In collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents: Technodiversity - Beyond Datafication and Digital Colonialism. This is a large-scale, multi-day event in the museum building and a festive Friday Night. From 20 to 24 March 2024, questions about technodiversity and rethinking how we deal with data take centre stage.

The annual collaboration between the Stedelijk Museum and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy consists of two parts: a conference, and an exhibition with performance programme.

Studium Generale is a comprehensive theoretical programme at the Rietveld Academie. The Stedelijk Museum will host a two-day conference where guest curators will each fill a day with diverse artistic perspectives on the theme Technodiversity - Beyond Datafication and Digital Colonialism.

Following Studium Generale's theme, students will create new work for the exhibition Rietveld Uncut. These student projects and the outcomes of a workshop by Mariana Fernández Mora bring together 'thinking and making on this theme. The exhibition will be complemented and activated on Friday Night 22 March with a special programme of performances, interventions and a performative lecture by Taka Taka.


This year's focus is on technodiversity and our dealings with data. Technodiversity recognizes that technologies come from different places and perspectives – they're shaped by various knowledge systems, political beliefs, economic factors, and cultural practices. We're challenging the idea that our data should be mined for profit. We want to rethink how we relate to data, moving away from the idea that it's just a commodity to be exploited. By exploring the connections between our bodies, identities, digital tools, artistic expression, and activism, we're imagining a new kind of relationship with data – one that's grounded in our lived experiences and has the potential to challenge the status quo.

Speakers and contributors conference:

The two-day conference is a collaboration of Studium Generale with guest curators Karen Archey (20 March) and Zach Blas (21 March). It will feature presentations, talks, screenings and performances by artists, writers, activists and theorists including: Ramon Amaro, Lila Lee-Morrison, Natasha Tontey, Kate Cooper, Shu Lea Cheang, Ricardo Dominguez, Isadora Neves Marques, Shaka McGlotten, and Nelly Y. Pinkrah.


Participants exhibition and performance programme Rietveld Uncut:

For Rietveld Uncut, Rietveld students worked on projects under the guidance of permanent curators Tomas Adolfs and Tarja Szaraniec. Participants include the following students: Fatima Agoula, Anouk Albrecht, Njaay Mame Saliou Assile & Erin McClain, Dawid Dobosz, Rocco Enzo ter Haar, Britt Geerdink & Lisa Snoek, Toma Gerzha, Julia De Martino, Kalliopi Ioumpa & Mauricio van der Maesen de Sombreff, Karina Kalantajevska & Andrea Otoya Covelli, Mayya Kuznetsova, Stefania Morariu, Logan Hon Mua, Carl-Johan Paulsen, Tyra Plucer-Sarna & Meike Bouman, Loren Xu.

Also on show are two group projects led by Mariana Fernández Mora and Mariken Overdijk (VAV).

Workshop by Mariana Fernández Mora with students Cas van Kasteren, Abital Gomperts, Jack Milner, Dārta Sarma, Sylvester Villadsen, Frederikke Falbe-Hansen, Geo Flouris, Liza Kemman, Aleksandra Piotrowska, Giulia Sachs.


VAV - moving image Mariken Overdijk with Roya Hes, Alara Bora, Elise Beziaud, Jade de Groot, Julia Sigmann Engh, Dana Hair, Emma Leu, Shipo Chou and Gabin Kim (moving camera).

Conference schedule


20 March, Soft Machines: Technology and Material Impact

Curator: Karen Archey



10:00: Walk-in

10:30: Welcome, by Maaike Lauwaert, Gerrit Rietveld Academy

            Welcome, by Jorinde Seijdel, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

10:45 - 11:00: Karen Archey, introduction

11:00 - 11:30: Eye/machine I (screening), with Harun Farocki

11:30 - 12:30: A Portrait of Facial Recognition: Critical Visualities of Statistics and the Face (lecture presentation), with Lila Lee-Morrison

12:30: Lunch



13:30 -14:15: Ground Truth (lecture performance), with Kate Cooper

14:15 - 15:15: Black Mirrors and the Problem of Identity in Artificial Intelligence, with Ramon Amaro (in conversation with Karen Archey)

15:15 - 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 - 16:15: On Minahasan Philosophy: Technopoetic, Cosmology, and Speculative Fiction (screening + talk), with Natasha Tontey

16:15 - 17:00: Panelist conversation, Q&A

17:00: Closing remarks

March 21, That Which Protects the Diverse

Curator: Zach Blas



10:00: Walk-in

10:30: Welcome, by Jorinde Seijdel, Studium Generale Rietveld Academy           

10:45 - 11:00: Zach Blas, introduction

11:00 - 11:45: Pluriversal Disturbances (lecture performance), with Ricardo Dominguez

11:45 - 12:00: Coffee break



12:00 - 12:45: Reproducing the Imagination: On the Gender of Robots and Vampires (online presentation), with Isadora Neves Marques

12:45 -13:30: Ima Put a Computational Hex on You (lecture performance), with Shaka McGlotten

13:30 - 14:15: Lunch



14:15 - 15:00: 'Technology that we Represent.' Why Rethinking Technology and its Histories is Constitutive (lecture presentation), with Nelly Y. Pinkrah

15:00 - 16:30: UKI, a Scifi Viral Alt-Reality Cinema (screening), with Shu Lea Cheang

16:30 - 17:00: Shu Lea Cheang and Zach Blas in conversation

17:00: Closing remarks


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