Art & Research

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Art and research

Art and research play a central role in our study programmes, encouraging you to understand and develop your own working method through reflection and comparative research. Students in the MADtech study programme take part in collaborative artistic research projects, thereby exploring the possibilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture. This will help you to understand the links between aesthetics, technology, materiality, thinking and politics. MADtech is all about combining art, design, performative art and technology, creating hybrid forms of art using traditional as well as brand new, unexpected means, content and media. Experimentation, tinkering and playing are vital methods for developing your work, underpinned by thorough reflection. Students in the Painting study programme do research into the art of painting from a contemporary perspective. Technological developments, for example, greatly influence social and cultural changes but are also triggered by cultural, social, ecological and economic factors. Painting seeks to get to grips with both technological and social changes, constantly renewing itself and finding innovative ways to contribute to society.

Enriching your work and ideas

We encourage you to deepen and extend your artistic research into scientific disciplines. Seeking connections between science and art, together with a critical attitude and the ability to analyse and imagine, will enable you to reach new insights and contribute

in your own way to the worlds of art, society and science. In doing so, you will develop the ability to offer unexpected perspectives. During your time with us, you will be part of a wider community in which education, research and artistic practice intersect and reinforce each other.

Frank Mohr Institute

The Frank Mohr Institute is a semi-open system that actively seeks and encourages interaction with various societal actors, the professional field and the public. At our two locations, at Zuiderdiep and Praediniussingel, students of the FMI have access to a wide range of facilities through which to explore new avenues in the world of visual art, such as 3D scanning and printing, smart materials, fluid crystals and bio materials. There are also individual and shared workspaces available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hybrid Arts Lab

The Hybrid Arts Lab is a state-of-the-art interchange for research and reflective practice. A meeting point for bachelor's and master's programmes and the professional field, it provides opportunities for expert meetings, artist talks, performances and events. As the focal point of the Hybrid Arts Lab (HAL), the central hall at the Academy's Zuiderdiep premises is a meeting spot, transit zone, technology playground, hangout and try-out space all in one, inviting collaboration between students, teachers, workshop specialists and external experts. Encircling it are various innovative workshops and facilities for theatre, plaster and ceramics, plastics, wood, metal, graphics, drawing and painting, unstable media and electronics, as well as the Minerva shop and canteen.

Platform Minerva

At the Praediniussingel premises, Platform Minerva provides a public platform for art, design, performing arts and research presentations, a place for experimentation, imagination and reflection, as well as for pressure cooker projects, seminars, presentations, feedback sessions, assessments, graduation shows and artist initiatives. 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. This location is also home to the Academy's media and photography studios, common workplaces, a common kitchen and shared and individual workspaces.

Expert meetings, artist talks and exhibitions

HAL has a varied programme of thought-provoking meetings, workshops and presentations with and by art professionals, such as professors from the Art & Society Research Centre. A recent example was an expert meeting on photography research in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural artistic practice, which involved both current students and alumni.

Various collaborative projects and workshops are also organised each year within the Art and/as Research: Media, Materials and Makers course, for example with Crew Immersive Media and Blast Theory.

Art & Society Research Centre

The Art & Society Research Centre at Hanze UAS brings together practice-based research at Minerva Art Academy. The centre is home to three research groups: Lifelong Learning in Music, Image in Context and Art & Sustainability.


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