Graduate School for Moving Image: Analog Realities, Digital Materialities

Starting in the winter semester 2020/21

The Graduate School for Moving Image: Analogue Realities, Digital Materialities is being established as an experimental project that aims to further develop the third phase (i.e. postgraduate, after an MA, Magister or equivalent artistic degree) at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. The Graduate School addresses the field of moving images as being articulated between games, visuals, animation, video, new media, and film. Participating junior artistic researchers will be enrolled for two years as ‚Meisterschüler*innen‘ at the Kunsthochschule; participation will be confirmed with a certificate. This call for application is oriented towards graduates of the Kunsthochschule's artistic courses of study and towards junior artists/filmmakers/authors with art degrees from other art colleges or universities. Admission to the Graduate School will be possible at the beginning of each semester for the next two years.

The Graduate School for Moving Image wants to strengthen its participants' claims on research as their form of practice. Participants will pursue their projects in a context of interdisciplinary supervision and mutual support. Additional courses by external experts can be organised to support participants as artists, visual authors and filmmakers in their professional fields. Public presentations and exhibitions are integral to the programme and will be supported with a budget for material costs. Presentations will be documented and the documentations published. Active involvement by the participants in the shaping of the graduate school is welcome and will be encouraged.

The focus of the Graduate School is the monthly colloquium/plenum, at which the Graduate School itself is discussed/structured by the participating ‚Meisterschüler*innen‘, and in which the individual working projects are discussed. In relation to the colloquium/plenum, additional input by experts can be organized, as well as group exhibitions. The Graduate School therefore intends to create a context for discussion located within the university framework and making use of the infrastructural opportunities at the Kunsthochschule and the university.

The Kunsthochschule Kassel collects the most comprehensive expertise in the field of moving image within an institutional framework in Hesse. This expertise is produced and presented at the Kunsthochschule above all through the work of its students who analyze, generate, compose and decompose aesthetics and problematics in the field of moving images. The Graduate School for Moving Image: Analogue Realities, Digital Materialities takes this fact into account, as it will intensify and expand this expertise on a postgraduate level. Art based research on moving images always also addresses commercial and consumer formats, and it interrogates interdependencies between visual (moving) content and distribution channels such as social media or streaming platforms which expand access to discourses and image production for constantly growing numbers of audiences and authors. Even now the junior researchers whose work is based in art, the moving image, and design at the Kunsthochschule Kassel are analyzing, creating, and breaking down the aesthetics and questions that arise.

Associated Teachers :
Joey Arand (Foundation Class Visual Communication)
Joel Baumann (Dean Kunsthochschule Kassel, New Media)
Martina Bramkamp, Franka Sachse (Animation)
Mario de Vega (Sound)
Milena Albiez (Editorial Design)
Auriea Harvey, Tobias Zarges (Games)
Bjørn Melhus, Angela Anderson (Virtual Realities)
Jan Peters, Anna Berger (Film and Motion Picture)
Johanna Schaffer (Theory and Practice in Visual Communiation)
Olaf Val (Teacher for special tasks, Head of ::digipool - study workshop for digital media)

Coordinators :
Lisa Dreykluft and Holger Jenss