Relating (to) Colour 

Wednesday, January 15, 22; February 5, 12, 26; March 4, 11, 18, Rietveld Academie; Conference-festival & Rietveld Uncut: March 25-28, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 

January 15, 13:30 – 15:30 at the Gym

Intro – Jorinde Seijdel



When is Colour?

David Batchelor

David Batchelor is a London-based artist and writer who has been working with colour for over 25 years. In this talk he will discuss his work as a response to the colours of the modern city, and to the embedded prejudices about colour in the West, in which it is often derided as superficial, cosmetic, feminine, oriental, infantile or kitsch.


Flags are flagging !!! From PIRATES to DICTATORS to LGBTQAI++ 

Taka Taka 

Flag is identity. What am I "flagging" for?


David Batchelor is an artist and writer based in London. For over twenty five years Batchelor has been concerned with our experience of colour within the modern urban environment. His work comprises three-dimensional constructions, installations, drawing, painting, photographs and animations. He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, the Middle East and Asia. Batchelor has also written a number of books and essays on colour theory. Chromophobia, Batchelor’s book on colour and the fear of colour in the West, was published by Reaktion Books, London (2000), and is now available in ten languages. His more recent book, The Luminous and the Grey (2014), is also published by Reaktion. Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on colour from 1850 to the present, edited by Batchelor, is published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. His book of photographs, Found Monochromes: vol.1, nos.1-250 (2010), is published by Ridinghouse, London; his suite of drawings, The October Colouring-In Book (2015), is published by Common-Editions, London. Recent exhibitions include My Own Private Bauhaus, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2019), Chromatology, Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran (2017); Monochrome Archive 1997-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Spike Island, Bristol (2013-14); Light Show (2013-16), Hayward Gallery, London, MAC Sydney, Sharjah Art Foundation and MAC Santiago; Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009); Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2005); the Biennial de Santiago, Chile (2005); Shiny Dirty, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004); the 26th Bienal De São Paulo (2004); Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2003); and Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London (2003). 

Taka Taka identifies as a professional drag-thing which functions as art director for the House of Hopelezz – winners of the 2019 Superball best drag queen house. Taka Taka is a sister for others, a mother of the drag king house of Løstbois, and proud daughter of Jenifer Hopelezz. Taka Taka organizes weekly queer parties (CLUB CHURCH) by including political and gender asylum seekers, friends with the virus, misfits, and party monsters. Taka Taka sees life through the lens of Dragctivism (MFA Dutch Art Institute, 2017) by practicing para- educational strategies for the marginal LGBTQIA ++ community. Taka Taka works closely with AIDS Fonds by applying dragctivism as an entertainment method in order to end the epidemic and stigma around it.