We are pleased to welcome you to our annual open studios titled Open Studios, an occasion during Art Rotterdam week for visitors to experience the range of practices, realities, narratives, and dynamics the MFA program fosters in its studio building.

We open our doors on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd at 11h and all until 18h you will have the occasion to meet and engage directly with a new generation of emerging international artists and see their work. While keeping our doors open to the public, the artists will be showing their work and hosting a durational program full of surprises,indoors and outdoors. This includes their group exhibition on the ground floor, performances, radio program, guided tours, bar, shop and conversations in and outside their studios throughout the day.

Location: Open studios of Master Fine Art is located at Karel Doormanhof 45, a short walk or bike-ride from Rotterdam Central Station.

More information on the program and the participants:

The two-year Master Fine Art program foregrounds the reciprocal articulation of self-directed research, practice, and professionalization. It considers critical reflection, debate, and action as integral to being an artist. The MFA guides artistic development through exposure to actors, influences, and ideas circulating in contemporary art, professional guidance and workshops, and exhibition and public program opportunities for presenting research and work to wider audiences.

Team: Liesbeth Bik (tutor), Bernd Krauß (tutor), Cannach (tutor), Federica Bueti (tutor), Jan Verwoert (tutor), Nina Wakeford (tutor),  Katarina Zdjelar (tutor), Petra van der Kooij (coordinator) and Danny Giles (Course Director).

On behalf of the students and the team we wish you best wishes and hope to see you on Saturday (21st of May) and Sunday(22nd of May).

Master Education in Arts presents: Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land

We cordially invite you to a day of workshops, conversations/presentations, walks and field listening at the urban garden complex Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering (SNV) in Rotterdam!

A typical urban garden such as SNV does not look like an experimental learning site at first, or as a place of (un)commoning practices that continuously negotiate between varying meanings, expertise and politics. It tends to be seen as an assemblage of tiny eclectic allotments and people of different ages and backgrounds who maintain the land and relations in the complex. Looking at it from a larger perspective, gardening is simultaneously a metaphor and a model for examining and (un)learning practices of environmental interventions. Learning with the Garden; Learning from the Land proposes to relate to this urban site of biologically and socially interdependent living beings through small-scale engagements and personal stories. Spending this day in the garden, we will explore how its soil, water, air, creatures and people trigger different scenarios of learning and co-responding. The slow process of relating to the interwovenness of the Earth’s human and non-human beings opens up the possibility of challenging institutional (or disciplinary) mechanisms that depend on a predefined method of observation and understanding. This land-based classroom invites us to experience learning through becoming together with the land and other people and sharing accountabilities, rather than through reporting and explaining those. We invite gardeners, students, artists, designers and educators to join us in imagining a non-disciplinary practiceof meaning-making which relies on embodied and intuitive experiences as tools.

With: Skye Maule-O’Brien (educator, researcher, WdKA); Victoria McKenzie (eco-warrior, academic-activist, choreographer), Tara Page (Head of PhD Art Practice and Learning, Goldsmiths, London),

Ida Hiršenfelder (sound artist and archivist), Irina Shapiro (designer, educator, events curator) and Renée Turner (artist and senior research lecturer WdKA).

This event is part of a larger event series called Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education initiated by the MA Education in Arts / Piet Zwart Institute: Ingrid Commandeur (Course Director), Irina Shapiro and Renée Turner in collaboration with Jules Sturm (ZdHK, Zurich).

Practical information:

Location: Volkstuinvereniging Streven naar Verbetering, Roel Langerakweg 33, Rotterdam

Date: Friday June 3, 2022

Time: 10:30 – 18:00, drinks until 19:30

How to enrol: Attendance is free, but due to the event’s participatory nature, the number of places is limited to 40 people. Please enrol in time by sending an e-mail (with your name and contact details) to if you wish to attend.

Save the date: Expert Lectures from the WdKA/PZI Master Design June 8

Save the date voor de Expert Lectures van de WdKA/PZI Master Design. Eerstejaarsstudenten delen hun design research samen met experts in interactieve bijeenkomsten. 

Save the date for the Expert Lectures of the WdKA/PZI Master Design. First year students share their design research together with experts in interactive public gatherings. ​

Piet Zwart MFA at Venice 2022

The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in “Personal Structures”, an exhibition organized by the European Cultural Centre Italy coinciding with the 59th Venice Biennale. The works of current PZI MFA students will be on display at Palazzo Mora April 23rd until November 27th 2022. The MFA presents an exhibition within an exhibition curated by our friends Shimmer. 

This exhibition, I Must Be Living Twice, proposes an unfixed quality of artistic production, returning to the studio as a space of powerful inarticulation. We invite the method of the studio into the exhibition to resist the environmental impacts, demands of production pressure, and typecasting that often accompany exhibitions. We attend to the private, tender points in which decisions are made in an artwork. This is where artwork splits off, continues, changes, rejects, or is forgotten.

This collection of work is amassed from the off-cuts or the not-yet-decided of material processes. These are the trimmings, the unworked ideas, the might-have-been that ends up sidelined. These materials have yet to find a footing in an artwork. These could also be the ‘objects’ of influence of painting or your practice over time. Perhaps it is a mirror on the desk, the rocks you keep picking up, or the ever-growing folder of dolphin tattoos.

I Must Be Living Twice features the trimmings, edges, and studio fragments of artists currently enrolled in the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art in Rotterdam and is curated by Eloise Sweetman and Jason Hendrik Hansma, co-directors of Shimmer art space.

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MIARD 2021 Alumni receive Architecture Grant Scheme, Stimuleringsfonds

MIARD 2021 Alumni Rachel Refael, Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary have received the Architecture Grant Scheme from Stimuleringsfonds.

“Refael argues that our cities are faced with a progressive marginalization of sex-related places in the city. This is pushing queer culture and the sex work industry to the outskirts of the city, with gentrification happening in the Old Town. Through several personal interactions, the project aims to demonstrate the necessity of Red-Light Districts within cities in providing a platform for the people who depend on them. The research uses field research, mapping techniques and interviews to arrive at an extensive written and visual document. The focus is on three types of spaces: The Ball Room, The Brothel and The Sex Shop. For the project, Rachel Refael is collaborating with Milena Sekulić and Gavin Oliver O’Leary.”

“The proposal clearly describes how certain places that have a representative value to marginalized groups within society are slowly disappearing from the urban fabric, limiting their freedom of movement and putting them at risk of social isolation. This mapping gives one of these groups a voice and leaves room for a special polyphony that is of added value to the current debate about the city. The committee finds it interesting that the applicants themselves do not have a background in architecture, which means that a fresh perspective can be offered.”

The Architecture Grant Scheme supports projects that contribute to the quality, development, or understanding of the field of architecture.

Experimental Publishing SI17 Launch ‘This Box Found You For A Reason’

date: Friday 25 March, 18:00 – 21:00

location: Page Not Found
Boekhorststraat 126, Den Haag 

Page Not Found and the Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at the Piet Zwart Institute,
Willem de Kooning Academy,
invite you to the launch of the Special Issue #17 “This Box Found You For A Reason”.

Under the guidance of artist Lídia Pereira and the XPUB staff, the master students explored how (video) games features are making us more, not less, productive. Life and work are ‘gamified’ through social media, dating apps, and fitness apps designed to increase motivation and productivity. Gamification blurs the lines between play, leisure and labour, to release our collective dopamine for profit. Games in themselves often perform a reproductive role, presenting capitalism as a system of natural laws, exemplified by in-game predatory monetisation schemes. On the other hand, games provide necessary down time and relaxation, helping people function in a largely dysfunctional economy and society. Yet leisure remains a contested space which is still unequally distributed, between genders, ethnicities and abilities. The form of the publication reworks the figure of the loot box, a typically virtual and predatory monetization scheme.

The launch features presentations by the XPUB students and a discussion with Sepp Eckenhaussen & Koen Bartijn from Platform BK ( ) who take the economics of the publication as entry point into larger questions of how the labour of artists and designers is valued and what structures, guidelines and policies can help (small scale) institutions ensure that these practices remain sustainable.

This is a free event.

The publication is co-published by Page Not Found and XPUB, and made by Ål Nik (Alexandra Nikolova), Carmen Gray, Chaeyoung Kim, Emma Prato, Erica Gargaglione, Francesco Luzzana, Gersande Schellinx, Jian Haake, Kimberley Cosmilla, Miriam Schöb, Mitsa Chaida and Supisara Burapachaisri.

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Reading Group – Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education

Call for Participation

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the reading group Co-respond: Bodies, Voices, Spaces in Art Education (March – June 2022), which is set up as part of an ongoing collaboration between the MA Education in Arts / PZI and the MA Art Education at Zurich University of the Arts.

The reading group, hosted by Irina Shapiro (PZI) and Jules Sturm (ZdHK), will comprise a regular series of hybrid physical and screen-based encounters in which participants discuss themes like embodied learning, material sense-making, hybrid corporeal-digital practices, educative gardening and transformative pedagogies. Within these gatherings, correspondence is both a theme and an approach. It is a concept embraced for its summoning of the relational, in the sense of how one thing connects or corresponds to another, or how one group of people connects to another. It is also used quite simply as a form, where conversations slowly unfold through the act of letter writing or other communicative exchanges. Reading in this context is understood as an act of engaging with texts and sites through observations and listening practices, bodily driven cartographies, and more.

The reading group serves as a testing place for emerging art educators’ pedagogical ideas and gestures affiliated with the proposed theme, and intends to share and rehearse practices in co-engaged art education. The reading group is the starting point of a larger series of events organized by the MA Education in Arts at Piet Zwart Institute under the same title.

For Whom? Students (Master level), alumni*ae, teachers and others who are professionally interested and/or affiliated with the community and network of this collaborative initiative.

How to participate? The sessions are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 18:00 until 20:00 on the following dates: March 17, March 31, April 28, May 19, June 23. Participation is free of charge. There are two possible ways of participating: 1) as a contributor 2) as an attendee. Contributors can propose and organize guest presenters, put forward their own ideas, and/or develop a specific format for one of the sessions. A budget will be available for invited guests and production costs.

Please send a short motivational letter to Sun Chang,, in which you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your reasons for participating in the reading group. Deadline for submission is March 11.

Online Open Day – March 14, 2022

Lens-Based Media will welcome prospective students to an online Q&A session on Tuesday 14th of March. 

The following is the schedule for the two sessions:

11:00 CET Rotterdam / 13:00 Nairobi, Kenia / 19:00 Tokyo, Japan
16:00 CET Rotterdam / 10:00 New York, Bogota / 09:00 Mexico City

Should you like to join one of these sessions, please send an email with the title “LB OPEN DAY – 11:00 CET” or “LB OPEN DAY – 16:00 CET” to

For general questions about the course, please send an email to:

Close Encounters: PROVOKING CHANGE

WdKA/PZI Master Design – Expertlezing Bas Kortmann & Yosser Dekker

Wanneer: dinsdag 22 februari 2022 – 17.30-18.30 uur

Locatie: Wijnhaven 61, WH 4.139

Taal: Nederlands

In zijn design research onderzoekt ruimtelijk ontwerper en theatermaker Bas Kortmann (o.a. theatergroep Powerboat) hoe sociale interactie kan worden uitgelokt, begrepen, geleid en ondersteund door de toepassing van een dramaturgisch perspectief. PULSE, in het Engels: provoke, understand, lead, support and expand.

Kortmann nodigt Dekker, oprichter en artistiek directeur van Bureau Ruimtekoers, uit om te vertellen hoe hij zijn maatschappelijke projecten regisseert en vormgeeft, en waarom dit belangrijk is in zijn praktijk.

Dekker is een programmamaker, die samen met de stad en haar inwoners nieuwe verhalen creëert. Als design researcher ontwikkelt hij concepten en modellen waarmee hij diverse doelgroepen d.m.v. kunst en participatie betrekt bij maatschappelijke thema’s en uitdagingen. Hij initieerde het festival Ruimtekoers, richtte een academie op en runt een platform van makers die willen bijdragen aan rechtvaardige buurten, wijken, dorpen en steden.

Door Dekkers open houding, inlevingsvermogen en vermogen goed te luisteren, dringt hij snel door in de haarvaten van de gemeenschap en enthousiasmeert hij mensen om mee te doen. Vanuit zijn technische achtergrond en ervaring als projectleider weet hij complexe trajecten snel vorm te geven en te realiseren vanuit het menselijke aspect. Mensen met verschillende achtergronden verbinden en met creatieve concepten duurzaam draagvlak creëren is hem op het lijf geschreven. Maar hoe doet hij dit?

Samen onderzoeken Kortmann en Dekker hoe sociale interactie en participatie geregisseerd kunnen worden. Hoe provoceert en start je participatieve projecten, en hoe onderzoekt en begrijpt je de behoeften en kwaliteiten van de participanten? Is het mogelijk om een ​​project te leiden en te sturen, maar toch een gevoel van eigenaarschap bij de deelnemers te ontwikkelen? Daarover gaat deze expertlezing, waarin het publiek ook deelneemt.­­­

Credits image: Ruimtekoers, Festival Zonnestof (Arnhem 2020)