. Yolande Kolstee introduced the theme, after which Edwin van der Heide, Cornel Bierens and Pieter Jonker gave lectures. After the lectures, drinks were served and attendants were asked to respond to several statements by aid of red, green or yellow stickers (disagree, agree, would like to discuss further) which was done actively.

It proved to be a very instructive meeting, in an easy-going atmosphere, with approximately 50 external attendants from several art academies, universities and companies such as Shell, but smaller companies and agencies were also took part as did representatives from, amongst others, the Van Abbe Museum and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Artists, designers, workshop employees from art academies, teaching staff, professors (TU-Delft and Radboud University) and a education director as did a member of the KABK’s Supervisory Board. Attendants praised the KABK, the hospitality, the building, the workshops and the lectures. The KABK presented itself as an open, interested, innovative and inquisitive art academy that enables students to experiment and to develop their skills.

During the 2012 - 2013 study year, four Pop-Up Galleries, including drinks and discussion afterwards, were organised in collaboration with Studium Generale. Here, works from students of different departments are on display. The first Pop-Up Gallery was held on 15 November 2012, and featured works from Graphic Design students. The second Pop-Up Gallery took place on 21 February 2013 and displayed works from Photography students. The third edition took place 21 March 2013 with students from the department of Fine Art. Finally, the fourth Pop-Up Gallery was scheduled for 23 May 2013 and where works from  where Interactive Media Design students on show.

In the past study year two studies have been completed: one was a pilot study into the use of IVT at art academies which will be extended to the use of IVT at universities of applied sciences (hbo). The other was an inventorial study into the use of IVT and presentation techniques in art museums.

During the study year 2011 - 2012, the Research Department organised five so-called ‘digi-drinks’ in order to let teachers become more acquainted with the digital equipment of the Academy. The main purpose was to look into digitalisation of developmental processes. We consider novel production techniques such as 3D printing to be part of innovative visualisation techniques. Other examples are:

  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • 3D printing
  • 3D scanning
  • Digital interactive installations
  • Writing applications (apps) for iPad / iPhone or Android
  • Laser cutter applications
  • Computer controlled milling equipment
  • Computer controlled textile equipment (embroidery, sewing, weaving and more)

Points up for discussion at the Research Department IVT:

  • Digital techniques should be part of the curriculum of every course or else students will miss out of what is going on outside the Academy
  • Every student should design something digitally at least once
  • Analogue art primarily sends out information (visitors look at a painting / audience listens to an opera) while digital art is more interactive (by adjusting as well as changing photo's and music etc.)
  • Digitalisation within art education plays into interaction and co-creation, and operates independantly regardless of location or time. For example, a virtual choir of 3500 people from 73 countries is able to sing their parts together
  • Game developers are a new breed of artists
  • Remediation and crossovers are possible by way digital techniques

What can teachers do?

  • Work together with students on a project using digital visualisation techniques
  • Write an article about this for AR[t] Magazine, published by the AR Lab
  • Create a virtual artwork

What can students do?

  • Particpate in the Smart Replica's project for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Graphic Design department: Gerd Dumbar / Maaike Roozenburg / Wim van Eck / Yolande Kolstee. Delft University of Technology also works on this project, namely: Industrial Design department.
  • Develop an artistic / design app
  • Work as intern via the research department in order to show museums their collection by aid of new technologies
  • Write a thesis or paper

The Research Department Innovative Visualisation Techniques [IVT] in art education is affiliated with the KABK's AR Lab which is part of the Raak-Pro research programme AR-VIP [Augmented Reality, Visualisation, Interaction, Perception] for the purpose of art, design and science.


See also the Contact & Partners page on the AR Lab website.