Research Group 2016-2017

The Research Group 2016-2017 was chaired by Janneke Wesseling, head of Lectorate Art Theory & Practice

Participants Research Group 2016-2017

Alexandra Landré

Alexandra Landré, tutor in BA Fine Arts:
In this project, Alexandra Landré investigates contemporary artistic practices that use systems, assemblages and other spatial compositional strategies to extend the notion of sculpture. Located on the interstice between theory, artistic practices and the curatorial, the project considers questions regarding the role of exhibitions as a formative factor in installation art and the emphasis on composition elements as a sculptural language, while revisiting several system-based concepts of the notion of sculpture. All in support of the guiding question: is there a new form of ‘network.sculpture’?

Lena Shafir

Lena Shafir, tutor in BA Interactive/Media/Design:
The purpose of this project is twofold: to understand what significance Design Thinking (DT) could have as a research instrument outside design practice and to define how DT could unlock a new approach to education in the arts, focussing on students’ changing prospects for professional practice. As ‘Design Thinking’ has gained popularity, it is now often seen as a magic tool to deal with problems in far fields of business, medicine and governance. In this project, Lena Shafir explores both its strengths and weaknesses by designing, conducting and reflecting on a series of case studies.

Anja Hertenberger

Anja Hertenberger, tutor in BA Interactive/Media/Design:
In the field of so-called wearable technology, or e-textiles, the relationship between body, technology and environment takes center stage. Anja Hertenberger is interested in the potential of the human body, of our senses, to allow us to protect ourselves, to learn about and to enjoy the world – and how technology can help us to connect to our bodies and maximize our senses. By bringing in intuition into the domain of electronics, she wants to provide a counterbalance to the dominant paradigm of technological development.

Jasper Coppes

Jasper Coppes, tutor in MA Artistic Research:
Coppes’ recent film FLOW COUNTRY investigates the medium of 16mm film as an archaeological record in itself. It proposes that the ‘archaeology of the present’ can be a site of production. This balance between artefact and representation is further extended in the relationship between subject and object in artistic research. With current work done in Greenland, Coppes explores how social justice forms the framework within which ideas unfold about landscape, ecology and spirituality. How does one establish an ‘immersed’ perspective, that embraces human and non-human entities?

Jan Robert Leegte

Jan Robert Leegte, tutor in BA Graphic Design:
The internet is an unimaginably vast ecology of data and processes. Deeply stored data immutable like buried granite, other data constantly in flux like a rushing mountain stream. Here, at the opaque surface of this churning ocean of bits, the realm of the computer and our realm meet. In this project, Jan Robert Leegte explores the mediating face of the networked computer, an area where metaphors, allegories and fantasy prevail and where interfacing has the potential to become an artistic act.