Research Café is an informal seminar series where you can learn more about various research methodologies from different senior researchers at Rietveld and Sandberg. These seminars are open to all students, staff, tutors, and alumni of Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut. Preparation is not necessary. Please sign up via the form below. Per session we have space for 20 participants.

Location: Library Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Please note that the first three sessions are open for registration from the 1st of October and that the last three sessions are open for registration from the 1st of December. Sign-up is via

Tom Vandeputte
What is Critique?
11-04-2023 / 17.30-19.30 
Library Gerrit Rietveld Academie

This year's research seminar with Tom Vandeputte returns to the question how critique may be understood today. We consider the history of the concept, tracing its key transformations and reinterpretations over the course of the twentieth century, and discuss what it might mean to think of critique as a ‘theoretical practice’. Special attention will be paid to the negativity at stake in critical inquiry, as well as the question how we might understand its inventive and imaginative elements.

Research Café 2023/2024

>Gabrielle Kennedy
Interviewing for facts - Journalism as a research tool and language
16-11-2023 / 17.30-19.30

>Flavia Dzodan
AI prompt crafting
07-12-2023 / 17.30-19.30

>Patricia de Vries
Formulating a Research Question
11-01-2024 / 17.30-19.30

>Femke Herregraven
Collective Practice
15-02-2024 / 17.30-19.30

>Paula Albuquerque
How to prepare for Third Cycle in Artistic Research
14-03-2024 / 17.30-19.30

>Tom Vandeputte
What is Critique?
11-04-2024 / 17.30-19.30

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