Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: Technodiversity - Beyond Datafication and Digital Colonialism. This is a large-scale, multi-day event with conferences, an exhibition and a festive Friday Night. There will be lectures, presentations, screenings and performances by international artists, theorists and Rietveld students.


This year's central theme is technodiversity. How can we resist data colonialism and produce alternative technologies? This concept can provide insights that cannot be reduced to capitalist extraction. Technodiversity recognizes that technologies are temporally and spatially produced by different knowledge systems, ideologies, political interests, economic forces and cultural practices. This liberating perspective can create space for collectives, peoples and identities to produce and control their own data – no data, small data, indigenous data, more-than-human data, feminist data, queer data – and not be governed by Big Data and oppressive algorithms.

To safeguard subjectivity and the unmediated self, this edition makes us rethink our relationships with data, defying the extractive logic of contemporary data regimes. From the intersections of bodies, identities, digital technologies, artistic practices and activism, we can envision a data agency that is embodied and potentially subversive.


The annual collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie consists of two parts: a conference (20 and 21 March) and an exhibition with performance program (20 untill 24 March). Studium Generale presents a two-day conference in which two curators each fill a day with diverse artistic perspectives on the theme Technodiversity – Beyond Datafication and Digital Colonialism. Following this theme, students create new work for the exhibition Rietveld Uncut. This presentation culminates in a festive Friday Night on 22 March with performances, screenings, interventions and a performative lecture by Taka Taka.

Rietveld students can enter the Stedelijk free of charge on presentation of student card on 20, 21 and 22 March.

More info and tickets here

Full programme of Studium Generale here

Graphic design by Anastasija Diukova and Ji Won Choi