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Open for admission | Apply for Resolution at The Sandberg Instituut

Hometown Metahaven 2018 Two-channel film, 30’, Russian, Arabic Photo | Peter Tijhuis

Resolution — MA Moving Image is a two-year master programme committed to the future of the moving image. It is the sequel to current Temporary Programme Shadow Channel: Film, Design and Propaganda (2017-2019).

In a period of two years, you will meet a multitude of artists, academics and activists, working at the intersection of film, music, art, video games and direct action. Previous tutors of Shadow Channel have been amongst others artists Rana Hamadeh, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi and Mark Leckey, writers Nina Power and Flavia Dzodan, designers Michael Oswell and Sam Rolfes, and musicians Gaika and Chino Amobi.

Building on its predecessor Shadow Channel, the Resolution programme will take place both at the Sandberg Instituut, and in collaboration with partner organisations around Amsterdam. This will not only provide you with an opportunity to get to know the city better while you are here, it will also help you gradually build a network of collaborators, a community of peers and an audience for your work outside of the institution.

When studying at Resolution, you will work on three projects: your individual moving image work, your thesis, and a collective end-of-year presentation. The curriculum has been created to help you develop your conceptual and technical ability through practical workshops and tutorials, your critical thinking through seminars focussing on research and writing, and your sense of solidarity through collaboration and communal activities.

Resolution is open to anyone who wants to develop new forms of moving images, whether you already make films, or design video games, make music, write stories or create art online. We do not expect students to already be professionals cinematographers, to know everything about exhibiting multiscreen installations, or have a game available on Steam or in the PlayStation Store. “What matters is not to know the world,” as the late psychiatrist Frantz Fanon once wrote, “but to change it.”

We especially welcome applications when you are underrepresented in education, at work and on screen. In addition to new developments in moving image, our programme will focus on inclusivity, intersectional solidarity and radical imagination. When we say radical, we paraphrase Barbara Smith, co-founder of the Combahee River Collective: we don't mean in your face, lobbing verbal grenades—radical means having a deep understanding of structural oppression and being willing to eradicate that.

If you are looking for an MA that combines fantasy with vigour, and that projects revolution in high definition, Resolution is for you. We firmly believe art is necessary to understand and change our world. But art is also necessary to catch our breath and take care of ourselves and each other, to feel free, even if it is only for the duration of a film.

Another world is possible. No darkness lasts forever.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Applications to Resolution are open from 8 January until 1 April 2019.

Apply here.