Creator Doctus (CrD) by Gerrit Rietveld Academie & Sandberg Instituut
- First Creator Doctus promotion: Yael Davids;
- Start second Creator Doctus trajectory: Femke Herregraven
Creator Doctus (CrD) is a project developed at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie that seeks to realise a new European third cycle award for higher arts education. The new award runs parallel to the existing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), valorising the output of artists as high-quality research that results in the creation of new insight at the forefront of art practice. The three-year research trajectory does not lead to a written dissertation, but to a collection of artistic works or projects. These provide answers to research questions formulated by the artist on the basis of a research area marked by a social partner.
First Creator Doctus promotion of Yael Davids
On September 28th 2020, Yael Davids will defend the outcomes of her research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She will present the results to an assessment committee, the parties involved and depending on government measures, a digital or/and live audience. If the work is assessed positively, the artist will be granted the title of Creator Doctus (CrD). Davids’ research was supervised by Sher Doruff (senior researcher at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Head of THIRD, a programme for third cycle artist-researchers > at the Amsterdam University of the Arts) on behalf of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Nick Aikens (research curator) on behalf of the Van Abbemuseum.
Yael Davids' research has culminated into the exhibition 'A Daily Practice', commissioned by the Van Abbemuseum. Somatic learning forms the basis of Davids’ research. It is inspired by the work of Moshé Feldenkrais (1904 - 1984) who developed a method based on the conviction that movement can alter the way we think, observe and feel. This principle has inspired Davids’ approach to the museum, its collection and the exhibition. Davids wants to challenge habitual patterns of looking at art within the walls of the museum. For the Van Abbemuseum, the exhibition represents a step in the development of new ways for visitors to experience art: through movement and the body, rather than only with the eye or the intellect.
Promotion: Yael Davids
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Fred. Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam
Exhibition: A Daily Practice
02/06/2020 - 27/09/2020
Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven
Curators: Nick Aikens, Yael Davids
Guest curator: Frederique Bergholtz
Second CrD trajectory by Femke Herregraven
The second CrD trajectory started in January 2020 and involves a partnership between Sandberg Instituut and Waag in Amsterdam. Femke Herregraven has been selected for this pilot with her research project ‘The Evacuated’.
In a time when financial markets trade in potential future catastrophes, so-called cat bonds, this CrD trajectory starts from a question of agency: what is left to say about a future that is already mapped, calculated and traded on financial markets as a catastrophe? ‘The Evacuated’ investigates how the ‘catastrophe’ can be overcome as an anxious monetised eventuality in the current ‘discourse of doom’, and instead be reactivated as a plot device and create a sudden turn in dominant stories of techno-capitalism and knowledge.
The trajectory will be supervised by Chris Julien on behalf of Waag, an institute that operates at the intersection of science, technology and the arts, and Flavia Dzodan, senior researcher and writer, on behalf of Sandberg Instituut (master programmes of Gerrit Rietveld Academie).
The first CrD pilot of Yael Davids is co-funded by Mondriaan Foundation with the Van Abbemuseum as the social partner. In the case of the second CrD pilot of Femke Herregraven, the social partner is Waag and co-funding is provided by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.
To elaborate the Creator Doctus trajectory and assure its recognition as a degree, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie works together with Dutch and European partners, funded by an Erasmus+ grant. For information about this European cooperation: creatordoctus.eu
About Yael Davids
Yael Davids studied Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Sculpture at the Pratt Institute in New York and Choreography and Dance Pedagogy at the Remscheid Academy in Remscheid. She recently completed a three-year Feldenkrais practitioner course. In the late 1990s, David increasingly got more attention because of her work, often performances and videos, in which the human body plays an important role. In 2018 she had a solo show at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and in 2020 she will participate in the Liverpool Biennial. Yael Davids lives and works in Amsterdam.
About Femke Herregraven
Femke Herregraven investigates which material base, geographies, and value systems are carved out by financial technologies and infrastructures. She studied Graphic Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem and Design at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on the effects of abstract value systems on historiography and individual lives. This research is the basis for the conception of new characters, stories, objects, sculptures, sound and mixed-media installations. Her current work focuses on the financialization of the future as ‘catastrophe', and its entanglement with geological and biological self-organizing systems, and the voice.About Femke Herregraven
Femke Herregraven investigates which material base, geographies, and value systems are carved out by financial technologies and infrastructures. She studied Graphic Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem and Design at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Her work focuses on the effects of abstract value systems on historiography and individual lives. This research is the basis for the conception of new characters, stories, objects, sculptures, sound and mixed-media installations. Her current work focuses on the financialization of the future as ‘catastrophe', and its entanglement with geological and biological self-organizing systems, and the voice.
She recently exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; V&A Museum, London; CCS Bard / Hessel Museum, New York; Tallinn Art Hall; Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul; Riga Biennial; Chicago Museum for Contemporary Art; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster; Guangzhou Triennial; and at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam as nominee for the Prix de Rome 2019. She taught at ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and is an alumnus of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2017–2018).
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