Alumni Report

16 Oct

There comes a time when VAMA students become alumni and move on to even greater things! What are some of our bright young art, architectural and media historians and theorists up to? Here’s what:

Elise Noyez (graduated 2010) is a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) PhD candidate at VU University. In her PhD research, she considers the representation of visual artists in photography from 1960 to the present and examines how such photographs project specific notions of artisthood.

Screen shot 2013-10-16 at 8.49.19 AMMartijn van Beek (2011) teaches architectural history at both the University of Utrecht and VU University Amsterdam, in addition to (almost) single-handedly running the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis).

Joana Ozorio de Almeida Meroz (2011) is an NWO PhD candidate and lecturer at the Design Cultures MA programme of the VU University Amsterdam. Her research project, with the working title “A History of the Construction of the Idea of ‘Dutch Design’ (1970-2012),” advances from the premise that Dutch Design is the product of a discursive construction rather than the natural result of a “typically Dutch” identity or culture. Accordingly, the research traces the development of ideas about Dutch Design as well as the actors involved in the production and institutionalisation of those ideas, particularly in relation to Dutch international cultural policy.

Laura Prins (2011) is assistant curator at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. She is also co-organizing the symposium The Artwork Exposed: Politics and the Arts, 1850-1914 in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Historical Society (KNHG), held at the Rijksmuseum in April 2014. She continues research following from her VAMA thesis on nineteenth-century printmaking.

Stefaan Vervoort (2011) is a Research Organization Flanders (FWO) PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, with a research project titled “Model as Sculpture.” His research focuses on the exchange between art and architecture in the postwar era, as well as on the material formation of modern and contemporary art museums. He also co-curated a 2012/2013 exhibition, Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office: Orban Space (with Wouter Davidts) and co-edited the publication. Stefaan writes for the art and architecture magazines Camera Austria, De Witte RaafMetropolis M, OASE, and San Rocco.

Jane Boddy (2012) is working at the Labor für empirische Bildwissenschaften at the art-historical institute of the University of Vienna, where she is preparing a PhD project.

Screen shot 2013-10-16 at 8.26.32 AMDaniël van der Poel (2012) is busy writing and publishing articles, working for artist Gert Jan Kocken, and preparing applications for research positions.

Angela Bartholomew (2013) has been appointed as the embedded researcher on the Modeling Crowdsourcing for Cultural Heritage (MOCCA) Project, a joint research endeavor of the Creative Industry Research Center Amsterdam and the Centre for Digital Humanities of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The project aims to help steer more effective crowdsourcing projects for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

Minke Walda (2013) works as an architectural historian at  SteenhuisMeurs, a company that employs a team of experts to advise on matters of architectural heritage and on the social, cultural and economical sustainability of urban redevelopment projects.

Image: Eran Schaerf, fm-scenario – broadcasting language – undercover operation – station announcement – error, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund, 2013 (details).

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