The International Dada Archive, 1920 Dada Exhibition, University of Iowa Libraries


The workshop is taught by Tatjana Macic

For whom?

For 2nd and 3rd year BA students of the KABK


2 & 9 March 10.00-16.00h, 18 March 12.00-16.00h

Is an exhibition a mere platform for presenting an artwork? Or is it an intrinsic part of the creative process? Where lies the difference and what are the implications of these different positions for the artist’s research process and artistic practice? How do various curatorial roles relate to notions of artistic autonomy? Why do artists make exhibitions anyway?

This interdisciplinary workshop offers students practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of exhibition making in general, and of the potentialities of exhibition making in relation to their own artistic practice in particular.

Students will (re-)make and show new work, critically reflect on this process as well as investigate the possibilities of an exhibition as a framework for research, experiment and (re-)presentation.

  • work with two or more of their own artworks (all materials, concepts, sizes and subjects are allowed);
  • read selected texts and artists’ statements before the workshop starts.

The course is intended for 2nd and 3rd year BA students from all disciplines of the Royal Academy of Art. Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (1 EC).

Between 10 to 12 students will be selected to participate in the programme.
The course will be in English.

2 & 9 March 10.00-16.00h
18 March 12.00-16.00h

Two Wednesday sessions on 2 & 9 March (10.00-16.00h), followed by a final meeting concluded by the opening of the exhibition on Friday 18 March (12.00-16.00h).

Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application. Please send your brief motivation before 16 February 2016 to: You will be notified of the results of your application before Friday 19 February.

The workshop entails two parts. The first part focusses on the history and theory of exhibition making and the role of the (artist as) curator. Influential exhibitions will be analysed and discussed, including Op Losse Schroeven, Magiciens de la Terre, Xerox Book, Documenta, the Venice Biennial, the exhibitions of some avant-garde movements and emerging forms such as exhibitions in virtual space. What are the artistic, social, political and economic issues addressed in these exhibitions?

In the second part the focus lies on the students’ individual research, which will take place in several exhibition spaces in the academy. Students will develop their intuition and ‘spatial thinking’ while experimenting with their works in a variety of display modes, space typologies and presentation forms. Particular exhibition strategies and attitudes, as well as the role of the spectator in relation to specific works, will be discussed. In what ways may this process of analysis and reflection affect one’s work and practice?

Special attention will be given to the possibilities of artistic innovation based on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of rhizome. The rhizomatic approach to exhibition making can provide an inspiration for further individual research.

Students’ research will result in an exhibition that will be on show in the Gallery and in other exhibition spaces of the Royal Academy. Students will also write a short text to accompany their work in the exhibition.

Tatjana Macic is a visual artist, writer and theoretician. She studied art at the Academy of Art and Design AKI, and got her Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, where she wrote a thesis about curating, politics and innovation. She is founder of Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru, an initiative for art, research, dialogue and exchange; and is currently a teacher of Artistic Research at the Royal Academy in The Hague.