‘An unprecedented spatial-color-light-music production, that was what the Philips Company had in mind for its pavilion at the 1958 World Fair. Their wish was granted by Le Corbusier, who built an architectural sculpture that housed a visual and aural spectacle (Le Poème Electronique) the likes of which had never been seen before. Images were projected directly on the warped walls of the pavilion while strange sounds were distributed within the curiously shaped building along specific “sound routes.” Although architecture students still learn only of the building and art students only of the Poème Electronique, the interactions between these media were essential to the experience of the Philips Pavilion. Only by interpreting every (medial) aspect of this synthesized artwork in relation to the others – an interpretation to which the concepts of intermediality serve well – was it possible to fully grasp its complexities, even if the building itself no longer exists.’
Elise Noyez, student
‘The more my study progressed the more enthusiastic I became about carrying out research. Master’s seminars convinced me that I wanted to continue in this direction and, in consultation with my tutor, I decided to switch to the research master’s course. The extra room for study gives me the chance to carry out more in-depth research into the monumental art of Karel Appel, the subject of my thesis. In the seminar research design you work alongside students from other disciplines to fine-tune your research plan, and the tutorials organised in conjunction with the teaching staff provide you with the space to go more deeply into both current research practices and the subject matter. For students who like to show initiative, I would certainly recommend this research master’s course.’
Eva van Berne, student
‘After completing my BA thesis on the seventeenth-century prints of Giovanni Battista Falda, it was perfectly clear to me that the next course I took would be one where I could largely choose aspects that interested me. I wanted to immerse myself as deep as possible in my own field of interest, in order to study the essence of my research project – seventeenth-century Italian architecture. VAMA provides this opportunity and also pays attention to the research methodology: this is particularly good for students with a research mentality. The academic interdisciplinary trend is also incorporated in the curriculum so that the student begins to appreciate the added value of research from different perspectives.
In consultation with my tutor I took the opportunity to pursue a part of my research at the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut (Royal Dutch Institute) in Rome, where I could not only gaze at the wonderful architecture – but I also made a lot of good friends.’
Martijn van Beek, student