Studium Generale Rietveld Academie is an extensive transdisciplinary theory programme that addresses students and faculty at all departments of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. It regularly opens up to broader audiences. Studium Generale wants to show how art and design are linked with other domains (from the personal to the political, from the vernacular to the academic), how our ‘now' is linked with past and future, our ‘here' with ‘elsewhere'. 

In the belief that art students can only learn to think independently when knowledge, imagination and reflection combine to work together in an unorthodox and critical way, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie embarks every year on slightly unruly and therefore always exciting research trajectories. Annually selected curators and numerous guest lecturers from all over the (art)world propose a wide variety of entry points to contemporary discourse.

Studium Generale Rietveld Academie 2022-2023:


fleeing, flowing, leaking

Studium Generale 2022-2023

Human and non-human animals seek refuge because of war, terror, hunger, exploitation, climate change, or through structural forms of everyday oppression and

exclusion. You find refuge in a camp, bomb shelter, safe space, in a body, state of being, state of mind. Or you refuge in a (self-chosen) family, community, movement, or collectivity.

This editon of Studium Generale 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 a caring body. It looks at how restrictive systems (ideologies, states, institutions, academies, machines...) flow and leak unpredictably, from which lines of flight can arise.

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


1. Preliminary programme

Weekly Wednesday afternoon programme at the Rietveld

Jan. 18, 25;

Feb. 8, 15, 22;

Mar. 8, 15



Lexicon written by CPR

Reader with Rietveld Library, edited by Amelia Groom and Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen


Special projects and collaborations:

• Dedicated website, design and visuals with Graphic Design student team

• Rietveld Uncut exhibition, curated and coordinated by Tomas Adolfs & Tarja Szaraniec

• Basicyear project I & II with Taka Taka


2. Conference-festival and Rietveld Uncut at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:

Mar. 24, 25, 26, 27


Jorinde Seijdel (Head)
Jort van der Laan (Coordinator)

For updates on previous editions or upcoming events and activities, visit the Studium Generale Rietveld Academie website:

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