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Meet us during Open Day November 28
November 23 2015
On Saturday November 28 it is HKU's half-yearly Open Day. You are welcome to visit us at Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan 50 between 10.00 and 16.00. You'll find us in room 104. Read more

MaHKU at 5th Guangzhou Triennial, China
November 12 2015
In the context of the project Universality - Decorum of Thought and Desire developed by MaHKU core tutor Tiong Ang, five alumni will participate in the 5th Guangzhou Triennial: Ingrid Edwards, Dongyoung Lee, Heekyung Ryu, Alejandro Ramirez and Robert Wittendorp. Their presentation is supported by the Province of Utrecht.   Read more  Read more

Call for Drawings / Drawing Conclusions video now available
November 11 2015
On June 24, 2015 the symposium Drawing Conclusions was held at the start of the Call For Drawings exhibition at BAK Utrecht. The long awaited video report is now available on Vimeo in four parts. Read more

Opening Kathy Holowko at Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, November 23
November 10 2015
From November 23, 2015 to January 3, 2016 a giant spider's web by artist and MA Fine Art student Kathy Holowko is on show in the old glasshouses of the Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht. 
Opening: November 23, 17.00 at Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, Lange Nieuwstraat 106, Utrecht.  Read more

Dutch Premiere HOUSE OF SHYNESS - September 11, 17.45
August 24 2015

LAB 111

Arie Biemondstraat 111

1054 PD Amsterdam

Room 1 / Friday September 11th  18.00 hrs (room open at 17.45)

At night, a young woman roams the city in search of something unknown. She observes the buildings, walks the streets, while reflecting on her sense of belonging to the urban sprawl, and to its history. As the woman moves through space, her memories and thoughts become intertwined with the architecture and lights that pervadethe environment. Using a mobile phone she establishes a strange emotional connection with a young man, who apparently is unable to leave his room. The man seems idle, bored, locked in himself while at the same time restlessly consulting books and staring at his mobile phone. When day comes, other characters complicate the woman’s quest. In the end, help is offered from different sides. It might be that the outcome is not the one she expected. 

Tiong Ang and Alejandro Ramirez collaborated to produce this film shot in Taipei, Taiwan. The film, experimental in its elaboration, is a responseto the challenge of creating under uncertain production conditions and shared authorship. Coming from separate artistic practices, the artists merged hybrid identity, collective memory and political schisms as catalysts and inspiration. The artists fabricated a narrative executed by nameless characters that follow unexpected motivations. The piece is assembled in such a way that urban space is given the importance of an entity, placedbetween cultural and personal subjectivities, while exploring how these concepts collide. Using the Taipei Fine Arts Museumas a backdrop, the film is constructed as an observational exercise of dissociation, breaking apart preconceptions and platitudes while working in an unknown environment.

HOUSE OF SHYNESS was an evolving process in which chance was welcomed as a creative impulse.The film uses diverse improvisational techniques in close relation with the road-movie genre and Asian art house cinema aesthetics. It constructs performative situations that are transformed into a storyline. These ‘situations’ are staged using clear but nonetheless minimal ideas as script, in order to investigate personal stories (of the authors), collective creation (of the crew), the history of the city, and the motivations for artistic production. The plot unfolds and creates itself as the authors become familiar with the unfamiliar: adapting, walking impromptu, following the rhythm of the city.

HOUSE OF SHYNESS was originally produced during a research and production period in Taipei for the exhibition project 'Aesthetic Jam' at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 2014. Actors were cast in the museum, during a performative act. All crew members, including the musicians, are visual artists. Additional shooting and post-production were done in Amsterdam. The film was shown for the first time at the ‘Research Pavilion / Experimentality’, collateral event of the Biennale di Venezia 2015.

HOUSE OF SHYNESS  | 2015 | HD DIGITAL FILM I 45:39 Minutes | Mandarin spoken, with English subtitles

cast Yin Zi-Jieh, Hsu Rong-Hua, Chen En-Zheng, Lin Yu-Huei, Chang Nai-Wen original concept, writer, producer Tiong Ang | cinematographer, montage, sound design, writer Alejandro Ramirez| production assistant, writer, voice over Audrey Wang | electronic music composer Hsu Hsun-Hsiang (Pbh) | production assistant, location scout You-Na Wang | production assistant, ‘haegeum’ musician Heekyung Ryu| general assistant, line producer Chiu Po-Ting| executive producers Hongjohn Lin, Henk Slager

Thanks to Taipei Fine Arts Museum / Taipei National University of the Arts (School of Visual Arts) / University of The Arts Utrecht (MaHKU) / Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands


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Tomorrow, I may disappear - MaHKU Graduation Events 2015
June 04 2015

June 24 – July 5, 2015

Opening Graduation Show:

Wednesday June 24, 17.30 – 19.30


Minrebroederstraat 16

3512 GT Utrecht, Netherlands

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 13-18

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Symposium Drawing Conclusions & Exhibition Call For Drawings
June 03 2015
(Pencil Sketch of the DNA double helix by Francis Crick © Wellcome Images)Call for Drawings, BAK, Lange Nieuwstraat 4, 24 June - 12 July

Symposium: June 24 12.00 - 16.00

Project Curator: Klaas Hoek

Opening Exhibition: June 24: 16-18h

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MaHKU @ 1st Research Pavilion, Venice - Prospects: Before You Ask Me To Stay
April 21 2015
Lotte van Geijn, My plastic parrots died, because I didn't pretend to feed them, 2015

11-17 May 2015 

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MaHKU announces novel Hatje Cantz Publication
April 20 2015
The Pleasure of Research delves into issues such as knowledge production, artistic thinking, medium-specificity, and context-responsiveness. How do these issues connect to the current state of art education and artistic research? A starting point for the publication is a series of curatorial projects by Henk Slager (Dean MaHKU) in various parts of the world: Flash Cube (Leeum Seoul 2007), Trans Local Motion (Shanghai Biennale 2008), Nameless Science (Apexart New York 2009), As the Academy Turns(Manifesta 2010), Any Medium Whatever (Venice Biennale 2011), Doing Research (Documenta 2012), Offside Effect (Tbilisi Triennial 2012), Joyful Wisdom(Istanbul Biennale 2013), and Aesthetic Jam (Taipei Biennale 2014). The author argues that artistic research should foreshadow a gaya scienza: a temporary autonomous activity where intellectual pleasure and an experimental method invigorate forms of research and thought.
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February 15 2015
(Pencil Sketch of the DNA double helix by Francis Crick © Wellcome Images)

 “Thought is impossible without an image.” Aristotle [On Memory and Reminiscence, 450a]

International Symposium and Exhibition

Opening June 24, 2015 at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Submission Deadline: May 5, 2015


A Call for Drawings is selecting drawings from artists, scientists and other professionals for an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of visual thinking and the role of visualizations in cognitive and creative processes. It is a procedure analogous to the practice in the academic world of ‘a call for papers’ in preparation for a symposium or conference at which research is to be presented and information shared.


In scientific and technological disciplines (and others, notably architecture and design), sketches, maps, drafts, diagrams and other kinds of drawings are essential to the understanding of problems and the communication of thoughts towards their solutions.


When probing into the unknown drawing is an ideal tool because drawing is thinking, pointing; it makes things present and puts them at a distance, itis a mode of inquiry. Drawing can represent the seen and present the unseen, the known and the unknown.


Mel Gooding states: "There is very little in our material culture that is not drawn first and nothing understood in the natural world without the attention of drawing being paid to it.

Every drawing is a kind of proposition of what is possible. Drawing, complicit with the act of looking, informs the eye' s perception, reflects the world into the seeing mind. Drawing, complicit with the act of thinking, informs the mind’s conception, refracts the thought into the comprehending world."


In his book Insights of Genius Arthur I. Miller exploreshow ”visual imagery plays a causal role in scientific creativity;howit is usually essential for scientific advance; and visual imagery generated by scientific theories can carry truth value.”


University libraries testify tothis in the value they place on theirmagnificent collections of scientific drawings.


In order to understand certain kinds of problem one has to make them visible. Fine examples of this are the drawings and the sculptural model created by Watson and Crick in their research to discover and demonstrate the structure of the DNA, following on from such two-dimensional imagery as Rosalind Franklin’s X-ray diffraction data. Such visualizations, using media usually associated with artistic practices such as drawing, photography and sculpture, were indispensible to their insights and the presentation of their discovery.


A Call for Drawings is a project initiated and organised by Klaas Hoek. He is core-tutor at MaHKU MA Fine Art, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and lecturer, Head of Print at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London.


Submitting your drawings

If artists, scientists and other specialists demonstrate and share drawing methodologies we might establish a common ground between diverse disciplines, and discover correspondences between the creative processes in different fields of activity; we could maybe share knowledge and collaborate on more fundamental levels in the production and communication of new knowledge.


We invitescientists, artists, architects, musicians, football coaches, carpenters, chefs, and other professionals to send in two drawings:


A. The first submission should be the first drawing made to try to understand a problem and possibly as a solution. It can be the visual representation that pops into one’s head after a great deal of conscious work on a problem. It will be captioned to indicate the specific nature of the problem.


B. The second submission should be a drawing made to show the problem to another person. It will be captioned to indicate the direction or import of what is discovered.


To take part in the selections send your drawings with a CV/biography via e-mail to



First exhibition at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands – opening and symposium June 24, - July 12, 2015

Second exhibition London, UK – autumn 2015


A Call for Drawings was launched at KNAW the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences on February 2,2015. More information from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences/ Society of Arts, AVK/KNAW


This project is made possible with the support of KNAW/AVK Amsterdam; MaHKU Utrecht; HKU University of the Arts Utrecht; BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; and Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL London.



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Henk Slager co-director fifth Guangzhou Triennial / 1st Asia Biennal GDMoA
December 02 2014
On Tuesday October 21 the Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou announced the curatorial team for the next triennial. The team consists of HKU-professor Henk Slager who will be co-director together with Zhang Qing (Head of Research, National Art Museum Beijing) as well as Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director CCA-NTU Singapore) and Kim Hong-Hee (Seoul Museum of Art). 
The Triennial will take place on various locations in Guangzhou city such as the Guangdong Museum of Art, the Grandview Mall and the Guangzhou Opera House. The opening is planned for December 11, 2015. The triennial runs until April 10, 2016. The curators will present the first sketch of their concept in March 2015. 
The first ever Guangzhou Triennial took place in 2002. Renowned curators like Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sarat Maharaj, Gao Shiming and Johnson Chang have worked on previous editions.
This is Henk Slager's third biennial in Asia. Previously he was curator of the Shanghai Biennial (2008) and the Tblisi Triennial (2012). In addition he worked on projects for Manifesta (2010), Georgian Pavilion in Venice (2011), Documenta (2012), Istanbul Biennial (2013 and Taipei Biennial (2014). Read more

Soft machines at Academy Gallery
October 15 2014
What does a ‘soft machine’ mean to a group of young artists? For the third year in a row HKU and Impakt Festival collaborate in a presentation at the Academy Gallery. In this group presentation MaHKU MA Fine Art students together with third and fourth year students of BA Fine Art offer  Read more

Aesthetic Jam: Taipei Biennial, 2014
September 17 2014

Aesthetic Jam: Taipei Biennial, 2014

From September 15 to October 4 artist and Ma Fine Art tutor Tiong Ang will be working on the realization of House of Shyness

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September 16 2014
Photograph by Joyce OverheulFrom October 10 to November 2, artists reflect on the theme of paradise in the exhibition Urban Paradise at Expo onder MAX. Some will show their view on paradise, others question whether everything is as nice at seems...
For this exhibition MA Fine Art alumna Joyce Overheul travelled to North Korea last August to see with her own eyes what the North Korean utopia looks like. The film, audio and drawings that resulted from this journey will be shown in her new installation DPRK.
  Participating artists: Thera Clazing, Daniëlle Frenken, Ivor Helberg, Joyce Overheul, Robert Roest, Yentl van Stokkum, Mayke Verhoeven.

Location: Expo onder MAX, Europaplein 702, 3562WP Utrecht
Opening: Friday Ocotober 10 at 19.00 Opening hours: October 10 - November 2, Saturdays & Sundays from 13.00 to 17.00 Read more

Contract Between Artists and Society
August 22 2014
Join us in building a "contract between art and society" an initiative of 
Ika Putranto (MaHKU), Alejandro Vasquez Salinas (MaHKU), Yumemi Kobayashi (MaHKU), Sissel Marie Tonn (KABK).

On September 4, 2014 an event will be held where all opinions, comments and suggestions collected from all participants and project partners will be presented. Lawyers, social workers, scholars and artists are part of this select group and we want you to be part of it too.
Location: BAK, Lange Viestraat 4, Utrecht
Time : 19.00
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