Welcome to Open Dag 2013

All studies present themselves during the 'Open Day' of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). The doors at the Prinsessegracht 4 in The Hague will be wide open at Saturday 26th of January 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year the 'Open Day' of The Royal Academy of Art focusses on 'Research and Innovation'.

Teachers, students and graduates of all departments are ready to answer your questions during the Open Day. Curious to know what you can study and what kind of skills you acquire after you graduate from the Academy? Graduates show their work and tell you about their work experience. Moreover, there are all kinds of activities like band performances, movies, exhibitions, short lectures and portfolio meetings.


ArtScience (ba + ma)

Are you interested in art as well as science? Would you like to make art works in a medium that you'll need to invent first? Then the Interfaculty ArtScience might be the place for you! During Open Day students show research-based performances and installations. On view is a documentary about several recent research projects and various presentations of the labs. Also, a group of students from StageLab are going to create a reconstruction of the performance 'Volta' by Dick Raaymakers.

'Volta' is an enlargement of the experiments that Allessandro Volta conducted in 1800, when he invented the battery. A group of performance dressed in protective suits are going to built a huge battery, by stacking plates of zinc and copper with old clothing drenched in sulfuric acid in-between. The climax of the performance is the moment when the bicycle-lamp is being connected to the battery and shines for half an hour.

In 'Volta' the audience is getting some insight into the amount of labor that is needed to produce electricity and the carelessness by which we use it. Since 1800 the industry has been focused on reducing this contrast or making it as invisible as possible, at the expense of expressiveness, but on behalf of efficiency. 'Volta' shows how much of the archetypical plastic force of the battery has been lost due to technological progress that is solely foccussed on functionality. It is an example of how an experiment can become theater, as well as an example of an performance stemming from a reflection on contemporary technology. 




Fine Arts (ba)

Performances, exhibitions, videopresentations and workshops are just some of the activities you can visit during Open Day at Fine Arts. Students and alumni are present to inform you about the department and answer all your questions about studying at KABK. Also on view is a video about what happens inside the academy.

Programme (subject to change)

Workshop casting by Andre Kruysen

An exhibition with work from first and second year students

Digital portraits by students from 3d

Various performances from students led by Klaas Kloosterboer

Video presentations led by Pim Voorneman

Various installations (outside the building)


From 1 p.m. there will be a live-music programme.

Also: Have yourself portrayed by one of our students (against a small fee). 

Throughout the day teachers and students are available to review your work


Photography (ba)

During Open Day besides the possibility of viewing various works, you can talk to students, alumni and teachers about studying Photography. They can answer all your questions, for example about the job prospects of photographers and you can bring your own portfolio for reviewing. Current students are working with the Technical Camera (analogue) and some students are photographing fashion with a digital camera.

Let yourself be portrayed  'KABK Style'. Everybody will be receiving their picture right away via email, but some portraits will be printed on the day itself!


Graphic Design (ba)

Program Graphic Design
During the Open Day teachers, students and alumni of the course will be able to answer any question you have. There are presentations of work covering all years, ranging from first year's students to exam projects, both fulltime and part-time.

Next to this there will be a presentation of work from specific courses: Playlab, Letterstudio and Design Office (DO), the three most recent additions to the Graphic Design course.

Portfolio presentations
Take your own work along to the Open Day to get feedback from teachers and students of the course!

Some tips:
- Take your best and most interesting work along instead of taking it all. The ability to make an selection of your own work also gives us insight into your work!
- Make an interesting, diverse selection of work. Not just computer-made designs, but also works such as drawings, paintings and collages.
- Be sure to be able to talk about your work
- Take your sketches along! Sketches sometimes give more insight into your working approach than sudden results.

Sign up at Pauline Schep p.schep@kabk.nl
Mention your preference for fulltime or part-time and morning or afternoon talks.
We will book you on a time between 11:00 and 15:30hrs.
You will get a confirmation of your signup.


Interactive/Media/Design (ba)

During Open Day students of IMD show their work and tell you all there is to know about studying IMD.

Are you stuck in a creative process? Come visit the Institute of Urgent Matters!

At the Institute artists can express their creative problems and thoughts. Students will advice the (future)artists, will provide information and listen to the artists' needs. IMD will support visitors to create spontaneous acts or creations by means of different materials.



Interior Architecture and Furniture Design (ba)

The department of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design presents itself at the Open Day 2013 with the exhibition 'Best Before: beyond the throwaway society'. The exhibition revolves around the themes of reuse and reinterpretation. Reuse of existing materials and spaces, but also revaluation and reinterpretation of what has already been designed and made.

The exhibition features work by students from the first year to the final year. In all years, students worked with the theme 'Best Before' in their design subjects. Students in the first year course 'Private interior” selected four rooms in the building of the academy. In their designs they merged these four rooms into a new home. For the course Object 3D they had to buy a second-hand table and a chair. By adapting the existing furniture the table became a chair and the chair became a coffee table. Students in the part-time program course 'Morphology' have made copies to scale of an area of 2x2x2 meters in the city centre of The Hague. Following the example of, among others, the artist Max Ernst they made frottages to reproduce the textures of the surfaces in their model.

There is much more to see and do during the open day. The exhibition also presents work from several alumni, including Jian Kotalikova (2011), Rutger de Regt (2011), Maarten Schenkeveld (2012) and Wendy Snoek (2012). Together with teachers and fourth-year students, the alumni will be available for speed dates. Here, prospective students and aspiring professionals will have the chance to show their portfolio and ask questions. The speed dates are interspersed with Pecha Kuchas, ultra-short presentations that tell you about the content of the study and about the future career of an interior designer or furniture designer.


10.00-16.00    Exhibition 'Best Before' in rooms PD 105 and PC 104

Students and teachers are present to give you more information or to answer your questions.

10.00-13.00     Special (restricted) program for participants of My First Design Collection (Premsela)

With presentations, a visit to the exhibition and to the KABK shop Stoor.

11.15-15.00    Speed Dating

Prospective students will have the opportunity during a speed date with a teacher or (former) student to show their portfolio and ask questions. Send an e-mail to interieur.speeddate@gmail.com and include your name and your previous education. Some tips for your portfolio: try not to show too much, but make a selection (spatial: 2D and 3D) work that shows what kind of designer you are.

10.30-16.00    Guided tours (every hour)

Students guide you around the exhibition, the department, classrooms and workshops that they often use. At the exhibition they can tell more about the assignments for different courses. In addition, the wood and metal workshops, the 3D workshop and the computer room may be visited.

10.00-16.00    Film / images (continuous display)

Introduction period 2012.

One day as a student of interior architecture.

Research lab Next Door: Design Interventions in the Schilderswijk; in collaboration with Design Research Station 22 (DRS22)


Textile and Fashion (ba)


Post Graduate Course Industrial Design

Step by at the Post Graduate Course Industrial Design during the Open Day.

Industrial Design is a part-time course for people who have a hbo diploma and feel affinity with industrial design.

At the open day there will be an overview of work by both current students and alumni.


Type & Media (ma)

to be announced


Interior Architecture - INSIDE (ma)

On 26 January INSIDE will present student's work in the INSIDE workspace .

An installation with models, images and booklets of the studios SOUND, SPORT, THEORY and the research group FLOWS show student's work. Inside the installation: a huge SKILLS’ model of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Hague, soon to be empty and central theme of INSIDE's research during the year 2012-2013. There are videos with students talking about the program in the very different languages INSIDE students speak, and movies made for the studio SOUND. Furthermore TRAVEL photos show student’s excursions, and all this can be seen while drinking a good espresso from the mobile espresso bar.



Research Department Artists Theories and Art in Practice


The Royal Academy of Art offers various possibilities for research in the arts – in close cooperation with Leiden University and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. At the Royal Academy three departments are involved with this specific form of research: the Research Department of “Artists’ theories and art in practice”, the doctorate programme PhDArts (in collaboration with Leiden University), and the master Artistic Research. These departments will join forces during the Open Day to give an overview of research as it is being undertaken by doctoral candidates, teachers and master students, at the Royal Academy. The three departments will show research projects, publications and film and video material.

What is research in the arts?

The exceptional thing about research in and through art is that practical action (the making) and theoretical reflection (the thinking) go hand in hand. The one cannot exist without the other; in the same way action and thought are inextricably linked in artistic practice.

Research has always been an integral part of the artistic practice of visual artists and designers. This type of research does not have a predetermined methodology. It is better described as having an open character, which is determined by the desire to, in collaboration with others, reflect on the individual art or design practice. Over the past decades, attention for the research aspect of art and design practice has increased. Visual artists and designers are increasingly positioning themselves as researchers in both the social and the artistic field. In some cases the research has become the art work or design itself; matter and medium function as the instruments in the research or “thinking process”.

The artist/designer-as-researcher distinguished him- or herself from other artists by taking it upon him- or herself to make statements about the production of his works and about his thought processes. The researcher allows others to be participants in this process, enters into a discussion with them and opens himself up to critique. The researcher seeks the discussion in the public domain.

The Department of “Artists’ theories and art in practice”

The department of “Artists’ theories and art in practice” headed by Janneke Wesseling was established in February 2007, and investigates the role of art theory within the practice of the visual artist and designer.

The task of the department is, primarily, to anchor theoretical education into art academy education, and to advance the integration of theoretical and practical education. This happens at three educational levels:

BA level, at the Royal Academy of Art. The research department develops proposals for new educational models and sets up pilot projects.

The master Artistic Research, which is initiated by the research department.

PhD level, in the doctoral programme for visual arts and designers PhDArts at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts of Leiden University.

The research department is supported by the research group in all of these developments.

For more information about the department of Artists’ theories and art in practice, please visit: www.lectoraatkabk.nl




Research department innovative visualisation techniques

Researcher / Lector: Yolande Kolstee
Assistent: Reba Wesdorp. Intern: Mariana Kniveton. Event co-ordinator Dirk Vis.

The research department IVT focuses on the use of innovative visualisation techniques in the artistic and cultural domain and its relevance for higher art education. We put emphasis on the use of innovative visualisation techniques in the museum field. Nowadays, offline, online, mobile, virtual and real-life have become more and more intertwined.

The research department IVT is closely tied to the Art Academy's AR Lab. The AR Lab has contacts at various international companies, labs and artists that are involved with new visualisation techniques. Additionally, the Lab also works together with Delft University of Technology and Leiden University's Media Technology department. The AR Lab uses workshop facilities in order to work with, for example, 3D scans, 3D prints and Augmented Reality. AR is not simply about adding information to objects; it is a medium in its own right. Fine art artist Marina de Haas, KABK alumna, shows virtual objects which cannot be generated in film or with analogue techniques; a virtual mosquito dies and goes to heaven piece by piece. Whilst wearing an AR headset, these pieces seem to float up all around you.

Last year, the research department organised five so-called ‘digi-drinks’ in order to let teachers become more acquainted with the new digital equipment of the Academy. The main purpose was to look into digitalisation of developmental processes. We consider novel production techniques, such as 3D printing, to be part of innovative visualisation techniques. Other examples are:

  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • 3D printing
  • 3D scanning
  • Interactive installations
  • Writing applications (apps) for iPad / iPhone or Android
  • Laser cutter applications
  • Computer controlled milling equipment
  • Computer controlled textile equipment (embroidery, sewing, weaving and more)

During the 2012 - 2013 study year, four Pop-Up Galleries, including drinks and discussion afterwards, are organised in collaboration with Studium Generale. Here, works from students of different departments are on display. The first Pop-Up Gallery was held on 15 November 2012, and featured works from Graphic Design students. The upcoming Pop-Up Galleries will involve students from the departments of Fine Art, Interactive Media Design and Photography.

Points up for discussion at the research department IVT

  • Digital techniques should be part of the curriculum of every course or else students will miss out of what is going on outside the Academy
  • Every student should design something digitally at least once
  • Analogue art primarily sends out information (visitors look at a painting / audience listens to an opera) while digital art is more interactive (by adjusting as well as changing photo's and music etc.)
  • Digitalisation within art education plays into interaction and co-creation, and operates independantly regardless of location or time. For example, a virtual choir of 3500 people from 73 countries is able to sing their parts together
  • Game developers are a new breed of artists
  • Remediation and crossovers are possible by way digital techniques

What can teachers do?

  • Work together with students on a project using digital visualisation techniques
  • Write an article about this for AR[t] Magazine, published by the AR Lab
  • Create a virtual artwork

What can students do?

  • Particpate in the Smart Replica's project for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Graphic Design department: Gerd Dumbar / Maaike Roozenburg / Wim van Eck / Yolande Kolstee. Delft University of Technology also works on this project, namely: Industrial Design department.
  • Develop an artistic / design app
  • Work as intern via the research department in order to show museums their collection by aid of new technologies
  • Write a thesis or paper


The AR Lab is a laboratory which conducts research into Augmented Reality [AR] and other new visualisation techniques [IVT]. Expert on 3D animation is Wim van Eck. Yolande Kolstee heads the Lab. The AR Lab is a cooperative effort between Royal Academy in The Hague, Delft University of Technology, Media Technology department at Leiden University and companies Fabrique, DPI and Cybermind. We share knowledge and research results, and complement each other in artistic,  scientific, technical, or commercial terms. In the AR Lab various artists, designers, scientists, engineers and (art) students work on projects.

AR might be used to create virtual art, or one can use  AR as a tool for e.g. apps or for use in industry or museums. 

AR Lab publishes the Magazine AR[t].



Programme Open Day 2013 

10.00 - 16.00

  • The AR Lab will present the project 'canvases re-used' which was displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam until July 2012. Five of Van Gogh's paintings feature in iPad application in order to show the layers underneath them.
  • Spectaculair application concerning The Bedroom of Van Gogh
  • Presentations of various books, publications and lectures; amongst which 'Human Factors in Augmented Reality Environments'
  • Magazine AR[t] issues 1 and 2


PhDArts offers an international, high-level doctorate in art and design. PhDArts is a collaboration between the Leiden University Academy of Creative Arts and the Royal Academy of Art. An appropriate team of supervisors is sought to guide the student’s individual research. The doctoral study programme is an essential part of the research environment in which the student undertakes his or her research.

In PhDArts there exists a unique relationship between the artist/designer, the research method and the outcome of the research. This research is only possible thanks to the artist’s artistry and, the other way round, the artist develops his artistry through research. The outcome is therefore an artistic product, combined with a discursive product, the dissertation, which does justice to the artistic one.

This final result cannot be restricted to one particular form. Artistic theory is speculative and attempts to find new answers for existing problems without solving those problems in practice. The criteria for the form are therefore kept as open as possible and there is no fixed ratio between dissertation and artistic production. The requirements that the research must satisfy are based upon the assignment that the artist has given himself. They are the guidelines for assessing the researcher’s methodology and final result.

For more information about PhDArts, please visit: www.phdarts.eu


Master Artistic Research

The two-year interdisciplinary master Artistic Research, which started in September 2009, is the result of a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and is a research path of the interfaculty ArtScience.

Recently, artists, musicians and designers are shifting their attention to the discursive aspects of the practice of art and to its cognitive functions. Do artists produce knowledge? If so, what kind of knowledge? How does art’s knowledge relate to other kinds of knowledge? These are some of the questions that underpin the recognition of artistic research as a specific activity. All of them prompt ways of rethinking art’s relationship to other fields and to life itself. The master Artistic Research at the KABK and the Royal Conservatoire provides students with the opportunity to develop, strengthen and reflect on the relationship between practice and theory in their work through artistic research.

Students of the master Artistic Research have a background as an artist – in the field of visual arts or music. During the course students learn to develop their critical reflection on their own work and areas of interest, to analyze and explore their ideas and findings, to communicate these with others through speech and on paper. They are supported in finding appropriate forms through which to substantiate their own findings. The result of the research is, in the first place, an artistic product in the broadest sense of the word. The Master Artistic Research at the KABK and the Royal Conservatoire is first and foremost focused on practice.

For more information about the master Artistic Research, please visit: www.masterartisticresearch.eu


Programme Preparatory Courses

Come and enjoy the following activities at Preparatory Courses:

Teachers and students of the School for Young Talent, Preparatory year and Orientation course tell you everything about all preparatory courses at the KABK.

Nice movies of a couple of projects

Enroll at the spot for the orientation course!



Directions to KABK

De Bosbrug and the tram rails are being restored and replaced. The road constructions will last until December 2013.  During this period the way ‘Korte Voorhout-Koningskade’ is closed to all traffic. Traffic, including the tram is being diverted.

This has considerable consequences for the accessibility of the KABK. 

The KABK will be difficult to reach for both in-coming and out-going traffic.  Especially during peak-hours traffic jams will occur. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to make this any easier or better.

Please take the constructions into account when you plan on visiting KABK. If possible, we advise you to travel by public transportation. For the latest information please visit: www.denhaag.nl/bereikbaarheid or 'Afsluiting Bosbrug' (in Dutch only).