In 2021-2022 Studium Generale Rietveld Academie takes a deep dive into the ocean. Through the reflective surface and from our own liquid bodies, we imagine the ocean as a sensorium that feels, perceives, registers and creates.

With talks, workshops, reading groups, a walking club, screenings, publications, an exhibition (Rietveld Uncut) and a multi-day conference festival in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Oceanic Imaginaries will explore our relationships with the ocean from different angles and disciplines and from different scales.

March 23 - March 26:

Four-day conference festival with lectures, screenings and performances in the auditorium of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Guest curators Stefanie Hessler, Natasha Ginwala & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro, Erika Balsom and Charl Landvreugd each put together a day of artist talks, lectures, performances and screenings that address the underlying questions of Oceanic Imaginaries from different angles. Parallel to the conference, the exhibition Rietveld Uncut will take place in the Stedelijk Museum.


March 23, Undercurrents. A Journey across Water, Soil, Bodies, Spirits, Technologies, and Time, curated by Stefanie Hessler

Talks, screenings and performances: Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Julien Creuzet, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Josèfa Ntjam & Hugo Mir-Valette


March 24, Markings and Moorings: Indigo Waves and Other Stories, curated curated by Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro

Talks, screenings and performances: Yvonne Adihambo Owuor, Clara Sukyoung Jo, Brook Andrew, Francesca Savoldi, Zahra Malkani & Syma Tariq, Köken Ergun, Yasmine Attoumane


March 25, Fluid Labours, curated by Erika Balsom

Talks, screenings: Louis Lumière, Rebecca Meyers, Francisco Rodriquez, Hira Nabi


March 26, Imagining Liquification, curated by Charl Landvreugd

Talks and performances: Charl Landvreugd, Joy Mariama Smith, Tarek Lakhrissi




Oceanic Imaginaries Conference Day Programmes


Stefanie Hessler, Undercurrents. A Journey across Water, Soil, Bodies, Spirits, Technologies, and Time

11.00: Rein Wolfs, Ben Zegers, Welcome
Wet, Olivier Arts, Jill van Grinsven, Jakke Jalink & Lova Yu 鱼立尧, Ines Vivier – Image and Language & Fashion, lif(v)e performance, Rietveld Uncut opening performance
Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome conference

11:30-12:00: Stefanie Hessler, Introduction

12:00 –13.00: Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Bodies Drawn in and by Water, Lecture + Q&A

13:00–14:00: Lunch Break

14:00–14:15: Julien Creuzet, mon corps carcasse…, animated video, 2019, introduced by Stefanie Hessler

14:15–15.00: Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Stefanie Hessler in conversation with audience participation

15:00–16:00: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Self Portrait as Hurricane: Audre Lorde and Impermanence, online lecture + Q&A

16:00–16:15: Tea Break

16.15-17.00: Josèfa Ntjam with Hugo Mir-Valette, Watery Thoughts, performance



Natasha Ginwala & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro, Invocation #2: Markings and Moorings: Indigo Waves and Other Stories


11:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome
Natasha Ginwala & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro, Introduction part 1

11:30 - 12:00: Yvonne Adihambo Owuor, The Dragonfly’s Sea, talk/presentation

12:00 - 12:30: Clara Sukyoung Jo, Disease Dispersion and Invasion via Historical IOW Maritime Routes, lecture performance

12:30 - 13:00: Brook Andrew, artist talk

13:00 - 13:15: Panel conversation

13:15 - 14:00: Lunch Break

14:00: Natasha Ginwala & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro, Introduction part 2

14:15 - 14:45: Francesca Savoldi, People, ports and power. A global geography of community struggle, online talk

14:45-15:15: Zahra Malkani / Syma Tariq, Samandari ehsaasat; a Thousand Channels, listening session

15:15 - 15:45: Köken Ergun, China’s Maritime Silk Road, talk

15:45 - 16:15: Panel conversation

16:15 - 16:30: Tea break

16:30 - 17:00: Yasmine Attoumane, Fonn kèr si la mèr, performance



Erika Balsom, Fluid Labours


11:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome
Erika Balsom, Introduction

11:15 - 11:20: Louis Lumiere, Barque sortant du port / Boat Leaving the Harbour (1895, France, 1min)

11:20 - 12:00: Rebecca Meyers, blue mantle, video intro. + screening

12:00 - 12:30: Francisco Rodriguez, Una luna de hierro, video intro. + screening

12:30 - 13:00: Hira Nabi, All that Perishes at the Edge of Land, screening + dialogue Hira Nabi with Erika Balsom

13:00: Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30: Ricardo Matos Cabo, Introduction The Shiranui Sea

14:30-17:00: Noriaki Tsuchimoto, The Shiranui Sea, 1975, Japan, screening, 2h30



Charl Landvreugd, Imagining Liquification


13:00: Jorinde Seijdel, Welcome
Charl Landvreugd, Introduction

13:15: Charl Landvreugd, The Utopia of the Normal Space, (re)performance

14:45: Tea Break

15:15: Tarek Lakhrissi, MISS ME?, performance

16:00: Joy Mariama Smith, dis/solution (dis solution), performance

16:30: Music



Entrance for students and staff from Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut is free. All students and staff are welcome. Interested people from outside the Rietveld are also welcome.

Guests from outside the Rietveld are welcome to purchase a day ticket directly at the Stedelijk Museum counters during the conference (limited seats available) Price: € 3,- (+ museum entrance fee) / € 3,- (+ Museumkaart) Guests can access the Rietveld Uncut exhibition with the regular entrance fee or with their Museumkaart.

Online reservations also possible:



Attendees are kindly advised to arrive at the beginning of each days conference or during breaks so as to secure a comfortable seat and not disturb the presentations.

Campaign by graphic design students Mélanie Cot, Martina Vanini, Sigríður Hannesdóttir