Rietveld Uncut 2023.03.22-03.25 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Refuge - fleeing, flowing, leaking


Rietveld Uncut is an annual exhibition and performance programme from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. 

Its collaboration with Studium Generale Rietveld Academie culminates in a simultaneous conference week and exhibition in which ‘the making and the thinking’ come together. 

Humans and more-than humans seek refuge because of war, terror, hunger, exploitation or climate change; or through structural forms of everyday oppression and exclusion. You can find refuge in a camp, bomb shelter  or safe space; in a body, state of being, or state of mind; or 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 physical construction in a violent or toxic reality, but also as a potential affective space or caring body. It looks at how restrictive systems (ideologies, states, institutions, academies and machines) flow and leak unpredictably, allowing lines of flight to arise. From here, how can we harbour and connect bodies, and create refuges for affective and dissident voices?

Students of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie have developed projects relating to this theoretical framework.

On Friday 24 March, from 18.30 to 21.30, Rietveld Uncut will be activated with a special programme of performances and interventions.