Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute is the center for postgraduate study and research of the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam's art school. The de Kooning Academy is a part of Hogeschool Rotterdam, a university of applied sciences. Named in memory of the Dutch designer Piet Zwart, it was inaugurated in 2001. The current postgraduate study program structure had been introduced earlier in 1999.
The Piet Zwart Institute currently includes five Master study programs and one research program: Masters in Fine Art, Retail Design, Interior Architecture, Media Design and Communication (until 2012 with the specializations Networked Media and Lens-Based Digital Media) and Education in Art, and a research program Communication in a Digital Age.
Since 2000, the study and research programs of the Piet Zwart Institute have published books on contemporary art, media and design in collaboration with publishing houses like Revolver Books, The MIT Press and OpenMUTE. The institute also collaborates with local organizations such as TENT/Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Witte de With, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, WORM, Duende, Het Wilde Weten and Goethe-Institut Rotterdam. The academic degree of Masters is validated by the NVAO, the joint accreditation organization of the Dutch and Flemish ministries of education.
- Research Programs
Since 2002, the Piet Zwart Institute initiated three research programs, Media Design Research (2002-2006, led by Matthew Fuller) and Communication in a Digital Age (since 2008, led by Florian Cramer) and Cultural Diversity (since 2010, led by Hugo Bongers). Research fellows included Lev Manovich, Alexei Shulgin, jodi, Simon Yuill and Alessandro Ludovico. Among the publications were an early handbook on open content licenses and the anthology Software Studies (ed. by Matthew Fuller, The MIT Press, 2008).
All study and research programs are based on a small core staff and a great number of visiting tutors. Course directors have been Anke Bangma (1999-2007), Vanessa Ohlraun (2007-2011) and Vivan Sky Rehberg (since 2011) for Fine Art, Raphael van Amerongen (2001-2007) and Margaret Wijnands (since 2008) for Retail Design, Matthew Fuller (2002-2006), Florian Cramer (2006-2010) and Renee Turner (2010-2011) for Networked Media, Simon Pummell (2009-2011) for Lens-Based Digital Media, Simon Pummell (since 2012) for Media Design and Communication, Robin Punt (2006-2010), Mirjam van Tilburg (since 2010) and Jojanneke Gijsen for Education in Art.