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 2019-2020

Preliminary programme at the Rietveld Academie:

15 and 22 January 2020;

5, 12, 26 February 2020;

4, 11, 18 March 2020

Conference-festival & Rietveld Uncut at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam:

25-28 March 2020

Relating (to) Colour 

Colour… is new each time.
(Roland Barthes, 1975)

Studium Generale Rietveld 2019–20 focuses on the history, politics, and perception of colour in creating and understanding aesthetic forms, social structures, and embodied experiences. Colour structures our daily life and our actions, our relationships with others and the spaces in which we live. Within different historical and cultural contexts, however, colours have very different symbolic, psychological, material, and socio-political meanings. Relating (to) Colour wants to see colour in art, science, technology, and life beyond the purely symbolic and aesthetic and not as self-evident or universal, but as a physical, material, cultural, and political phenomenon. We try to understand colour not only as visual, sensual, or textual but especially as a lived experience and relational concept that creates affect and agency.

With: David Batchelor, Taka Taka, Imara Limon, Nancy Jouwe, Sekai Makoni, Erik Viskil, Wieteke van Zeil, Broomberg & Chanarin, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Patricia Pisters, Isabel Cordeiro, Joke Robaard, Melanie Bühler, Jay Tan, Ioanna Gerakidi, Casco Art Institute, Stefano Harney, Rietveld Uncut and many others.

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