Applications now open for the Master of Education in Arts for the academic year 2022/2023

March 16, 2022: Priority deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants. Final deadline NON EU applicants.

April 28, 2022: Final deadline for completed applications of Dutch and EU applicants.

Research in Art & Design Education and Community Practices

What is the significance of material practices and embodiment for artistic research and education in the current era of social distancing and digital conferencing? How can we develop an art-driven, interdisciplinary pedagogy within secondary education? What are the main challenges when it comes to forging transdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences in education? How do we look at art mediation from the perspective of sustainability and diversity? How do pivotal topics in our current circumstances – like the climate crisis, intersectionality and decolonialization – influence our view on education in the future? Would you like to do in-depth research on a question of your own choosing within a collective learning community? If so, the Master of Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, might be something for you.

The Master of Education in Arts admission committee reviews applications, interviews, and accepts candidates on a rolling basis from February 2022 to April 2022, until all positions in the cohorts are filled. We strongly encourage you to apply early and to attend our February 12, 2022 Open Day, or one of our Open Information Meetings. Information & how to sign up you can find here.

Application procedure
Please use our online application tool if you wish to apply. Please check all the requirements here
For questions (content wise) about the application procedure, please contact us via:
E-mail: For more information, please consult:

Credits images: Photo by Michael van der Beijl (work by Darly Banneker), Lisanne Janssen, Diogo Rinaldi and Urte Baranauskaite.

Double publication launch: Learning How to Walk While Catwalking [XUB] and Vernaculars come to matter [Varia]

Double publication launch: Learning How to Walk While Catwalking [XUB] and Vernaculars come to matter [Varia]

Program: Friday 17 December 2021:
13:00-17:00 [in person @ Varia, Rotterdam] 
& [online, EVENT-MODE]  
16:00-17:00 [online] Q&A with XPUB1 

Location online:
Location in person: Varia, Rotterdam (Gouwstraat 3)

With Varia: (NL) (EN)

XPUB (the Experimental Publishing master from Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy) welcomes you to the Special Issue 16 on vernacular language processing: Learning How to Walk while Catwalking. 

Our Special Issue is a toolkit to mess around with language. We want to legitimize failures and amatorial practices by proposing a more vernacular understanding of language through these tools.

We decided to release the Special Issue 16 toolkit in the form of an API (Application Programming Interface). APIs organise and serve data on the Internet; what is not always evident is that they facilitate exchange of information following mainly commercial purposes. However, our API is an attempt at a more critical and vernacular (personal) approach to such model of distribution.

Do you want to talk with us about it in person or would you rather try-out the toolkit online? No problem!

ONLINE: From 13.00 to 17.00, the website of our Special Issue 16 will go on EVENT-MODE: special content will be available ON-THAT-DAY-ONLY™ giving you more insight on our process. You are welcome to navigate our tools from wherever you are in the Whole Wide World. From 16:00 to 17:00, there will be an online chat where you can ask us questions.

IN PERSON: From 13.00 to 17.00, join us IRL at Varia for some experimental street get together. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, XPUB and Varia cannot welcome you inside, but we are happy to meet with you at safe distance on the streets and share a warm drink and some snacks. Hand sanitizers will be made available on site. Please be mindful of your well-being and others’ and stay home if you are sick or present one or more of the corona symptoms. We are required to run this activity as a 2G event, so we kindly ask you to show a coronavirus entry pass at the entrance, in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations of the Dutch government and Hogeschool Rotterdam.

This Special Issue was created by Gersande Schellinx, Mitsa (Dimitra Chaida), Erica Gargaglione, Kamo (Francesco Luzzana), Chaeyoung Kim, Emma Prato, Myriam Schöb, Supisara Burapachaisri, Jian Haake, Ål Nik (Alexandra Nikolova), Kimberley Cosmilla, Carmen Gray in collaboration with Experimental Publishing (XPUB) staff.


For more information about the Varia publication Vernaculars come to matter and online launch follow the links above

Date: Friday, 17 December
Time: 19:00-20:30 CET

Master Design EXPERTLEZING – 14 december 2021- online – 16:45 – 17:30 uur

Vormgeving duurzame interacties
Karla de Witte & expert Femke van Gemert

Karla de Witte ontwerpt objecten en ervaringen om duurzame interacties in gang te zetten. Met bewoners en dienstverlenende organisaties onderzoekt zij hoe persoonlijke vormgeving hierbij een rol kan spelen. Door co-sessies en experimentele interacties in de dagelijkse praktijk ontstaat inzicht over wederkerigheid en eigenaarschap.

Waste-textile artist Femke van Gemert is uitgenodigd als expertgast voor deze lezing. Van Gemert, aanvankelijk ontwerper in de modeindustrie, maakt monumentale kunstobjecten van textielafval. Met haar objecten spiegelt zij onze niet duurzame relatie met kleding en het immense afval dat we hiermee creëren.

Hoe geef je vorm aan de gevolgen, van een niet duurzame relatie? En wat kan je hiervan leren bij het vormgeven van een duurzame relatie. Wie nemen hierbij deel aan het ontwerpproces?
En wat kan crafting (handwerk) hier betekenen? |

Meeting ID: 946 9249 9844
Passcode: 452608


Date 29th Nov — 4th Dec 2021 
Time 15h — 18h 
29th Nov — 4th Dec 2021 (all day)
Location: De Buitenboel, Rosier Faassenstraat 22 3025 GN Rotterdam, NL


An ongoing window exhibition with Clara Gradel, Floor van Meeuwen, Martin Foucaut, Camilo Garcia, Federico Poni, Nami Kim, Euna Lee, Kendal Beynon, Jacopo Lega and Louisa Teichmann

Tap upon the glass and peer into the research projects we are currently working on.
From Monday 29th of November until Saturday 4th of December we put ourselves on display in the window of De Buitenboel as an entry point into our think tank. Navigating between a range of technologies, such as wireless radio waves, virtual realities, sensors, ecological and diffractive forms of publishing, web design frameworks, language games, and an ultra-territorial residency; we invite you to gaze inside the tank and float with us. Welcome back to the ecosystem of living thoughts.


Kendal Beynon
Bureau of Forgotten Futures (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

The Bureau of Forgotten Futures sifts through the ruins of the Internet’s past and present. Scan the prints to piece together these digital histories. 

Euna Lee
A confession box (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

A small confession box for your language crime will be left till saturday.

Camilo Garcia
A Brief Glossary of Glossaries (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

It is an ongoing publication that uses as a starting point the results from the workshop ‘Glossaries of Glossaries’ in the last Aquarium. The workshop was a collective and quick reflection about glossaries and their structures. This publication streches the results of the workshop by experimenting with it. It describes words, plays with hierarchies, over explains sources, makes annotations, switches between languages. 

Nami Kim – Online workshop
Fixed structure and Free content (4th Dec, 15:00-16:15)

Let’s have time to express our personal thoughts/regrets/experiences on the web context today! In the workshop, you as a participant will get a few Bootstrap templates of the HTML layouts. What you’ll do is putting your own thoughts/contents in the fixed standardised grids. You may share how you experience in the web context today, no matter it’s something positive, negative or whatever. With the ironic mechanism (Fixed structure vs Free contents), we will have a frank conversation about contemporary digital culture.
To join the workshop, please send an email to

Martin Foucaut
Aquarium LCD Portal (29 Nov – 4th Dec)

This interactive micro-installation composed of a LCD screen and sensor(s) invites users/visitors to change the color of the screen and displayed messages by getting more or less close from the window. 

Floor van Meeuwen
Index of excavations (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

Small man-made objects on display + a free catalogue! 

Jacopo Lega
Small Stones Could Make A Shelter (29th Nov – 4th Dec)

A small corner inside the BuitenBoel will host a small collection of (ongoing) editorial projects related to Habitat, an ultra-local residency and collective workshop running in the Apennines (Italy). The displayed objects start to trace back some of the first edition’s outcomes, realized in August 2021, as part of the archiving and publishing process. Aiming to bridge the local dimension with the outer world, Habitat is repopulating the rural areas thanks to the artists’ presence, contributions and reflections, and likely making them tangible as stones. 

See you there! 


Aquarium website:

Online Open Day 2021

Online Open Day 2021 – Piet Zwart Institute

Join us for the Piet Zwart Institute Open Day, which will take place on Saturday November 20, from 11.00 till 15.00. Location: Online


Piet Zwart Institute will host their Open Day online. With a group of student representatives from each Master Program and staff members, we will host two timeslots of Student Talks: 11.00-12.00 & 13.00-14.00. In these sessions current students will tell you more about the different programs we offer at the Piet Zwart Institute and we will answer all your questions! 

Click this link to join us for the Online Event!!

The Piet Zwart Institute houses four full-time Master programmes, Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD); Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, which encompasses Fine Art (MFA) Lens-Based Media (LB) and Experimental Publishing (XPUB) and two part-time Master programmes, Education in Arts (MeiA) and Master Design.

Do you want to know more about the part-time Master Programmes, Education in Arts and Master Design? See below how you can subscribe for their online presentations on November 20.  

Our next Open Day is planned for February 12, 2022.

For further information about the Piet Zwart Institute, please contact us via:




WdKA-PZI Master Design / Programme Online Open Day
Saturday 20 November 2021 / 12.00-14.00 pm 

Meeting ID: 954 9334 4133 
Passcode: 956281 

Due to the change of Covid measures, we have to invite you online for our Open Day. You find the new time schedule and the Zoom link above. 

12.00 – 12.45 pm Information on the Master Design and questions in general 
>by tutors Harma Staal & Hanneke Briër 

12.45 – 13.30 pm Student work and questions on their experiences 
>Katherina Slee, Jet v.d. Touw & Maaike de Laat 

13.30 – 14.00 pm What are you looking for in our course 
> by tutors Harma Staal & Hanneke Briër 

If you want more information in advance, please send us an email:    

And for information in general:  

Master of Education in Arts / Programme Online Open Day
Saturday November 20, 11.00 – 12.30: (online: link zoom below)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 937 4375 6240
Passcode: 927143

We warmly welcome you to take part in the Master of Education in Arts – online Open Day to find out more about our programme! Course director will give a presentation about the course and afterwards there is time for an elaborate, informal Q & A with staff and students.

Please via the email: We kindly ask you to provide us your name, background (discipline) and a short description of what interests you in our master program. To learn more please visit: Can’t attend? Visit one of our other Open Information Meetings throughout the year >

Workshop with Natasha Marie Llorens:
Secrets + Site-Writing: Social Spatial Strategies

Thursday, November 11th

This lecture and text workshop will explore the conjunction of Trevor Paglens series of photographs and Nina Valerie Kolowratnik’s architectural notion system in the context of her book, The Language of Secret Proof.  The workshop will think with Kolowratnik’s proposition for the experimental role architecture can play in decolonizing the discourse of space, as well as to whom the right to secrecy belongs in a self-avowed democratic society.

Site-Writing: Social Spatial Strategies
Friday, November 12th

A two-part workshop to explore Jane Rendell’s notion of site-writing, which begins any analysis of space with observational notions and the experience of the body. The morning seminar will give students a chance to explore a new publication Rendell is involved in, Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of Radical Affection, ed. Carolyn F. Strauss, and consider the application of this technique in students’ own practices. The afternoon session is a walking session through iconic interior/exterior spaces in Rotterdam. Together we will generate notes towards site-writing, discussing them as we move through the city and reflecting on how to generate embodied descriptions of space with the MA thesis project in mind.

Image credit: Interior pages of The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik. Photographs by Trevor Paglen, “Limit Telephotography,” 2006-2012.

Multiple Media
Lecture Series: DATA

Data can serve to understand our society, it makes the invisible visible and diffuses it.
We can perceive data as a new material, which we can accept, reject or cope with?
Can we imagine life without data?

The Multiple Media lecture series 2021 is led by Daphne Heemkerk and Olivier Otten of studio High-Rise. They invite internationally noted practitioners to present and talk about their work and explore the complexities of Data.

Lectures by:

Jeroen van Loon
September 27
Location:  PZI, Wijnhaven

Robert Kroos
October 8
Location:  PZI, Wijnhaven

Rafaël Rozendaal
October 29
Location:  MONO Rotterdam

November 19
Location:  MONO, Rotterdam

Kevin Bray
December 3
Location:  TBA

preparations for being together in an unknown period of time

The class of 2021 of the Master of Education in Arts spent a significant part of their study during the COVID-crisis. This made them increasingly aware of physical presence as a meaningful aspect of education, as well as of an urgency to devote themselves to a collective decision-making process in preparing their research and presentation. In their search to stay connected to each other as a group, they experienced the complexities of participating in a collective practice for an unknown period of time, while at the same time going through their individual research trajectories.

This process influenced their sense of collectivity and spurred them to stay in constant “preparation for being together”. While the radical proposal of a collective graduation project didn’t fall through, alternatively, they started searching and probing to share a digital space and complied a website/publication together entitled: preparations for being together in an unknown period of time. We hope you will enjoy wandering through this binder and time capsule of a specific historical moment.

Class of 2021: Maud Berden; Annemarie van den Berg; Marjolijn Gunst; Anita Hrnić; Lisanne Janssen; Márton Kabai; Gundega Melberga; Diogo Rinaldi (Mark Liberman, Sanne Cobussen: present in their absence)

With special thanks to: Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart institute, WdKA

Susana Pedrosa (course coordinator), Ingrid Commandeur (course director)

The team of graduation supervisors: Ingrid Commandeur, Emiel Copini, Irina Shapiro, Renée Turner, Sjoerd Westbroek and Thijs Witty.

Design website/publication: Kristin Metho
Web development: Rob Peters

SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors

Saturday 9 October 2021
3–6 pm

Join us for a SESSION celebrating the poetics and circular temporality of harvest, on the occasion of Jasmine Thomas-Girvan’s solo exhibition Bathed in Sacred Fire, presented in collaboration with Sour Grass and the Piet Zwart Master of Fine Arts.

This special SESSION moves through a cycle of gathering, preparing, sharing, and enjoying the produce of a garden in dialogue with the celebration of an exhibition. Its title ‘Laying a Table for the Ancestors’ is inspired by the grounding from the artistic practice of Trinidad and Tobago artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, on the occasion of her first solo exhibition in Europe as part of Kunstinstituut Melly’s SOLO DUETS series. Often embedded in material traces of the Caribbean such as seed and gourds, palm fronds, and feathers, Thomas-Girvan’s sculpture embraces a botanical temporality of place in which ancestry can be embraced as futurity as well as past.

For this program, we will gather at our downstairs bookshop and café MELLY, before taking a short walk to the Piet Zwart Instituut where we will be welcomed by students and staff for an introduction to their collaborative garden. The planting and cultivation of the garden will be introduced, as well as the pedagogic principle of the garden as a place of collective learning among artists.

Following this, we will return to MELLY for a conversation program featuring honored guest, the author, and poet Olive Senior. Connecting virtually, Senior will share insights from her award-winning works such as the Gardening in the Tropics (1994, winner F. J. Bressani Literary Prize) which explores a Jamaican literary consciousness of political, natural, and spiritual worlds. Senior will engage in conversation with Thomas-Girvan, as well as with guest curators Annalle Davis and Holly Bynoe of Sour Grass, a curatorial agency dedicated to cultural practitioners of the Caribbean region.

SESSION: Laying a Table for the Ancestors – Experience – Kunstinstituut Melly

Kris Dittel

Kris Dittel is a Rotterdam-based curator, editor and occasional writer.

Informed by her background in economics and social sciences, her curatorial practice pays attention to the social, political and economic context of her work. Her long-term research projects materialise in a multitude of ways, as exhibitions, performances, publications, talks, public events, and other. Most recent research interests include Kinship & Community (Temporary Gallery, Cologne 2022); The Voice as Material (Post-Opera at TENT, V2_, Operadagen Rotterdam, 2019); and the question of value (The Trouble with Value at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016–19). With Eloise Sweetman Kris co-hosts I Hope This Message Finds You Well, a podcast about curating.

Currently Kris is co-editing two publications, The Material Kinship Reader with Clementine Edwards (2021) and Singing Beyond Human with Jelena Novak (2022). Other edited volumes include The Trouble with Value: Art and Its Modes of Valuation (Onomatopee, 2020), Marjolijn Dijkman: Radiant Matter (Onomatopee, 2018), The Economy is Spinning(Onomatopee, 2017), and Antonis Pittas: Road to Victory (co-edited with Clare Butcher, Mousse Publishing and Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2017).

Between 2013-14 Kris was participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. She holds a master’s degree in art theory from Maastricht University (2010) and in economic policy and administration from Masaryk University, Brno (2006). 

Kris is 2021-22 Mediankunst fellow NRW, hosted by Temporary Gallery in Cologne.