Alumna Merle Flügge is awarded by an external jury the Willem de Kooning Academy Research Award in the Master category for her graduation project and thesis: ‘The Schizophrenic Interior and the Aesthetics of the Imaginary – Relics of a Post-AI-Revolution’.

About the award:
The Willem de Kooning Research Award was established by the Willem de Kooning Foundation in 2015 to emphasize the central role of artistic and design research within the newly introduced curriculum. The Willem de Kooning Research Awards are not prizes for just theses or research documents but for projects merging theory and practice where art or design work is a vital part of the research. The Awards are granted to Bachelor and Master graduation projects that combine theoretical and field research with artistic research and which provide new insights to broader audiences of experts and the public at large.

Next to the prize money of 2.000 euro, the Master winning project will also be honoured with a publication. This publication is not a conventional research book or catalogue, but an experimental publication to be developed within WdKA’s Hybrid Publishing Practices.