Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden


( 60 ECTS Credits )

Bild: Sten med graverad karta från grotta i Abauntz, Navarra

Bild: Sten med graverad karta från grotta i Abauntz, Navarra


Coordinates: Mapping as Translation

The intuitive, immediate idea we have of what space is relies on a certain notion of immateriality: the void, the absence in which objects and bodies appear, presents itself to our imagination as that which is neither body nor object. In a way, then, a virtual reality.

The notion of physical space as a continuous background in which discontinuities appear as figures (a river, a hill, a certain singular tree…) may well have been the first cultural trait dividing figure and background in an analogy of the relation between subject and object. This makes the particular activity of mapping a crucial exercise of representing our relationship with the world as a series of related coordinates, of relational positions, scalable and therefore separate from the immediate perception we have of them.

All the technologies of 3D scanning, printing, motion capture related effects, and VR generating software, as well as creation of soundscapes and projection mapping rely on this basic principle of relational points in an abstracted space, prone to being scaled up or down, from the graphic representation of an idea to the building of an immersive environment.

Course content
Materialities – Coordinates: mapping as translation, 60 ECTS- credits, is a one year post-master course which is predominantly practical. The course explores the transmission between materiality and immateriality through digital and analogue techniques where different aspects of dimensions are shaped. By letting one’s artistic practice search through various forms of imaginary rooms and techniques, conditions for playful laboratory work with perception and imagination are created. Through practical investigative elements such as the techniques in photogrammetry, 3D, Virtual Reality, moving image, soundscapes, projection mapping and photography, new knowledge will be gained as the participants engage in practical and technical problem-solving. Analogies will be drawn from the different work processes, generating a theoretical approach extracted from the praxis. After each practical element there will be time for reflection, where observations and experiences are shared within the group. Integrated in the practical parts are meetings with other professionals within philosophy, practical knowledge, computer visualization, etc., with the aim to develop an understanding of other mediums, techniques and languages. The course focuses on the participants’ own artistic processes through the various elements and aims to share experiences and perceptions through conversations and critique.

Course structure
Scheduled activities will take place once a month and in a workshop block of 3-5 days. There are four blocks in the autumn, and five blocks during the spring semester. Practical exercises are interwoven with seminars and lectures. Between the intensive sessions held at the Royal Institute of Art, the student undertakes independent studies outside school venue based on set assignments and preparations for the next coming workshop days. The course concludes with a public presentation of the individual projects that are based on the course content.

Course syllabus – Course syllabus – Materialities 60 hp-2019

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Level: Advanced
Requirements: Master in Fine Arts or the equivalent knowledge
Application Deadline: 20 May 13,00 2019
ECTS Credits: 60
Programme Length: 1 Academic Year
Teaching Language: English

Finance and Fees
Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 316 430 SEK per academic year and the admission fee is 900 SEK. The deadline for the admission fee is the same as the application deadline. International students who have been accepted to a study programme in Sweden must show financial means of support during study time to the immigration authorities in order to obtain a study visa. Info about fees 2019.