Dear students, colleagues and friends of the Jewellery-Linking Bodies department,


You are welcome to join us on Monday February 5 for Written in the Body – a day-long program organized by the Jewellery-Linking Bodies department, which asks how we can unlearn and reimagine ideas of sickness and health. Written in the Body looks at the seep of medicalized discourse into our ordinary lives, and dissects how naturalizing and normalizing practices shape what we know of bodies and genders. What other ways can we be in and know our bodies?  


The Jewellery-Linking Bodies Department takes as its starting point the most intimate objects related to bodies, querying what kinds of agencies and relations are possible if we envision these subject/object roles differently. 


The day-long program will be accompanied by an exhibition presenting Jewellery- Linking Bodies students‘ projects, a commission from the hospital Amsterdam UMC to intervene in the medicalized spaces of new examination rooms at the VU Medical Center for the department of Gynecological Oncology. The exhibition Biome Nest will be on display between 5th and 6th of February. 


Please get in touch at if you have any specific access needs that would make it possible for you to join us for this event. We will do our best to accommodate. The symposium and exhibition space are both wheelchair accessible, and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor.  


Special thanks to the Amsterdam UMC especially Luc van Lonkhuijzen and his team, Menno Dudok van Heel for the collaboration and for the support in realizing this project.  


Written in the Body symposium: 

Date: February 5  

Time: 11:00-18:00,  

Location: Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Fedlev Theory Stairs
Frederik Roeskestraat 96
1076 ED Amsterdam 


Biome Nest Exhibition: 

Date: Feb 5-6 2024 

Time: 10:00 - 19:00 

Location: Gerrit Rietveld Academie / Fedlev Building, FL 101 

Frederik Roeskestraat 96
1076 ED Amsterdam 


The program will be live streamed for those that would like to attend remotely.You will find the link to the livestream and updates about the program on our website: 


We are looking forward to seeing you!