Binder is an initiative of the Master Fine Art (Master of Fine Art and Design, in Fine Art) at the Piet Zwart Institute, which houses the international Master programmes of the Willem de Kooning Academy at Hogeschool Rotterdam. The Piet Zwart Institute is dedicated to promoting study and research in the fields of art, design, and art education.

Binder was founded in 2017 as a web publication dedicated to the research, practice, and writing produced by the Master Fine Art community. It serves as site for documentation of past and present work, writing, exhibitions, and educational projects. Each issue of Binder will be filled on an ongoing basis by the students, staff, and guests of the MFA program.