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 world propose a wide variety of entry points to contemporary discourse.
Jorinde Seijdel (Head)
Jort van der Laan (Coordinator)
Studium Generale Rietveld 2018-2019
Preliminary programme in the Gym, Rietveld Academie:
16, 30 January; 6, 13, 27 February; 6, 13, 20 March
Conference-festival in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:
27, 28, 29, 30 March
Curators: Kunstverein, Hypatia Vourloumis, Daniela K. Rosner, Tavia Nyong'o
Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Fabulating Alternative Imaginaries in Art and Life
(…) It matters what stories tell stories. It matters what thoughts think thoughts. It matters what worlds make worlds (…)
– Donna Haraway
Studium Generale Rietveld invites you to ‘take a walk on the wild side’, and to regard ‘fabulation’ – in the sense of ‘fabricating the real’, world-making or 'speculative fiction’ – as an artistic, social and political capacity. By making use of the fictional, critical fabulation in art, literature or theory can produce or uncover visions, histories and stories that are radically discontinuous from official and dominant narratives about our lives and living together – the effect of this on our consciousness and imaginaries can therefore be very real or liberating. By bringing the unthinkable and silenced into representation, fabulation can be a way or methodology to enter the wild side: a space for what lies beyond current systems and structures of rule. Studium Generale Rietveld wants to take you into this ‘wild beyond’, welcoming alternative histories and other regimes of wanting, being and becoming. How do we find each other in this wild space? Who and what do we find there? How can we live, move, perform, make things, and produce knowledge in it, and represent our own stories, histories and futures?
afro-futurism, anarchy, bewilderment, blackness, détournement, dream, fable, (critical, black, feminist or queer) fabulation, (alternative) fact, failure, fantasy, fiction, forest, fugitive, future, hallucination, history, improvisation, jamming, jungle, love, myth, myth-science, (counter) narrative, noise, para-fiction, people-to-come, play, post-truth, queer vitality, refusal, revolt, science-fiction, speculative fiction, string-figures, story-telling, study, tinker, (un)making, utopia, Venus, wild beyond, wild space, wildness, world-making, writing against the archive…