Jan van Eyck Academie – deadline 13 April 2007

Jan van Eyck Academie
Post-academic Institute for Research and Production
Fine Art, Design, Theory

Call for applications
Deadline: Friday 13 April 2007

Artists, designers and theoreticians are invited to submit research and production proposals to become a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Candidates can either apply with a topic of their own or for a project formulated by the institute itself. In order to realise these projects, the Jan van Eyck offers the necessary made-to-measure artistic, technical and auxiliary preconditions.

The Jan van Eyck Academie is an institute for research and production in the fields of fine art, design and theory. Every year, 48 international researchers realise their individual or collective projects in the artistic and challenging environment that is the Jan van Eyck. The institute is not led by predetermined leitmotivs. Artists, designers and theoreticians can submit independently formulated proposals for research and/or production in the Fine Art, Design and Theory department or candidates can apply for collective research projects formulated by the Jan van Eyck (see below). The miscellaneous nature of these research projects and productions makes the Jan van Eyck into a multi-disciplinary institute. This also shows in the programme of the institute. Researchers, departments and the institute organise various weekly activities, to which special speakers are invited: lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, discussions … External interested parties are welcome to attend these activities. The result is a dynamic and critical exchange between the different agents from within and outside of the Jan van Eyck.

Researchers are advised by a team of artists, designers and theoreticians who have won their spurs globally. They receive their own studio and a stipend. Furthermore, researchers can make use of all kinds of facilities which support their projects, from first concept to public presentation: the library, the documentation centre and various workshops (wood and other materials; graphic productions and photography; digital text & image processing and editing; time-based media). They can also get assistance with their print work, the editing and distribution of publications and the publicity of events.

Candidates can apply to a department or a collective research project (see below). The academic year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Research candidates can apply for a one-year or two-year research period starting annually on 1 January. It is also possible to apply to do research for a different period and with a different starting date. More information about the application procedure can be found at http://www.janvaneyck.nl/_devices/frames_applications.html

For practical questions concerning the application procedure or to request an information brochure, please contact Leon Westenberg (). For content-related questions on the Jan van Eyck Academie in general, its departments or on the collective research projects, please contact Kim Thehu ().


Fine Art department
The Fine Art department encourages both personal and discursive exchange amongst its researchers. It thus wants to establish a context of practice-oriented discussion – a context that considers issue-orientation alongside other artistic approaches, as well as being driven by processing, producing, organizing and going public. Advising researchers: Orla Barry, Aglaia Konrad, Hinrich Sachs, Imogen Stidworthy
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Design department
The Design department focuses on design as research, design as discourse, design as publishing. It initiates and supports research projects in the areas of cultural and corporate identity, mapping, print and new media publishing, urban and regional identity, and book design. While the department formerly focused mainly on graphic and communication design, it has been widening its scope to include spatial, product and service design.
Advising researchers: Wim Cuyvers, Will Holder, Daniel van der Velden
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Theory department
The Theory department offers a stimulating environment for critical inquiry and intense debate to explore alternative ways of shaping intellectual horizons. The department welcomes researchers who pursue their artistic and/or intellectual vision anywhere on the interface of critical theory, philosophy, aesthetics and psychoanalysis with the visual arts.
Advising researchers: Norman Bryson, Katja Diefenbach, Hanneke
Grootenboer, Dominiek Hoens
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Collective research projects

Logo Parc. Challenging the aesthetics of economy
Logo Parc is a design research project for public space. Its main focus of interest is the Zuidas (South Axis) in Amsterdam: a prestigious area of high-rise office blocks, residential and cultural facilities on both sides of the A10 motorway. The Zuidas is considered a new typology of the city, dedicated to the symbolic representation of economy, information, knowledge and mobility. Logo Parc is driven by a critical interest in the representation of power and economy – both to deconstruct it, and to create it. As a machine for comments, ideas and visions for the Zuidas, the project aims to fuel discussion as well as trigger actual design issues, operating freely in an area in-between architectural, spatial and communication design. Logo Parc is a joint project of Jan van Eyck Academie, Lectoraat Kunst en Publieke Ruimte, Gerrit Rietveld Academy / Amsterdam University and Premsela Dutch Design Foundation.
Advising researcher: Daniel van der Velden
More information: http://logoparc.janvaneyck.nl/

Tomorrow book studio
The project Tomorrow book studio aims at carrying out research into the future of the book, taking a multi-disciplinary approach. At the same time, the project concerns itself with commission-based book design where research can be directly tested and applied in practice. Convinced that the book will never cease to exist, the Tomorrow book studio focuses on the specific qualities of the book as a medium. After all, the book has a physical reality which is part of a complex and process-like entity, involving acts such as conceptualizing, making, distributing, reading, using, reusing and keeping. The Tomorrow book studio is a joint research project of the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Charles Nypels Foundation. Advising researcher: Will Holder
More information: http://tomorrowbookstudio.janvaneyck.nl

Traces of autism. Wander-research in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine
This research project concerns the search for public space in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. ‘Walks’ (on foot, by bike, car, bus, train) through the region are essential part of the research. These walks and the ensuing inventories are determined by strict ‘protocols’: for instance, during the research, the inner borders of the Euregion function as a reference line and a kind of reading axis. As was evident from earlier research, the vulnerable (gypsies, refugees, migrants, drug addicts…) can function as indicators. Another indicator is provided by the patterns which appear after observation of the opposite: leisure activities that assail public space. Maps are constantly used and developed, but the project is not at all about cognitive mapping. During the entire research period, the French pedagogue Fernand Deligny (1913-1996) is considered a supporter, someone who walks in the footsteps of the researchers, as he did for thirty years: following autistic patients, without intervention, only registering, not even wanting to ‘learn’ anything.
Advising researcher: Wim Cuyvers
More information: http://tracesofautism.janvaneyck.nl

After 1968. What is the political?
The project After 1968 debates the notion of the political in Post-Marxist theory, reflecting how an entire wave of minoritarian militancy, which emerged during the 60s and 70s, has failed and led to a controversy about the mode of political struggle. In Post-Structuralism, Deconstruction, Feminism and Marxism, this theoretical conflict is shaped along the following lines: Butler’s Levinasian ethics of the vulnerability and passivity of a precarious life-form; Badiou’s event of truth; Derrida’s messianic expectation of an event which evades any expectation; Zizek’s idea of a neo-Leninist decision; Agamben’s notion of a potentiality that is in any relation to the act; the concept of an empty universality in hegemony theory; the post-operaist ontological belief in the autonomy of the multitude and a coming communism of creative doing; Rancière’s suggestion that the political conflict resides in the tension between the structured social body and the part with no-part, etc. After 1968 negotiates these enormous differences concerning the question of a constituent moment or an ontological founding of the political, of its organisational form, of activity and passivity, doing and event.
Advising researcher: Katja Diefenbach
More information: http://after1968.janvaneyck.nl

Circle for Lacanian ideology Critique
The Jan van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique (CLiC) gathers researchers who are interested in Lacanian theory and consider it an open set of tools for critically considering contemporary (post-) modern culture. CLiC intends to activate the psychoanalytical – and especially Lacanian – background of many current philosophers and critics, such as Agamben, Badiou, Jameson, Laclau, Mouffe, Negri, Derrida, Nancy, Rancière, Žižek and Zupancic. Insight into the Lacanian background of these theories is indispensable in order to discover the very core of their critical potentialities, which is why a confrontation with and a reading of the Lacanian text is one of CLiC’s objectives.
Advising researcher: Dominiek Hoens
More information: http://clic.janvaneyck.nl

The pensive image
The pensive image is a research project on thinking images. This project studies the extent to which images (painting, photography, cinema etc.) are able to philosophize on the status of their own representation, and on the nature of vision. The project is based on the hypothesis that monocular models of vision such as perspective and the camera have shaped our binocular perception of the world. Following Hubert Damisch and Roland Barthes, among others, The pensive image aims at formulating a theory as to how images ‘think’ about vision through a study of images that ‘look back’ at us, viewers.
Advising researcher: Hanneke Grootenboer
More information: http://thepensiveimage.janvaneyck.nl

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