DARE #1: Critical Methodologies in Art and Design
DARE #1 ran from September 1–10, 2006 and consisted of presentations of students' work, an International Symposium on Critical Methodologies in the fields of Art and Design, Research screenings and the presentation of MaHKUzine #1. Locations in Utrecht were our school's Academy Gallery, Casco Office for Art Design and Theory, Expodium, Centraal Museum and University Museum. The one-day symposium was a collaboration between Casco, MaHKU and the Centraal Museum.
Since research has become by now a well-known method within art as well as within design, the proliferation of research approaches has led to a point where a distinction must be made between critical practices and practices limited to mediation of information. This symposium seeks to profile some of the currently more complex and critical positions, while attempting to highlight experimental and analytical modes of investigation connecting the fields of art and design to broader social and political arenas.
Participants: Pauline Terreehorst, Henk Slager, Esther Cleven, Martin Beck, Daniel van der Velden, Emily King, Stephan Dillemuth, Florian Pumhosl, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and Emily Pethick.
While research has become a well-recognized methodology within art and design practices, the proliferation of these approaches has lead to a point at which a distinction must be made between critical practices, and those that are limited to the mediation of information. DARE #1 seeks to profile complex critical positions and to highlight experimental methodologies and analytical modes of investigation that connect the fields of art and design to broader social and political arenas. Speakers including Pauline Terreehorst, Henk Slager, Daniel van der Velden, Martin Beck, Esther Cleven, Emily King, Stephan Dillemuth, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Florian Pumhösl and Dave Hullfish Bailey, will present their research in relation to this perspective.
Location Lecture Theatre, Centraal Museum, Nicolaaskerkhof 10, Utrecht
Date September 6, 2006
DARE #1 Speaker Biographies – Speakers on Design
Martin Beck (New York) is a New York based artist whose conceptually driven exhibitions and projects engage questions of authorship and historicity and they often draw from the fields of architecture, design and popular culture. Recent exhibitions include an Exhibit viewed played populated, Grazer Kunstverein (2003) and, in collaboration with Julie Ault, Information at Storefront for Art and Archictecture, New York (2006) and Installation at Secession, Vienna (2006). Beck is the author of half modern, half something else (Wien: Montage 2003) and, with Julie Ault, of Critical Condition: Ausgewählte Texte im Dialog (Essen: Kokerei Zollverein 2003). He is a also contributor to the Vienna-based springerin magazine. 1999-2000 Beck was a visiting artist at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. From 2001 to 2005 he has been a visiting professor at the CCC program at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva. Currently Beck holds a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Esther Cleven (Amsterdam) is interested in broadening the view on the history of (Dutch) graphic design in terms of context and subject, and bridging over the various, sometimes diverging approaches to the subject. Apart from teaching at Amsterdam, the work at Breda and her own research, she considers acting as an advisor for institutions, foundations and researchers in the field of (graphic) design heritage, history and education, an important means in achieving this. As an art historian she is interested in the production and function of non-artistic imagery, especially in the context of the modern, highly organised, commercial and technological society. Her current research is focused on the role of the medium in visual communication, the tension between material and visual aspects of graphic design and typography, and on the historiography of graphic design in relation to design history and socio-economic history of the 20th century. Her educational practice focuses on graphic design as a part of cultural history, concentrating on the possibility of writing a contexualised history of graphic design.
Daniel van der Velden (Amsterdam) is a Dutch graphic designer and writer who combines design, research and commissioned work. Since 1998, he has been collaborating with Maureen Mooren as a designer duo, working for clients such as Archis (2001-2005) and Holland Festival (2005>). Their work involves an experimental approach to design and editorial, as well as a strong visual signature. Other commissioners, past and present, include Magasin 3 Projekt Stockholm Konsthall, Infodrome Revolver Books, Jan Mot, Marres, TPG Post, ROOM and Droog Design.Daniel has taught editorial design at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design in Arnhem and is, since 2003, engaged with the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. At this institution, Daniel initiated the Meta Haven: Sealand Identity Project, developing emergent ideas on corporate identity and network society. Subsequently, Meta Haven: Design Research was founded with Vinca Kruk, Tina Clausmeyer and Adriaan Mellegers. Meta Haven: Design Research is seeking to connect visual thinking to issues such as the politics of the internet, secrecy and resistance. Meta Haven is preparing a book, Uncorporate Identity, to be published in 2007 by Lars Müller Publishers.
Meta Haven: Design Research: http://www.metahaven.net
Maureen Mooren & Daniel van der Velden: http://www.designmuseum.org/design/maureen-mooren-daniel-van-der-velden
Jan van Eyck Academie: http://www.janvaneyck.nl
Emily King (London) is a writer and curator with an interest in graphic design. She wrote an MA thesis on film title sequences and a PhD on typeface design of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Recent projects include the book ‘Restart: New Systems of Graphic Design’ and the British Council exhibition ‘The Book Corner’. She is design editor of Frieze magazine.
Dave Hullfish Bailey (Los Angeles) works with complex experimental research methods, developing proposals for new models of social organization that lead out from investigations into specific sites. Bailey’s projects are multi-layered, informed by theories as diverse as chemistry, agriculture, social psychology, disaster response, architecture, language and various other fields. He often employs models of disorganization and reorganization of information, constructing complex non-linear systems, webs and patterns in order to develop alternative readings of the site and propose temporarily adjustments to existing relations. Bailey will produce a new project with Casco in June 2007. Recent exhibitions include, 2005: Elevator, Secession, Bastard Science, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles; 2004: Banding Station, IBID Projects, London; Socle du Monde, Herning Kunstmuseum
Stephan Dillemuth (Munich) is an artist who sees art as a tool for artistic research and critical reflection on the circumstances of contemporary life. His inquiry into recent changes in the idea of the public sphere takes place against the backdrop of our globalised, localised and fragmented publics. Considering the impact of 'lifestyle' as a new ideology of self-fulfilment and liberation, Stephan Dillemuth has investigated the German Lebensreform movements at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. In view of the development of "multitudes" of parallel conceptions of life, the Life Reform movements were predecessors of today's "escapist" constructions of identity, formed via lifestyle conceptions. Recent exhibitions include, 2006: Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne, ICA Philadelphia, Mercury in Retrograde, de Appel, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2005: Opacity, Nifca, Reena Spaulings Fine Art
The academy and the corporate public: http://www.societyofcontrol.com/research/index.htm
A proposal for research : http://www.societyofcontrol.com/research/proposal.htm
Florian Pumhösl (Vienna). Exhibitions include, 2006: Sao Paulo Biennal (upcoming) 2005: ‘Anmated Map’, Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, 2004: Kölnischer Kunstvrein; 2003: Biennale Lyon, Biennale Venezia, Venice; 2002: Manifesta 4, Frankfurt am Main, ‘Design für die wirkliche Welt’, Generali Foundation, Vienna; 2000: "Humanistische und ökologische Republik", Secession (2000); 1997: ‘On or off the Earth’, Grazer Kunstverein
Wendelien van Oldenborgh (Rotterdam) trained at Goldsmiths’ College in London. Her works focus on the construction and politics of (self-) representation and the social dynamic, especially there where micro actions and gestures in the public sphere display larger social conditions. Recent works look at modes of cultural production and open forms of production are tested. Her medium is based on the language of filmmaking but uses different forms, mainly installations involving slide projection, sound and video. She is producing a new film with Casco in September 2006, which will focus on the Dutch colonial history in Brazil and will be shot at the Mauritshuis, den Haag. Other recent works include: "A C_B__ Sound Track Stage" for "Cut For Purpose" in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2006, ”The Basis For A Song”, for “Be What You Want But Stay Where You Are” (by Ruth Noack and Roger M. Buergel) in Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2005; the publication “Stadtluft”, (Art3 Valence and Revolver Verlag), 2004, presented a.o. in Stroom, Den Haag during the exhibition with the same title, 2005.