Politics of Craft

Eleven first-year students of the Master Media Design of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam show their interpretations of William Morris "News from Nowhere" in the form of eleven media projects.

24
 
Jun 2014
 - 
29
 
Jun 2014
 
11:00 to 18:00
location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam

Opening at V2_: June 24th, 19:00h–20:30h

Open: 25 June–29 June, 11:00–18:00h

William Morris' "News from Nowhere", a key text of the Arts and Crafts movement, contains a surprisingly up-to-date critique of capitalist globalization and the precarious state of artists' labour. It is, paradoxically enough, an avant-garde text of an otherwise nostalgic movement. 

Eleven first-year students of the Master Media Design of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam will show their interpretations of "News from Nowhere" in the form of eleven media projects. The show will be accompanied with lectures and discussions.

Politics of Craft was developed during the same name thematic seminar by Florian Cramer.

Current PZI participating students: Mihail Bakalov [BG], Caetano Carvalho [BR & NL], Junyu Chen [CN], Ana Luísa Moura [PT], Henk-Jelle de Groot [NL], Lucia Dossin [BR & NL], Max Dovey [UK], Elleke Hageman [NL], Artyom Kocharyan [AZ & NL], Lídia Rodrigues [PT] & Nikolaos Vogiatzis [EL].

 

politics of craft

 

Also on June 24th 17:30–18:30, at WORM, filmzaal (around the corner of V2_):

The art of documentation
 
In a society of fierce competition between creative entrepreneurs, artists are asked, or forced, to be more and more visible. Not only do they need to appear at openings, talk to potential clients and present uplifting 15-minute statements on (online) platforms, they also need to create convincing documentation of their work.

But what is documentation, what does it mean to document your own or someone else's artwork? Documentation can take many forms and its goals are likewise diverse: from publicity promos and teasers to detailed explanations of all the works components for preservation purposes, or providing insight in creation processes and research trajectories.
 
Keeping to the 'standard' of contemporary presentations, within one hour, nine documents are shown to present the diversity and potentiality of documentation.

The art of documentation was developed throughout the year with 1st-yr. students documenting 2nd-yr. graduation projects facilitated by Annet Dekker.

 

Finissage June 29th 15:00–18:00, at TENT, Witte de Withstraat, with a concert by Niek Hilkman and a performance by Nan Wang.

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