February 17, 2016

Call for applications and contributions: Critical Studies, Curatorial Practice, Spatial Practice, Studio Practice, MaHKUscript

MaHKU, Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design
MaHKU workshop. 1st Research Pavilion, Venice 2015.

MaHKU (Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design) offers a one-year Master of Arts (MA) program. The program consists of seminars, workshops, studios, and tutorials where artists, architects, curators, designers, and various theorists share their knowledge, creativity, and professional insights with MaHKU students.

The MaHKU MA Fine Art program departs from the student’s individual research trajectory: a project proposal that is part of the application procedure for the master program. Through various components of the program, such as critical studies, studio practice, spatial practice, and curatorial studies, students are incited further to realize and contextualize their own research projects. The master year is concluded by a curated exhibition and a research report.

Since its start in 2004, the MaHKU MA Fine Art program has always attracted a body of students from various parts of the world. In fact, students from 48 different countries have studied in the program. The diversity in both geographic background and artistic interest has contributed profoundly to MaHKU’s dynamic research environment.

MaHKU’s vigorous research environment is enhanced even more by an experimental curriculum focused on artistic thought processes, critical spatial practices, and context-responsiveness. Moreover, the MaHKU MA Fine Art program has a history of implying various collaborations with well-known international platforms in its curriculum. Recent examples are dOCUMENTA 13, 2012, where MaHKU was one of the ten invited art schools for the Innovative Art Academies Network; the 1st Tbilisi Triennial for Art, Education and Research, 2012; Joyful Wisdom, Parallel event 13th Istanbul Biennale, 2013; Aesthetic Jam, Taipei Biennial 2014; and the 1st Research Pavilion, Experimentality, Venice Biennale 2015.

In the context of its experimental research environment, MaHKU MA Fine Art has been at the forefront of the debate on artistic research worldwide taking place over the recent decade. In 2006, MaHKU was one of the initiators of the European Artistic Research Netwerk (EARN), a joint venture of ten European Graduate Schools. In that same year, MaHKU set up the yearly Dutch Artistic Research Event (DARE) with speakers such as Claire Doherty, Nicolas Bourriaud, Hubertus von Amelunxen, Maria Lind, Nikolaus Hirsch, and Ane Hjort Guttu.

The most recent edition of DARE, Drawing Conclusions, dealt with the relationship between drawing and artistic thinking. An online video report of this event is available on our website. The edition was organized by Klaas Hoek in collaboration with BAK, institute for the contemporary, Utrecht.

MaHKUscript: call for contributions
MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research is a novel peer-reviewed series of publications. For the up-coming issue, Critical Spatial Practices, authors are invited to submit a 300-word abstract focusing on the current spatial practice debate. Check our website for more in depth information.

In conclusion, MaHKU MA Fine Art considers itself a test site, where the program continuously produces debates and publications dealing with facilitating, situating, and composing topical, relevant forms of graduate art education.

Current MaHKU lecturers include a.o. Lara Almarcegui, Tiong Ang, Annette W. Balkema, Ursula Biemann, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Jeremiah Day, Maria Hlavajova, Klaas Hoek, Jan Kaila, Irene Kopelman, Annette Krauss, Dongyoung Lee, Geert Lovink, Markus Miessen, Falke Pisano, Liza May Post, Domeniek Ruijters, Janwilem Schrofer, Henk Slager (Dean), Mick Wilson, and Edwin Zwakman. External Examiner: Marquard Smith.

Information and application: 
Students with a BA in Fine Art, Spatial Design, and other relevant studies are welcome to apply. Ultimate deadline for 2016 is April 30.

MaHKU Master of Arts degrees are internationally acknowledged and accredited by the Open University Validation Services in London (OU).


For more information and application see or contact: [email protected]



MaHKU, MA Fine Art, Utrecht, call for applications and contributions

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