ZOOM-IN, film portraits of Graduates 2020 & 2021

Mon 25 Oct


With the Project Zoom in we investigate the scope and meaning of research within the Willem the Kooning Academy.

In the past two years, we followed a groups of students with different backgrounds who were about to graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academy. We interviewed them about the way they conduct research.

In addition, we asked them to document and film their research and to share their moments of making, doubting and reflecting on their work.

These interviews and their 'vlogs' resulted in these film portraits.

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Click here for all film portraits.

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WHY did we make ZOOM-IN
This project is about the different perspectives both our students and tutors have on what artistic and design research entails and the way how our students practice this research.

The aim of this project is to learn from our students and to sharpen our vision on how to teach and support our graduating students in the future.

HOW did we make ZOOM - IN
We interviewed twentynine students in the last months before graduation and recorded this conversations. In these interviews students were asked to reflect on their research process. Students shared their failures and doubts,  not only in these interviews,  but also in their videoblogs in which they shared their making process.

These interviews and videoblogs gives a very close insight in their creative process

and have also yielded a rich source of insights. These insights can be directly translated into our education and form the basis of the film portraits.

For whom is this interesting?

In the first place, this is meaningful for the students - to see their colleague students and learn from their processes. In the second place, it provides lecturers with tools to discuss the role of (creative) research within art education. Our third goal is to show a larger audience how a graduation process looks like.



What did you LEARN from making ZOOM - IN?
By showing the different perspectives and ways of doing research, ZOOM-IN hopes to open up the dialogue and to have a better understanding of what artistic and design research entails.
The method of working; conducting interviews and asking students to share their research and making process was helpful for our graduate students to structure their thoughts and help them reflecting on their work. This method will be further developed as a didactical tool.

The student interviews formed the basis for the discussions with the teachers. Because many of the findings were common ground, this led to concrete recommendations to improve education

Special thanks to the graduates!

Click on the links below to see their film portraits.

Arif Abdillah
Gabija Bubnyte
Jacob Eriksson
Manne Heijman
Iris Habben Jansen
Minsun Kim
Lisa Koghee
Lina Maldeikytė
Emmelie Mijs
Maria Mombers
Guus van der Putten
Rosie Roelofs
Shanti Versnel
Amrith de Zoete

Linn Alleman
Noëlle van Dijk
Esra Karaman
Zoë Pour Hossein Kiani
Judith van Lamoen
Tom Meeuwsen
Johana Molina Muñoz
Maaike van Papeveld
Falkona Rexhepi
Renée Spanjer
Simon van Soolingen
Vince Talbot
Alexander Tomoyoshi Teratani
Shiyue Wang
Mirte de Wit

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Thanks to all graduation supervisors and external partners who were involved in the creation of the work of these graduates

Commissioned by Willem de Kooning Academy
Charlotte Bik and Roger Teeuwen

Idea, research and interviews
Jojanneke Gijsen and Aldje van Meer

Concept development and direction
Katja van der Sandt

Assistance, support and production
Renée Spanjer
and Naomi Jansen

Jerry Estié

Hans Peter Wessels