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Technology Driven Art

Last Monday winners of the thesis prize 2016/2017 Technology Driven Art - Autonomie en Openbaarheid in de Kunsten were announced at MAFAD. Three prizes were awarded to MAFAD alumni.


Congratulations to our thesis prize winners: Aurélie d’Incau – Fine Arts - Play and Social Change, A comparison of the notion ‘Play’ in art movements of the 1960s and 21st century culture and its impact on social change.


Jessica den Hartog – Design - Recolored, a new way of recycling.Furthermore, an encouragement prize was awarded to a MAFAD alumni:Karlijn Krijger – Design - Investigation 8.


Congratulations to all winners!


Jury report thesis prize 2016/2017
TDA/AOK
www.scriptiekunst.orgThe jury consisted of:
Jasper Coppes, Anne Geene, Marcel van der Klink, Peter Missotten, Arjan de Nooy, en Ruth Benschop
The thesis prize is founded by the two research centres of the Faculty of Arts (Zuyd Hogeschool) to encourage students to make theses (and/or documentations of artistic processes) that do justice to their own artistic practice. Too often, reflection within arts education falls back on semi scientific ideals of validity and objectivity. This removes critical reflexivity from artistic practice. The research centres TDA and AOK support theses, documentations, reflection and research within arts education that are relevant to artistic practice.This year, four thesis prizes of the Faculty of the Arts, Zuyd, year 2016-2017 are awarded to (in no particular order):


  • Aurélie d’Incau - Play and Social Change, A comparison of the notion ‘Play’ in art movements of the 1960s and 21st century culture and its impact on social change
  • Hean Kim - The fundamental common ground between all living beings – < FAMILY >
  • Skye Young - What’s the Buzz with Honey Bees? Illustrating beekeeper management
  • Jessica den Hartog – Recolored, a new way of recycling


This year, also, four encouragement prizes are awarded by the two lectors to (in no particular order):


  • Bart Bijnens – ‘Mijn grootste talent, is dat ik totaal talentloos ben - een lecture performance’
  • Giorgia Martinez Pascucci – Multi-sensorial experience: from Villa to Viola
  • Sammy Foppen – Asperger en symboliek: De taal van emotie
  • Karlijn Krijger – Investigation 8


All winning theses - as well as the winners of the past few years, will be presented at this websiteThe Jury ReportThe jury was enthusiastic about the amount and the quality of this year’s harvest. Some 42 theses have been entered this year. The diversity of the work is more diverse than ever. Moreover, even where the jury recognizes the style and taste of particular schools, the level of the work has increased over the last few years.


  • More theses experiment with finding their own appropriate style for their research trajectory.
  • More theses are based on artistic methodologies for research, rather than on semi scientific approaches.
  • More theses are at once personal, idiosyncratic and rigorous and systematic. More theses problematize rather than solve.
  • And more theses practice what they preach.



Three remarkable observations about the work examined by the jury:


  • A lot of students do interviews, but often fail to use them to great effect. Too often interviews merely reiterate what authors are already claiming.
  • A lot of the theses are written in reasonably good English. Without necessarily wanting to argue against this choice, we wondered why this is so. Who is this English-speaking audience whom the authors are addressing?
  • Almost all of the theses have an implied reader who is a passive, docile reader who receives what the author has to offer. We wonder what other relationships between thesis and reader might be constructed.

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