Station Day: Research & the Process of Making

Feb 6 2019

On Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 WdKA organises its first Station Day, the Stations' fair for the students, alumni, tutors and partners. During this day, we would like to give an insight into how knowledge, experiment and research are intrinsically connected to the process of making. So, instead of putting emphasis on the realisation of the product, we will focus on research: the Process of Making.

Experimentation, the realisation of (final) products, knowledge development and research all come together within the Stations of the Willem de Kooning Academy. Stations are hubs where students can research the feasibility of their ideas, and develop these ideas into fully functioning prototypes. All students work in the Stations, regardless of their specialization or academic year. Here they use a variety of materials and machinery, from textiles to Arduino boards, from paper to laser cutters.
Research and development play a key role within our Stations. Research activities focus on contemporary topics such as sustainability, residual flows, income inequality, and the depletion of natural resources: topics that are relevant to each and every one of us. Close partnerships with the making industry, our alumni and other professional partners are necessary for us to remain innovative, and to inspire our students and young professionals to keep up-to-date with current developments. The Station Day is our most recent initiative for enabling our students to encounter and experience the creative process of making.
This Station Day welcomes all students, makers, alumni, companies and external professional partners to actively exchange, discuss and engage in the Process of Making!

Programme Station Day*

*Programme for the students and tutors: 13:00 - 18:00;

Programme for the partners: 16:00-18:00

• Short workshops and demonstration in the Stations

We offer a programme through all of our Stations, where you can follow short workshops, instructions and demonstrations. Everybody can walk around and receive explanations about a certain method, application and/or technique. See programme per Station, for time table and locations. Please note: some workshops, instructions or demonstrations have a limited amount of seats. Detailed information will follow.

• Makers Fair

Get inspired by other makers and discover new applications, materials and new technologies during the fair. See how waste material, like mussel shells, could be used for 3D printing or how you can use AI (artificial intelligence) within your creative process. Companies and alumni will present digital technologies like robots, VR and AR, but also non-digital technologies will be shown; for example papermaking or colouring fabrics with bacteria.
Hereby the list of participants (view the map for the exact location): Twinkls, LayaLay, Crafts Council, Mussel 3dPrinter, BlueCityLab, RNUL, Winsor & Newton, Ultrasoon machines, Jonas Vorwerk, Living Colour, PonsVerhoog, MatDoStudio, Plasticiet, StudioVied, Arthur Boer & Boris Smeenk, Edward van Dongen, Fruitleather, Micropolitan, Contrechoc. Detailed information will follow soon.

• Research Station - Exhibition

In the Research Station, students, alumni and tutors show special projects where they use technology or materials in an unexpected way and an exhibition in which the Stations reflect on Research through Making.

• Experiment. Materialize. Position. Share. Show. Connect.

Third-year Graphic Design students investigated a material of own choice during the tenth quarter. Through in-depth research and experiments, they dissected material and transformed it into a new being.

• Elective Phygital

In this exhibition, the results of the elective Phygital will be presented. Students applied Bastiaan de Nennie’s work method. De Nennie starts with building objects from scrap in the physical world. He then digitizes this object with a 3D scanner, later reworking this digital document with 3D software, and prints the result again with a 3D printer.

• StadsLab

StadsLab will present the Graduation Projects. More information about the participants will follow.

• Lectures

Continuous lectures and presentations will take place in the auditorium (Wijnhaven, ground floor, Central Hall). The auditorium door is open, everyone can follow a lecture or presentation whenever he/she wants to. The lecture programme will be comprehensive and varied with different kind of makers reflecting critically on the process of making. They share the unconventional and avant-garde applications of technologies and celebrate different and critical approaches in making. Among the participants: Stadslab, BlueCityLab, PonsVerhoog, Jonas Vorwerk, Arthur Boer & Boris Smeenk, RNUL, Mariet Sauerwein, Annemarie Piscaer & Iris de Kievith, Crafts Council, TEC ART, Dora Varga & Lotte Gerick.

Preliminary lectures’ programme:

What are the Stations?

Stations are the meeting places across majors, electives & years. Creating prototypes, experimenting, remixing and improving ideas. All students and tutors of the Willem de Kooning Academy are welcome to work at the Stations, regardless of their major, minor, elective, year or field of interest. The Stations are places for everyone to explore the viability of ideas and figure out how to turn them into fully-functioning creations. The places to experiment with, study and explore tools, techniques, materials and equipment; to get support and inspire others by collaborating with fellow students, tutors and instructors. Many of the assignments and independent projects are being brought to life in the Interaction StationImage & Sound StationPublication StationMaterial StationFabric StationDrawing StationResearch Station, Education Station, BluesCity Lab and Business Station.

Research is done at stations into new developments and innovations in the worlds of technology, art and design. The application of new technologies is under constant scrutiny, and students learn to be aware of current technologies and how to make well-founded decisions on how to apply these technologies. This seamlessly complements the premise that, during the studies at the academy, students learn by doing and then reflecting on what they have done. The Stations are an environment in which making and doing – and of course, thinking – are encouraged and supported. Stations are the state-of-the-art facilities with the expertise to carry out any work: software, hardware, technology, equipment and machinery. You name it!

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