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Rietveld Sandberg Research

Research at the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut is research that opens the possibilities of imagination. This means that questioning dominant paradigms becomes embedded in the way we approach learning, making and creating. Imagination that is not limited to the way things are but rather to the possibilities of what could be. We conceive of the academy as a place for interdisciplinary research and cross-pollination that exceeds the confines of conventional academic disciplines.

This perspective on research is grounded in a broad and encompassing practice that challenges conventional ways in which knowledges are produced. Drawing on critical pedagogy, critical making and emancipatory research, we give space to an environment that opens itself for different ways of producing and approaching knowledge. We believe in emancipatory research that does not require endorsement from institutions either academic or from civil society but research that operates independently and across disciplines driven by the needs of broad developments. No longer bound by canonical practices that dictate what is proper knowledge, we open ourselves up for the possibilities of the uncharted, those paths that have not yet been forged and do not yet have a space of institutional representation. This intentional subversion of canonical knowledge should not be confused with chaotic or non-rigorous research practices. On the contrary, we purposefully foster rigorous research from an emancipatory perspective based on principles of openness, empowerment, accountability and reciprocity.

In our search for new forms of engagement with research we work through de-centering and dislocating the traditional sources of knowledge to give way to what has always been relegated to the periphery. Knowledge, then, not as a top/down resource that is transmitted through authoritative practices but as part of shared experiences where the emphasis is put in searching together rather than in uncritical dominance.

Past
Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
16 May
2024
Lecture by Tom Vandeputte: On the Concept of Critique

Tom Vandeputte will reflect on the concept of critique and its relation to the idea of an exit from an untenable situation, followed by a discussion with Marija Cetinić.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
19 Apr
2024
Climate Imagenaries @ Sea Festival

The Climate Imaginaries at Sea coalition is excited to invite you to our upcoming festival in Amsterdam. An event for artistic and participatory research practices that speculate possible futures in and around water. Join us for an exciting week-long exploration with two exhibitions, an open studio day programme, the launch of the second issue of the Making Waves zine, a closing concert and more.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
17 Apr
2024
Art & Spatial Praxis: Plot(ting)

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the publication of Plot(ting) on April 17th from 14:30 to 19:00, hosted at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Fedlev Building, Room FL101.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
1 Mar
2024
Philosophy Seminars: Bataille on Animality

The Philosophy Seminars of the spring-summer semester will focus on George Bataille’s writings on animals and animality. Over the course of three seminars, convened by Tom Vandeputte, we will discuss Bataille’s famous texts and lectures on the figuration of the human and the animal in the Lascaux cave paintings; the place of the animal in his theory of religion and the sacred; and the ethical and political implications of his brief essay The Friendship Between Man and Beast, addressing the subjugation and liberation of animal life. Besides Bataille’s philosophical reflections, we will also discuss his notes for an unrealised film, found among his papers at the time of his death. The seminar series is open to all, but registration is necessary and a commitment to attending all three seminars is appreciated.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
28 Feb
2024
Publication Launch: Perpetual Stew

We are proud to announce the launch of the Sandberg Instituut Graduation Exhibition 2023 Publication, titled Perpetual Stew (2024), the second in a new series of publications organized by Public Sandberg which began last year with The Salmon of Knowledge (2023). Perpetual Stew compiles the writing of 18 incredible authors who were invited to conduct interviews with and ruminate on the works of our nearly 60 graduates, from 7 departments.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
23 Feb
2024
Green Screens: Animal Anxieties

A series of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema.

This three-part program aims to explore anxieties surrounding human-animal relations, as depicted in 20th-century genre-fiction movies. We will watch and discuss three films together, each selected to represent specific anxieties expressed through cinema, either directly or metaphorically.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Sat
13 Jan
2024
Book launch: The City as Anthology: Movements at the Margins of Public Space

To kick off the year 2024, we are happy to invite you to join us for the book launch of 'The City as Anthology: Movements at the Margins of Public Space' by Mariken Overdijk on 13 January at 3pm, at Zone2Source, Amstelpark, Glass Pavilion.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
5 Dec
2023
Week on Algorithmic Cultures

A programme by Flavia Dzodan, head of the Research group on Algorithmic Cultures

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
16 Nov
2023
Research Café - autumn/winter 2023

Research Café is a series of lectures on methodology, open to all students, staff, tutors, and alumni of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
2 Nov
2023
Curves of inquiry

Curves of Inquiry is a Gerrit Rietveld Academie initiative that showcases the findings of nine artist-researchers who completed a fellowships trajectory in the previous academic year. Each of these projects is carried out in close collaboration with a department of the Rietveld Academie or Sandberg Instituut to foster relationships between educational programs, research activities, and societal issues.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
18 Oct
2023
Workshop: Unionizing the Speculative

Unionizing the Speculative is an informal gathering that invites precarious cultural workers whose value of labor is likely to be challenged under the influence of generative AI. Participants will explore the collective strategy of advocacy through Speculoos biscuits containing AI-generated images.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
5 Oct
2023
Müge Yilmaz - lecture

Müge Yılmaz’s work and research presents speculative narratives on the future distilled through feminist science fiction. Over the academic year, Müge will be working with the students from TXT and Architectural Design, while conducting her own research into salt. These activities are part of the Climate Imaginaries at Sea project. On October 5th, Müge will introduce her research project on salt.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
5 Oct
2023
Workshop by Brackish Collective

On October 5 LASP hosts a lecture by Müge Yilmaz on salt. Before the lecture, from 11.00 to 13.00, you have the opportunity to attend a workshop by the Brackish Collective in the kitchen of the Sandberg Instituut. Working with halophytes and other salt-resistant plants - all which grow in the dunes and coastal areas of The Netherlands - this workshop will be an experimental tasting and attempt at collaborative sensorial mapping involving ten plants, ranging from sea asparagus and dune roses to sea purslane, sea buckthorn and red clover, amongst others.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
22 Jun
2023
I am going to be your last teacher

"I am going to be your last teacher. Not because I'll be the greatest teacher you may ever encounter, but because from me you will learn how to learn. When you learn how to learn, you will realize that there are no teachers, that there are only people learning and people learning how to facilitate learning." – Moshé Feldenkrais

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
26 May
2023
WASALIWA

Apply for the international exchange project, WASALIWA, a collaboration of Framer Framed, the Sandberg Instituut and the Oceania Arts Centre in Fiji. We are looking for Amsterdam based artists to explore the ecological history and future of the Pacific Islands through a series of workshops 5, 6, 7, and 8 June 2023. Send in your motivation statement before 26 May to apply!

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
25 Apr
2023
Green Screens: Xenoecologies

Join us for an evening of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema.
Open to students, staff, graduates and friends.
Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Sandberg BC Building.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
20 Apr
2023
A.I. for Artists

A workshop on how to apply algorithmic image creation with deep learning techniques for artists and creatives.

Workshop by: Enrique Gutiérrez
Hosted by: the Artificial Intelligence Research Cell at Sandberg Instituut

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
13 Apr
2023
Climate Imaginaries at Sea | Studio Encounters on Water

The ARIAS coalition Climate Imaginaries at Sea invites you to Studio Encounters on Water, a two-day event filled with workshops, presentations, talks and pod reading sessions where you can learn more about what we’ve done, where we are going and how you can be part of it.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
13 Apr
2023
Plot(ing)

An open call for the research group Art and Spatial Praxis run by Patricia de Vries with Liza Print.

Deadline: April 13, 2023

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
30 Mar
2023
Public Sewer 5: Sam Keogh talks Fortnite, with screening of The Island

Public Sandberg presents its monthly series of talks—PUBLIC SEWER—where guests are invited to speak about the strange things building up in the margins of their creative practices.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
29 Mar
2023
IN SEARCH OF MONEY

IN SEARCH OF MONEY seeks to unravel how art and design within capitalism are driven by money. We will consider if culture, like people, is inevitably cast in a role of extremes - money-making machine or oppressed victim.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
21 Mar
2023
Fellows in process - Spring 2023

Workshop and Lecture Series by the Research Fellows of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut 2022/23

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
22 Feb
2023
Public Sewer 4: Graduation Book Launch

Public Sandberg presents Public Sewer 4: Graduation Book Launch Edition, where we will launch Sandberg Instituut’s Graduation Publication for 2022—titled The Salmon of Knowledge, the first in a new series of publications—featuring works of and essays about graduating students, and made in collaboration with Our Polite Society and photographers Sander van Wettum and Tom Philip Janssen.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
15 Feb
2023
Ecological Imaginaries, Seminar 4: Combing the Desert

February 15th @ Critical Studies Studio Space, 4pm-7pm

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
8 Feb
2023
Deterritorializing Intelligence – an *un*scripted studio dialog with Flavia Dzodan and Femke Herregraven

Hosted by Sandberg Research - Artificial Intelligence

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
7 Feb
2023
Blurring The Format - Expanded Publishing for Practice-Based Research

What is the role of publishing within practice-based research? In research publications, more often than not media production—be it audiovisual or any other form of artistic practice that isn’t writing—is still seen as somehow inferior; mere support material.

Expanded publishing, or expanded outputs as we define it, is the research lens that tries to solve this question by going beyond both traditional and artistic publishing practices.
With THE VOID (a new research project set up by INC), over the past year, there has been tons of research and experimentation with audio-visual production and distribution. To do so, THE VOID team decided to approach the topic by starting the production of their own content, in collaboration with artists. Now, after the first year of experimentation, we are trying to collect different ideas and questions that arose during this time of research. To properly set up a research agenda, we believe it’s crucial to engage in conversations with other artists, researchers, and experts from within the field.

In setting up this event, THE VOID aims to gather and discuss the role of expanded publishing and its possible trajectories. The program will consist of two parts. First, we begin with the presentation of the multimedia research done by the artist collective timeis.capital, which is creating a repository for self-organized initiatives in the art world through different multimedia means such as video, audio and 3D footage. This presentation will be the starting point for a broader discussion on the role of publishing and archiving for practice-based research. How can publishing be expanded to non-text-based output as well? What does it mean open source publishing audiovisual projects? How can artistic researchers share transparent workflows without diminishing their labor? How we can make the language of practice-based research more understandable? How do we make a wide variety of conversations happen in audio-visual language? We would like to discuss these and many other topics together with a group of experts from various fields such as art research, education, publishing, archiving, and (new) media industries.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
25 Jan
2023
Ecological Imaginaries Seminar 3: On Magical Thinking, Mental Health and Crisis of Imagination

4pm-7pm @ Critical Studies theory room

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
8 Dec
2022
Public Sewer 3

Keep your mind in the gutter.™

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
30 Nov
2022
Ecological Imaginaries Seminar 2: Why The End of the World is a good thing?

This year, Critical Studies research fellow Olya Korsun organises a series of seminars to collectively map out and question the contours and layers of ecological imaginaries through the study of eco-critical theory and experimental/queer/world cinema. We will open up the second meeting with the question: «How can we even talk about imagination without reviving the spectre of human exceptionalism?»*
What if instead of imagining new worlds we could learn to imagine the existing ones differently and celebrate the coming-to-an-end of human/language/Western – centred imaginaries?
Guided by the lines from Federico Campagna and films by Ana Vaz, Renée Nader Messora, João Salaviza we will look at how worlds are built and left in ruins and how Magic can be transformed from incurable disease into a tool for world-making.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
23 Nov
2022
Open Call Sandberg Research AI

Open Call for a new kenniskring/ research group run by Flavia Dzodan - deadline extended to 23rd of November 00.00AM.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
10 Nov
2022
Public Sewer 2

Keep your mind in the gutter: S*an D. Henry-Smith talks Hunter x Hunter and Daniel de Paula talks DJ Screw.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
10 Nov
2022
FELLOWS EXHIBIT 2021-2022

Invitation to: Fellows Exhibit - a symposium and exhibition by the research fellows 2021-2022.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
9 Nov
2022
Ecological Imaginaries Inquiry Group meeting 1 - Time observing, hopping and freezing.

Critical Studies auditorium, 4pm-7pm.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
3 Nov
2022
RESEARCH CAFE, a series of seminars on methodology

Research Cafe is an informal seminar series where you can learn more about various research methodologies from different senior researchers at Rietveld and Sandberg. These seminars are open to all students, staff, tutors, and alumni of Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. Below you can find more information about each session. Preparation is not necessary. Please sign up via the form below. Per session we have space for 20 participants.

Location: Library Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
27 Oct
2022
Ways of Knowing: Digitizing Gestures

A workshop by research fellow Wael el Allouche.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
13 Oct
2022
Goodbye Symposium for Jeroen Boomgaard

Jeroen Boomgaard has led LAPS (Research Institute for Art and Public Space) for 19 years of its existence and has established a strong foundation for artistic research at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. For over 19 years he has facilitated and strengthened countless relationships between (international) educational institutions, artists, researchers, commissioners and developers, operating in the realms of artistic research and art in public space.

To commemorate Jeroen's achievements, we will say farewell with a symposium on some of the topics he has pursued throughout his career.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
13 Oct
2022
Public Sewer 1

Keep your mind in the gutter.
Flavia Dzodan talks Godzilla & Kaiju & Philip Coyne talks Bigfoot and other green men

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
29 Sep
2022
Inaugural Lecture Patricia de Vries: Out of Place

Professor Patricia de Vries will present her inaugural lecture at the start of the academic year 2022–2023. In this lecture, she will elaborate on the research area of LAPS, that will be expanded to ‘LAPS/The City’ in the coming years.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Mon
23 May
2022
Prepper Culture - On the Aesthetics, Politics and Philosophy of Preparing for Dystopia

Join us on Monday 23 May 2022 from 16.00-18.30 at Rietveld Academie's Theory Stairs for presentations and discussions on the imagination of the end times in art, design, architecture, and philosophy.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
17 May
2022
Materialising Materials

Please join us in the Rietveld/Sandberg library next week, Tuesday 17 May—for a playful writing workshop focused engaging with language, material, categorisation and storytelling—hosted by Toni Brell and Naomi Credé.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
11 May
2022
Green Screens: Apocalypse & Extinction

@ 5:30 PM, join us for an evening of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff, graduates and friends.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
28 Apr
2022
The Ecological Imagination

Please join us on Thursday, April 28, from 17.00-18.30, for brief presentations by the recipients of the "Ecological Imagination” stipends. Each of the four recipients will share and discuss a sample of their research in progress, prompting a collective discussion on the study of ecological crisis, environmental justice, and planetary futures.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
20 Apr
2022
Green Screens: Decay & Decomposition

@5:30 PM, join us for an evening of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff, graduates and friends.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
13 Apr
2022
fellows in process 2022

lecture & workshop series by the 2022 Research Fellows of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Instituut

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
6 Apr
2022
Green Screens: Weather & Climate

@ 5:30 PM, join us for an evening of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff, graduates and friends.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
16 Mar
2022
Green Screens: Nature & Fascism

@5:30 PM, join us for an evening of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff, graduates and friends.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
9 Mar
2022
In Search of Design and (crime) Journalism

16:00-18:00 @ Theory Stairs

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
3 Mar
2022
Deterritorializing Intelligence

A public lecture hosted by Femke Herregraven with keynote speaker, dr. Rodrigo Ochigame.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
15 Dec
2021
Green Screens: Extraction & Exploitation

Join us for another screening and discussion on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff and graduates.
17:30-20:00

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
1 Dec
2021
The Human Ratings System: A roundtable discussion hosted by Flavia Dzodan

17:00-19:00 @ Auditorium 3rd floor BC, Sandberg Instituut

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
26 Nov
2021
Making Things Public

A process-presentation by PhD affiliates in works and words

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
25 Nov
2021
Derrais Carter's BLACK REVELRY QUIET STORM

A radio broadcast marathon concluding with the pre-launch of BLACK REVELRY: In Honor of "The Sugar Shack"

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
24 Nov
2021
Green Screens: Agency & Animism

Join us for another screening and discussion on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff and graduates.
17:30-20:00

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
18 Nov
2021
fellows exhibit

A symposium and exhibition of the Research Fellows of 2020-2021

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
3 Nov
2021
Research Cafe - Artificial Intelligence

The Research Cafe is a space to support research projects led by students at Sandberg Instituut. Each session revolves around a specific theme and text related to Artificial Intelligence that we use as a starting point for discussions on the topic. The idea behind the research cafe is to discuss different approaches and understandings to the session’s theme. It is meant as a moment to share “unfinished thinking”. That is, a process of exploring and expanding the possibilities of open-ended research.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
27 Oct
2021
Green Screens

Join us for the first in a series of screenings and discussions on ecology, environment and cinema. Open to students, staff and graduates.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
22 Sep
2021
In Search of Lost Time

On Wednesday 22nd we welcome you to the first Sandberg Research event In Search of Lost Time, hosted by Gabrielle Kennedy. During the sympsium, invited guests Thierry Geoffroy and Toby Sterling alongside alumni David Womack, Johan Deletang, Andrea Gonzalez, Juliette Lépineau, Simpson Tse and Jelia Veldeman will present their research in order to explore the meaning of time in art and journalism. The symposium takes place at Theory Stairs at 4pm.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
18 May
2021
David Bennewith, Noha Ramadan, Swani Vinton : Fellows in Process

Title: Navigation, Gutter, Bleed: Movement and the Visual

Date: Tuesday May 18th

Time: 14.00-17.00 CET

Location: location tbc via mail

Description: movement workshop

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Mon
26 Apr
2021
Nina Glockner : Fellows in Process

Title: Mind the Body, Move Matter

Date: Monday, April 26 2021

Time: Practice-based session 1: 10.00-12.00hrs | Practice-based session 2: 14:00-16:00hrs

Location: GYM Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

Participation: Reservation only, max. 15 participants each session. Reserve a spot through eventbrite links below. Note it's for students of Rietveld/Sandberg/Personnel only.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Thu
22 Apr
2021
Amy Suo Wu : Fellows in Process

Title: Ghosts in the family

Date: 22nd of April

Time: 10:00-15:00 CET

Location: 616BC, Sandberg Instituut

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
21 Apr
2021
Marjan van Aubel : Fellows in Process

Title: Solar Design

Date: 21st of April

Time: 17.00-18.00 CET

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
14 Apr
2021
Nicola Baratto & Yiannis Mouravas : Fellows in Process

Title: MAGICAL MYSTERY HEIST, a guest lecture by Frederico Campagna

Date: 14th of April

Time: 19.00-20.00 CET

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Tue
13 Apr
2021
Derrais Carter : Fellows in Process

Title: Black Revelry: Feeling with The Sugar Shack

Date: April 13th at 7pm

Time: 19.00-20.30 CET

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Mon
12 Apr
2021
Oskar Johanson : Fellows in Process

Title: Ship space against civic space

Date: 12th of April

Time: 11.00-12.00 CET

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Wed
9 Dec
2020
IN/Search RE/Search

Dear Students and Staff, you are very welcome to join the online launch for the book IN/Search RE/Search!

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
9 Oct
2020
Research Fellowship Symposium

The research fellowships are a Sandberg/Rietveld initiative to pursue different knowledge practices involving topics such as Artificial Intelligence, The City and New Materials. From both Rietveld and Sandberg a few candidates are selected to research one of the topics and share their project with the students and the community. This fellowship symposium is an ONLINE EVENT open to all Rietveld and Sandberg students. The programme and live stream link will be shared prior to the event.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Mon
28 Sep
2020
CREATOR DOCTUS: Yael Davids & Femke Herregraven

On 28th of September 2020 Yael Davids publicly defended her research concluding the first Creator Doctus (CrD) trajectory. She was awarded the first CrD degree!

The focus of Yael Davids’ research A Daily Practice is on somatic learning and consists of three phases. The research, supervised by the Van Abbemuseum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, is inspired by the work of Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais. Feldenkrais developed a method for people to change bodily habits from within. This method has played an important role in Davids’ artistic practice in the last years.

Rietveld Sandberg Research
Fri
24 Jan
2020
IN/Search RE/Search publication

Publication IN/Search RE/Search, edited by Gabrielle Kennedy, designed by Haller Brunm and published by Valiz with Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, features works by various Sandberg & Rietveld alumni and students. The publication explores how:

Coordinators/Organizers/Curators

Eva Hoonhout
Tom Vandeputte

Contact
Keywords

postgraduate, research, lecture series, publishing, CrD, PhD

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Climate Imagenaries @ Sea Festival
Fri
19 Apr
— 25 Feb 2024

The Climate Imaginaries at Sea coalition is excited to invite you to our upcoming festival in Amsterdam. An event for artistic and participatory research practices that speculate possible futures in and around water. Join us for an exciting week-long exploration with two exhibitions, an open studio day programme, the launch of the second issue of the Making Waves zine, a closing concert and more.

Take a look at the programme below and get your free tickets here: eventix.shop/kuaujj4j

Exhibition 19-25 April: Unimaginable; Clarion Calls from Rising Seas
Three distinctive artistic research studios embark on a speculative journey into potential futures entwined with water, employing diverse artistic and participatory research practices. The in-process research projects are generously shown alongside a video by Leanne Betasomsake Simpson with sammy chien of Chimerik 似不像 and ansley simpson. Müge Yilmaz takes up a ‘Material Inquiry’ with Travis Geertruida, Carlos Irijalba, Janis Rafa, and Jun Zhang into salt, Mikki Stelder, Dorothy Blokland and Joy Brandsma examine ‘global South perspectives’, and Janine Armin with Zigmunds Lapsa and Yashaswini Raghunandan, Femke Dekker, and Carlo De Gaetano enact ‘Interspecies Imaginaries’.

The artist-researchers and their collaborators navigate, among others, the following questions:
How can artists create connections to indigenous and global South climate knowledges across multiple cultural perspectives where the consequences of rising sea levels are already a reality?
How can we understand the impact of rising sea levels in relation to housing, clothing and soil through material artistic research?
And how can interspecies imaginaries help form different relationships with rising seas beyond considering them as merely a threat?
Echoing the sentiments of author Amitav Ghosh, who contends that “the climate crisis is also a crisis of the imagination,” this exhibition stands testament to the vital role imagination plays in envisioning the future of climate change. It is an indispensable tool for embracing change in our personal lives, environments, and political landscapes.

  • 19-25 April: Bradwolff Projects
  • Open everyday: 12.00-18.00
  • free entry: RSVP for the opening (19 April, 17.00 - 20.00) eventix.shop/kuaujj4j

Day programme 23 April: Studio Encounters on Water #2
Studio Encounters on Water invites you to explore the myriad ways in which artists interpret, imagine and question our relationship with rising sea levels.

Water shapes futures, and artistic visions challenge the boundaries of today's conversations on sea level rise. Climate Imaginaries at Sea invites you to speculate on possible futures in and around water, explored through diverse artistic and participatory research practices.

A year has passed since we invited a number of artists to envision futures impacted by rising sea levels. Over the past year, their research projects have delved into the nuances often overlooked in mainstream climate discourse, focusing on material, indigenous, intergenerational, and interspecies narratives.

Beyond a showcase, this gathering is an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborators, and the curious. It's also the chance to engage with the practices of artists who have recently joined us and with those who will collaborate with us in the coming year. Join lecture-performances, screenings, discussions, and behind-the-scenes insights into their research and artistic practices.

You will have the opportunity to engage with the work of involved artists: Müge Yılmaz, Joy Brandsma, Dorothy Blokland, Carlo De Gaetano, Janine Armin, and Femke Dekker. Keynote speaker, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, will employ Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe consciousness to deconstruct the present moment and explore what it means to truly listen to water. Furthermore, Marialena Marouda, Claudine Arendt, the Loom collective, and Kim Spierenburg will contribute through a short presentations and the showing of a short animation, respectively.

Following the open studio programme at Perdu, we extend a warm invitation to all guests to join us at VOX-POP for a convivial gathering. This will include the launch of our second zine “Making Waves,” and an exhibition featuring the works of Gerrit Rietveld Academie students in collaboration with artist and researcher Müge Yılmaz. We welcome everyone to come and celebrate the culmination of our festival with us.

Workshop 19 April Dorothy Blokland: The Power of Water
Join the 'The Power of Water' workshop, led by theater maker Dorothy Blokland. Experience the photos, taken by children from Suriname capturing climate change, in a sensory way. Blokland guides you through theater and writing exercises, to create special texts that reflect each photo. This workshop is part of 'The Power of Water', a project that investigates the relationship between climate change and the trans-Atlantic route. Participate and discover Suriname in a unique way in the world of 'The Power of Water'.

Exhibition 22-25 April: Salaxis I
Join us from April 22nd to 25th at VOX-POP Amsterdam for an insightful exhibition Salaxis I, showcasing the collaborative efforts between students of the Textile and Architectural Design programs at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Müge Yılmaz. Over the past months, students have delved into the intricate realm of speculative research, exploring the critical impacts of sea levels rising and salinisation of soil under Müge Yılmaz's guidance.

Through engaging in monthly activities such as field trips, workshops, and material research, students have developed a series of drawings and prints centered around their world building exercises of a fictional island called Salaxis. Müge's lecture at the outset of this research journey shed light on innovative proposals to environmental challenges posed by rising sea levels and ground subsidence. From cultivating salt-tolerant crops to exploring the speculative potential of salty water in a futuristic and science fiction based context the exhibition offers unexpected perspectives on our relationship with the changing environment.

  • 22-25 April: VOX-POP
  • Open Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00
  • free entry
  • RSVP for the opening (22 April, 16.30 - 18.00): eventix.shop/kuaujj4j


Closing Concert 25 April: Theory of Ice
The album Theory of Ice (2021) is a powerful act of world-building and creative sovereignty by Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg-writer, scholar, and musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Leanne has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. During this evening, Leanne, together with Nick Ferrio on guitar, will share her musical storytelling. The album departs from Leanne’s poetic inquiries into our relationship with water, and her cover of Willie Dunn’s “I Pity the Country” (1971). Listen to the album here. The evening is moderated by Chihiro Geuzebroek. With subtle calls for revolution, Theory of Ice invites you to reimagine “your relationship to the people and places that keep you alive”.

  • 25 April
  • 20.30 - 22.30: Tolhuistuin
  • tickets (€ 7,50): tolhuistuin.nl


Partner exhibition 15 – 26 April: Queer as the Ocean
In this exhibition of high-fashion portraits generated with Midjourney, Carlo De Gaetano shows us a future of more-than-human intimacy in a changing climate. By playfully queering our notion of the sea, the portraits soften the boundaries between human and aquatic life.

  • 15 – 26 April
  • FLOOR Wibauthuis
  • free entry

About Climate Imaginaries at Sea

Climate Imaginaries at Sea speculates possible futures in and around water through various artistic and participatory research practices. Three collaborating research groups bring the project forward: Art & Spatial Praxis at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (GRA), the Lectorate of the Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) and the Visual Methodologies Collective at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The research groups work in partnership with ARIAS, a platform for artistic research in Amsterdam, and a network of partners that includes Tolhuistuin, the Institute for Sound & Vision and CoECI – Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation.

Starting in 2023, the three newly developed artistic research studios invited artists to develop artistic imaginaries that address rising sea levels. The artistic research studios pay particular attention to perspectives often missing from mainstream climate change debates: material, indigenous, and interspecies inquiry. Each studio works without predetermined disciplinary boundaries through practice-led artistic research and written and non-textual forms such as installations, sounds, movements, images and objects. In addition, students are actively involved in the research by developing imaginative engagements with rising sea levels as both a future prospect and a present reality in various parts of the world.

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