May 7, 2003

16.00h until 19.00h


The art institute MU was founded in 1998 and has since been operating from the heart of De Witte Dame, right in the centre of Eindhoven. MU is a champion of art as an open domain, a new kind of art in which design, architecture, music, fashion, new media and street cultures are granted an equal and inspiring role. MU shows what happens when art goes surfing on the waves of popular culture, when pop culture integrates with art, when architecture breaks away from its barriers and design becomes more autonomous. The exhibitions in MU present free-floating art in search of new forms and new contents of significance. This is how MU explores in practice the boundaries of art.

The actual symposium will be preceded by two short introductions. In the first introduction, Mr Paul van der Grinten, alderman for Culture of the municipality Eindhoven, will discuss the role and the position of MU within the scope of the cultural activities in Eindhoven. In the second introduction, Gitta Luiten, director of the Mondriaan Stichting, will speak about the changing landscape of the art institutes in the Netherlands and the position of MU in these new developments.

The symposium will be chaired by Angelique Spaninks and Ton van Gool. Angelique Spaninks studied at the Academie voor Kunst & Vormgeving (Academy of Art & Design) in Den Bosch, the Academie voor Journalistiek (Academy of Journalism) in Tilburg and she studied Art and Cultural Sciences at the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Between 1994 and 2001, she was arts editor for the Eindhovens Dagblad and now she works as Head Internal and External Affairs for the same newspaper. As a freelance journalist, Angelique writes articles for Brabant Cultureel, Kunstbeeld and Tubelight. Ton van Gool is the director of MU.
The symposium takes place on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, from 04.00 p.m. till 07.00 p.m.
Venue: MU (De Witte Dame), Emmasingel 20, 5611 AZ Eindhoven

Het symposium vindt plaats op woensdag 7 mei 2003 van 16.00 tot 19.00 uur
Plaats : MU (De Witte Dame), Emmasingel 20, 5611 AZ Eindhoven

Participants in the symposium
The participants in the symposium are artists, architects and designers who have been co-operating with MU or are expected to co-operate with MU in the foreseeable future.


Winy Maas (Rotterdam)
Winy Maas is one of the founders of the architects' firm MVRDV. Together with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, he represents one of the most widely known and successful design teams in the Netherlands. Since 1991, MVRDV has launched an impressive range of designs and studies. The realisation of the new head quarters for the VPRO Broadcasting company and the so-called WoZoCos were the first designs to win the firm international acclaim. The firm's main fascination is the systematic research into the phenomenon of density. A large number of these research projects were included in Farmax, which was published in 1998. The futuristic installation Metacity/Datatown, an investigation into the possibilities of a self-supporting city of 241 million inhabitants, was on display in MU in 1999 (as part of the exhibition Zes Steden/Six Cities) and is still travelling around the world. MVRDV also realised the Dutch Pavilion for the World Expo in 2002.

Mark Borthwick (Brooklyn)
Born in London in 1966, Mark Borthwick (1966) has been living and working in New York for some considerable time now. Borthwick is a poet and a musician, but he is particularly known as one of the top photographers of alternative fashion and as the alternative photographer of top fashion. He ranks among the generation of photographers who in the nineties broke away from the conventions of fashion photography. The Fourteenth Star, the exhibition Borthwick did for MU in 2002, was meant as a reaction to exhibitions whose main concerns are making large gestures and providing instant satisfaction.

Nicole Maurer (Eindhoven)
Nicole Maurer and her partner Marc Maurer are 'Maurer United
Architects'. In 2001, they set up the show Playtime in MU, in which they presented their own work together with the work of artists they felt an affinity with. 'Maurer United Architects' has won many awards. Their work does not represent a characteristic style but an attitude of design awareness, which is the point of departure for the exploration of the boundaries of architecture. The two architects are known for experimenting with elements from graffiti culture, street culture, games, fashion and hip-hop.

Aaron Rose (Los Angeles)
Aaron Rose is a curator and the driving force behind the sensational Alleged Galleries, which between 1998 and 2001 had obtained a unique and very distinctive position in the New York art world. Rose is also the author of Disfunctional, the first and until now best book about the relationship between skate culture and art. MU and Aaron Rose joined forces to realise the exhibitions Zone, Kim’s Bedroom and The Fourteenth Star.

Geert Mul (Rotterdam)
During his art studies, Geert Mul specialised in computer animations. In the mid-nineties he made his name as a VJ in clubs. During extensive trips to Japan he made a lot of film and sound recordings which he exhibited later on in various installations. His work was on display in many locations such as the Film Festival Rotterdam, the Lowlands Festival and the Technical University Eindhoven and in museums and art galleries. In 2001, MU presented Generating Live 2. His most recent work, 100.000 Streets, is based on city maps from all over the world, which he collected from the Internet at random. The work 100.000 Streets was recently on display during DEAF03.

Jocko Weyland (New York)
In the spring of 2001, the students of the TU/e who co-operated in designing the MU Bowl had skater/photographer/author Jocko Weyland as a guest lecturer for three weeks on end. Since then, Weyland has published his book The Answer Is Never, a personal historiography of skate boarding. In Jocko Weyland' s photos, the ramps and bowls, grindboxes and drop-ins constructed or appropriated by the skaters themselves are very much like abstract art works. These photos were included in the MU exhibition ZONE.