Crossmedial Exhibitions


Course Objective

Course objectives
1. Knowledge: Students will acquire knowledge of the theory,
history, and practice of exhibitions that clearly cross the borders of
different media and arts, taking into account the exhibition curators,
exhibition designers, policymakers and sponsors, marketing managers and
the press.
2. Knowledge: Students will acquire knowledge of how museums
of the 21st century deal with crossmedial developments in space and
time, to enhance interactivity and audience diversification.
3. Application: Students will be able to apply the knowledge
acquired during the course to written blog posts, discussions with
professionals, oral presentations and a final essay.
4. Judgment: Students will be able to show in assignments
they have acquired insight into the issues raised within the course and
are able to position their research within current debates in the field.
5. Communication: Students will learn to plan and organize
independent scientific research related to the course and express this
both in a sound academic presentation and a sound scholarly text on a
400 level.

Course Content

This course focuses on one cross-medial event (a major temporary or
permanent exhibition) in which different stakeholders have
dealt with the problem of intermediality: policy makers, sponsors,
curators, designers, multimedia creatives, p.r. agents and the press.
How did these various parties deal with artistic practices that surpass
medial boundaries, when their backgrounds are mostly mono-medial? At the
same time, this course focuses on developments in museum exhibition
practices in the 21st century, involving issues of e.g. narrative,
space, sound, audience participation, new media, and interactivity, and
is embedded within both a historical and a theoretical perspective.
Previous exhibitions analyzed were The Art of Fashion. Installing
Allusions (Museum Boijmans, 2009), Illusions of Reality.
Naturalist Painting, Photography and Cinema, 1875- 1918 (Van Gogh
Museum, 2010), Amsterdam DNA (Amsterdam Museum, 2012), Oskar Fischinger
(EYE, Amsterdam 2013), Jeff Wall (Stedelijk Museum, 2014), Anthony
McCall/ Jean Desmet's Dream Factory (EYE, 2015), Michelangelo Antonioni/
Close Up (EYE, 2015-2016), Happy Birthday Marilyn/ 1917. Romanovs &
Revolutie (De Nieuwe Kerk/Hermitage, 2016-2017), Locus/ Jesper Just
(EYE, 2017-2018), Ryoji Ikeda/ Jan Svankmajer. The Alchemical Wedding
(EYE, 2018-2019).

Teaching Methods

Seminar. Weekly meetings (max. 4 hours), including lectures, discussions
with professionals, excursions, and presentations. Students read texts
in advance, prepare questions to the professionals, give updates on
their own research. They hold a (single or group) presentation, focusing
on museums, exhibitions, and art or media, in relation to
crossmediality. The presentation is the prologue to the (individual)
final essay.

Method of Assessment

100 percent attendance, assignments, presentations, and essay. Failing
to be present at the first meeting or the presentation may result in
removal from the course.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree in Comparative Arts and Media Studies or comparable
bachelor's programmes in Art, Media or Cultural Studies within Faculties
of Arts or Humanities.


Articles, either e-book or on Canvas.

Target Audience

Master students CAMS (Comparative Arts and Media Studies). Students need
to have seen the exhibition(s) in focus, even if exhibitions may have
ended before the course begins. Elective students best contact the
course teacher in the Fall term to make sure about this. The course has
limited access.

General Information

Course Code L_ZAMAACW015
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. I.L. Blom
Examiner dr. I.L. Blom
Teaching Staff dr. I.L. Blom

Practical Information

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