ARIAS is a platform for collaborative research practices through the arts and sciences, founded in 2016 by Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute, together with Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Amsterdam University for Applied Sciences (HvA) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). ARIAS operates in the space between these institutions, making connections where they wouldn’t be made otherwise; bringing together opposite perspectives and letting them contaminate and change each other, thus creating a network of interest and exchange – with the effort to articulate and act upon a common agenda.

In exchange with the other partners the Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Sandberg Institute are engaged with a number of research projects within through the ARIAS public programme. Together the institutions grapple with the urgent concern to peer outside the walls of a singular discipline, scene, institution; to get lost in the translation of other methodological languages. The larger issues that the world is facing today ask for approaches that invite a certain co-dependency, a polyphony of voices, perspectives and expertise to strengthen each other. Uncomfortable questions need to be posed. Other ways of thinking together need to be practiced. 

Knowledge is slippery and ungraspable, diverse and dynamic, and needs to be valued in all its ‘appearances’ (visible or not). ARIAS creates space, conditions and contexts for artists and researchers alike to collaborate in transdisciplinary research that makes different and unforeseen ways of knowing possible and valuable. 

The Gerrit Rietveld Academy was awarded, through ARIAS and the NWO Smart Cultures grant, funding for two artistic research projects starting in March 2020. 

Dr. J. (Jeroen) Boomgaard of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS) gained recognition and funding for the research that focuses on the ways the notion of ‘the commons’ can contribute to new forms of (digital) public space and initiate different forms of urban development, while taking the potential contribution of design and art towards processes of 'commoning' as the main point of departure. With consortium partners: Universiteit van Amsterdam, BPD Europe BV, Vereniging van eigenaars Nautilus, Casco Art Institute, Waag | technology & society,  

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is also a consortium partner with V2_Lab voor de instabiele media, Stichting ICU2, Stichting Waag Society, in a project of the Hybrid-Forms lab of Dr. R.N. Frese of the VU Amsterdam. Its goal is to explore forms of biotechnology that help us develop adaptive strategies within the ecology arising from climate change, with an intention to build an artificial species of intelligent plant.

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