seminar post graduate MA fine-art
2004 January 5 - April 1
Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam
by Tjebbe van Tijen
The seminar "Mapping Human Violence" (MHV) will have the following elements:
- Handbook seminar MHV
- Reading Reading List MHV (for educational use only)
- About the Reading List MHV
- Reference Lists (with individual web-links)- Presentation of students work on the April 1 15:30 hrs
Piet Zwart Institute: Overblaak 85; Rotterdam; metro/train station Blaak (cubic buildings); Phone: (+31)- (0)10-2414152
for the seminar Mapping Human Violence
You will work both individually and in a few groups (these will be formed after the second or third meeting).
You will need to read all the text quotations and view all the visual quotations on the web-site of the seminar. Apart from that there will be some basic books that each of you will have to read entirely. Also you will be asked individually to read specific books and choose text and visual quotations from them. These quotations will, as soon as they are ready, added to the on-line reference resource, so be available to all participants of the seminar. This last task needs to be done by using a fixed format. At first these quotation can be supplied to me by email (texts and image attachments), later we may want to make arrangements and create facilities to make this task a joint undertaking of all seminar participants.
common information resource
The reference materials on-line will be from the very beginning a common resource which will give a text and visual basis for the essay you will have to produce by the end of the seminar. I suggest that you will try to make your personal notes/quotations in a similar fashion to have better possibilities to exchange your material with others during the seminar. We can discuss during the first two meetings how we can best realize this technically, as some standards are needed to bypass the regular announce of incompatibilities because of the usage of too many different digital formats.
group project web-site
One of the end-products of this seminar will be the website with references and links, which may include also essays and other on-line works the seminar participants choose to develop. My idea is to keep this resource on-line as a stimulus for others to involve themselves with a subject with such a great social relevance: 'mapping human violence'.
The basic information is divided in four simple categories:
1- human violence
4- visualizations and dramatizations
Each category has two sub-sections: -general references and -specific references; it must be clear that often the more abstract or theoretical works will be found in the general category, while the other will be specific examples.
The notion 'mapping' is taken in a very wide sense, cartography, graphic design, visual display, dramatization.
Data-basing will be mostly technical information, but some philosophic, aesthetic and social aspects will need to be addressed as well.
The last stage will be doing something with all the knowledge and insight that will be amassed during the seminar, to produce some project, some work that will communicate a specific aspect of human violence in a particular chosen form or format and write an essay on it or in relation with it.
These visualizations or dramatizations need not to be in a format that uses electronic/digital media, other (traditional) media may be considered. Also combinations: material/immaterial, tactile/virtual, high tech/low tech can be considered.
One major theme is underlying the whole seminar, how to communicate quantitate assessments of human violence, how to make such 'mappings' of specific violence comparable, to honor both individual and victimized masses, to also present information, insight in such a way that it does more than just serve a single political purpose (however noble that may seem to be), to avoid the production of another antagonizing media device. This may sound far fetched and unrealistic, for sure... but it will give a yardstick to measure proposed activities/projects/subjects... it will brings us back to what is stated in the last line of the manifesto that opens this seminar:
... find our way out of the spiraling labyrinth of terrorism