Programme Master of Research in Art and Design
The programme includes both supervision of the artistic research by professionals and theoretical input that focuses on the various aspects of the artistic research practice.
- Artistic project ∗ 30 ECTS
- Documentation - dissemination ∗ 12 ECTS
- Presentation & curatorial context ∗ 12 ECTS
- Masterclasses ∗ 6 ECTS
Supervision of the artistic research
To ensure a fruitful and dynamic relationship between art and research, the students’ supervision is organised according to three complementary training sections: production, documentation and presentation. This corresponds to the actual intertwining of practice and theory, production, presentation, distribution and documentation found in contemporary art. Each of these sections is taught by a lecturer who will provide a research framework in which the students will position themselves. These lecturers also supervise the artistic research projects of each student. Moreover, international guest speakers are regularly invited who, from a range of critical perspectives, will analyse, situate and interpret the work of the students within the contemporary artistic discourse. In addition, group discussions are organised in each training section to help students sharpen their artistic profile.
PRODUCTION (coordinated by Wesley Meuris, visual artist)
The training section ‘Artistic project’ (30 credits) covers the further development of an artistic practice in which research is seen as a fundamental production component. The student’s project must relate to the field of contemporary art with which he or she places his or her own work in the present and connects it to the contemporary art discourse. The students also place relevant elements of their own work up for discussion. They discover, revise or criticise ‘research’ in their own work. Thanks to group discussions students are able to confront the relationship between research and their artistic project. In-depth individual discussions will also be conducted with the supervisors and guest lecturers.
DOCUMENTATION (coordinated by Hilde Van Pelt, art historian)
In the training section ‘Documentation / Dissemination’ (12 credits), students are presented with models with which artists communicate the research issues in their artistic practice. Young researchers in the arts discuss the documentation methods used in their (doctoral) research and art publishers talk about artist publications. The students also take part in symposia on research documentation to get acquainted with the methods used by other artists.
Individual writing assignments and group discussions incite students to formulate a critical reflection on their own work and that of their fellow students. As generative writings, these texts serve to further extend the research. Next to that, students work on an individual artist’s publication, which will reveal the research intentions of their artistic project.
PRESENTATION (coordinated by Pieter Vermeulen, art critic and curator)
The main issue in the training section ‘Presentation and Curatorial Context’ (12 credits) is the relationship between artistic research and possible presentation forms. The objective in this section is the integration of production and documentation in the public dissemination of an artistic practice. How does one translate visual research to the audience? How are the results disseminated? What are the spatial challenges? What media can be made use of? What is the relationship to the artist’s publication? Besides individual guidance for the end-of-year exhibition, the students receive a general introduction to the exhibition system, with special attention paid to historical, socio-economic and pragmatic aspects. This should not only lead to a better understanding of the actors in the field, but also to a sharper insight into presentation and distribution mechanisms in contemporary art.
Next to the three training sections – production, documentation and presentation – the candidates will also have to follow a masterclass that typically consists of an intensive, week-long workshop (6 credits). The masterclass for 2017-2018 will be organized in collaboration with Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, titled "Knowledge Performed. Lecture-Performances in Perspective".