In collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents Refuge - fleeing, flowing leaking. This is a large-scale, multi-day event in the museum building and a festive Friday night. From 22 to 25 March, it focuses on questions of refuge.

The annual collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two parts: a conference and an exhibition with performance programme. Studium Generale presents a four-day conference where different curators fill a day with diverse artistic perspectives on the theme Refuge - fleeing, flowing, leaking. Following this theme, students create new work for the exhibition Rietveld Uncut. This presentation culminates in a festive Friday Night on 24 March with performances and interventions. More info on the programming will follow later. Read more about Rietveld Uncut here.


This year's central theme is refuge. Human and non-human animals seek refuge because of war, terror, hunger, exploitation, climate change, or because of structural forms of daily oppression and exclusion. You can find refuge in a camp, shelter, safe space, in a body, state of being, state of mind. Or you take refuge in a (self-chosen) family, community, movement, or collective.

This edition of Studium Generale and Rietveld Uncut considers the phenomenon of refuge not only as a concrete and physical construction in a violent or toxic reality, but also as a potential affective space or caring body. It considers how limiting systems (ideologies, states, institutions, academies, machines...) flow and leak unpredictably, from which lines of flight can emerge.

From there, how can we harbour and connect bodies and create refuges for affective and dissident voices?

Speakers and contributors conference:

Guest curators: Erika Sprey, DAAR (Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti), Feifei Zhou, Nina bell F.

Contributors: The Nap Ministry (Tricia Hersey), Camille Barton, Daniel Godínez Nivón, Mala Kline, Marcos Lutyens & Viktorija Rybakova, Laryssa Kim, Shahram Khosravi, Sarri Elfaitouri, Hayfaa Chalabi, Shafiq Omar Kakar, Zahy Tentehar, Anna Tsingh (online), Sonia Levy, Dele Adeyemo, Tom Svilans, Nuraini Juliastuti, Sites of Memory, Jeftha Pattikawa, Leana Boven.

Conference schedule


March 22, Collective Dream Weavers

Curated by Erika Sprey

Tea and music! Please wear a mask!




Karen Archey, Opening words Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Maaike Lauwaert, Opening words Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

11:15 -11:30: Erika Sprey, Collective Dream Weavers, introduction

11:30 - 12:45: Tricia Hersey / The Nap Ministry, REST IS RESISTANCE: We can dream ourselves free! Reading and conversation with Camille Barton

12:45 - 13:30: Lunch Break



13:30 -14:15: Daniel Godínez Nivón, Rasum A’núuj a, an Oneiric Assembly, artist talk

14:15 - 15:30: Mala Kline, Dream-Crafting, workshop

15:30 - 15:45: Tea Break

15:45 - 16:45: Marcos Lutyens and Viktorija Rybakova, Spaghetti and Sun Visions, presentation and hypnosis session

16:45 - 17:00: Laryssa Kim, Submarine Thoughts, musical performance



March 23, Permanent Temporariness

Curated by DAAR (Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti)


Drinks, snacks and music!



11:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

11:05 - 11:45: Alessandro Petti, Refugee Heritage, presentation and conversation

11:45 - 12:30: Shahram Khosravi, Combat Breathing, presentation and conversation

12:30-12:45: Lunch Break



13:30-14:15: Hayfaa Chalabi, Challenging institutional definitions of temporal experiences of asylum, presentation and conversation

14:15-15:00: Sarri Elfaitouri, Libya’s Interregnum: Spatial archives of trauma and transformation, presentation and conversation

15:30-16:00: Tea Break

16:00- 17:00: Sandi Hilal and Shafiq Omar Kakar, The Living Room, presentation and conversation



March 24, Off-grid: Refuge through escape

Curated by Feifei Zhou

Screenings and artist talks!



11:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

11:05 - 11:30: Feifei Zhou, Off-grid: Refuge through escape, introduction

11:30 - 12:15 Resisting. Zahy Tentehar, Karaiw a’e wà (The Civilized), screening with artist statement on video

12:15-13:00 Transcending. Sonia Levy, Creatures of the Lines, screening with artist talk

13:00-13:45: Lunch Break



13:45-14:45 Weaving. Dele Adeyemo, Wey Dey Move, screening with artist talk

14:45-15:30 Smudging. Tom Svilans, Timber Stories: Narratives of a Forest Resource, lecture

15:30-16:00: Tea Break

15:45 -17:00 Hope beyond grid. Anna Tsing, Mushroom at the End of the World, online book reading + Q&A

moderated by Feifei Zhou



March 25, Nina bell F. House Museum for Gerrit Rietveld Academie – bricks to build homes for careful archives

Curated by Nina bell F.





13:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

13:05 - 13:15: Nina bell F. House Museum for Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Marianna Takou and Ying Qu, introduction

13:15-14:15: Nuraini Juliastuti, How do we craft our skills to take ownership of what is lost?, talk

14:15 - 14:45: Sites of Memory, Performing beyond the archive, performance

14:45 - 15:00: Tea Break

15:00 - 16:30: Jeftha Pattikawa, Community archival practices, presentation

16:30 - 17:00: Leana Boven, closing


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