The Piet Zwart Institute’s Master Lens Based Media is a master-level course within the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam committed to lens-based image-making as an art and craft.
The program focuses on approaching animation, photography, and the full range of contemporary cinematic forms as a single expanded field. We support new forms of analysis and creative practice that treat images as plastic, open to recombination, manipulation and shaping. Master level researchers explore the myriad ways that lens-based media art might use these new potentials in innovative ways to engage contemporary audiences.
The work of the artists in this graduation show – Ana Buljan, Dorothy Cheung, Lotte Louise de Jong, Shinyoung Kim, Salvador Miranda, Ewan Mitchell, Henrietta Müller, Rossella Nisio, Michael Pelletier, Zhibin Qin – each harnesses technology, visual language, and a vivid creative vision to a wide range of thematics and technologies. Each artist creates work with a strong subjective voice that is the mark of a mature artistic vision.
The Lens-Based 2019 Graduation Show is a unique opportunity for the general public to see a range of the remarkable final works made by students of the graduating year, and ‘work in progress’ by students in the first year of the program.