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ABiotic Factors - MA Fine Art graduation show 2017
May 29 2017
On June 23 this year's graduation show Abiotic Factors opens at BAK Utrecht.

Curator: Marion von Osten

Participants: Chao Wang, Dinos Milonas, Elena Pietrini Sanchez, Haoran Kang, Susan Tyler Jenkins, Tereza Telúchová, and Zhengqing Li.

Opening: June 23 17.00 – 19.00

Exhibition: June 24 – July 9, Wed – Sun 12.00 – 18.00

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Application Deadlines May, 2017
May 04 2017
It is now possible to apply for the 2017-2019 MA programme in Fine Art! Apply here.
Deadline for applicants from EEA countries May 31, 2017.
Deadline for applicants from non-EEA countries May 15, 2017

TO SEMINAR 10.03 - 21.05 AT BAK
March 03 2017

To Seminar, conceptualized by MaHKU dean Henk Slager, is a research exhibition on the seminar as a model that offers an alternative for learning and knowledge transference. The aim of the exhibition is to break the associated deadlock of the so-called “educational turn” in art through a rethinking of philosopher Roland Barthes’ concept of “seminar.”

A series of public gatherings—performances, talks, screenings, etc.—takes place in the course of this exhibition-as-seminar. Check the programme and come along. No registration required.

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MARCH 18 - OPEN DAY MA programme Fine ART
March 03 2017
Come along to the Open Day at HKU to learn more about the MA programme Fine Art. March 18, 10.00 - 16.00 at HKU Pastoe, Rotsoord 3 in Utrecht (room 102). Your welcome! Read more

Out now: MaHKUscipt 2, Spatial Practice
January 10 2017
The second issue of MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research focuses on the current state of Spatial Practice. Read it here.

Come and meet us on Open Day - March 18, 2017
October 26 2016
Are you curious about our MA Fine Art program? Come and meet staff and students live in the classroom! You are welcome on Saturday March 18, 10.00 - 16.00. You'll find us in room 105 at HKU Pastoe, Rotsoord 3, Utrecht. Read more

Re-thinking Home
September 12 2016
On Sunday September 11 "Re-thinking Home" opened with (a.o.) a performance by Tiong Ang (MA Fine Art lecturer) and several MA Fine Art alumni. "Re-thinking Home" is part of a series of art events by the Tangible Past Foundation and runs until October 9 at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam.  Read more

May 19 2016
From June 24 to July 5 the MA Fine Art graduation show 2016 was held. This year at three venues, BAK and Academiegalerie, Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht plus several spatial interventions in the city of Utrecht.  Read more

March 02 2016
MaHKUscript is a new, peer reviewed, journal that specifically targets the significance of research and knowledge production in contemporary Fine Art practice. MaHKUscript #1, Theme: Experimentally, is now online. This issue contains contributions by a.o. Andrew Pickering, Anita Seppä, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Weibel, Marquard Smith, Christina della Giustina, Natasha Ginwala and Valerie Pihet. Read more

MaHKUscript #2 Call for Contributions: CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICES
January 18 2016
MaHKUscript, Journal of Fine Art Research, seeks contributions 
The second issue of MaHKUscript will focus on the current state of Spatial Practice. Public spaces and urban cultures need novel impulses for our contemporary life.   Read more

UNIVERSALITY - Tiong Ang at 1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial
December 03 2015
Tiong Ang's new work 'UNIVERSALITY - DECORUM OF THOUGHT AND DESIRE' (2015), presented at the 1ST ASIA BIENNIAL / 5TH GUANGZHOU TRIENNIAL as a total installation, brings together a diversity of reflections and subjective perspectives on how contemporary living intersects between ideas of autonomy, intercultural traffic, formal and informal exchange and our collective comprehension of the material world and its representations.

Artist Tiong Ang is also tutor of the MA Fine Art programme at MaHKU. 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

MaHKU at 5th Guangzhou Triennial, China
November 10 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

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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