As Real As You Want is a group exhibition on the edge of the physical and virtual world. We focus on navigating the virtual and real spaces, experiences and conversations.
The Exhibition Research Lab (ERL) is part of the Art Research Programme of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice, at the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague. ERL is tutored by Tatjana Macic, a visual artist, writer, and researcher.
This interdisciplinary course offers students practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of exhibition-making in general, and of the potentialities of exhibition-making in relation to their own artistic practice in particular. Is an exhibition a mere platform for presenting an artwork? Or is it an intrinsic part of the creative process? Where lies the difference and what are the implications of these different positions for the artist’s research process and artistic practice? Why do artists make exhibitions anyway?
During the Covid-19 pandemic, students decided to make the exhibition online. Working from Singapore, South Korea, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands, they engaged in an experimental collaborative process, that resulted in the online version of As Real As You Want. When circumstances permit, the second part of the exhibition will unfold into the physical gallery spaces at KABK.
Students created new work, critically reflected upon this process, as well as investigated the possibilities of an exhibition as a framework for research, experiment and (re-)presentation. Special attention was given to the possibilities of artistic innovation based on Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the rhizome.
Participating artists are students from the Bachelor Fine Arts and the Master Photography & Society: Juwon Lee, Bo Wielders, Marta Iwanek, Iver Uhre Dahl, Natsumi Sakai, Ryan Lim Zi Yi, Robin Pieterse, Yannis Androulakis, Todor Rabadzhiyski, Nurul Ain Binti Nor Halim, Lui MacRae Wolstencroft and Alexander Peter Lorenzo Koch.
Tatjana Macić is a visual artist, writer, and researcher. In her artistic practice, she is mostly exploring the intersection between visual arts, theory, exhibition-making, education, and language. She is teaching Artistic Research at the Bachelor Fine Arts, and tutoring the Exhibition Research Lab (part of the Art Research Programme). Together with Maarten Cornel, she leads Research and Discourse at the Royal Academy.
Digitale expositie Practicum Artium (proef versie)
The coronavirus pandemic has suddenly closed schools, universities, museums and galleries. As we all wait for the current measures to be lifted, we are exploring new, digital ways to stay connected. This year’s Practicum Artium exhibition will take place on Research Catalogue, an online, collaborative workspace where art and academia meet. A very inspiring and relevant context for showcasing the works of 50 students? who developed their artistic skills in drawing, painting, graphic design and photography over the past 3 months.
The arts can be a reflection on society and its times. It therefore does not come as a surprise that many students chose to comment and reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic in their final artistic works. The coronavirus has planted seeds of inspiration for some. For others, it’s mostly the dark energy and sadness of the pandemic that resonates in their work.
Other themes are ….
Viewing art online changes the experience. Some nuances might be lost in digital form, such as the daylight hitting a material surface or the scent of paint on a canvas. Other experiences will be added, such as the possibility to re-visit the exhibition space again and again and again at any moment and from any place you’d prefer.
Please feel welcome to freely scroll, click, read, swipe and navigate your way through this online exhibition space, and enjoy the diverse works of these young artists!
“All bodies, not merely “human” bodies, come to matter through the world’s iterative intra-activity; its performativity. This is true not only of the surface or contours of the body but also of the body in the fullness of its physicality, including the very “atoms” of its being. Bodies are not objects with inherent boundaries and properties; they are material-discursive phenomena. “Human” bodies are not inherently different from “non-human” ones. “ quote from 'Meeting the Universe Halfway' by Karen Barad
‘Investigating through making’ is at the core of the course 'Potentiality of Sound in Matter', that is produced and guided by Channa Boon and Elena Khurtova, for all departments of the Royal Academy in The Hague.
It has lead up to a final presentation here on the Research Catalogue. The students have been investigating questions like: how does colour sound? What does my room has to say? How do intimacy and friction sound? What is the sound of darkness? How to communicate with a thinking forest?
Sources of inspiration are the New Materialist philosophy (Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Ursula Le Guin)
Iona Fulton - Fine Art
Justin Grooten - Photography
Tugay (Adem) Kader - Fine Art
Minji Kim - Art Science
Jeroen Meijer - IMD
Wies Mobach - IMD
Anne-Florence Neveu - Art Science
Niya Tsenkova - Fine Art
Daniel Walton - Photography
Robin Walvisch - Photography
Yanbing Wu - Fine Art
Farah Rahman - Art Science
Jeremi Biziuk - Fine Art