Zoom-in is a yearly series of film portraits following a group of students with different backgrounds, who are about to graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academy. They are interviewed about the way they conduct research and about the process of their graduation project. The students document, film, and share their moments of making, doubting, and reflecting on their work.
The interviews and ‘vlogs’ resulted in a series of film portraits presented at the Graduation Show in 2021. More information on the project and links to all the portraits can be found on the WdKA website. For the portraits of 2020, click here.
How it started
In the period March to July 2020, Jojanneke Gijsen and Aldje van Meer followed fifteen students who were about to graduate at the Willem de Kooning Academy. The project was initiated to find out more about the different perspectives our students have on what research entails. Also, it is meant to show the diversity and complexity in the way WdKA students are conducting artistic and design research.
The portraits provide students and lecturers with insightful information and tools to approach the graduation project. They also open up to a wider discussion about the role of (creative and artistic) research within art education. Finally, a larger audience learns how a graduation process looks like.
What is the future of ZOOM-IN?
The ZOOM-IN team aims for more ZOOM-IN portraits in the future. As a series, they will show the development of our education and the times we live in. Moreover, we hope to develop an educational instrument to help students conduct research in the arts and design.