Date and Time: November 2nd, 2023
Programme: 10.00 - 15.30
Launch “Fellows Published 2021-2022" and drinks: 16.00 - 17.00
Location: Gym (Rietveld building)

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.


> 10.00-12.00 Workshop by Sandra Golubjevaite

> 13.00-13.30 Talk by Charlie Clemoes

> 13.30-14.30 Performance by Alaa Abu Asad

> 15.00-15.30 Performance by Andrea Lopez Bernal

> 16.00-17.00 Publication Launch of 'Fellows Published 2021-2022' and drinks

In the past few years the Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut have established different research fields that are recognized as important for the development of the fellowship programme in relation to our art education, as well as for a broader societal context. These fields are Artificial Intelligence, The City and Materiality. Springing from these broad thematic research fields the artist-researcher of this year have been working under the thematic umbrella of: An Accessible Data Praxis, Materials, displaced, and Sensory (non)citizenship. During Curves of Inquiry each of the artist-researchers will share their research process and outcomes in various ways ranging from a workshop to performances and exhibited work.

Additionally at the end of the afternoon a publication will be festively launched that was made together with the artist-researchers in the fellowship programme in 2021/2022. Feel free to join the programme and launch and to walk in and out with any of the activities. Note that for the workshop by Sandra Golubjevaite you have to sign-up in advance.

Poster and publication design by: Alex Walker

10.00-12.00 workshop by Sandra Golubjevaite (open for walk-in)

During this collective code and non-code writing session, together we will script and craft a website outside its natural habitat. We will learn and experiment together with writing basic HTML and will merge our code- and language- based preferences and broadcast them online. The workshop will result in a hybrid (online/ offline) installation where by writing code manually and injecting it with all forms of personal and/ or experimental language, we will be manifesting a nuanced digital-space, in opposition to its commodified state. No prior coding knowledge required, in fact non-coders/ beginners preferred. Please bring your own laptop with you to the session.


13.00-13.30 Talk by Charlie Clemoes

Charlie Clemoes talks about the difficulty of making big complex things immediate, comprehensible and interesting, even when these things have a major impact on our everyday lives (think of something like the patriarchy, which critics, particularly on the right, have tended to dismiss because it isn't an object you can see and touch, it's not experienced immediately, as in, the patriarchy doesn't walk through the door and say "I'm the patriarchy", and yet, it still has a massive and persistent impact on everything we do, and everything around us, in all sorts of ways). This, Charlie explores through his research subject over the past year: the construction supply chain, a conspicuously dull subject that he has tried to make interesting through various creative means.


13.30-14.30 Performative reading by Alaa Abu Asad

In the ab­sence of the invasive: Can we fi­nally look at the Japanese knotweed as a green fu­ture companion? In contemplating the historical journey of the noble, ornamental Japanese knotweed plant (Fallopia japonica), which has become hyper-demonised nowadays, and is considered invasive, unwanted, abhorrent and problematic, one can see how this plant has set the tone of invasion ecology, its offensive language, ethnobotany and urban greenery. Drawing from an ongoing research titled ‘The dog chased its tail to bite it off’, this reading traces the history of the plant, actual policies, national campaigns of combat and control, social / economic / political effects, the conflation between natural and national history, and most importantly the language (whether verbal or visual) used when talking about the plant and other invasive species. It also imagines alternative ways of living with these species via raising questions about mass production ethics, and exploitative forms of economy.


15:00-15:30 Performance by Andrea Lopez Bernal

“I’m on my way to meet you. I talked with the dentist and the doctor and they say blocking temporarily the trigeminal nerve is not something they can do for me. My doctor of trust said she will only do it if she knows the benefit if bigger than the risk, she refused to perform the task on me. With the dentist I had a different approach, of course, I hid my intentions this time, I didn’t say it was for a performance. (Previously I consulted my dentist friend and she said I should ask for fixing a cavity on a lower molar, better is if it is the last one so I have more chance to get the anesthesia I want). I will keep on perusing this. I imagine talking to you while the right side of my face starts to get numb and unresponsive, by the moment I finish talking my face is melting. I will laugh and maybe even cry but only with half of my face. But no worries it’s fine, I will get it back to normal if everything goes well. It will last for around 3 hours. See you soon. Andrea.”


16:00-17:00 Publication Launch of “Fellows Published 2021-2022" and drinks

Join us for the publication launch of “Fellows Published 2021/2022” in the Gym at the basement of Rietveld Academie. The research fellowship project is an initiative by Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut for artists, designers, theorists, and other makers. It aims to facilitate and support short-term artistic research projects, each in collaboration with one of the schools’ departments. The process and findings of the fellows who conducted their research in 2021 and 2022 will be shared in this new online publication.

Participating artists:


Sensory (non)citizenship

> Aaro Murphy

> Charlie Clemoes

> Olya Korsun


Materials, displaced

> Alaa Abu Asad

> Patrícia Domingues

>Zaïra Pourier


An Accessible Data Praxis

> Andrea Lopez Bernal


> Sandra Golubjevaite

Contributors to the publication that will be launched: Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Clementine Edwards, Elia Kalogianni, Jason Hendrik Hansma, Laura Papa & Elisabeth Klement , Maria Mazzanti, Octave Rimbert Riviere, Rachel 'O Reilly, Taylor Le Melle, and Wael Al Allouche.

Accessibility Notes

>The workshops and lectures will be held in English.

>There is parking near the venue.

>The nearest metro station is Amstelveenseweg (450m).

>The entire exhibition space is wheelchair accessible.

>It takes place in the basement and there is an elevator.

>There is no uneven flooring in the venue.

>There are gender-neutral toilets available.

>The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the ground floor.

>Service animals on a leash are allowed in the venue.

>There will not be a sign-language interpreter present for performances, lectures, or workshops.

>There will not be an audio description guide of the day.

>We can not guarantee that all video work is subtitled, this may vary per project.