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The second issue of MaHKUscript focuses on the current state of Spatial Practice. Public spaces and urban cultures need novel impulses for our contemporary life. Those impulses ask for research-driven strategies based on both artistic and analytic methodologies in mapping and analysis. In connection with these problematics the concept of “Critical Spatial Practices” has been recently introduced, signifying a coming together of art, architecture, planning and design as expanded practices, with the purpose of creating a new commitment regarding urban processes and the politization of space. In this regard, Spatial Practice seems equivalent to finding new modes and methods for offering resistance to the technocratic and neo-liberal rhetoric producing public space and the entrepreneurial city today.  

A number of questions arise when further delving into the strategic field of Spatial Practice: what concepts (such as territory, agency, agonistic negotiation, blurred boundaries, grass-roots democracy, heterogeneity, cross-benching, participation, relational aesthetics, post-public environment, micro-urban tactics) are crucial in defining this new field? But also: does the current situation of thinking in terms of counter-space demand the developing of new concepts? What role does artistic research actually play in the further articulation of critical spatial practice? And finally: what is the most strategic way to incorporate this new way of thinking and working in art education?  

MaHKUscript #2 Critical Spatial Practice contains contributions by: Markus Meissen (keynote), Flaka Haliti, Lara Almarcegui, Hakan Topal, Jane Rendell, Tina Carlisi, Laura Gibellini, Daniel Fernandez Pascual, Pieter Vermeulen and Mi You. 

Editorial Office: Jessica de Schipper  


MaHKU launches a new, peer reviewed, journal that specifically targets the significance of research and knowledge production in contemporary Fine Art practice. MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research is published by Ubiquity Press, London and has an international editorial board. 

Editor: Henk Slager (Utrecht). Editorial advisory board: Chus Martinez (Basel), Hongjohn Lin (Taipei), Inci Eviner (Istanbul), Irit Rogoff (London), Maria Hlavajova (Utrecht), Marquard Smith (London), Mick Wilson (Gothenburg), and Ute Meta Bauer (Singapore).

MaHKUscript. Journal of Fine Art Research is the successor of MaHKUzine. Journal of Artistic Research (2006-2011). This new publication series consciously moves away from the accolade concept of Artistic Research in order to fully concentrate on the idiosyncracy and specificity of research in the domain of Fine Art. For this purpose MaHKUscript will select every year a topical research theme. 

MaHKUscript #1, Theme: Experimentally contains contributions by a.o. Andrew Pickering, Anita Seppä, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Peter Weibel, Marquard Smith, Christina della Giustina, Natasha Ginwala and Valerie Pihet. 

Editorial Office: Jessica de Schipper


MaHKUzine #1–10

MaHKUzine was an international publication in both hard copy and pdf form. The journal embarked on a topical discourse in artistic research implying visual art, editorial design, fashion design, interior design, and public space design. The magazine offered symposia reports, articles by guest lecturers, staff and research reports.
  • MaHKUzine#1 Is the medium still the message?, summer 2006    
  • MaHKUzine#2 Critical Methodologies, winter 2007    
  • MaHKUzine#3 Design Solutions, summer 2007       
  • MaHKUzine#4 The Politics of Design, winter 2008   
  • MaHKUzine#5 A Certain MA-ness, summer 2008   
  • MaHKUzine#6 Spatial Practices, winter 2009   
  • MaHKUzine#7 Nameless Science, summer 2009   
  • MaHKUzine#8 Epistemic Encounters, winter 2010 
  • MaHKUzine#9 Doing Dissemination, summer 2010
  • MaHKUzine#10 As the Academy Turns, winter 2011

Other publications

With various partners in the field, MaHKU develops essay publications that are geared at the state of graduate art education, artistic research, artistic knowledge production and the importance of these for developing topical curatorial concepts.

Expothesis #1: Politics, Identity and Public Space 
Critical Reflections in and through the practices of contemporary Art. Mika Hannula. 192p. 2010 (download  

Expothesis #2: Waking up from the Nightmare of Participation 
Nina Valerie Kolowratnik & Markus Miessen et al. 308p. 2011 (download)

dOCUMENTA 13 project: Doing Research
dOCUMENTA 13 project in collaboration with KUVA Helsinki with a.o. Ayreen Anastas & Renee Gabri, Claire Pentecost, Dora Garcia, Julie Ault, Michael Portnoy, Theaster Gates and Tue Greenfort. Kassel/Helsinki, 2012. (download)

Metropolis M Books: Temporary Autonomous Research   
Amsterdam Pavilion, Shanghai Biennale, with a.o. Nicoline van Harskamp, Falke Pisano and Jeremiah Day. Utrecht 2012 (download)

Metropolis M Books: 1st Tbilisi Triennial, Offside Effect   
Academy as Exhibition, with a.o. Marion von Osten, Jan Kaila, Annette Krauss, Tiong Ang, Stephan Dillemuth, Anton Vidokle and Mick Wilson. Utrecht 2013 (download)

Metropolis M Books: Taipei Biennal, Experimental Aesthetics
Experimental Aesthetics with Andre Alves, Boris Groys, Chus Martinez, Clodagh Emoe, Hongjohn Lin, Irene Kopelman, John Rajchman, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Mick Wilson and Timotheus Vermeulen. Utrecht 2014 (download)