March 31, 2015

Digital Campfire series:call for applications

Jan van Eyck Academie

Image courtesy of Van Eyck Multiform Institute for Fine Art, Design and Reflection

Social media is fast becoming the campfire of today, the place where we gather. Our hectic lives freeze-frame around it, it is where we circle with friends, share and tell stories, exchange, inform, and new ideas arise. This digital campfire is where the old and the new meet—the Digital versus the Archaic.

During a weeklong intensive Summer Academy at the Van Eyck, the Design Displacement Group will create site-specific new campfires, using all graphic design media as we know it today, from coding over RISO to vintage Gestetner stencil machines. Setting up camp at the renowned Charles Nypels Printing Lab of the academy, we will hunt, gather, survive, fight and finally transform the works we create together to be presented during an exhibition at the Van Eyck.

For: Professional (graphic) designers with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent training and experience

Cost: 565,-  Euro excluding VAT (684,- including VAT). This includes a fixed budget for material, daily lunch and dinner, a publication and presentation

The Design Displacement Group consists of 15 designers and one social scientist from various disciplines, levels, cultures and nationalities, collaborating on different, often self-initiated, projects in changing compositions. Their design methodology should therefore be understood as collective and post-signature.


How to apply
An application consists of:
– the online application form
– a PDF file containing a motivation letter with a starting statement (maximum 500 words); a documentation of recent work (dating back no longer than five years, maximum 20 works); your resume (maximum two pages).

The Summer Design Academy will only proceed if there is enough interest. Applicants will be notified by the beginning of July.


Learn more here.

Pieternel Fleskens, [email protected]
The Van Eyck can offer assistance in finding accommodation in Maastricht and applying for external funding.


Call for applications: Van Eyck Summer Design Academy's Digital Campfire series

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