March 13, 2018

Call for applications: Master programmes in Painting and MADtech - Media, Art, Design & Technology

Minerva Art Academy at Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Frank Mohr Institute Master students, 2017. Photo: Jelle de Groot.

Application deadlines
Round one: February 12, 2018
Round two: April 9 (at latest May 14)
Round three: June 11 (at latest July 2)
Places are given on a rolling basis and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

The Frank Mohr Institute houses the international Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design of the Minerva Art Academy, with two master’s degree programmes: Painting and MADtech—Media, Art, Design & Technology. The institute is named after Frank Mohr (1931–98), a cultural advisor to the city and province of Groningen. He was a fervent advocate of independence and innovation in art education in the Northern Netherlands.

Within the overarching community of Minerva Art Academy, there are various innovative workshops and facilities for theatre, plaster and ceramics, photography, digital media, plastics, wood, metal, graphics, drawing and painting, unstable media and electronics, as well as the Minerva shop and canteen. Platform Minerva provides a public platform for art, design, performing arts and research presentations. It offers exhibition and project rooms where students and teachers can experiment with scale and site, and spaces for collaboration and the documentation of works.

The programmes Painting and MADtech each provide their own context for artistic research: the contemporary field of, debate about and traditions concerning painting and the technologically mediated relationship of humans with society. These contexts, through their specific and sometimes oppositional character create a tension within which different positions in relation to contemporary art and new practices can be explored. Participating artists, designers and performers develop their own artistic vision through an intense working period in which personal investigations are backed up with dialogue and cooperation.

Together the programmes provide a context for the artistic research by placing it under the larger umbrella of exploring the technologically mediated relationship with society. We live in a time where technological developments play a major role in social change. Conversely, that technological drive gets its impulse from complex cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.

Working for two years within a community consisting of artists, designers and performers from a range of countries all over the world, and at the same time being located in a relatively peripheral area of the Netherlands provides the participants of the programme in Groningen with a unique situation. A constant awareness of global connections and developments, an intense intercultural exchange, embedded in an environment that invites and supports concentration and focus, form a special mixture for intense studying.

By taking these positions, the master students in both programmes acquire a good view of the own artistic identity and motivations. This makes it possible to work on personal and professional development, act in public and find an audience for the research and work. It is both about taking responsibility for the own practice, identifying and creating opportunities and alliances, as about operating from a free and autonomous position.

For an overview of the programme please visit our website.

Duration: two years, 120 ECTS
Tuition fee: EU: 2060 EUR per academic year / Non-EU: 7700 EUR per academic year

Overview lecturers
Ruud Akse, Marc Bijl, Leo Delfgaauw, Jan Klug, Michiel Koelink, Jacco Olivier, Margo Slomp

Shortlist guest lecturers
Semâ Bekirovic, Richard Bolhuis, Franck Bragigand ,Vincent Bruijn, Joost Conijn, Chris Cook, Isabel Cordeiro, Mark Dion, Constant Dullaart, Eric Jan van de Geer, Kees de Groot, Hans den Hartog Jager, Mark Hosking, Folkert de Jong, Eleni Kamma, Xander Karskens, Fransje Killaars, Sven Kroner, Rezi van Lankveld, Libia Castro en Ólafur Ólafsson, Ton Mars, Marco Massimi, Erik Mattijssen, Milton Mermikides, Noor Mertens, Jans Muskee, Noor Nuyten, Ronald Ophuis, Hannah Perner-Wilson, Jan van der Ploeg, Esther Polak, Annegret Kellner, Joke Robaard, Luis Rodil Fernandes, Rob Rijswijk & Jeroen Strijbos, Wouter van Riessen, Rafaël Rozendaal, Frederick Rodrigues, Roel Roscam Abbing, Niklas Roy, Mika Satomi, Charlotte Schleiffert, Roland Schimmel, Rob Scholte, Janwillem Schrofer, Martijn Schuppers, Berndnaut Smilde, Rainer Splitt, Lily van der Stokker, Bibi Straatman, Berend Strik, TeZ, Sander Veenhof, Helen Verhoeven, Jasmijn Visser, Alex de Vries, Edwin Zwakman and more to come…

General information and contact
Please contact us with any questions you might have: masterminervafmi [​at​]

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