ArtScience Interfaculty

The ArtScience Interfaculty is an interdisciplinary bachelor and master program that fosters curiosity-driven research as approach for the making of art. The program considers art and science as continuum and promotes the development of new art forms and artistic languages. The ArtScience Interfaculty is embedded in both the Royal Conservatoire and The Royal Academy for Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands.


ArtScience has an interdisciplinary focus that intersects the existing fields of music, visual arts, media art, humanities and the natural sciences. The study stimulates students to question and reflect upon actual developments around us. This includes developments within the arts and sciences and also technological, social and political developments. Beside the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the ArtScience interfaculty collaborates closely with Leiden University’s Academy for Creative and Performing Arts and Media Technology MSc program. The ArtScience Interfaculty offers both a four-year bachelor’s, and a two-year master’s program embedded in an interdisciplinary learning environment. At the Interfaculty there are five forms of tuition: labs, theoretical courses, practical workshops, research projects, individual coaching.


With the exception of the first year courses and theory courses, students can choose between several options offered as part of the ‘open curriculum’. Within the given constraints, the students select their individual track of offered modules within the Interfaculty and related departments and institutions. The faculty staff brings together distinguished artists, practitioners and theoretitians such as Cocky Eek, Arthur Elsenaar, Edwin van der Heide, Joost Rekveld, Kasper van der Horst, Michiel Pijpe and the two professors who will be presenting the faculty at Nova Iskra - Robert Pravda and Taconis Stolk.


The two professors are in Belgrade together with their students in order to conduct a 2-week workshop White City/White Canvas/White Noise in collaboration with the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade. Presentation of workshop outputs will take place on Friday, March 14th at the FMC. 


Taconis Stolk is a conceptualist and metamodernist. He is the initiator of WLFR, studio for conceptualism in Amsterdam. Since the mid-nineties WLFR has been developing meta-media projects and theory concerning the aesthetics of concepts and contextual technology, often at the intersection of art and science. He is also co-founder of formalism (concept & design creators) and ConceptsAssociated (idea agency) and chairman of the eCulture Committee of the Dutch Arts Council. 


Robert Pravda studied engineering from 1987 through 1991 at the Technical University of Novi Sad, after which he dedicated himself to making music in experimental underground circles. His interest in the interdisciplinary arts brought him to the Interfaculty Image & Sound, where he earned his degree in 2002. In 2001 he started WEIM, a workshop for his fellow students on electro-instrumental music, which was transformed into the improvisation ensemble RecPlay. His examination project, the sound-light installation 5x5x5, was awarded with the visitor’s prize of Shell’s Young Artist Award. 


The lecture at Nova Iskra will be held on Thursday, March 13th at 5.30 PM. Entrance is free.